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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

August 31, 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 Steve LeBlanc. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Open congressional seats are hard to come by in Massachusetts, which helps explain why no fewer than 12 candidates are vying for votes in a single district in Tuesday’s primary. Ten are Democrats, but there’s also a Republican and an independent in the hunt, making it one of the nation’s most-crowded contests. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 800 words, photo.


Researchers are sharing insights from a five-year study of the booming great white shark population off Cape Cod, where a man recently survived a brutal attack. Authorities, meanwhile, say they’re concerned about safety — not just for the busy Labor Day weekend but the weeks beyond, when there are no more lifeguards standing watch. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.


— MULTISTATE BURGLARY RING: Massachusetts authorities say they have shut down a multistate ATM and vehicle theft ring run by a career criminal known as Willy Wonka or “the Chocolate Man.” SENT.

— POLICE OVERTIME THEFT: A former Massachusetts State Police lieutenant charged with getting paid for overtime shifts he either didn’t work or didn’t complete has pleaded not guilty. SENT

— DUNE PROJECT: Officials in Cape Cod town are considering building a dune to protect a local beach from erosion. SENT.



The major league-leading Boston Red Sox continue their series against the Chicago White Sox. Nathan Eovaldi pitches for Boston while Michael Kopech makes his third start for Chicago. Kopech was one of the Red Sox’s top prospects before they traded him to the White Sox for Chris Sale in December 2016. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET.


A preview of Boston College hosting UMass in their season openers. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

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