Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Students are staging a demonstration outside the headquarters of gun-maker Smith & Wesson after marching there to call for stricter gun control measures. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; updates from noon demonstration, photos planned.



After nearly a quarter-century as the state's top elections official, Secretary of State William Galvin is facing his toughest re-election campaign in decades as he tries to fend off fellow Democrat and Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim in the Sept. 4 primary. The contest heated up after the 34-year-old Zakim won the endorsement of activists gathered at the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention in June, beating the 67-year-old incumbent, first elected to the office in 1994. By Steve Leblanc. SENT: 600 words.


— PLANE CRASH — Authorities say a 34-year-old man has died after a small plane he was flying with his brother crashed near an airport south of Boston.

— IMMIGRATION- MARRIED COUPLES-LAWSUIT — A woman who was detained by immigration authorities for a month when she went to a government office to confirm her marriage to a U.S. citizen says she's grateful her lawsuit against the Trump administration is moving forward.

— BERNSTEIN TRIBUTE — Leonard Bernstein (BURN'-stine) is getting a musical tribute that's off the charts on the 100th anniversary of the maestro's birth.

— TROOPER RESIGNS - DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE — Massachusetts State Police say a trooper has resigned after an investigation found she failed to disclose her past involvement in drug dealing and her own drug use.

— GUN CONTROL- PARKLAND PARENTS — The parents of one of the 17 people slain at the Parkland, Florida school shooting will join gun-control advocates and a city councilor at an event in Boston designed to call attention to gun violence.

— FIREFIGHTER GRANTS — The state's congressional delegation says fire departments in Rhode Island are getting $3.8 million in federal funding to hire new firefighters.

— BOAT CRASH — Authorities say a pontoon boat crashed into a seawall and ran aground in Rhode Island, injuring four adults and two children.



The Boston Red Sox look to bounce back from losing the opener of a weekend series, sending 15-game winner Rick Porcello to the mound against lefty Ryan Yarbrough and the Tampa Bay Rays. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. ET.


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