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

March 26, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-MEMORIAL

The creator of a permanent memorial to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings is giving the media a sneak peek at the monument. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., photos.

OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA

The maker of OxyContin and the family that owns the company have reached a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma over the prescription painkiller’s role in the nation’s deadly opioid crisis, a person familiar with the agreement said Tuesday. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BEACH FEES

Rhode Island environmental officials are no longer considering raising beach parking fees in the state. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit said Monday that the controversy about the parking rates detracted from the larger goals of celebrating and supporting state parks and beaches. SENT: 250 words.

ASUS-MALWARE ATTACK

The Taiwanese computer company ASUS is acknowledging that suspected nation-state hackers planted malware on its online automatic update service in a sophisticated and targeted espionage operation. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOTEL SHOOTING: Massachusetts State Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a shooting at a hotel in suburban Boston. SENT.

_ CONVERSION THERAPY: The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled debate on legislation that would prohibit LGBTQ conversion therapy in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ IMMIGRATION-LIBERIA: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is helping lead a coalition of attorneys general in supporting Liberians fighting to stay in the U.S. Besides Minnesota, the coalition includes attorney generals of Massachusetts and other states. SENT.

_ BOTCHED ARREST-SETTLEMENT: A Massachusetts city has paid $143,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by an 88-year-old woman who said she was arrested and injured by officers who went to the wrong address. SENT.

_ PERSONAL AIDE-ASSAULT CHARGES: Police say a personal care attendant punched the 57-year-old man he was caring for then tipped him out of his wheelchair onto the floor. SENT.

_ HANDS OFF SEALS: Heavy surf has brought many young seals to New England shores in recent days, and scientists say it’s important for people to leave the animals alone. SENT.

_ CHURCH ABUSE: The case of a former Massachusetts priest who was convicted of sexually assaulting an altar boy in Maine years ago is due to return to court later this week. SENT.

_ SHOT IN CAR: A reputed gang member from Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to shooting a young father from Rhode Island who was found dead inside his crashed car in 2016. SENT.

_ WAYFAIR-MALL STORE: Online furniture seller Wayfair is expanding its physical presence, opening its first permanent mall store later this year. SENT.

SPORTS

CELTICS-CAVALIERS

The struggling Boston Celtics visit the Cleveland Cavaliers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RED SOX-PEARCE

Steve Pearce will start the season on the injured list for the Boston Red Sox. The 2018 World Series MVP exited an exhibition game last weekend due to discomfort in his left calf. Pearce, a right-handed batter, normally platoons with lefty-hitting Mitch Moreland at first base. But the Red Sox will begin defense of their championship Thursday in Seattle without Pearce. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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