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

March 7, 2019

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORY:

HYDROPOWER TRANSMISSION PROJECT

A proposed transmission line across western Maine that would serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower is “in the best interest” of state electricity customers thanks to incentives negotiated with Central Maine Power, the state’s public advocate said Thursday. SENT: 360 words.

HIGH SCHOOL E-SPORTS TEAMS

New Mexico is joining a handful of other states in allowing high school students to participate in a growing sport _ video games. Around three dozen high schools are competing in the state’s inaugural e-sports season that began last month, and more schools may join as athletic officials consider adding a fall season. At least six other states _ Rhode Island, Illinois, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Georgia _ allow students to compete in e-sports as an officially sanctioned high school activity. SENT: 360 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOSTON TRAFFIC: Boston’s mayor is proposing ways to improve traffic in the notoriously gridlocked city. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday that he wants to create designated pickup and drop-off sites for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. SENT.

_ FIRING RANGE INJURIES: Boston police are reporting that two people have been injured in an accidental shooting at a city firearms training facility. SENT.

_ POSTAGE STAMP THEFT: A former U.S. Postal Service worker in Massachusetts who stole about $82,000 worth of postage stamps and sold many online at a discount has been sentenced to two years of probation. SENT.

_ BASEMENT BODY: A man charged in connection with the discovery of a body in a shallow grave in his Massachusetts home’s basement has been held without bail. SENT.

_ MAIL THEFT: A former mail carrier who stole nearly 10,000 pieces of mail intended for residents along her route in Boston in her search for gift cards and cash has avoided jail. SENT.

_ MURDER FOR HIRE PLOT: A Massachusetts jail inmate has pleaded guilty to trying to hire someone to kill three people, including a police officer. SENT.

_ FOOD PANTRY-SALEM: A free food pantry is now open on the Salem State University campus, helping to provide food to a number of students and nearby residents who have said they lack access to food. SENT.

_ RIGHT WHALE PROTECTIONS: A Congressional panel is holding a hearing about the threats facing endangered North Atlantic right whales, which number only about 411. SENT.

_ HIGH SCHOOL E-SPORTS TEAMS: New Mexico is joining a handful of other states, including Massachusetts, in allowing high school students to participate in a growing sport _ video games. SENT.

SPORTS:

PANTHERS-BRUINS

The Florida Panthers visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

SUPER BOWL DVD

NFL Films is no stranger to producing films commemorating a Super Bowl title for the New England Patriots. When it came time to tell the story of the Patriots’ sixth championship, they found that tying it into the past five was the best route. The final product is a 75-minute DVD that shows how the Patriots’ road to their third title the past five years had many of the trademarks of past championship New England squads. The DVD was released to the public on Tuesday. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ORIOLES-YASTRZEMSKI

The grandson of a Hall of Fame outfielder with a very notable last name, 28-year-old Mike Yastrzemski, remains hopeful of finally making to the big leagues with the Baltimore Orioles. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Boston U. at Colgate, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Holy Cross at Bucknell, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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