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

January 15, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Supporters of Eduardo Samaniego are planning rallies in Massachusetts ahead of a court hearing in Georgia, where the prominent local immigration activist has been detained since October and faces deportation to his native Mexico. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.



Newly unredacted court records show the maker of the powerfully addictive opioid OxyContin boasted about potential sales. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 600 words.


BOSTON _ Massachusetts’ casinos are reporting increased revenues. The state Gaming Commission reported Tuesday that MGM Springfield generated $21.6 million in gambling revenues in December, a modest uptick from November’s $21.2 million. Casino president Michael Mathis attributed the improved numbers for the casino near Connecticut to the holiday season. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.


AP’s original coverage of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, which killed 21 people and injured 150 others in Boston. SENT: 500 words, photo.


A Gillette ad for men invoking the #MeToo movement is sparking online backlash, with some saying it talks down to men and calling for a boycott. But Gillette says it doesn’t mind sparking a discussion. And since it debuted Monday, the online-only ad has garnered 3.5 million views on YouTube, and enough buzz and chatter that any brand would covet. By Mae Anderson. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 p.m. 400 words by 4:15 p.m.


The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States has released a list of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors. All but 15 of the Roman Catholic priests on the list released Tuesday by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus are dead, and all of the alleged abuse all took place before 1997. SENT: 550 words.


_ MASSACHUSETTS-CONGRESS-TRAHAN: One of the state’s newest members of Congress has been appointed to a powerful committee. SENT.

_ GAS EXPLOSIONS: Members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation are criticizing Columbia Gas for planning a rate hike on Merrimack Valley customers affected by September’s natural gas explosions. SENT.

_ CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION-LAWSUIT-MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts officials are applauding a ruling by a federal judge in New York blocking the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census. SENT.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-MASSACHUSETTS: Legislation filed in Massachusetts calls for the state to pay the salaries of active duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard for the duration of the federal government shutdown. SENT.

_ HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE-MERGER: Hampshire College in Massachusetts is hoping to merge with another institution well before it reaches a financial crisis. SENT.

_ LAWYER-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Massachusetts lawyer has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman who was facing foreclosure from a bank the lawyer represented. SENT.

_ TEEN GIRL SHOT: A Massachusetts man who survived gas explosion at his Lawrence home on Sept. 13 has been ordered held without bail in connection with the unrelated shooting of a 16-year-old girl. SENT.

_ LOBSTER PLANT CLOSING: A major lobster company is shutting down its Connecticut facility this week and shifting work to its other operations in the Northeast. SENT.

_ GIRLFRIEND SLAIN: A Westfield, Massachusetts man charged with killing his live-in girlfriend last weekend has been held without bail. SENT.

_ ICE RESCUE: Fire officials have rescued a 19-year-old man who fell through ice while skating in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ STUDENTS STRUCK: Officials say two students were hit by a car while walking to a Fall River, Massachusetts middle school. SENT.



The Patriots were dealt a blow prior to their regular-season finale when Josh Gordon was suspended for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. But what could have created a hole in the receiving corps has been filled by the group’s oldest member. Julian Edelman has put together back-to-back vintage performances and is expected to be a big factor again in Sunday’s AFC championship game. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m., photos.


The only teams as healthy as the Kansas City Chiefs this time of year are the ones that have been done playing for weeks. The Chiefs hope it helps in Sunday’s AFC title game against New England. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


As the top four point producers in the NFL were advancing to the conference championship weekend for the first time, Dak Prescott was getting sacked by his own teammate, Tom Brady was embracing the underdog role a little too tightly and C.J. Anderson was making the most of his second, third ... no, fourth chance. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.


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