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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

October 8, 2018

Good evening. 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, are preparing to square off in their first debate of the fall campaign. The one-hour debate is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the WBZ-TV studios in Boston. Baker and Gonzalez are slated to hold two additional debates prior to the Nov. 6 election. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m., updates from debate starting at 8 p.m.



Nearly three years after the nation’s largest single takedown of MS-13 gang members, residents in the strongly Central American communities around East Boston say the streets are noticeably quieter. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


Two Americans with ties to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won the Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for studying a pressing issue facing the global economy: how to deal with pollution and climate change and how to foster the innovation needed to tackle such problems. William Nordhaus of Yale University and Paul Romer of New York University were announced winners of the 9-million kronor ($1.01 million) prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates expected.


An offshore wind developer based in Rhode Island is being acquired by the Danish offshore wind company, Orsted. Providence-based Deepwater Wind announced Monday that Orsted has entered into an agreement to buy it. Orsted says it’s paying $510 million. The agreement must be approved by federal regulators. SENT: 370 words.


— GAS EXPLOSIONS: A natural gas utility shut off gas to about 300 customers in Massachusetts after a worker doing routine maintenance inadvertently overpressurized the system. SENT.

— AIRCRAFT ENGINE-FIRE: Officials say no one was injured when an aircraft engine fire forced an aborted takeoff in Las Vegas of a JetBlue flight to Boston. SENT.

— ELECTION 2018-MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR: Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, are preparing to square off in their first debate of the fall campaign. SENT.

— WRONG WAY FATAL: Two New Hampshire residents have died in a wrong-way crash on a Massachusetts highway. SENT.

— WHALE EUTHANIZED: Another minke whale has died after beaching in Massachusetts. SENT.

— CONVICTED RAPIST-MEDICAL RELEASE: A convicted rapist who says he has terminal liver cancer and has less than four months to live wants to be released from a Massachusetts prison. SENT.

— SHOOTING-MAN INJURED: Police say a man has been seriously injured in a shooting in Massachusetts. SENT.

— PERFUME THIEF: Police in Massachusetts say they are seeking the public’s help in locating a perfume thief. SENT.

— ABU DHABI OIL: A subsidiary of General Electric Co. has agreed to purchase a 5 percent stake in the drilling arm of Abu Dhabi’s state oil company for $550 million. SENT.



With the Red Sox and Yankees tied at a game apiece, their best-of-five AL Division Series shifts to New York, where Aaron Judge and the Bronx Bombers are 7-0 the past two postseasons. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:40 p.m.


Patrice Bergeron had a hat trick, scoring his first just 30 seconds into the game, and Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots to earn his first win of the season while leading the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Bergeron also had an assist, David Pastrnak had two goals and two assists and Charlie McAvoy had his first career three-assist game for Boston. SENT: 400 words, photos.


The NBA has fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and forward Aron Baynes and Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith for an on-court shoving match in their exhibition game. NBA discipline boss Kiki VanDeWeghe fined Smart $25,000 for escalating the altercation and Smith $15,000 for shoving. Baynes was assessed $15,000 for initiating it. SENT: 130 words.


The Phoenix Suns fired general manager Ryan McDonough on Monday, eight days before the season begins. The Suns hired McDonough after three seasons as assistant general manager of the Boston Celtics. He is the son of the late Boston Globe columnist Will McDonough. SENT: 400 words.


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