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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest, MA

September 7, 2018

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

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

Steve LeBlanc is on the desk until 8 p.m. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



Meeting on the campus of Jackson State University in Mississippi on a recent Friday afternoon, dozens of black women came together to strategize about the upcoming midterm elections, opening the gathering with a freedom song. The impact of such targeted work is evident. Black women went to the polls in record numbers last December to elect Doug Jones as the first Democratic senator from Alabama in 25 years. As of this week, 39 black women are nominees for the U.S. House in the November midterms, including 22 women who aren’t incumbents. SENT: 1,150 words.


— MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE-PRIMARY: One of the top two finishers in a 10-way Democratic primary for an open U.S. House seat in Massachusetts plans to ask for a recount. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH: Police in Connecticut have identified the man who died after crashing his motorcycle in a tobacco field and may have gone undiscovered for several days. SENT: 130 words.

— DOWNEASTER INTERRUPTION: Amtrak says track improvements in Maine and New Hampshire will bring changes and interruptions to its Downeaster passenger rail train that goes from Freeport, Maine, to Boston. SENT: 130 words.

— OFFICER DRAGGED: A 29-year-old Massachusetts man who used a stolen car to drag a police officer through the parking lot of an ice cream stand has been sent to prison for five years. SENT: 120 words.

— MAYO-DOG TRAINER CHARGED: Prosecutors say the trainer facing charges in the death of a dog that belonged to former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo had an elaborate plan to deceive authorities. SENT: 140 words.

— CHILD SWALLOWS HEROIN: A Massachusetts woman whose toddler swallowed a bag of fentanyl-laced heroin has been deemed a danger and held for 120 days without bail. SENT: 130 words.

— HIT AND RUN DEATH: Authorities in Massachusetts say they have made an arrest in the hit-and-run death of an 80-year-old woman using a walker. SENT.

— HOAX THREAT-CHARGES: A 16-year-old Massachusetts high school student who reported seeing a suspicious and possibly armed man roaming the school has been charged with making a hoax. SENT.

— WHALE RESCUED: Authorities in Massachusetts say good Samaritans rescued a beached whale. SENT.



Division leaders Houston and Boston are both riding hot streaks as they open a three-game series that could be a preview of potential playoff matchup. The Astros have won five straight and hold a 3 1/2 game lead in the West. The Red Sox, winners of seven out of their last nine and three straight, lead the Yankees by 9 1/2 in the East. The teams split a four-game series back in June. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


DENVER — Although Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles kept him from adding to his fistful of Super Bowl rings last winter, Tom Brady remains the best quarterback in the NFL, even at age 41. In the first of the weekly Associated Press position rankings for this season, Brady edged out Aaron Rodgers in voting by 10 AP football writers. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words. AP Photos.


BOSTON — Boston College linebacker Connor Strachan heard the story from his uncle about 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie’s grand exit after a game. Steve Strachan, a running back on BC’s 1984 squad, told his nephew that Flutie led the Eagles to a victory over Holy Cross in their regular-season finale, hopped on a helicopter to New York and picked up the Heisman. By Ken Powtak. SENT: 630 words.


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