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

March 6, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

GAS EXPLOSIONS-INSURANCE CLAIMS

Small business owners and residents in a Massachusetts city rocked by natural gas explosions in September say they’re frustrated at the response from local officials and the utility company to blame for the disaster. A Wednesday morning forum in Lawrence gives community members a chance to air their grievances. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: About 600 words by 4 p.m., photos planned.

IN BRIEF:

_ VOTING AGE: U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is pushing to lower the federal voting age from 18 to 16. The Massachusetts Democrat made the proposal as her first amendment since winning election last year. SENT.

_ PILGRIM NUCLEAR PLANT: The Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth has received a vote of confidence from federal regulators as it prepares to shut down permanently. SENT.

_ MAYOR CHARGED: A Massachusetts mayor facing federal charges and a recall election has withdrawn his request to repay investors in his app company. SENT.

_ BODY FOUND: Authorities have released the name of the man found dead near a popular hiking area in western Massachusetts last weekend, but the death remains under investigation. SENT.

_ BASEMENT BODY: Police in Massachusetts have found the body of a 68-year-old man reported missing two weeks ago buried in a shallow grave in the basement of a home, and arrested a resident of the building. SENT.

_ IDENTITY THEFT SCAM: Police in Massachusetts are warning of a scammer is using the identity of a Hingham police sergeant to solicit money on dating sites and social media. SENT.

SPORTS:

CELTICS-KINGS

The Sacramento Kings host the Boston Celtics. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. EST.

MANFRED

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred addresses a business group in Boston. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 300 to 600 words by 4 p.m. Developing from noon speech.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

No. 13 seed Boston College faces No. 12 seed Virginia in the opening game of the ACC women’s tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words from 1 p.m. start.

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