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

September 26, 2018

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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk until 4:30 p.m. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION 2018-MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR-STATE POLICE

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez says Republican Gov. Charlie Baker should fire the head of the state police and his public safety secretary and “take charge” of the police overtime abuse scandal. Gonzalez accused Baker on Wednesday of failing to take responsibility for corruption within the agency or act with a “sense of urgency” to correct them. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

NOT REAL NEWS-KAVANAUGH ACCUSER

A foundation run by billionaire Democratic donor George Soros did not award a fellowship or grant to Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to accuse U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. The false assertion confused Deborah Ramirez of Colorado, with a Massachusetts woman of the same name, who is a law professor at Northeastern University. SENT: 240 words.

IN BRIEF

— FISHING VESSEL DEATH: The suspect in a slaying aboard a fishing vessel off the coast of Massachusetts appears in court. UPCOMING. 130 words.

— ESTRANGED WIFE SLAIN: The arraignment for a Massachusetts man suspected of stalking and killing his wife before evading a police manhunt for nearly a day has been delayed while he undergoes a mental competency evaluation. SENT. Update expected.

— GAS EXPLOSIONS: Massachusetts regulators are calling for an outside review of the state’s natural gas distribution system in the wake of gas explosions and fires that affected three communities earlier this month. SENT.

— OLD APPLE COMPUTER-AUCTION: An Apple computer built in the 1970s that helped launch the personal computer age as well as a trillion-dollar company has sold for $375,000. SENT.

— BOSTON HOUSING: Boston’s population is growing faster than expected, so its mayor is stepping up efforts to build more housing. SENT.

— VOTER FRAUD: New Hampshire authorities have brought charges against a Massachusetts man accused of voting in two states in the 2016 general election. SENT.

— PAWSOX STADIUM: The Worcester City Council has approved a loan authorization of more than $100 million for the construction of a 10,000-seat ballpark for the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

— ZOO DIRECTOR CHARGED: Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss charges against the former director of a Massachusetts zoo as part of a pre-trial probation agreement. SENT.

— CHILD RAPE CONVICTION: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to up to three years in prison for raping a teenage girl.

—FATAL CRASH: Authorities in Massachusetts have identified the 17-year-old girl killed in a two-vehicle crash. SENT.

SPORTS

ORIOLES-RED SOX

After a rainout Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles play a doubleheader at Fenway Park. First game starts at 1 p.m., second game starts at 7 p.m.

ACC YOUNG TALENT

The Atlantic Coast Conference is getting younger — and it’s a trend that’s surely to continue. Throughout the league, teams are counting on highly regarded, talented youngsters to make plays and take charge, no matter how little experience they have. UPCOMING, 750 words by 2 p.m.

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