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

September 1, 2018

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

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

Jennifer McDermott 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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BOSTON — It may be one of the least glamorous jobs on Beacon Hill — and one with the fewest official duties — but that hasn’t stopped the politically ambitious from angling to become second in command in the governor’s office. Adding a bit of celebrity to the race for lieutenant governor this year is the presence of comic Jimmy Tingle as a candidate on the Democratic side. He’s facing off against Quentin Palfrey, a former White House policy adviser under President Barack Obama. By Steve Leblanc. SENT: 675 words.


— BOIL WATER NOTICE: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Health officials say customers of five public water systems serving parts of Narragansett and South Kingstown should boil their water because E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply. The state health department said Friday it was found during routine sampling by Suez Water, which sells water to the other local systems. SENT: 130 words.

— AIRLINE BAGGAGE FEES: BOSTON — Two U.S. senators are calling on Congress to crack down on what they describe as exorbitant airline fees. Democrats Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have filed legislation they say would address the problem. SENT: 130 words.

— MCCAIN-MASSACHUSETTS: BOSTON — Visitors to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will be able to pay tribute to the late U.S. Sen. John McCain. The educational facility in Boston, which includes a replica of the U.S. Senate chamber, planned to offer a live feed Saturday of the memorial service for McCain at the Washington National Cathedral. SENT: 130 words.

— HOLIDAY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT: MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Connecticut state police say they are targeting dangerous drivers over the long Labor Day weekend. Troopers say they’re focusing on drunken driving, speeding, distracted driving and seat belt violations. Increased patrols continue through Monday. SENT: 130 words.

— FISHERMAN RESCUED: BOSTON — The Coast Guard says a fisherman was medically evacuated after he fell overboard about two miles off the coast of Provincetown. The Coast Guard said it responded with the Provincetown Fire Department Saturday morning. SENT: 130 words.

— DEADLY CRASH-TEENAGERS: EAST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Prosecutors say an 18-year-old has been indicted as a youthful offender on charges stemming from a car crash that killed four teenagers. Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said Saturday a grand jury returned indictments against Naiquan Hamilton, of Stoughton, for driving recklessly and under the influence of marijuana. SENT: 130 words.


BBA--Red Sox-White Sox

CHICAGO — Eduardo Rodriguez and the Boston Red Sox take on Carlos Rodon and the Chicago White Sox in the third game of a four-game series. Rodriguez is making his first start since July 14 after being sidelined by a sprained right ankle. Rodon is 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA over his past nine starts. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBN--Patriots Cuts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots react to Friday night’s game against the Giants and announce their roster cuts. UPCOMING: 600 words.


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