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

November 26, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

WAYS AND MEANS CHAIR

Democratic U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, the incoming chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is discussing his legislative priorities.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

GAS EXPLOSIONS-HEARING

Congress members called for executives at the utility company to blame for September’s natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts to step down Monday as they held a special hearing into the disaster. The six House and Senate members from Massachusetts and New Hampshire who held the hearing at a packed middle school gymnasium in Lawrence took aim at the corporate culture at Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and its parent company, Indiana-based NiSource. SENT: 540 words, photos.

SPORTS BETTING

A casino in Rhode Island is the first in New England to accept bets on professional sports. Sports betting began at Twin River Casino’s Lincoln location Monday afternoon. Rhode Island is the first New England state to legalize sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law this year that made most sports gambling illegal. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words.

COLLEGE CLOSING

Students who attended a Massachusetts college that abruptly closed have filed a class-action lawsuit against the school, administrators and trustees. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Boston alleges that Mount Ida College officials deliberately misled students about the severity of its financial problems before it closed in May. The Newton campus was sold for $75 million to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which is using the site for career development programs. SENT: 450 words.

AVIATOR-WARSHIP

A U.S. Navy destroyer that will be named for a Navy pilot from Massachusetts who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War arrived in Boston on Monday ahead of an official commissioning ceremony. The future USS Thomas Hudner cruised past Castle Island before docking at the Flynn Cruise Port Terminal. The commissioning ceremony is scheduled for Saturday. SENT: 300 words, photos.

CHURCH ABUSE

A 74-year-old former Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to raping an altar boy in Massachusetts went on trial Monday for allegedly assaulting two boys in Maine in the 1980s. Ronald Paquin, who was defrocked in 2004, is charged with assaulting the boys between 1985 and 1988 in Kennebunkport, Maine, when the victims were 14 or younger. Court documents indicate one of them was “substantially impaired” by drugs during the assault. SENT: 320 words, photos.

KENNEDY COUSIN

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to refuse to hear an appeal by Connecticut prosecutors seeking to reinstate his murder conviction in the 1975 killing of his teenage neighbor. Skakel’s lawyer, Roman Martinez, wrote in a 37-page brief that the Connecticut Supreme Court was right when it vacated his client’s murder conviction in May, citing his trial lawyer’s failure to contact a key alibi witness and have him testify before a jury. SENT: 450 words, photos.

MUSIC-Q&A-MICK JAGGER

Mick Jagger likes a buzz. A natural buzz. The Rolling Stones frontman, who will tour America next spring with his iconic band, says live shows give him a rush that can’t be matched and is the reason that at 75, he still loves touring. Tickets go on sale Friday and the 13 shows will hit Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington, D.C. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— HATE CRIMES-MASSACHUSETTS: Gov. Charlie Baker says the state will create a new website to track reports of hate crimes. SENT.

— DEMOCRATS-PELOSI-MASSACHUSETTS: Incoming U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is planning to support Nancy Pelosi as the next House speaker. SENT.

— JROTC HEROES: Four members of a Massachusetts high school’s JROTC program are being hailed as heroes for rushing into a burning home and rousing the sleeping residents, including several children. SENT. With photo.

— FAMILY FIGHT DEATH: Authorities say what started as a social media dispute between cousins ended with a 63-year-old woman dead and her 23-year-old niece facing charges. SENT.

— WHALE DEATH: The carcass of a 54-foot fin whale that was known to researchers for more than 30 years has washed up on a Massachusetts beach. SENT.

— CAR STRIKES TREE: Police say a woman was killed and two other people were seriously injured when their car slammed into a tree in western Massachusetts. SENT.

— TALLEST BUILDING: There’s still no plan for the so-called Superman building in Rhode Island five years after it was left vacant. SENT.

— CHEMICAL PLANT FIRE: Firefighters in Massachusetts knocked down a fire at a chemical plant over the weekend. SENT.

— AMTRAK TRAIN-DELAYED: Some people spent the end of their Thanksgiving holiday stuck on a Boston-bound Amtrak train for more than five hours. SENT.

SPORTS:

CELTICS-NEW ORLEANS

The Boston Celtics visit the New Orleans Pelicans. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BRUINS-MAPLE LEAFS

The Boston Bruins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. Game starts at 7 p.m.

ON FOOTBALL-NOT QUITE THERE

When Patriots players looked around the locker room Sunday, they saw a generally healthy squad. That’s scary for the rest of the NFL. Or maybe not. Unless New England makes some key improvements over the next month — and can anyone doubt the Patriots will, given their track record? — a third straight trip to the Super Bowl will be problematic. In their 27-13 victory over the game-but-outmanned Jets, the Patriots (8-3) pretty much were workmanlike. Given the competition this season from the likes of the Chiefs, Steelers, Chargers and Texans, that might not be enough. SENT: 800 words, photos.

POSTSEASON SHARES

A postseason share on World Series champion Boston was worth $416,838, down from a record $438,902 for Houston in 2017. The commissioner’s office said Monday the Red Sox voted 66 full shares, 10.025 partial shares and eight cash awards. The Astros had 60 full shares, 9.23 partial shares and four cash awards. The players’ pool was a record $88.19 million, breaking the mark of $84.5 million set last year. SENT: 190 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Minnesota at Boston College, 9 p.m.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

— Mexico wants internet access for all. Getting everyone online could reduce poverty, too. By Jack J. Barry, University of Connecticut. https://theconversation.com/mexico-wants-internet-access-for-all-getting-everyone-online-could-reduce-poverty-too-104206

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