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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Black leaders say they hope Boston's first African American police commissioner will strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the city's minority communities. By Alanna Durkin Richer. Upcoming 12 p.m. Photos by 6 p.m.



Officials say a woman has been injured in Massachusetts when a piece of debris hit her car during a storm. Webster police say the woman was driving in Webster on Saturday, and she has been transported to a hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. A tornado warning in Massachusetts has expired, and meteorologists from the National Weather Service are surveying building damage that may have been caused by a tornado in Webster. SENT: 135 words.


Of all the bills that stalled out during the Massachusetts Legislature's just-completed formal session, perhaps the one creating the most heartburn is the failure to reach a deal overhauling the state's 25-year-old education funding system. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 710 words.


American boat makers are getting pummeled on multiple fronts by tariffs. They stand to be among the industries hardest-hit in an escalating trade war led by President Donald Trump. By Michelle Smith. SENT: 1100 words with photos.


Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren says the U.S. criminal justice system is "racist ... front to back" while attempting to broaden her appeal with black voters. The potential presidential candidate made the remark at a historically black university in New Orleans during a Q&A with Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond. Warren has a mostly white political base in Massachusetts, but black voters wield a heavy influence in choosing Democratic presidential candidates. By bill Barrow and Chevel Johnson. SENT: 740 words with photos.


— BOSTON BRIDGE REPLACEMENTS: Massachusetts traffic woes on the Mass Pike will continue through the weekend, but relief is in sight. SENT: 135 words.

— HIROSHIMA REMEMBRANCES: Massachusetts peace activists are kicking off a week of solemn remembrances marking the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Japan. SENT: 135 words.

—MISSING BOATER: The Maine Warden Service is looking for a man whose empty boat was discovered near the shore of an island on Moosehead Lake. SENT: 65 words.

— SMOKING BAN: State health officials say that all public housing authorities in Rhode Island have implemented smoke-free policies. SENT: 135 words.

— WAHLBERG MOVIE: Mark Wahlberg is looking for a few tough guys to appear in his latest movie. SENT: 117 words.

— KIDS AND COPS: Law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island are collecting backpacks and school supplies to help local children. SENT: 136 words.

— BOSTON STRONG-BASKETBALL: Law enforcement officers are squaring off on the basketball court this weekend to honor victims of the Boston Marathon bombers. SENT: 115 words.



BOSTON — Nathan Eovaldi makes his second start for the Red Sox when AL East-leading Boston hosts the Yankees in the third game of their four-game series. New York counters with Chance Adams, making his major league debut in the place of new Yankee J.A. Happ, who is sidelined with hand, foot and mouth disease. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.


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