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BC-MA--Massachusetts and Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, MA

May 12, 2019

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

PELVIC EXAMS-CONSENT

Bills introduced in roughly a dozen states this year would require that women undergoing gynecological surgeries give explicit approval to a pelvic exam by medical students beforehand. The exams are standard practice before gynecologic surgeries. What’s not clear is how often patients are clearly told of the student involvement ahead of time. By Jennifer McDermott and Carla K. Johnson. 1,200 words. Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ APPALACHIAN TRAIL ATTACKS: Federal authorities say a Massachusetts man has been arrested in a deadly stabbing along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. One person was killed and another severely injured.

_ DECAPITATED BODY: Lawyers will make their final pitches to jurors in the case of a teenager charged with killing and beheading a high school classmate.

_ TEEN SHOT- CAMBRIDGE: Authorities say an 18-year-old was injured in an early morning shooting in Cambridge.

_ OFFICER SHOT- CHARITY: A charity founded in honor of a slain Massachusetts police officer has awarded its first grants.

_ OFFICERS-CHOKING BABY: Two Rhode Island police officers are being praised for their quick actions that saved the life of a choking baby.

_ TAX SCAM: The Rhode Island tax administrator is warning residents about a tax scam that has returned to the state.

SPORTS

BBA--MARINERS-RED SOX

Seattle plays Boston at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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