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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

July 9, 2018

Good evening. 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.

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

US MARTIN LUTHER LETTER

A letter that Protestant religious reformer Martin Luther penned in 1543, in which he refers to Jews as “devils incarnate,” is up for auction. By Mark Pratt. Upcoming 500 words by 1 a.m. with photo. Video planned for later.

US LEGISLATIVE LOGJAM

With the clock ticking, Massachusetts lawmakers return to the Statehouse with a mountain of unfinished business, including a state spending plan for the fiscal year that started 10 days ago. By Bob Salsberg. Upcoming 4 p.m.

TOP STORIES:

NO-POACH AGREEMENTS

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is leading a coalition of Democratic state attorneys general seeking information about “no-poach” agreements meant to block employees from leaving one fast food franchise to work for another franchise in the same chain. Healey says the agreements limit the ability of low-wage workers to seek promotions and earn a better living. The attorneys general say 80 percent of fast food franchisors have no-poach agreements. SENT: 135 words.

HARVARD ADMISSIONS-LAWSUIT

A lawsuit alleging bias at Harvard University’s admissions office is pulling back the curtain on the secretive, complex process that decides who gets a place at one of the world’s most selective institutions. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 925 words with photos.

BALLOT QUESTIONS

Massachusetts voters will decide three questions on the November ballot, including one that asks whether anti-discrimination protections for transgender people should be kept in place. Secretary of State William Galvin on Monday assigned numbers to the questions after certifying that sponsors had completed all necessary steps to qualify for the ballot. SENT: 390 words.

BRIEFS:

—AFRICAN MEETING HOUSE-VANDALIZED: Police in Massachusetts continue to search for the person who vandalized an African-American historical site with racist graffiti. SENT: 135 words.

— HOME EXPLOSION: A Massachusetts man is being ordered held on $200,000 bail on explosive charges in connection to an apartment blast. SENT: 139 words.

— BUDGET IMPASSE: Massachusetts legislative leaders may try to end the current state budget impasse through an unusual separation of spending and policy matters. SENT: 135 words.

—SKIMMING DEVICE: A Bluetooth skimming device has been found inside a gas pump at a Massachusetts service station. SENT: 126 words.

— GAS PRICES: The price of gasoline in Massachusetts is up 2 cents this week. SENT: 110 words.

—CHILD RAPIST RELEASE: A 70-year-old convicted child rapist from Massachusetts who was set to be released before his arrest last month has pleaded not guilty to new charges. SENT: 130 words.

—LOST STUFFED ANIMAL: A Massachusetts family’s search for a beloved stuffed animal lost at Logan International Airport has ignited a wave of social media support. SENT: 124 words.

—HIKER RESCUED: Crews in Massachusetts have rescued a hiker who fell into a gorge over the weekend. SENT: 125 words.

— MISSING STUDENT-PROPERTY SEARCH: A company that uses radar to scan for disturbances in soil is helping with the 14-year-old case of a woman who crashed her car on a rural road in northern New Hampshire and then disappeared. SENT: 349 words.

— TEEN DROWNING: A 16-year-old Rhode Island boy has apparently drowned while on a family outing at a Massachusetts pond. SENT: 130 words.

— MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-MGM: The nearly $1 billion casino opening in Massachusetts next month will have free parking. SENT: 110 words.

SPORTS:

RANGERS-RED SOX

The Red Sox return to Boston to take on the Texas Rangers after going 7-2 on their recent road trip against the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals. Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3, 3.84 ERA) starts the opener for Boston, and Mike Minor (6-4, 4.63) goes for Texas. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

ALL-STAR ROSTERS

Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts form a dream outfield for the American League. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer make up a not-so-gracious welcome committee for the NL. Power in the center of power. A capital-sized All-Star Game. Baseball unveiled the rosters for its midsummer showcase Sunday night, featuring an imposing AL lineup and Harper starting at his home ballpark in Washington. SENT: 1,000 words.

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