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

March 15, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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With another MBTA fare hike looming this summer, talk on Beacon Hill is again turning to additional ways to help pay for the state’s aging transportation system. After the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority voted to boost fares an average of about 6 percent _ critics argued the state needs to find other sources of revenue, from hiking the state gas tax to increasing fees on ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.



Massachusetts gambling regulators are receiving a long-awaited investigative report into allegations of sexual misconduct against casino mogul Steve Wynn. The state Gaming Commission is expected to be handed the report for its review Friday after the state recently reached a settlement with the former Wynn Resorts CEO, who had sued in Nevada to block its release. SENT: 350 words.


Native American leaders are teaming up with the U.S., British and Dutch governments on next year’s commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim landing. Events are planned in all three countries next year to reflect on the Pilgrims’ arrival in 1620 to what is now Massachusetts. SENT: 280 words, photos.


A father of three appears to have killed his wife and his children, then taken his own life and set fire to the family home in rural western Massachusetts, the area’s top prosecutor said. SENT: 300 words, photos.


_ FIREFIGHTER DEATH: The December death of a Massachusetts firefighter has been ruled a homicide after authorities determined the blaze he was fighting in an apartment building had been deliberately set by a tenant, the district attorney said. SENT.

_ ELECTION 2020-BILL WELD: The top strategist for Sen. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign is working for a likely Republican challenger to President Donald Trump. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld told The Associated Press on Friday that Stuart Stevens is his general consultant. SENT.

_ OFFICERS HOSPITALIZED-TRAFFIC STOP: Three Massachusetts police officers were hospitalized after being exposed to a white, powdery substance that turned out to be meth during a traffic stop. SENT.

_ DRUG TRAFFICKING INDICTMENT: The U.S. Attorney’s office says nine people have been charged with participating in a drug-trafficking conspiracy following a yearlong investigation. SENT.

_ SOCIAL SECURITY THEFT: A Massachusetts woman who pleaded guilty to stealing her dead mother’s Social Security benefits has avoided prison. SENT.

_ INFANT DEATH: A Massachusetts man whose 8-month-old daughter died days after he brought her to the hospital with severe injuries is now facing a murder charge. SENT.

_ STOLEN TRASH TRUCK: Police say they’ve recovered a trash truck that was stolen from Boston’s Logan International Airport. SENT.



The first lady of the Boston Marathon is running it again. The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, says two-time champion and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson will be in the field on April 15. SENT: 130 words, photo.


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