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

February 20, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Central Maine Power submits proposed incentives to win support for a 145-mile transmission line needed to supply hydropower from Canada to electricity consumers in Massachusetts. By David Sharp. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon.



For heroic World War II tank gunner Clarence Smoyer, the inside of a tank was his home and the crew was his family. In that sense, the 95-year-old veteran returned home Wednesday for the first time since the war. One of the last surviving WWII tank gunners, Smoyer was surprised with a ride through the streets of Boston in a Sherman tank, one of the tanks most widely used by the U.S. during the war. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.


_ HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE-MERGER: A Massachusetts college that announced plans to seek a merger partner before it reaches a financial crisis has announced its first round of layoffs. SENT.

_ CHILD FLU DEATH: Public health officials in Massachusetts have confirmed a third pediatric flu death in the state this season. SENT.

_ NIGHTCLUB FIRE: Rhode Island is marking the 16th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200. More than 30 victims were from Massachusetts. SENT.

_ JAIL TOILET DRUGS: Prosecutors say a bag of drugs recovered from a toilet at a Massachusetts jail contained fentanyl and not heroin as initially thought. SENT.

_ SEX OFFENDER PROTESTS: Police say someone threw a piece of concrete through the window of a registered sex offender’s home in Providence, Rhode Island. SENT.

_ COLLEGE FIRES: The mother of a Massachusetts college student charged with setting fires in her dormitory says she was hospitalized for an emergency psychiatric evaluation before her arrest. SENT.

_ SHERMAN KILLING: A judge has sentenced the triggerman in a drug-related killing in northern Maine to 35 years while another man received four years and 239 days under a plea deal. SENT.

_ TEENAGER STABBED: A 16-year-old Massachusetts boy charged with fatally stabbing his 17-year-old cousin during a dispute that started as an argument over a pillow and blanket has been held without bail. SENT.

_ GUILTY PLEA CHANGE: A Massachusetts man could see his felony drug charges dismissed over his claim that a police chief in Vermont lied in his affidavit. SENT.



LAS VEGAS _ The Boston Bruins make their only trip of the season to Las Vegas when they face the Golden Knights on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. EST.


Boston College at NC State

North Carolina State looks to improve its NCAA Tournament standing when it hosts Boston College on Wednesday night. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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


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