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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6:30 pm, MA

August 20, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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BOSTON — A federal judge in Boston heard arguments on Monday in a case centered on whether immigrants married to U.S. citizens but facing deportation should be allowed to remain in the country while they seek to become legal residents. The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the class action lawsuit, says a special exemption created under former President Barack Obama’s administration allows certain noncitizen spouses of U.S. citizens to remain in the country while they apply for legal status through marriage. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 500 words, AP Photos.


SEABROOK, N.H. — One moment, Matt Tomaszewski was enjoying a sunny day at the beach with his family. The next, he was running to the ocean with his paddleboard to try to save the lives of six swimmers caught in a rip current. He was among numerous good Samaritans and others who sprang into action Sunday at New Hampshire’s Seabrook Beach. Police and fire rescuers were called. One officer shed his uniform, jumped in and helped swimmers to shore; he returned later with a surfboard to search for another. Lifeguards at a nearby beach swarmed in on Jet Skis and with a rescue boat. SENT: 625 words, AP Photos.


RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Republicans have infuriated liberal activists by slashing income-tax rates, defending illegally gerrymandered districts and passing a now-partially repealed “bathroom bill” aimed at transgender people. But GOP legislators surprised critics by acting more like lawmakers in a deep-blue state when they passed a $15-per-hour “living wage” for about 10,000 state government and university system employees, including secretaries, hospital workers, security guards and housekeepers. New York, California and Massachusetts are increasing the pay of state government workers in phases as their minimum wage for nongovernment employees simultaneously rises. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 875 words, AP Photos.


The archbishop of Boston says he didn’t see a letter sent to his office in 2015 concerning another archbishop’s behavior with seminarians. Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Monday the letter was about now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington. UPCOMING: 130 words.


— GAS PRICES-MASSACHUSETTS: BOSTON — Gasoline prices are down in Massachusetts. AAA Northeast found in its weekly survey released Monday that the price of self-serve, regular is averaging $2.82 per gallon, which is one cent lower than last week. SENT: 100 words.

— EXIT CLOSURE: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state Department of Transportation says it’s looking for a solution after the closure of a well-traveled highway exit caused traffic jams for Rhode Island and Massachusetts commuters heading into Providence. The DOT closed the off-ramp for Exit 3, which leads to Gano Street, on Interstate 195 West in Providence to repair the Washington Bridge Sunday. It plans to keep it closed through the fall of 2019. SENT: 130 words.

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-SENATOR’S SPOUSE: CONCORD, Mass. — The estranged husband of former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has pleaded guilty to placing harassing phone calls to a treatment facility where he was a patient. The Middlesex district attorney’s office says Bryon Hefner was sentenced Monday to one year of probation. Hefner pleaded guilty in Concord District Court to making annoying phone calls and criminal harassment. He faces sexual assault and other charges in a separate case. SENT: 130 words.

— BOSTON BIOLAB: BOSTON — A Boston University laboratory built a decade ago is finally able to fulfill one of its primary functions — studying some of the world’s most dangerous diseases. The Boston Globe reports that lab microbiologist Elke Muhlberger received a package earlier this month containing frozen samples of Ebola and Marburg viruses — launching the research program for the university’s Biosafety Level 4 laboratory. SENT: 130 words.

— TWO SHOOTINGS: SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Springfield police have responded to two weekend shootings within hours of each other that left four people injured. The shootings happened between 12:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday in Springfield. SENT: 115 words.

— CHURCH CONTRACTOR-INCOMPLETE REPAIRS: STAMFORD, Conn. — Multiple churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts say they paid a contractor thousands of dollars for work that he never completed. The Advocate reports that the churches allege Marcus McClellan, owner of Trumbull Restoration in Plainville, stole their deposits. SENT: 130 words.

— GOLFER-FINGER BITTEN OFF: PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Prosecutors say a man charged with biting off another man’s finger during a brawl at a Massachusetts golf course was part of a group complaining about another group’s slow play. Derek Harkins was released on $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty Monday to charges including assault and battery. SENT: 130 words.

— SWIMMER KILLED: SEABROOK, N.H. — Authorities in New Hampshire say two swimmers caught in riptides have died. Emergency personnel responded to Seabrook Beach around noon Sunday. Seabrook Deputy Fire Chief Lawrence Perkins said CPR was performed on both victims as they were transported to two separate hospitals. SENT: 100 words.

— KILLED BY TRAIN: Authorities have released the name of the man struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Massachusetts. SENT: 100 words.

— CAR BREAK-INS: Police in Massachusetts are searching for the suspects who broke into 24 vehicles over the weekend. SENT: 70 words.



The Boston Red Sox open a series against the Cleveland Indians. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


BOSTON — Riley McCusker came within one-tenth of a point on the uneven bars of preventing a Simone Biles sweep at the U.S. gymnastics championships. With the Olympic champion turning in another dominant performance, that will have to do. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 350 words, AP Photos.


Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

— Dangerous stereotypes stalk black college athletes. By Joseph Cooper, University of Connecticut. http://theconversation.com/dangerous-stereotypes-stalk-black-college-athletes-101655


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