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AP-MA--Massachusetts & Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, MA

July 7, 2018

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

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

Sarah Betancourt is on the desk. New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

US THE NEXT ELECTORAL UPSET?

Some political observers are drawing parallels between longtime New York Democratic congressman Joe Crowley — white, male, middle-aged, and ultimately taken down by a young Latina challenger — and U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano of Massachusetts. Upcoming 12 p.m. with photos.

TOP STORIES:

BEACON HILL

Unions have spent decades cultivating ties on Beacon Hill and now Massachusetts lawmakers are looking for ways to help unions as they weigh a recent Supreme Court decision. The court ruled last month public employees can’t be forced to pay fees to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining. Labor supporters fear that it could financially weaken unions and affect millions of government workers. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 650 words.

LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE

Conflict-of-interest concerns involving a Michigan company may slow a nationwide response to outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. The Detroit Free Press reports that Ann Arbor-based nonprofit research company NSF International has been coordinating work to develop new plumbing standards to reduce the growth of legionella bacteria. The company announced in April that one of its for-profit branches would be working with a Massachusetts consulting firm to help companies meet the new standards. SENT: 335 words.

BRIEFS:

— STABBING VICTIM: Massachusetts police are asking the public for help identifying a suspect in connection to a stabbing. SENT: 90 words.

— FIRE WORKS ACCIDENT: A man in Massachusetts has been injured in a fireworks accident. SENT: 120 words.

— STARBUCKS STORE-PLANS PULLED: A developer in Massachusetts has pulled plans to open a Starbucks in a historic neighborhood. SENT: 130 words.

— MASHPEE WAMPANOAG-POWWOW: The Native American tribe whose ancestors broke bread with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is celebrating the return of its annual powwow to sovereign tribal land. SENT: 135 words.

— UNITY CUP: A World-Cup style soccer tournament has kicked off in Boston. SENT: 100 words.

—SUMMER SAFETY: Police in Rhode Island are giving free ice cream to children who wear bicycle helmets and cross the street safely. SENT: 136 words.

SPORTS:

BBA--RED SOX-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Red Sox put David Price on the mound against the Kansas City Royals as they continue their three-game series. Brad Keller tries to continue his hot streak for Kansas City. By Alan Eskew. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6:15 p.m. CT.

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