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

May 21, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

REMOVING REACTORS

What if you could shut down a nuclear reactor, clean up the radioactive mess left behind, pack the spent fuel for storage, dismantle the plant and release the site all in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take? It’s called accelerated decommissioning, and environmentalists contend it’s fraught with risks. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video.

MASSACHUSETTS BUDGET

Rallies and sit-ins are expected to accompany the opening of Senate debate on the state’s $42.7 billion budget. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Two parents, including the former co-chairman of an international law firm, are set to plead guilty in the college admissions bribery scheme. UPCOMING: 130 words; will be updated on merits.

IN BRIEF:

_ PIANIST-FACADE COLLAPSE: An aspiring concert pianist whose career was likely ended when she lost a finger and suffered other severe injuries when a Boston restaurant’s brick and concrete facade collapsed on her has sued. SENT.

_ CRUISER HITS TODDLER: Boston police are investigating injuries sustained by a toddler who was struck by a department cruiser. SENT.

_ TEEN GIRL DEATH: Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating the death of a 13-year-old girl brought to a Lawrence hospital on Monday night. SENT.

_ EARNS-TJX: The TJX Cos. (TJX) on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $700.2 million. On a per-share basis, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said it had net income of 57 cents. SENT.

_ COAST GUARD-SEASONAL STATIONS: The Coast Guard is opening three seasonal stations in the region later this week. SENT.

_ FUGITIVE-VETERANS BENEFITS THEFT: A Massachusetts man who evaded authorities for three years after he was charged with stealing more than $100,000 in veterans’ benefits from his father has been sent to prison for up to three years. SENT.

_ NRG-STREAM ENERGY: NRG Energy plans to buy the retail electric and natural gas business of Dallas-based Stream Energy for $300 million. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-CUP VETERANS

When the Bruins take the ice in the Stanley Cup final, they’ll do it with a core group of veterans that know what it’s like to win it and come up short. Apart from Zdeno Chara, who was 33 years old when Boston hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2011, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask were all 25 or younger. Now they all could play pivotal roles in the Bruins’ latest Stanley Cup bid. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 7 p.m., photos.

RED SOX-BLUE JAYS

Boston plays Toronto at Rogers Centre. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RED SOX-YANKEES-LONDON ARTIFICIAL TURF

The traditional rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a radical twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 950 words, photos.

BBC--ACC-BOSTON COLLEGE-CLEMSON

DURHAM, N.C. _ Eighth-seeded Clemson takes on 12th-seeded Boston College in the opening game at the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words from 11 a.m. start.

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