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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

December 14, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

GAS EXPLOSIONS

The painstaking process of restoring heat and hot water to thousands of customers affected by September’s natural gas explosions in Massachusetts is winding down this week, but for many families and business owners in the Merrimack Valley, there’s a far longer road ahead. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 850 words by 10 a.m., photos.

APPLE-NEW CAMPUSES

Apple announced plans Thursday to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a city that has already become a destination for tech startups and bigger companies. The company said it will also open offices in several other cities, including Boston, each employing at least 1,000 workers over the next three years. SENT: 869 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIREFIGHTER DEATH: The city of Worcester and firefighters from across the state are paying their final respects to a Worcester firefighter who died battling a house fire last weekend. SENT.

_ DEADLY STABBING: Police are investigating a deadly stabbing in Palmer that occurred Thursday night. SENT.

_ TRUCK CRASHES INTO HOME: A pickup truck has smashed through a home in Massachusetts, barely missing a woman who was asleep on her couch. SENT.

SPORTS:

HAWKS-CELTICS

The Atlanta Hawks visit the Boston Celtics. Game starts at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BRUINS-PENGUINS

The Boston Bruins visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game starts at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

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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