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

March 19, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



U.S. Sen. Edward Markey planned to donate campaign contributions he received from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida, to an organization that works to end human trafficking. Markey received $3,600 in donations from Kraft during the Massachusetts Democrat’s first campaign for the Senate in 2013, according to federal campaign finance data. SENT: 330 words, photos.


Wells Fargo Securities has agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit over Rhode Island’s failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company. Wells Fargo and the SEC announced the proposed settlement in filings Monday with the U.S. District Court in Providence. A federal judge must approve it. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 300 words, photos.


A colorful new exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts explores how blurring gender lines are redefining the fashion industry. The show was inspired, in part, by what’s happening right now in fashion, said Michelle Finamore, a fashion historian and curator. SENT: 5450 words, photos.


Advocates for better addiction treatment want New York state to invest millions of dollars in a program to put methadone, suboxone and other medications used to treat addiction in all county jails and state prisons. They say the drugs would give inmates the care they need and save money in the long run by reducing recidivism. Former addicts recount hellish stories about going through withdrawal in jail and say providing the drugs is the humane thing to do. By David Klepper. SENT: 800 words, photos.


_ FIRE-FIVE DEAD: Authorities have found evidence that accelerants were used to start a fire at a Massachusetts home in which a family of five was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide. SENT.

_ JEWISH CEMETERY-VANDALISM: Police are investigating anti-Semitic messages and Nazi imagery scrawled on dozens of gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ WAR MEMORIAL VANDALIZED: Massachusetts State Police say a World War II memorial was vandalized in Boston. SENT.

_ MAN KILLED BY OWN TRUCK: Massachusetts State Police say a Maine man struck and killed by his own pickup truck on a highway near Boston may have suffered some kind of medical emergency. SENT.

_ GIRLFRIEND KILLING: A Massachusetts man has been found guilty of raping and killing his girlfriend inside her apartment a decade ago. SENT.

_ CHILD LEFT ON BUS: A judge has denied a motion to dismiss a charge filed against a Massachusetts school bus driver who allegedly left a 5-year-old boy on the bus for hours. SENT.



The Boston Bruins hope to have David Pastrnak back in the lineup for the first time in more than a month when they visit the New York Islanders. Boston is looking for its second straight win after a three-game skid. The first-place islanders have won five of seven. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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