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

April 13, 2019

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

BEACON HILL

BOSTON _ Massachusetts lawmakers are zeroing in on prescription drug prices as part of their latest attempt to rein in soaring health care costs. But representatives of the state’s flourishing pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors are pushing back hard on price controls on expensive medications. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 740 words, photos.

ENDANGERED WHALE CALVES

Whale researchers say an endangered species of whale is experiencing a mini-baby boom in New England waters. The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said Friday its aerial survey team spotted two mom and calf pairs of the North Atlantic right whale. That brings the number seen in New England waters alone this year to three. That’s big news because the whale’s population has been falling. No calves were seen last year. SENT: 233 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PREGNANT WOMAN-ASSAULT: Two men have been charged with attacking a pregnant woman in Quincy.

_ TROOPER STRIKES PEDESTRIAN: A Massachusetts state trooper has struck and injured a Boston pedestrian with his police cruiser.

_ BANK ROBBER SENTENCED: A bank robber dubbed the “Incognito Bandit” by authorities has been sentenced to prison.

_ SUPERMARKET WORKERS STRIKE: Supermarket workers in southern New England are entering the third day of their labor strike.

_ TAX DEADLINE-MASSACHUSETTS: Holidays are giving taxpayers in two New England states a couple of extra days to file their taxes.

_CAPE COD SHARKS: Great white shark researchers are turning their attention to Cape Cod Bay.

_ OFFICER KILLED-TOUGH RUCK: The brother-in-law of a Massachusetts police officer killed in the line of duty last year and dozens of other area officers are scheduled to participate in a marathon-length march wearing rucksacks to honor his memory.

_ REVOLUTIONARY WAR-LANTERN CEREMONY: “One if by land, two if by sea.” The famous signal from the American Revolution is being brought to life in Boston AS the Old North Church holds its annual re-enactment of the legendary act in the battle for independence from Britain on Sunday.

_ CATHEDRAL RENOVATION: Boston’s main Catholic church is reopening for Holy Week following extensive renovations.

_ AQUARIUM CORAL REEF: April in Boston is far from tropical, but the New England Aquarium is bringing the wonders of a coral reef to the city.

_ LAW OFFICERS-HACK: A hacker group has posted online the personal information of hundreds of federal agents and police officers apparently stolen from websites affiliated with alumni of the FBI’s National Academy.

_ CHILD CRUELTY CASE: The death of a 9 year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was under the care of a single mother with seven other special needs foster children is prompting reforms at Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth and Families.

_ COMMUNITY GRANTS: Rhode Island municipalities have been awarded nearly $25 million in federal funding to help revitalize local neighborhoods and support economic development and affordable housing programs.

SPORTS:

MAPLE LEAFS-BRUINS

The Boston Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. Toronto leads 1-0. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight.

FROZEN FOUR

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Minnesota Duluth, seeking to become college hockey’s first team in 14 years to win consecutive titles, faces upstart Massachusetts in the Frozen Four championship game on Saturday night. UMass reached the final for the first time and in only its second NCAA Tournament appearance. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

ORIOLES-RED SOX

Baltimore plays Boston at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

With: ORIOLES-DAVIS

BOSTON — Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis ended his streak of futility in his first at-bat on Saturday when he lined a bases-loaded, two-run single to right in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox. It’s the longest hitless streak for a position player. SENT: 115 words, photos.

ATLANTA UNITED FC-NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

The Atlanta United FC plays at the New England Revolution. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

PACERS-CELTICS PREVIEW

BOSTON _ The Celtics and Pacers both entered the season believing they had put together rosters capable of seizing the Eastern Conference throne abdicated by LeBron James when he left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers. But inconsistencies and injuries have tripped up both Boston and Indiana at times. It’s left their first-round playoff matchup a real toss-up. By KYLE HIGHTOWER. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PAINFUL PLAYOFFS

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. _ Teams will open the playoffs without some pivotal players and others whose status is unclear, Blake Griffin’s troublesome knee is a concern for the Pistons in their first-round series against Milwaukee. The Bucks of course will be without point guard Malcolm Brogdon. There are several others, including Victor Oladipo, Boston’s Marcus Smart and Jusuf Nurkic. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m. ET.

BOSTON MARATHON

BOSTON _ With foul weather again forecast for the Boston Marathon, defending champion Desi Linden is thinking it might work to her advantage. So are her competitors. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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