AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.
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A commuter rail line t opens, linking major points along the Interstate 91 corridor from Springfield, Massachusetts to New Haven Connecticut. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
ROSA PARKS HOUSE
The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge in Detroit after fleeing the South will be offered for auction after being turned into a work of art. Guernsey’s auction house says the sale will be held mid-summer. They expect it to fetch seven figures. The house was most recently on display in Rhode Island and before that had been shown in Berlin, where it was brought after being saved from demolition. It will be stored in Massachusetts until the auction. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 500 words, photos.
BOSTON — The prospects that retail pot shops open in Massachusetts by a July 1 target appeared to be dimming Thursday, as the state’s top marijuana regulator said he was more focused on an orderly rollout of recreational sales than a speedy one. The Cannabis Control Commission met without issuing the first commercial business licenses under the law first approved by voters in 2016 and later revised by the Legislature. The current law allows retail sales of recreational marijuana to begin on or after July 1, six months later than the Jan. 1 date in the original ballot question. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 500 words, AP Photos.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Medical pot shops in Rhode Island may have to pay 50 times more for their licenses — the highest fee by far in New England. The latest draft of the state budget, scheduled for a vote Friday, proposes increasing the annual fee to renew a license from $5,000 to $250,000. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 400 words.
LOS ANGELES — A proposal in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a cure-all for an industry that must operate mainly as a cash business in a credit card world. Marijuana is legal in some form in about 30 states, but companies that grow or sell it often are locked out at banks. Their money isn’t wanted because the drug is illegal under federal law and transactions tied to pot proceeds could expose financial institutions to money-laundering charges. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 850 words, AP Photos.
— SMALL PLANE CRASH-NEW JERSEY: SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Two pilots killed when a small plane crashed in rural New Jersey were on a medical flight to pick up a patient in Massachusetts for care in Philadelphia. Pilot Robert Winner, of Marlton, and co-pilot Timothy Scannevin, of Southampton, were pronounced dead shortly after the Hawker Beechcraft 58 Baron aircraft went down Wednesday in Springfield Township. SENT: 130 words.
— HYDROPOWER PROJECT: BOSTON — A project aimed at bringing hydropower from Canada to Massachusetts through Maine has cleared a key hurdle. Hydro-Québec and Central Maine Power Company announced Friday that they have successfully concluded contract negotiations with Massachusetts electric distribution companies for the New England Clean Energy Connect 100 percent hydropower project. SENT: 130 words.
— AUDIT-STATE LAND: BOSTON — An auditor says the agency that manages state parks and public land isn’t collecting all of the user fees that are owed. State Auditor Suzanne Bump released an audit Thursday of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. It estimates about $600,000 in user fees were unpaid through June 30, 2017. SENT: 130 words.
— YEARBOOK-NAZI QUOTE: ANDOVER, Mass. — A Massachusetts high school has pulled its yearbook after the principal found out that a student had used a quote generally attributed to Adolf Hitler or Joseph Goebbels under his picture. Andover High Principal Philip Conrad says he was “horrified” to learn of the Nazi origins of the quote about making people believe lies, which made it through a painstaking vetting process. SENT: 130 words.
— DRUNKEN DRIVING DEATH: FALL RIVER, Mass. — A Massachusetts man charged in a deadly hit-and-run crash has been acquitted of manslaughter but convicted of drunken driving. The Sun Chronicle reports that 70-year-old Michael Hinds, of Norton, was charged in connection with a 2015 crash in Mansfield that killed 37-year-old Jarrad Aronne. SENT: 130 words.
— PEDESTRIAN KILLED: WORCESTER, Mass. — A 20-year-old woman has died after being struck by a vehicle while trying to cross a street in Worcester. The Telegram & Gazette reports that Gabriella Lowell was killed Tuesday. Investigators believe she was in a crosswalk when she was hit by an SUV. SENT: 115 words.
— SWAN DEATH: MASHPEE, Mass. — Police are investigating a report that a fisherman deliberately struck a swan with his boat on a Massachusetts pond, causing injuries that led to the bird’s euthanization. A witness tells the Cape Cod Times he saw the boat accelerate into the swan on Mashpee-Wakeby pond on the Mashpee-Sandwich border on May 12. Animal control officers searched for the injured bird for weeks before it was finally brought to a rescue service on June 1. It had multiple fractures to its right wing and had contracted a bone infection. The swan was put down several days later. SENT: 130 words.
— TEACHER KILLED-MASSACHUSETTS: ANDOVER, Mass. — The family of a Massachusetts high school math teacher killed by one of her students in 2013 has announced the recipients of an annual scholarship named in her honor. The Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to graduating seniors who plan to pursue a teaching degree in college. In the past, recipients have had to attend either Andover High School in Ritzer’s hometown, or Danvers High School, where she taught. This year for the first time students graduating from private schools in those towns were also eligible. SENT: 130 words.
— RED SOX-INJURY LAWSUIT: A jury has ruled in favor of the Boston Red Sox in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says she sustained severe facial injuries when she was struck by a foul ball at Fenway Park. SENT: 130 words.
— MARATHON BOMBING-MIT OFFICER: A car has crashed into a memorial for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer killed by the Boston Marathon bombers. SENT: 130 words.
— WWII VET-EVICTED: A 95-year-old World War II veteran recovering from pneumonia has lost all of his belongings after he was evicted from his Boston apartment, despite his family paying two months’ rent in advance. SENT: 130 words.
— HOUSE FIRE FATALITY: Authorities have tentatively identified the woman found dead in the rubble of a western Massachusetts home destroyed by fire. SENT: 120 words.
— LOBSTER FISHING DATA: Federal fishing managers are asking for comments about potential changes to the way the U.S.’s lucrative lobster fishing industry is monitored. SENT: 130 words.
A huge weekend series between two of the best teams in the American League gets underway Thursday night as the Seattle Mariners host the Boston Red Sox. The opener features David Price for Boston, while Felix Hernandez gets the start for Seattle. UPCOMING: Game at 10 p.m. ET.
PFWA-GOOD GUY AWARD
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his consistent cooperation with the media. The Good Guy Award is given to an NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs. The award has been presented annually by the PFWA since 2005. By The Associated Press. SENT: 200 words.
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