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

May 1, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

In just over a month, federal prosecutors convinced four defendants in the sweeping college admissions bribery scam to flip and agree to spill the beans about others. Now, their cooperation could spell trouble for those still fighting the charges and lead federal investigators to new targets, experts say. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 800 words, photos.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-WYNN

Massachusetts gambling regulators say the record $35.5 million fine they imposed on Wynn Resorts and its CEO is also meant to serve as a deterrent as the nascent state industry takes shape. State Gaming Commission Chair Cathy Judd-Stein said Wednesday she’s confident the panel struck the right balance in fining the company. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 500 words, file photos

PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE

A Florida police officer testified Wednesday that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was “very engaging” during a “happy-go-lucky traffic stop” after his luxury car was pulled over following his visit to a massage parlor where he is charged with paying for a sex act. The testimony came on the third day of a hearing in which Kraft’s attorneys are arguing that hidden surveillance video of the Patriots owner at the spa should be thrown out. SENT: 400 words, photos.

PRISON OPIOID TREATMENT

A federal appeals court has affirmed a judge’s order requiring a jail to provide medication to a woman to keep her opioid addiction in remission. The Aroostook County Jail in northern Maine appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston after a Portland-based U.S. district judge granted the preliminary injunction, which requires the jail to provide prescribed medication to Brenda Smith. The appeals court released a brief, unsigned ruling Tuesday saying it found “no abuse of discretion by the district court” in ruling in Smith’s favor. SENT: 350 words

IN BRIEF:

_ BANK ROBBERY-SHOTS FIRED: Massachusetts state police say a suspect has been arrested after someone fired a weapon at officers responding to a bank robbery in Somerville. SENT.

_ HARVARD PROTESTS: A union for Harvard University graduate students is staging a campus sit-in to pressure the school to meet its labor demands. SENT.

_ LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS: Legal marijuana has reached a milestone of sorts in Massachusetts as sales of recreational pot climb over the $100 million mark. SENT.

_ HOSPITAL MERGER: The war of words over a proposed hospital systems merger in Rhode Island is heating up. Care New England and Brigham Health _ a division of Boston-based Partners HealthCare _ on Tuesday launched a website to tout the benefits of a merger, saying it will improve affordable health care for Rhode Islanders. SENT.

_ HASBRO FUTURE: After luring Pawtucket, Rhode Island’s minor league baseball team, the city of Worcester, Massachusetts may be going after its most famous business, toy maker Hasbro. SENT.

_ ENVIRONMENTAL POLICE CHIEF FIRED: The former head of the Massachusetts Environmental Police, who was fired for allegedly fixing two traffic tickets, says he was ousted in retaliation for reporting misconduct in the agency. SENT.

_ AMERICAN BURYING BEETLE: U.S. wildlife officials say an endangered carnivorous beetle is making a comeback and should be downlisted to threatened. SENT.

SPORTS

ATHLETICS-RED SOX

Mitch Moreland homered and drove in another run on a sacrifice fly after a lucky hop off the second base bag moved the runners along and Boston beat Oakland 7-3 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep for the previously struggling World Series champions. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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