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

July 15, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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Muslim Americans are running for elected office in numbers not seen since before 9/11, but they’re finding it’s not all smooth sailing. Upcoming 1 a.m. with photos and video.



A Massachusetts police officer and bystander have died from wounds sustained when a suspect took the officer’s gun and fired following a vehicle crash and a foot chase. Weymouth officer Michael Chensa was shot multiple times before 8 a.m. Sunday, and died from the injures at South Shore Hospital. An unidentified elderly woman also died after being hit by stray bullets. The suspected shooter has been identified as Emmanuel Lopes. He is in custody. SENT: 153 words. Upcoming 300 words by 3 p.m. With photos and video.


Massachusetts lawmakers are debating the future of the state’s 25-year-old education funding formula, known as the “foundation budget.” Critics have argued the formula hasn’t lived up to its promise of closing an achievement gap between wealthier and poorer school districts. Activists say lawmakers need to come up with a final bill addressing the issue before the end of the Legislature’s formal session July 31. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 615 words.


— SERIOUS FIRE: Officials say one firefighter has been transported to the hospital during a blaze that sent several Massachusetts fire departments to the rescue. SENT: 130 words.

—SUMMER NIGHTS INITIATIVE: Kids in Boston, Worcester and other Massachusetts cities will get to splash around in the pool a little bit longer for the next month. SENT: 115 words.

— WITCH TRIALS MEMORIAL: A city in Massachusetts is promising to spruce up its witch trials memorial that some people have complained is already starting to look shabby just a year after it was unveiled. SENT: 150 words.

— SUSPICIOUS FIRE: Authorities say they are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at a home in Boston. SENT: 81 words.

—VEHICLE SHOOTING FIGHT: A Rhode Island man was shot in the head in Massachusetts, but is expected to survive. SENT: 130 words.

— LEGISLATIVE LOGJAM: Massachusetts lawmakers have a little more than two weeks to complete work on numerous bills, some of which were filed at the Statehouse a year or more ago. SENT: 135 words.

— GOVERNOR’S BAY DAY: Parking at all Rhode Island state beaches will be free for the annual Governor’s Bay Day. SENT: 130 words.

— SKYSCRAPER PROJECT: The Providence City Council is holding a public hearing about a proposal to build what would be the tallest skyscraper in Rhode Island. SENT: 135 words.



BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays in the final game before the All-Star break. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch 1 p.m.


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