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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 1:30 pm, MA

April 16, 2019

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

MICHAEL JACKSON DOCUMENTARY

The co-executor of Michael Jackson’s estate and its lead litigator speak publicly for the first time about the HBO “Leaving Neverland” documentary in a panel discussion co-sponsored by Harvard’s Institute of Politics. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 500 words.

NOTRE DAME FIRE-FALL RIVER CHURCH

A huge 1982 fire eerily similar to the one that gutted Paris’ Notre Dame destroyed a Massachusetts cathedral _ also called Notre Dame and under renovation. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photo planned.

IN BRIEF:

_ HEATING ASSISTANCE: Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is increasing the amount of funding available to help low-income residents pay their heating bills. SENT.

_ SUPERMARKET WORKERS STRIKE-BOURQUE: A former NHL star is apologizing for crossing a picket line to shop at a Massachusetts supermarket where workers are on strike. SENT.

_ SHARK DETECTORS: Organizers of an effort to raise $200,000 to buy a pair of shark-detecting sonar buoys to deploy off Cape Cod say they will return $36,000 already raised because it’s too late to install them this year. SENT.

_ WOMAN KILLED: A Massachusetts man convicted of killing his girlfriend and trying to kill her son has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. SENT.

_ ILLEGAL GUN SALES: A Rhode Island man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal firearms sales. SENT.

_ SALMON RECOVERY: Addressing the problems caused by dams is still the biggest challenge facing the recovery of the Atlantic salmon. SENT.

_ BOSTON MARATHON-CRAWL TO FINISH: A Marine veteran running in the Boston Marathon in honor of his three fallen friends says he never thought about giving up even when his legs gave out. SENT.

SPORTS

RED SOX-YANKEES

The Red Sox and Yankees open their first series of the season both mired in sluggish starts. Boston ace Chris Sale (0-3, 9.00) hasn’t looked like himself after last fall’s World Series run. New York starts struggling LHP James Paxton (1-2, 6.00). AP photos planned. Game starts at 6:35 p.m.

BOSTON MARATHON

Sometimes a race is both a marathon and a sprint, as Boston Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono learned. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

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