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

February 16, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

BEACON HILL

With steps big and small, Massachusetts is moving toward a more environmentally friendly future in which the state will rely increasingly on renewable energy. One step came this week when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced more than $500,000 in funding for what he described as eight “early-stage clean energy companies.” By Steve Leblanc SENT, 650 words.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

Five Democratic senators vying for their party’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 are fanning out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Kamala Harris of California plans to spend her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting state of South Carolina, holding a town hall meeting in Columbia, the capital. Also visiting the state is Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who’s set to meet voters in Greenville before heading to Georgia — an unusual early stop for a White House hopeful but one that signals Democratic hopes to make inroads in the South. By Elana Schor. Sent, 720 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ANTI-GANG FUNDING: Massachusetts is making $7.7 million in grant money available to help cities stem gang violence. Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration says the funding comes from a 13-year-old anti-gang initiative named for the late Sen. Charles Shannon, who was a police officer before being serving in the Massachusetts Legislature. SENT, 130 words.

_ HOOKAH TAX: A Rhode Island state senator has introduced a bill that would add a 1 percent tax on the sale of hookah and vaping products. SENT, 130 words.

_ SUB-MINIMUM WAGE: A push is on to require that tipped workers in Massachusetts be paid at least the minimum wage. State Sen. Patricia Jehlen of Somerville and Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, both Democrats, are calling for the elimination of the state’s so-called “sub-minimum wage” of $4.35 an hour for tipped workers. SENT, 130 words.

_ AFFORDABLE HOUSING: A $6.4 million federal grant has been awarded to finance affordable housing in Rhode Island. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, says the Capital Magnet Fund grant was awarded to Rhode Island Housing for the development and preservation of affordable housing. SENT, 130 words.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-KINGS

LOS ANGELES _ The Los Angeles Kings continue their three-game homestand against the Boston Bruins. By Dan Greenspan. UPCOMING.600 words, photos. Game starts at 10:30 p.m. EST

COLLEGE BASKETBALL BRIEFS

Harvard-Pennsylvania

Xavier-Providence

Fordham-Rhode Island

Bucknell-Holy Cross

Bryant University-Fairleigh Dickinson

Massachusetts-Lowell-UMBC

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