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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

August 9, 2018

Good morning. 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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk followed by Dave Collins. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Self-driving government? Don’t bet on it, says Michael Dukakis, but the former three-term Massachusetts governor and erstwhile presidential candidate is leading a new push to incorporate artificial intelligence into the machinery of everyday government. “My concern is what happens to these technologies and whether or not we use them for good reasons and make sure they are internationally controlled,” said Dukakis, 84, who recently co-founded AIWS — short for Artificial Intelligence World Society. The project’s goal: Assure that the powerful technology becomes a benevolent tool for humanity and not, as some futurists and science writers fear, evolve into a sinister force that may someday control its very creators. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.


The Connecticut prosecutors in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s alleged murder case have until Thursday to file paperwork asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a state court’s dismissal of Skakel’s conviction. By Dave Collins. UPCOMING: 450 words.


State marijuana regulators plan to vote Thursday on provisional licenses for three more pot shops, which would bringing to six the number approved so far. When any of these stores might open remains to be seen, however, as the Cannabis Control Commission has yet to license testing labs that are required to screen cannabis products for THC concentration and possible contaminants. Developing on merits.


— DAY CARE INVESTIGATION: A Massachusetts child care center is being investigated because a teacher allegedly treated a young child roughly. SENT.

— BODY IN LAKE: A man arrested in connection with the death of a woman found face down in a Massachusetts lake last month has been held on $100,000 cash bail. SENT.

— CRASH-EASTHAM: Police in Massachusetts say one person was seriously injured in a crash involving two vehicles. SENT: 110 words.



The surging Boston Red Sox look to complete a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. Game starts at 7 p.m.


The defending AFC champion New England Patriots host Washington on Thursday night in their exhibition season opener. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Kickoff 7:30 p.m.

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