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

November 12, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TOMORROW

UNSAFE TOYS

A Boston-based child safety group is releasing its annual holiday list of the 10 most hazardous toys. World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., is unveiling its list Tuesday at a children’s hospital in Boston. UPCOMING: 130 words by noon. More on merits.

DRUG CRISIS-SPIRITIAL SPECIALISTS

Some clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis. In Newburgh, New York, it means Catholic friars leading sidewalk prayers. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, it means pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. And in Winchester, Virginia, it means funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Though their faiths differ, their goal is the same — to get troubled souls to seek treatment and take comfort in a higher power. By Michael Hill. UPCOMING: 1,800 words by 1 a.m., photos, video.

TOP STORIES:

ATHENAHEALTH SALE

Athenahealth shares soared Monday after the struggling medical billing software maker received a $5.7 billion cash buyout offer. Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital plan to give Watertown-based athenahealth shareholders $135 per share in a deal that will take the company private. That represents a roughly 12 percent premium over the closing price of athenahealth shares on Friday. But the latest deal is smaller than a $6.5 billion bid that prominent investor Elliott Management Corp. made in May. SENT: 320 words.

SPORTS BETTING

A delay in the start of sports betting in Rhode Island is costing the state millions in expected revenue. The budget passed in June included $23.5 million in revenue from sports betting, assuming an Oct. 1 start. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

— OFFICERS INJURED: A Massachusetts man police say stole a truck from a construction site and then used it to injure two Boston police officers while trying to escape is heading to court. SENT.

— GAY BARS-THREATS: Police are investigating threatening phone calls made to two bars in Boston that cater to a largely gay clientele. SENT.

— DORM TROUBLES: The University of Massachusetts Boston is promising to fix a litany of problems at the longtime commuter school’s first on-campus dormitory. SENT.

— DISPLACED PIZZA WORKERS: Workers in the Providence, Rhode Island area who lost their jobs when Papa Gino’s closed dozens of pizza parlors may not be out of work long. SENT.

— LEATHERBACK TURTLE RESCUE: Volunteers have rescued a massive leatherback turtle off a Massachusetts beach. SENT.

— INNOVATION LAB CLOSING: A Massachusetts tech incubator that struggled to find tenants has closed after two years. SENT.

— VETERANS HOUSING-ARMORY: Officials in Massachusetts say they plan to turn a 125-year-old armory in Lynn into housing for veterans. SENT.

— SHRIMP SHUTDOWN: Fishing managers will decide this week if New England’s fishery for shrimp must remain closed because of concerns about the environment and the animal’s population. SENT.

SPORTS:

STEADY TITANS

The Tennessee Titans insist they’ve learned their lesson on how to handle a winning streak after a three-game skid wiped out a 3-1 start. Now they’re 5-4 with back-to-back wins and preparing to visit Indianapolis. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 575 words, photos by 5:30 p.m. ET.

BOSTON COLLEGE-BROWN

Boston College coach Steve Addazio says quarterback Anthony Brown is day to day with an abdominal injury. SENT: 110 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Western New England at Sacred Heart, 7:30 p.m.

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