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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

December 26, 2018

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

YEAR END-MASSACHUSETTS-TOP STORIES

2018 was a year of firsts in Massachusetts. The first stores east of Colorado selling recreational marijuana opened to great buzz and fanfare. So did the state’s first Las Vegas-style resort casino. For the first time, voters sent a black woman to Congress. And the commonwealth saw its first fatal shark attack on a person since 1936. Here’s a look back at those and other top stories. By William J. Kole. UPCOMING: 700 words by 10 a.m., photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOUSE FIRE: Two men were killed and a child was injured in a Christmas Day house fire in Massachusetts. SENT.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS

The New England Patriots prepare for the regular-season finale against the New York Jets on Sunday. UPCOMING: Story on merits.

SERVPRO FIRST RESPONDER BOWL

No. 12 Boise State seeks its second straight 11-win season in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl against Boston College at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. BC is looking for the first eight-win season under Steve Addazio. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 1:30 p.m. ET.

If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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