AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.
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US ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-DUKAKIS
Former Massachusetts governor and erstwhile Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis is leading a new push to incorporate artificial intelligence into the machinery of everyday government. Upcoming 12 p.m. with photos.
US LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS
State marijuana regulators are expected to vote Thursday on provisional licenses for three more pot shops in Massachusetts. But when those stores and others previously approved by the Cannabis Control Commission might actually open for business remains to be seen. By Bob Salsberg. Upcoming 5 p.m.
Massachusetts is stepping up warnings to motorists about the risks of driving under the influence of marijuana. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced the new public education and enforcement campaign on Wednesday. The first recreational pot shops in the eastern United States are expected to open in Massachusetts in the coming weeks. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 500 WORDS with photos.
A Chinese company’s announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of a central Arkansas town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region’s rural economy. But optimism has been giving way to concern in recent weeks amid President Donald Trump’s escalating trade dispute with China. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 1,100 words. photos
— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-CASINO REGULATIONS: Nevada’s chief gambling regulator says she’s been encouraged by the input she’s received from casino executives and workers as the state’s Gaming Control Board considers rules addressing sexual harassment. SENT.
—OBIT-SWEARINGEN: Dave Swearingen, a former Associated Press bureau chief who led coverage of Indiana’s first execution in more than two decades and the arrests of more than 1,000 demonstrators at the Seabrook nuclear power plant in New Hampshire, has died at age 73. SENT
—OPIOID MANUFACTURER; An Arizona drug manufacturer whose billionaire founder faces racketeering charges in an alleged scheme paying doctors kickbacks to prescribe opioids says it is negotiating an agreement with the government. Sent.
—MAYO-DOG TRAINER-CHARGED: The Rhode Island woman allegedly involved in the death of a dog that belonged to former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo will also be charged in Massachusetts. SENT.
—CAT OWNER REUNITED: It’s a story that will give you the warm fuzzies on International Cat Day. A cat missing for several years has been reunited with his owner in Massachusetts. SENT.
—WORKERS-OPIOID DEATHS: A study has found that construction workers are six times more likely to die from opioid overdoses than all other occupations in Massachusetts. SENT.
—ANTIQUE GUNS-LEGAL BATTLE: A jury has ruled that 20 antique firearms that have been the subject of a three-decade legal battle do not belong to a notorious Massachusetts art thief as he claimed, and his lawyer says his client’s autobiography may have played a role in the verdict. SENT.
— SEPARATING FAMILIES LAWSUIT: A lawsuit by 17 states challenging President Donald Trump’s separation of migrant families at the Mexico border has been transferred to a California courtroom where a federal judge is already overseeing several related cases. SENT
—TUFTS MEDICAL CEO: The head of a children’s hospital in Canada has been named the new CEO of Tufts Medical Center. SENT
— MANUFACTURER FIRE: Several people have been injured during a fire at a manufacturing company in Massachusetts. SENT.
— COLLEGE STUDENTS HONORED: Two Saudi Arabian college students who drowned while trying to save two young children struggling in a Massachusetts river have been honored by their home country for their heroism. SENT.
— STATE TROOPER-CRASH INJURY: A Massachusetts State Police trooper has been injured in a car crash. SENT.
—TORNADO MASSACHUSETTS: Two more buildings damaged when a tornado tore through a Massachusetts town last weekend have been condemned. SENT.
— HEALTH PARTNERSHIP: Two New England hospital networks and Brown University are working to bring better patient care, doctor training and biomedical innovation to Rhode Island. SENT.
— DIRT BIKE CRASH: Massachusetts Environmental Police say the man injured in a dirt bike accident on Cape Cod last weekend has died. SENT.
— LIGHTER FLUID ASSAULT: A Massachusetts man charged with dousing his former girlfriend and their 1-year-old son with lighter fluid and threatening to set them on fire has been offered a 12- to 16-year prison sentence if he pleads guilty. SENT.
— AEROSMITH’S VAN: Long before Aerosmith filled stadiums with tens of thousands of fans, they traveled New England in a tiny van playing to smaller crowds. SENT.
— INNOCENT BYSTANDER SLAIN: A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an innocent bystander who had left his home to investigate a nearby disturbance. SENT.
— SEXUAL ASSAULT BEACH: Massachusetts State Police are investigating a reported sexual assault at a Boston beach. SENT.
NBA NATIONAL TV SCHEDULE
NBA fans will get a smorgasbord of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, Kevin Durant and the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets and the up-and-coming Boston Celtics as part of the league’s national television schedule. The NBA released its TV schedule for the first week of the season, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Wednesday, and all are prominently featured. The highlight is James and the Lakers visiting the Warriors on Christmas Day. Sent.
PAW SOX STADIUM
The chairman of the Boston Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate in Rhode Island has been spotted taking a tour of Worcester, which has spent the past year trying to woo the team. The Telegram & Gazette reports Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino toured the Massachusetts city Tuesday along with PawSox president Mike Tamburro, International League president Randy Mobley and an economist. Lucchino says the tour was scheduled weeks ago “as part of our due diligence as we explore options.” SENT.
RED SOX-BLUE JAYS
The Boston Red Sox play at the Toronto Blue Jays. Game starts at 7 p.m.
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