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

March 12, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Federal authorities in Boston have charged actresses Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, college coaches and others in a sweeping admissions bribery case in federal court. The racketeering conspiracy charges were unsealed Tuesday against the coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes regardless of their ability. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Collin Binkley. SENT: 450 words; will be updated, photos, video planned.

With: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-THE LATEST

HEPATITIS OUTBREAKS

This industrial city in central Massachusetts has had many nicknames through the years, including “the Heart of the Commonwealth” and “Wormtown.” Among them was this less-known medical moniker: “Hepatitisville.” Worcester has endured several outbreaks of the liver-battering disease, including one that sidelined 90 members of a college football team in 1969. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,600 words, photos, graphic.

SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island lawmakers are voting on a bill to expand sports betting by offering mobile gambling. If it passes, it goes to the governor’s desk. Some Republicans want a court opinion on whether voters need to approve such a change. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m., will be updated after floor vote Tuesday night.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOUSE SPEAKER-RESTAURANTS: Attention foodies: A top Massachusetts politician wants the state to regain its status as one of America’s leading culinary destinations. SENT.

_ HOUSE SPEAKER-TRANSPORTATION: Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is challenging business leaders to come up with ideas for easing transportation gridlock. SENT.

_ TEENAGER SLAIN: Two men have pleaded guilty to their roles in the death of a 16-year-old Boston boy who was shot in the back while riding his bicycle. SENT.

_ MAYOR CHARGED: Voters in Fall River are deciding whether to remove their embattled mayor from office. A recall election is scheduled for Tuesday. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated after close of polls.

_ COMMERCIAL BUILDING BLAZE: Dozens of firefighters are battling a multi-alarm blaze in a building on Newport Avenue in Quincy was reported at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. SENT.

_ WATER MAIN BREAK: A water main break in Boston has flooded a busy street, forced the evacuation of several buildings and caused major commuter headaches. SENT.

_ WENTWORTH-NEW PRESIDENT: The Wentworth Institute of Technology has named its new president _ the first in its history to come outside the field of engineering. SENT.

_ MACKEREL HARVEST: The East Coast harvest of an economically important species of small fish will be scaled back for the rest of the year. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-BLUE JACKETS

The Boston Bruins visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BOSTON COLLEGE-PITTSBURGH

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Pittsburgh, the No. 14 seed, looks to make the most of a difficult season when it takes on 11th-seeded Boston College, in the first round of the ACC Tournament. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

AP-ALL ACC

Duke freshman Zion Williamson is both The Associated press player and newcomer of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Virginia’s Tony Bennett is the coach of the year for the second straight year. SENT: 550 words, photos.

NORTHEASTERN-HOFSTRA

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Top-seeded Hofstra looks for its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 18 years when it takes on Northeastern in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament final on Tuesday

A10 TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

VCU coach Mike Rhoades knows his team heads into the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament as the favorite as regular season champs. But he’s taking a page from former boss Shaka Smart and making sure his team knows that some still don’t believe in the Rams. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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