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

June 9, 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



The U.S. Army is scouting Boston and 14 other large cities nationwide to find a home for a new command headquarters so it’ll be close to academia and industry, a first for the service. By Jennifer McDermott. Upcoming 12 p.m. with photo.



The race for governor is shaping up to be the most lopsided in Massachusetts history when it comes to campaign war chests — and a state program aimed at rewarding candidates who volunteer to rein in spending isn’t likely to make much a dent. State election officials this week announced nine Massachusetts statewide candidates have opted to participate including Democratic gubernatorial candidates Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Lively. Republican incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker, who has raised more than $8 million, isn’t participating. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 800 words.


Police say five men have been injured in two separate shootings in Boston. The first occurred at a party in the neighborhood of Roxbury on Saturday at 2 a.m., leaving four men wounded. One person was shot in the hand, while three others sustained more serious injuries. A second shooting happened near a Burger King in Mattapan early Saturday, sending one man to a local hospital with an upper body gunshot wound. Police say the victim is in critical condition. No arrests have been made. SENT: 100 words.


Rhode Island lawmakers have unveiled their budget proposal as their legislative session nears its end. The House of Representatives released its $9.6 billion plan Friday. The House Finance Committee passed the bill late Friday night. The full House is expected to consider the measure next week. SENT: 429 words.


— AIR SHOW-FREE TRAINS: Free trains are running to one of the most popular events of the summer, the Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show. SENT: 130 words.

—HORSE RACING-MASSACHUSETTS: A historic Boston thoroughbred track that could one day house an Amazon headquarters is again hosting live horse races. SENT: 135 words.

— TRADE SECRETS TRIAL: Two former employees of a Connecticut-based defense contractor accused of stealing trade secrets are set to go on trial. SENT: 126 words.

— PORTUGUESE TALL SHIP: A majestic tall ship from Portugal is sailing back to Boston. Sagres, a three-masted Portuguese Navy barque, is scheduled to return to Boston Harbor on Saturday afternoon. The ship will be open for public viewing through the weekend. SENT: 135 words.

— OFFSHORE WIND-JOBS: Maine is poised to capture hundreds of jobs when offshore wind takes off and should adopt policy positions to improve its opportunities, according to a new report. SENT: 365 words.

— TAX SCAM: The state is warning residents to watch out for telephone scams involving taxes. SENT: 130 words.

— WORLD WAR I MARINE HONORED: Massachusetts is honoring a city native who died during one of the most famous World War I battles involving the American military. SENT: 130 words.

— ROCKWELL MUSEUM-EXHIBITION: Works by three of America’s most celebrated artists are on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts. SENT: 135 words.

— PRIDE PARADE: Downtown Boston will be awash in rainbow flags as the city’s annual gay pride parade steps off. SENT: 135 words.



The Boston Red Sox play the second game of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.


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