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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

June 11, 2018

Good morning. 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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk followed by Sarah Betancourt. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



A new documentary play about former U.S. first lady Betty Ford and the treatment clinics she established — credited with helping generations of celebrities and ordinary Americans alike overcome addiction — premieres this month in Boston. The Associated Press caught up with playwright Lisa Rafferty, whose own goddaughter is battling opioid addiction. “Betty Ford changed the national conversation on addiction, and her story has so much relevance today,” she says. By William J. Kole. SENT: 700 words, photos.


On the edge of a mountaintop in Utah, it’s getting complicated for Mitt Romney. With the sun setting over his shoulder, the former Republican presidential nominee and would-be senator tells his audience that President Donald Trump will win a second term. Romney also says that annual $1 trillion deficits under Trump are “highly stimulative.” And ignoring Trump’s new trade tariffs, Romney says there’s nothing already on the horizon that will push the U.S. into a recession. Once the face of the “Never Trump” movement, Romney appears to be embracing Trump’s presidency as he re-enters national politics, this time as a candidate for the Senate from Utah. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


— BODIES IN HOME-FUNERAL: One of the three women found dead at a Massachusetts home last month is being laid to rest this week. SENT: 130 words.

— TEEN BITTEN COYOTE: A teen has been bitten by a coyote in Massachusetts, and police are warning the public to be on alert. SENT: 80 words.

— THREE-VEHICLE-FATALITY: A New Hampshire man is facing drunken driving charges in connection with a fatal three-car crash in Massachusetts over the weekend. SENT: 130 words.

— BIOTECH HEADQUARTERS-WORCESTER: A Chinese bio-manufacturing firm says it will build its first U.S. facility in Worcester, Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words.



Unbeaten right-hander Steven Wright seeks his third victory when the Boston Red Sox face Dylan Bundy and the last-place Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game series between AL East rivals. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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