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

October 11, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TOMORROW

HOTEL WORKERS STRIKE-TECHNOLOGY

Self check-in kiosks at the hotel front desk, “smart” speakers in guest rooms and robots delivering room service. The hotel of the not-so-distant future sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, but it’s drawing real world anxiety for some of the thousands of hotel workers on strike across the U.S. this month. How much input workers have as these new technologies are rolled out is among the core issues as nearly 8,000 workers have walked off their jobs at Marriott-run hotels from Boston to Honolulu, say hotel workers and union officials. By Philip Marcelo and Dee-Ann Durbin. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 p.m., photos.

TOP STORIES:

MAYOR CHARGED

A Massachusetts mayor who was first elected at age 23 was arrested Thursday and charged with defrauding investors in a company he formed out of more than $230,000 and using the funds to enhance his political career and pay for a lavish lifestyle, federal prosecutors said. A newly unsealed 13-count indictment charges Jasiel Correia, the Democratic two-term mayor of Fall River, with wire fraud and filing false tax returns. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

With: Mayor Charged-The Latest

GAS EXPLOSIONS

Federal investigators are confirming overpressurized natural gas lines were the source of the deadly explosions and fires in communities north of Boston last month. Thursday’s preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says Columbia Gas workers failed to account for the location of critical gas pressure sensors in Lawrence on Sept. 13. It caused high-pressure gas to flood a low-pressure distribution system at excessive levels. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.

MASSACHUSETTS DRUG LAB

Thousands of additional drug cases tainted by a former chemist authorities say was high almost every day she worked at a state drug lab for eight years must be dismissed, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Thursday. The Supreme Judicial Court’s decision is the latest twist in a saga that has already resulted in the dismissal of more than 11,000 convictions and exposed that two former state prosecutors had withheld evidence about the scope of Sonja Farak’s misconduct. SENT: 525 words.

HARVARD MEDALISTS

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight recipients of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medals honoring those who have made significant contributions to black history and culture. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 4 p.m. presentations.

IN BRIEF:

— CHURCH-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-BOSTON: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is expanding an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations at one of its seminaries to all three and bringing in independent investigators. SENT.

— CHURCH ABUSE-BUFFALO: A high-ranking U.S. cardinal in Boston says he is concerned about a bishop’s handling of alleged clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and wants the Vatican to step in. SENT.

—TUFTS-GRAD STUDENT CONTRACT: Graduate students at Tufts University say they have reached their first labor deal with the Massachusetts school’s administration. SENT.

— HOSPITAL MERGER: The Massachusetts Public Health Council has set new restrictions on a proposed merger between two major hospital systems. SENT.

— FIRE-COUPLE DEATH: Authorities say an early morning house fire in Pittsfield that killed a couple in their 70s and injured their daughter was likely caused by an electrical cord that short circuited. SENT.

— UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEE QUESTIONED: The American Civil Liberties Union says it is representing a black employee of the University of Massachusetts who was reported to police while walking to work. SENT.

— JOHN KERRY-TELEVISION: Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry implored constituents to vote during an appearance on a Rhode Island public affairs television program. SENT.

— EMPLOYEE EMBEZZLEMENT: A Massachusetts woman will spend 18 months in prison for diverting more than $229,000 from her former employer into her personal accounts. SENT.

— RADIO STATION NAME: A Rhode Island public radio station is changing its name now that it has expanded into southeastern Massachusetts. SENT.

— SHARK ATTACK-FIRST AID: The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is teaming with a Massachusetts coastal town to provide first aid training for shark attacks. SENT.

— SEAWEED FOR COWS: An effort to mitigate the effects of livestock operations on climate change is getting a boost in the form of a $50,000 research grant. SENT.

SPORTS:

ALCS-ASTROS-RED SOX

Alex Cora led Boston to a victory over the hated Yankees. Next up for the first-year Red Sox manager: The team he left after winning a World Series as a bench coach last season. An infielder who spent 14 years with six big league teams, Cora was in Houston for one year before the Red Sox made him the first minority manager in franchise history — and one of its youngest, too. His first season is already a success, with a franchise-record 108 victories, a third consecutive AL East title and the team’s first playoff series win since 2013. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ALCS-RED SOX

The Red Sox were bounced from the postseason in the division round each of the last two seasons. They took advantage of home-field advantage this time around to get past the Yankees. Now Boston is hoping it pays off again in its AL Championship Series matchup with Houston. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m., photos.

ALCS-ASTROS-SUPER SPRINGER

Ask Houston manager AJ Hinch to name the best thing about George Springer and he rattles off a laundry list of qualities he admires in the outfielder. “I’m not sure there’s a perfect player,” Hinch said. “But he’s pretty close.” Last year’s World Series MVP hit three homers in the ALDS and the Astros look for him to continue his hot hitting as they prepare for Boston’s powerful offense in the ALCS beginning Saturday. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 650 words. Photos.

CHIEFS-PATRIOTS PREVIEW

Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes has been the most electrifying quarterback in the NFL this season. Next, he’ll get to be on the field opposite Tom Brady, who will retire as possibly the best to ever play the position. Mahomes leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes and has won each of his first six NFL starts, dating back to his lone start last season. With a win on Sunday night at New England, Mahomes would become the sixth quarterback since 1970 to win each of his first seven career starts. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m. EDT, photos. For Weekend Use.

With: Chiefs-Patriots Preview Capsule

OILERS-BRUINS

The Edmonton Oilers play the Boston Bruins. Game starts at 7 p.m.

EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW

Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics are the popular favorites to win the Eastern Conference, but several teams could challenge for the conference title, including Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 900 words, photos by 1 p.m.

ACC THIS WEEK

Duke’s visit to Georgia Tech shapes up as the best game of a sparse weekend around the Atlantic Coast Conference. SENT: 425 words, file photos.

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