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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

March 12, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HEPATITIS OUTBREAKS

This industrial city in central Massachusetts has had many nicknames through the years, including “the Heart of the Commonwealth” and “Wormtown.” Among them was this less-known medical moniker: “Hepatitisville.” Worcester has endured several outbreaks of the liver-battering disease, including one that sidelined 90 members of a college football team in 1969. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,600 words, photos, graphic.

SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island lawmakers are voting on a bill to expand sports betting by offering mobile gambling. If it passes, it goes to the governor’s desk. Some Republicans want a court opinion on whether voters need to approve such a change. By Jennifer McDermott. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m., to be updated after the evening floor vote.

IN BRIEF:

_ MAYOR CHARGED: Voters in Fall River are deciding whether to remove their embattled mayor from office. A recall election is scheduled for Tuesday. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated after close of polls.

_ WENTWORTH-NEW PRESIDENT: The Wentworth Institute of Technology has named its new president _ the first in its history to come outside the field of engineering. SENT.

_ MACKEREL HARVEST: The East Coast harvest of an economically important species of small fish will be scaled back for the rest of the year. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-BLUE JACKETS

The Boston Bruins visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BOSTON COLLEGE-PITTSBURGH

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Pittsburgh, the No. 14 seed, looks to make the most of a difficult season when it takes on 11th-seeded Boston College, in the first round of the ACC Tournament. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

NORTHEASTERN-HOFSTRA

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Top-seeded Hofstra looks for its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 18 years when it takes on Northeastern in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament final on Tuesday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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