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

May 15, 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.

Sarah Betancourt is on the desk. 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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


US College Closing

State senators hold an oversight hearing on the controversial plan by the University of Massachusetts to purchase the assets of Mt. Ida College, a small liberal arts school outside of Boston that is closing after the spring semester. By Bob Salsberg. Upcoming 4 p.m.



An annual conference organized by a prominent Democratic think tank is offering an early glimpse at some of the Democrats plotting a challenge to President Donald Trump in 2020. But it’s also showing some of the challenges of coming up with an agenda to reach voters who turned to Trump in 2016. Among the speakers are potential 2020 candidates, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 870 words.


Massachusetts lawmakers are being urged to approve legislation that would prevent school districts from denying hot lunches to students who don’t have the money to pay for them. The Legislature’s education committee heard testimony on Tuesday from advocates who called for an end to what critics call “meal shaming,” because of the embarrassment it can cause children. Several other states have recently adopted policies to curtail the practice. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 772 words.


“I went to the woods because I wished to conquer as many levels as possible?” People don’t usually navigate “Walden” with a joystick, but a new Playstation game devoted to the Henry David Thoreau classic debuts Tuesday. Video game aficionados and lovers of literature alike aren’t quite sure what to make of it. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 500 words.


— ART HEIST MYSTERY: A West Virginia man who pleaded guilty to trying to sell paintings he didn’t have access to and falsely claimed were stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history has been sentenced. SENT: 133 words.

— COYOTE ESCAPE: Fire officials are warning people in the area to keep an eye out for coyotes after a woman says she was forced to climb a tree at a Massachusetts reservation as the animals surrounded her and her dog. SENT: 130 words.

—SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-MA: A Massachusetts Senate committee is urging the chamber to toughen its sexual harassment policies. SENT: 135 words.

— MA HOSPITAL CLOSURE: A Massachusetts hospital has shut down its operating rooms ahead of its impending closure. SENT: 141 words.

— FAMILY PLANNING LAWSUITS: Twenty attorneys general are challenging Trump administration rule changes they say will reduce access to family planning services. SENT: 132 words.

— TRAIN-CAR-COLLISION: A train and car have collided in the western Massachusetts town of Monson. SENT: 57 words/

— MASS GOVERNOR-LIVELY: Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively is challenging incumbent Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to debates ahead of the September primary. SENT: 136 words.

— 2019 BOSTON MARATHON: Mark your calendars — and pray for a dry day. The Boston Athletic Association says registration for next year’s Boston Marathon will open on Sept. 10. SENT: 132 words.

— COLLEGE CLOSING: The state attorney general’s office has determined that while inconvenient to many, the $75 million sale of Mount Ida College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst can proceed. SENT: 380 words.

— SECOND SHOOTING IN 12 HOURS: Police are investigating a shooting that has killed one man in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston. SENT: 105 words.

—TERROR PLIT-OFFICER’S SON: A Boston police captain’s son who’s accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group is expected to plead guilty next week. SENT: 138 words.

— HALLOWEEN-HIT-AND-RUN: A Massachusetts man charged with driving drunk when he struck a family celebrating Halloween in Salem has had his request for no jail time in exchange for a guilty plea denied. SENT: 146 words.

— RESTAURANTS-DRUG MONEY: A Massachusetts man who sold drugs to finance two Worcester restaurants has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. SENT: 151 words.

—CHILD INJURED: A North Andover man has been sent to jail for more than two years for seriously injuring his newborn daughter nearly three years ago. SENT: 145 words.

— NORMAN ROCKWELL BLOWBACK: The first two works of art put up for auction by the Massachusetts museum that came under intense fire for its decision to sell dozens of pieces have sold for more than $1.4 million combined. SENT: 130 words.

— OFFICER SHOT-PLAYGROUND: A playground is being named in honor of a Massachusetts police officer killed in the line of duty. SENT: 130 words.

—GUN RANGE VIDEO-SENTENCE: A convicted felon from Boston uploaded videos of him shooting a gun at a Maine firing range despite being banned from possessing firearms has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. SENT: 130 words.



The Celtics dominated the Cavaliers in a 25-point victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland is expecting a big response by LeBron James in Game 2. Coach Tyronn Lue is also weighing inserting Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup after the Cavs were outscored 60-38 in the paint in Game 1. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.


The Oakland A’s visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

Why the offshore wind industry is about to take off. By Matthew Lackner & Erin Baker, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. http://theconversation.com/why-the-offshore-wind-industry-is-about-to-take-off-95997

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