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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

January 9, 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 followed by Michelle R. Smith. 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



BOSTON — If you’re cold at home, you just crank your thermostat. But many of the nation’s office buildings have no chill — or, more precisely, way too much. They’re heated by clunky central boilers that offer commercial tenants little or no climate-control flexibility, prompting cubicle dwellers to rely on scarves, blankets and space heaters. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 600 words, photos.


— APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE: A woman has been injured in a raging apartment building fire in Lynn, Massachusetts. SENT: 100 words.

— UNIVERSITY SUED: A student group at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has sued school officials and trustees over what it says are unconstitutional restrictions on student rallies. SENT: 130 WORDS.

— GANG ARRESTS: Police have arrested nine people they say were responsible for selling drugs and sparking violence at a Boston public housing complex. SENT: 130 words.

— COUPLE-MILLION DOLLAR PRIZES: A Massachusetts man has won a $1 million jackpot in the state lottery just months after his wife won her own $1 million prize in a different contest. SENT: 100 words.



FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots defense struggled at times last season, but entered the postseason with the NFL’s top scoring defense. New England’s defense followed a similar trajectory in 2017 and again enters the playoffs with a top 5 scoring defense, despite dealing with various injuries, including a season-ending one to captain Dont’a Hightower. But they rank just 20th in rushing defense and face a Tennessee team in the divisional round averaging 118 yards per game on the ground. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m., with photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Just call him Marcus “Super” Mariota. The Titans’ third-year quarterback is proving he will do anything to win, taking his play to a new level by catching his first touchdown pass in the postseason, running and even throwing a key block to move Tennessee into a divisional game at New England. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — No. 20 North Carolina tries to snap a two-game skid when it hosts Boston College on Tuesday night. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

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