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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest, MA

September 19, 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.

Phil Marcelo is on the desk until 8 p.m. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts have issued nearly a dozen provisional retail licenses and are scheduled to consider four more applications on Thursday. But the question remains: When will the first recreational pot shops in the eastern U.S. finally be able to open for business? By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; updates on merits from meeting starting at 1 p.m. EDT.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

GAS EXPLOSIONS

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of the lone victim of last week’s dramatic series of natural gas explosions and fires north of Boston on Wednesday. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR-TAXING ENDOWMENTS

BOSTON — Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez said Massachusetts could raise $1 billion a year for education and transportation by taxing the endowments of the state’s wealthiest colleges and universities like Harvard University and MIT. By STEVE LeBLANC. SENT: 575 words.

SHARK ATTACK-CAPE COD

SAUGUS, Mass — Friends and family of the victim of the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts waters in more than 80 years are paying their final respects. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: more on merits.

KAVANAUGH-GENDER WARS

WASHINGTON — Nowhere is gender politics thicker in the election season air than in the mannerly U.S. Senate as it considers what President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, did or didn’t do in high school. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation of sexual assault — and Kavanaugh’s staunch denial — has ignited a tense, gender-infused war among the Senate’s 100 members, 23 of whom are women. By LAURIE KELLMAN. SENT: 1,057 words, photos

VOTER FRAUD

CONCORD, N.H. — A couple accused of casting ballots in two New Hampshire and Massachusetts are the first to face voter fraud charges in New Hampshire after their names were flagged by a multistate database. By HOLLY RAMER. SENT: 385 words

WINNIE THE POOH

Winnie-the-Pooh, that silly old bear, is the star of a new exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” explores how the beloved teddy bear dreamed up by author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard became a global phenomenon — along with his sidekick, Christopher Robin, and companions Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Rabbit. By Tracee M. Herbaugh. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ANGRY GREEN CRABS

Nice Canadians? Hardly. Aggressive crabs invading US waters from Nova Scotia threaten the coastal ecosystem. By David Sharp. SENT: 550 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— PREMATURE CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER: The Boston Red Sox have not clinched this year’s American League East division championship, but a banner marking the accomplishment has already been accidentally unveiled.

— POLICE OVERTIME THEFT: A third Massachusetts State trooper has agreed to plead guilty to putting in for overtime pay for shifts he didn’t work.

—HIGHWAY-SEXUAL ASSAULT: Massachusetts State Police have made an arrest in a sexual assault reported by a woman who ran out of the woods to flag down a trucker on an interstate highway.

—FATAL ACCIDENT-RETALIATION: A pedestrian has been fatally struck by a tow truck in Watertown and her son retaliated against the driver by stabbing him multiple times.

—SHOOTING DEATH-EAST BOSTON: A New Hampshire man is in custody for the shooting death of a 29-year-old in East Boston earlier this year.

—MOSQUITO VIRUS-MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts health officials say a mosquito has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis for the first time this year.

— OFFICER SHOT-HOSPITAL WARD: A Massachusetts hospital has renamed its pediatric unit after a police officer killed in the line of duty earlier this year.

— FATAL DRUG SHOOTING: A judge has sentenced a man to 15 to 17 years in prison in the shooting death of a Massachusetts man during a drug exchange.

— BRANDEIS-GRAD STUDENT UNION: Graduate students at Brandeis University have ratified their first labor contract with the school’s administration.

— MEDICARE FRAUD: A Massachusetts man who used another person’s identity to fraudulently obtain Medicare benefits has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

— SCISSOR LIFT ACCIDENT: Authorities in Boston say two workers were injured when a scissor lift broke and fell.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-YANKEES

Boston can clinch the AL East with a win at Yankee Stadium. Red Sox left-hander David Price (15-6, 3.42) faces struggling Yankees ace Luis Severino (17-8, 3.46). Price is 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break, while Severino has a 6.35 ERA in 10 starts over that same span. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

RED SOX-BETTS

NEW YORK — Mookie Betts is back in Boston’s lineup, hitting leadoff as the designated hitter while the Red Sox try to clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. SENT: 175 words, photos.

INDIANS-BAUER

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians want Trevor Bauer in their postseason rotation. The next step will come Friday night against the Boston Red Sox in his first appearance since breaking his right leg last month. SENT: 400 words.

CHINA-FLAMES-BRUINS

Jake DeBrusk scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday in Beijing, China. SENT: 150 words.

ACC-QUARTERBACKS

BOSTON — Louisville is still looking for an heir to Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. Boston College and Syracuse had quarterbacks coming back from injuries. Wake Forest was only looking for someone to fill-in while starter Kendall Hinton was suspended and may have found itself a long-term replacement. By JIMMY GOLEN. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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