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

September 27, 2018

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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk until 4:30 p.m. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING

Massachusetts’ gambling commission has picked an interim leader after its longtime chairman abruptly resigned. Commissioner Gayle Cameron was selected by the three other members of the casino regulatory panel Thursday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 375 words.

IN BRIEF

— SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts’ Republican governor calls the accusations made by women against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “sickening” and deserving of an “independent investigation.” SENT.

— HOME INVASION-TORTURE: The second of two Connecticut women involved in a violent home invasion in Massachusetts last year that included what the prosecutor called “torturing” the 71-year-old homeowner has pleaded guilty. SENT.

— VETERAN’S HOME-VANDALISM: Police in Massachusetts have arrested two juveniles they say caused $50,000 worth of damage to a home being built for a disabled veteran. SENT.

— SEX TRAFFICKING CHARGES DROPPED: Prosecutors in Massachusetts have dropped charges against a New York man they had alleged forced women into prostitution. SENT.

— FILMMAKER RESTITUTION: A California-based filmmaker ordered in 2012 to pay Massachusetts millions of dollars in restitution after pleading guilty to defrauding the state of $4.7 million in tax credits has paid back only a tiny fraction of that. SENT.

— APARTMENT FIRE-METH LAB: Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man burned himself while operating a methamphetamine and butane hash oil lab in an apartment he shared with his wife and 6-year-old daughter.

— DOCKLESS BIKE TAKEOVER: A Massachusetts city has temporarily banned dockless bicycles programs. SENT.

— UNR MEDICAL SCHOOL-RESEARCH GRANT: The University of Nevada Medical School in Reno has received a $2 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to help develop new approaches to guard against dangers related to premature labor. SENT.

SPORTS

DOLPHINS-PATRIOTS

The last time the Dolphins won at New England was in 2008, when they sprung the wildcat on Bill Belichick in a 38-13 rout. Miami arrives in town Sunday 3-0 and leading the AFC East. But getting to 4-0 for the first time since 1995 will be tough: The Patriots have won nine straight at home in the series. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words by 7 p.m., photos. For Weekend Use.

DOLPHINS-AMENDOLA

For any New England Patriots wanting to say hello Sunday to former teammate Danny Amendola, they’re most likely to find him running over the middle. That’s where Amendola made his living for five years with the Patriots, and that’s where he has made an impact so far with his new team, the Miami Dolphins. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m. Photos.

With: DOLPHINS-PATRIOTS-CAPSULES

ACC THIS WEEK

Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 5. SENT: 500 words.

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