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

August 1, 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.

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

LEGISLATIVE LOGJAM

Massachusetts lawmakers wrapped up their formal session by passing an economic development bill that includes a sales tax holiday for shoppers on the weekend of Aug. 11-12. The measure was one a series of bills given final approval as lawmakers rushed to meet a Tuesday midnight deadline - and then continued into the wee hours of Wednesday. Earlier Tuesday lawmakers passed bills to address the state’s opioid addiction crisis and increase support for renewable energy. By Steve LeBlanc and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 900 words.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

The state’s highest court says the Sex Offender Registry Board has the burden of proof when deciding upon the reclassification of sex offenders. The Supreme Judicial Court also ruled Wednesday that indigent sex offenders have a right to legal counsel in reclassification hearings, and those hearings must be held within a “reasonable” period of time. The board has argued that offenders have the burden of proof when seeking to lower their classification level. Will be updated. SENT: 135 words.

BRIEFS:

— FAKE GOLD DUST SCAM: Massachusetts police are trying to identify two men involved in scamming buyers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars with fake gold dust. SENT: 124 words.

— AEROSPACE COMPANY EXPANSION: An aerospace manufacturing giant has decided to expand its presence in Massachusetts. SENT: 154 words.

— MGM MASSACHUSETTS CASINO: Officials at a soon-to-open Massachusetts casino resort say there will be year-round entertainment and activities at the $960 million resort. SENT: 135 words.

—RACING SNAFU: A bill authorizing live horse racing and simulcasting to continue in Massachusetts for another 12 months apparently got lost in the shuffle as state lawmakers rushed toward adjournment on Beacon Hill. SENT: 134 words.

— NUCLEAR PLANTS: The owner of nuclear power plants slated for closure in Massachusetts and Michigan says it plans to sell the facilities after they are shut down. SENT: 130 words.

— BOSTON LIBRARY MANAGERS-INVESTIGATION — The Boston Public Library has placed three facility managers on unpaid leave amid an investigation.

— BLACK DEFENDANT-WHITE JURY — A federal judge has rejected an accused heroin dealer’s request to move his trial because the entire jury pool in Bangor, Maine, was white.

SPORTS:

BBO--MANTLE CARDS-AUCTION

Most people who collect sports cards when they are kids usually end up storing them in boxes for years and years. That’s where they stay until something prompts the desire to go through them. For a 76-year-old man from New Jersey who asked to be identified only by his first name, John, it was seeing an ad in a newspaper earlier this year for a 1952 Mickey Mantle card being sold by Heritage Auctions with an estimated value of $3.5 million. By Vin Cherwoo.

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