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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

September 20, 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 Jennifer McDermott. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts have issued nearly a dozen provisional retail licenses and are scheduled to consider four more applications on Thursday. But the question remains: When will the first recreational pot shops in the eastern U.S. finally be able to open for business? By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates on merits from meeting starting at 1 p.m.

IMMIGRATION-DEPORTING CRIMINALS

A daughter who never returned home, a son gunned down point-blank, a mom who was attacked — all deaths at the hands of immigrants in the country illegally, all stories the White House has been eager to share. But for all the talk of murderers and other “bad hombres,” those netted in President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration are typically accused of lesser offenses, and agents are increasingly apprehending those with no criminal records at all. The case of Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa is among the latest used by Trump to advance his argument for stricter immigration controls. Yet government statistics show such cases are far more likely to be the exception than the rule. SENT: 1,700 words, photos.

With: 900 word abridge version

IN BRIEF

— CLAM DIE OFF: Massachusetts environmental officials are investigating a large clam die-off. SENT.

— NEGLECTED DOG: An 18-year-old Massachusetts man is facing an animal cruelty charge after his malnourished and flea-infested dog was abandoned last month in 100-degree heat. SENT.

— DOCTOR-PATIENT INFORMATION: A Massachusetts doctor who shared private patient information with a pharmaceutical sales representative has been sentenced to a year of probation. SENT.

— UMASS-STEM GRANT: The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $3 million grant to help faculty of color in science, technology, engineering and math. SENT.

SPORTS

RED SOX-YANKEES

Boston plays New York at Yankee Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

ACC THIS WEEK

No. 23 Boston College at Purdue. The Eagles (3-0) have climbed into the national rankings for the first time in a decade behind league preseason player of the year AJ Dillon and a passing game that accounted for five long touchdown passes in a victory at Wake Forest. Could there be a letdown? Up next is one final nonconference test at desperate Purdue (0-3). SENT: 450 words.

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