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

March 9, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



When Elizabeth Warren took the stage to launch her presidential run to the strains of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” the song seemed to sum up the spirit of a candidacy built on giving workers a fairer shake. Presidential candidates have used thematic songs to great effect in recent decades. But using campaign songs to help connect with voters can cause trouble for presidential hopefuls if musicians object to the use of their works, as Warren could be finding out. By Elana Schor. SENT: 960 words, photos.


After falling short at the finish line last year, supporters of an effort to roll back a Massachusetts rule that denies welfare benefits to children born into families already receiving public assistance are hoping to score an early victory in the new legislative session. Many Democrats have long decried the rule as an outdated and unjust measure that hurts an estimated 9,000 low-income children in Massachusetts. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 765 words.


_ CVS-ON HOLD JINGLE: A Massachusetts doctor who pleaded with CVS to change its on-hold jingle is getting his wish. The pharmacy chain is in the process of updating its voice-response phone system, including the on-hold music that Dr. Steven Schlozman so hated. SENT.

_ WOMAN FOUND DEAD-TRUNK: Family and friends have gathered at a Boston church for the funeral of a 23-year-old woman who was kidnapped and killed following an outing for her birthday at a nightclub. SENT.

_ SKIER DEATH-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire State Police say a collision involving two skiers at Cannon Mountain Ski Area left a Massachusetts man dead. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS REVENUES: State revenue officials say tax collections rebounded in February after a dismal couple of months. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue took in more than $1.4 billion last month, which was more than 13 percent above February 2018 levels. SENT.

_ CRASH-RIVER SEARCH: Police and firefighters are searching the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts for a man believed to have ended up in the water after a car crash. SENT.

_ BOSTON BAR SAFETY: Boston’s police commissioner is asking the city’s nightspots and bars to send representatives to a meeting next week to discuss patron safety following two high-profile abductions of women. SENT.



Jayson Tatum and the Celtics go for their third straight win in California when they face LeBron James and the slumping Lakers in the latest edition of this storied NBA rivalry. LA beat Boston on Rajon Rondo’s thrilling basket at the buzzer last month. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.


The Ottawa Senators visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


North Carolina State plays Boston College at Silvio O. Conte Forum. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit. Game starts at 2 p.m.


Harvard sophomore Jack Schroeder has modest expectations for the prestige and fortune that might await him across the river if the Crimson manage to win the college curling national championships outside of Boston this weekend. With a victory, Schroeder has been promised an extension on his government midterm that would otherwise be due on Wednesday. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


The Columbus Crew plays at the New England Revolution. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 2 p.m.


UMass at Rhode Island, 4 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Harvard at Columbia, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Mass.-Lowell at Hartford, 5 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.


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