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

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



A legislative commission examining the possibility of safe injection sites and other responses to the opioid epidemic is expected to release its initial findings. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: Story on merits.


Casino executives, lottery officials and even former baseball player Bobby Valentine have traveled to Connecticut’s Capitol, hoping to get a piece of whatever system the Legislature may put in place to legalize sports gambling. The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee is holding public hearing Tuesday on that issue and other bills to expand gambling in the state. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


David W. Blight’s biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh’s “Heartland” are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary merit. On Tuesday, the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University announced shortlists for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize. SENT: 280 words.


_ MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR-LEGAL COUNSEL: Gov. Charlie Baker’s chief legal counsel is stepping down after four years on the job. SENT.

_ RED FLAG LAW: The state’s court system has issued six orders allowing police to confiscate firearms from individuals since a so-called “red flag” law took effect last summer. SENT.

_ PEOPLE-STEPHEN KING-GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH: The master of the American horror novel has donated $1.25 million to the masters of American genealogical research. SENT.

_ BOSTON POPS-2019 SEASON: The Boston Pops are gearing up for a new season, and it’s a musical grab bag with something for everyone. SENT.

_ GUN-BOSTON AIRPORT: Police have arrested a New Hampshire man they say brought a loaded handgun to Boston’s Logan International Airport. SENT.

_ NUCLEAR FUEL STORAGE: A federal judge has awarded more than $100 million to the owners of three closed nuclear plants in New England because of spent nuclear fuel that has yet to be removed by the U.S. government. SENT.

_ CRASH-SEVERED LEGS: Police say a drunken driver crashed into a man getting items from the trunk of a car in Massachusetts, severing the victim’s legs. SENT.

_ OFFICER-CHILD RAPE: A Massachusetts police officer has been charged with raping a 13-year-old boy me met on a social media app. SENT.

_ HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE: Faculty members at Hampshire College have voted on a resolution to express no confidence in the leadership of the institution. SENT.



The San Jose Sharks visit the Boston Bruins. Game starts at 7 p.m.


The Boston Celtics visit the Toronto Raptors. Game starts at 8 p.m.


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


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