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

July 24, 2018

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.

Sarah Betancourt is on the desk. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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Massachusetts lawmakers are expected to be back at work as they race to get bills to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk before the end of the formal legislative session on Tuesday. By Steve LeBlanc and Bob Salsberg. Upcoming 6 p.m.



Colleges are being pressured to cut ties with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid public outcries over the separation of migrant families along the nation’s southern border. Campus petitions and protests have demanded that school leaders terminate financial contracts with the agency at Northeastern University, Johns Hopkins University and Vermont’s system of public colleges, which have agreements totaling about $4 million this year for research and training services. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 820 words with photos.


A New England ocean science center says whale watchers off Iceland caught an extremely rare glimpse of an endangered right whale near their country. The North Atlantic right whale was spotted northwest of Reykjavik on Monday. The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium in Boston says there have been only three North Atlantic right whales identified off Iceland in the last 30 years. SENT: 133 words.


Like students procrastinating on their term papers, Massachusetts lawmakers have left a pile of unfinished business for the final days of the legislative session. SENT: 131 words.


— THE SIMPSONS-MASSACHUSETTS: A veteran writer for “The Simpsons” says the show isn’t based in Massachusetts despite several references to the state. SENT: 146 words with photos.

— FIREFIGHTERS-CANCER: Gov. Charlie Baker is hailing a new law that lets Massachusetts firefighters temporarily incapacitated due to certain forms of cancer receive full pay while they recuperate. SENT: 133 words.

—MASSACHUSETTS SURPLUS: New figures confirm Massachusetts ended the last fiscal year with a hefty surplus. SENT: 130 words.

—HOMICIDE VICTIM IDENTIFIED: A Massachusetts man who was fatally shot has been identified. SENT: 100 words.

— HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS STRUCK: Two Massachusetts drivers authorities say were involved in a crash that took the lives of two high school students walking near their school have been indicted on negligent motor vehicle homicide charges. SENT: 135 words.

— OFFICER-VEHICULAR HOMICIDE: Prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts police officer they say caused a fatal accident while on duty with motor vehicle homicide. SENT: 135 words.

—SENATE 2018- MASSACHUSETTS: A supporter of Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been charged with assaulting one of her challengers during a campaign event in Massachusetts. SENT: 155 words.

— E-CIGARETTE CRACKDOWN: Massachusetts’ attorney general is launching an investigation into a popular e-cigarette maker. SENT: 140 words.

— ENDANGERED RESERVATION: A key federal agency is supporting legislation protecting the Mashpee Wampanoag’s reservation lands in Massachusetts. SENT: 135 words.

— BODY FOUND-NEW HAMPSHIRE: Prosecutors in Massachusetts say an arrest has been made in the slaying of a man found near a New Hampshire road earlier this month. SENT: 121 words.

— CAPE COD STABBING: A 19-year-old Cape Cod man charged with fatally stabbing another man at a party has been scheduled for trial this fall.

— PRISON OPIOID SMUGGLING: Police have arrested two Massachusetts men they say were caught trying to smuggle drugs to inmates at the state women’s prison. SENT: 140 words.

— TEEN DIES-ASSAULT: A 15-year-old Massachusetts girl who hit her head when she was pushed to the ground has died. SENT: 118 words.

— KILLED BY TREE: Police say a large tree has fallen on a home in Massachusetts, killing a person inside. SENT: 90 words.

— LOBSTER BAIT: New England’s lobster fishing industry is again facing the possibility of a bait shortage, and ocean managers are looking to make some tweaks to the herring fishery. 120 words.



Drew Pomeranz comes off the disabled list for his first start since May 31, pitching for the first-place Boston Red Sox against the last-place Baltimore Orioles, now 0-4 since trading Manny Machado. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


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