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

November 8, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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A Massachusetts prosecutor says it’s unfair that the murder conviction of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was thrown out just because he killed himself in prison before his appeal was heard. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III told Massachusetts’ highest court Thursday that the legal doctrine that erased Hernandez’s conviction “makes no sense” and needs to change. John Thompson, Hernandez’s appellate attorney, told the Supreme Judicial Court there’s nothing wrong with the legal doctrine and that the alternatives floated by Quinn are problematic. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated



With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, the small city of Northampton feels like an appropriate site for the nation’s first legal recreational marijuana sales east of Colorado. Within days perhaps, an existing medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton expects to receive the final go-ahead to throw its doors open to anyone 21 or older who wants to purchase a range of cannabis products. Massachusetts voters approved of legalization just about two years ago, to the delight of the burgeoning cannabis industry which was primed to expand its geographic base beyond the several western U.S. states where recreational marijuana was sold. But the road to the first store openings has been a long and tedious one. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.


If a tree falls in the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary, it doesn’t matter if there’s no one around. You can hear it anyway. That’s because researchers have hidden dozens of wireless sensor nodes, microphones and cameras among the cattails and cedars of this Plymouth, Massachusetts nature preserve. Sounds picked up from the marsh and nearby woodland feed into an artificial intelligence system that can identify frogs or crickets, ducks or a passing airplane. One goal is to help scientists better understand changing climates and improve wildlife restoration techniques. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL GIFT: Harvard has received a $200 million gift that officials say is the largest in its medical school’s 236-year history. SENT.

— SHOOTING DEATH: Prosecutors in Massachusetts say a Pittsfield man shot last weekend has died, and police are now investigating the death as a homicide. SENT.

— CHILD LEFT ON BUS: Records show a Massachusetts school bus driver charged with leaving a 5-year-old boy on his bus for hours has several traffic tickets in his past. SENT.

— CHILD RAPE CHARGES-ACQUITTAL: A Massachusetts court officer who had been charged with raping his girlfriend’s teenage daughter has been acquitted. SENT.

— STABBING DEATH: One woman is dead and another is in the hospital suffering from stab wounds and facing charges after an altercation at a Fitchburg home. SENT.

— ENDANGERED WHALE MEETING: A group of scientists, conservationists and others is meeting in Massachusetts to brainstorm strategies to save one of the rarest marine mammals on the planet. SENT.

— STUDENT RUN VINEYARD: The University of Massachusetts Amherst has created a vineyard for students so they can obtain firsthand experience in growing grapes. SENT.

— SHELLFISH QUOTAS: A couple of the most significant fisheries for shellfish on the East Coast will have the same catch quotas next year. SENT.



The Boston Bruins play host to the Vancouver Canucks. Game starts at 7 p.m.


After a loss in Denver, the Boston Celtics come to Phoenix, to face the lowly Suns, who were beaten by 22 points at home against Brooklyn on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. ET


Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings playing linebacker and goal-line pass threat for Bill Belichick in New England. Now the rookie head coach gets his first crack at his former coach when Vrabel’s Titans host former teammate Tom Brady and the Patriots in a game Tennessee desperately needs. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. 750 words, photos moving in advance.



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