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

March 1, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Maine lobstermen brought more than 119 million pounds (54 million kilograms) of the state’s signature seafood ashore last year, an increase that helped to propel the total value of Maine’s seafood to the second-highest value on record, state officials said Friday. The value of the 2018 lobster catch was more than $484.5 million, and the total value for all Maine seafood was more than $637.1 million, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources. SENT: 710 words.


_ WOMAN FOUND DEAD-TRUNK: A man arrested in Delaware after a Massachusetts woman’s body was found in the trunk of the car he was driving will return to Rhode Island to face charges. SENT.

_ MISSING WOMAN: A Boston man charged with kidnapping a 23-year-old woman from outside a city bar now faces rape charges in the case. SENT.

_ VOTER FRAUD: New Hampshire authorities say a Massachusetts man who admitted to voting in two states in the 2016 general election has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service. SENT.

_ GYMNASTICS INSTRUCTOR-CHILD PORN: Authorities in Florida say a former Massachusetts gymnastics instructor faces child pornography charges. SENT.

_ DECOMMISSIONED POWER PLANT: Developers have set the date for the demolition of the towers at a decommissioned coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ SEAGULL EATS RAT: A British tourist visiting Boston captured on video a hungry seagull devouring a dead rat in a single gulp and posted it on social media, prompting thousands of horrified comments. SENT.



The Washington Wizards visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


Pennsylvania at Harvard. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


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