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

February 20, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

SHERMAN KILLING

Two Massachusetts men are due to be sentenced this week for a drug-related killing in northern Maine. Marcus Asante, of Fitchburg, was convicted in November of the murder and robbery of an Oakfield man on Oct. 16, 2016. A second man, Darin Goulding, of Leominster, testified against him under a plea agreement with prosecutors. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after sentencing.

IN BRIEF:

_ HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE-MERGER: A Massachusetts college that announced plans to seek a merger partner before it reaches a financial crisis has announced its first round of layoffs. SENT.

_ CHILD FLU DEATH: Public health officials in Massachusetts have confirmed a third pediatric flu death in the state this season. SENT.

_ NIGHTCLUB FIRE: Rhode Island is marking the 16th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200. More than 30 victims were from Massachusetts. SENT.

_ TEENAGER STABBED: A 16-year-old Massachusetts boy charged with fatally stabbing his 17-year-old cousin during a dispute that started as an argument over a pillow and blanket has been held without bail. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS

LAS VEGAS _ The Boston Bruins make their only trip of the season to Las Vegas when they face the Golden Knights on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. EST.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Boston College at NC State

North Carolina State looks to improve its NCAA Tournament standing when it hosts Boston College on Wednesday night. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

UMass at George Washington, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits

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