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

March 22, 2019

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.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

BEACON HILL

Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are hoping to improve the safety of school drinking water by requiring schools and child care centers to test drinking water outlets annually for elevated lead levels. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. UPCOMING: 550 words by noon.

TOP STORIES:

EDUCATION SPENDING

State officials and legislative leaders sounded an optimistic tone Friday that a long-sought overhaul of the education funding formula to help Massachusetts’ neediest children was close on the horizon. Yet there was still no immediate indication that a consensus, which has eluded the political establishment for years, was closer to realization. SENT: 680 words.

PEARL HARBOR CASUALTY IDENTIFIED

Military authorities say a sailor from Massachusetts who died when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941 has been accounted for. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday that Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Roman Sadlowski, of Pittsfield, was identified in December. SENT: 250 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ MASSACHUSETTS UNEMPLOYMENT: The state’s unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in February. Preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show Massachusetts added 6,600 jobs in February. During the past 12 months, Massachusetts has added 20,300 jobs. SENT.

_ DISAPPEARANCE-SUICIDE: A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to up to four years in prison for lying to police investigating the disappearance of another woman whose dead body was found about a year later. SENT.

_ PONZI SCHEME: A Boston hedge fund manager who scammed millions of dollars from friends, family and other investors in what authorities say was a Ponzi scheme has been sent to prison for more than 14 years. SENT.

_ VETERAN-HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA: A 94-year-old World War II veteran has received his high school diploma — 74 years after he would have gotten had he not enlisted. SENT.

_ DEADLY SHOOTING-LOWELL: A man charged in a fatal shooting in Massachusetts last year has pleaded not guilty. SENT.

_ COLLEGE FIRES: Prosecutors have reduced charges filed against a Massachusetts college student they say set several fires in her dormitory. SENT.

_ FIRE COUPLE KILLED: Officials have released the names of a couple killed in a fire in Massachusetts earlier this month. SENT.

SPORTS

REPPING YOUR SON

It didn’t take long for TJ Linta to select an agent for a potential pro football career. “After an exhausting search, I finally settled on JLSPORTS,” he says with a laugh. The agent there is one Joe Linta, TJ’s father. And also the former Brown quarterback’s coach in high school. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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