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

November 15, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

GAS EXPLOSIONS-THANKSGIVING

The utility behind the September natural gas explosions in Massachusetts says work to restore heat and hot water to thousands of residents in three communities will continue on Thanksgiving. Columbia Gas spokesman Dean Lieberman confirmed Thursday the utility will have “some” contractor crews working next Thursday, though he declined to say how many. The company had planned to give workers the day off, but Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera on Wednesday urged them to press on. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

WINTRY WEATHER

One of the first big storms of the season moved across the eastern half of the country Thursday, causing deadly traffic crashes and closing schools as it dropped snow as far south as central Alabama. As much as 8 inches of snow blanketed the St. Louis area, and forecasters predicted up to 6 inches in parts of southern New England as the storm made its way east. Roads were already clogged by midday Thursday in Ohio, where officials reported at least one traffic death that was likely weather-related. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— BODIES IN HOME: Newly released court documents say two of the three women whose bodies were found at a Massachusetts man’s home in May had been bound with electrical cords and cables. SENT.

— MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME: A dual citizen of Ireland and the United States has pleaded guilty to a $1.5 million mortgage fraud scheme. SENT.

— SHOOTING VICTIM DEATH: A Springfield man injured in a shooting earlier this month has died, and authorities have launched a homicide investigation. SENT.

— TEACHER-STUDENT RECORDING: A Massachusetts teacher has been placed on leave while the school and police investigate allegations he recorded a student using the faculty bathroom. SENT.

— CITGO SIGN-LANDMARK STATUS: The Boston Landmark Commission has approved landmark status for the famed Citgo sign in Kenmore Square. SENT.

— FREE RIDES: Mothers Against Drunk Driving and ride-hailing company Uber have partnered to offer free rides in the greater Boston area and Rhode Island on the day before Thanksgiving. SENT.

SPORTS

PATRIOTS BYE

Last season, Tom Brady became the oldest player in NFL history to earn regular-season MVP honors when he did it at the age of 40. But just a year later, he finds himself in the throes of some of his worst passing numbers in three seasons as the Patriots head into their bye week. What’s unclear is whether it’s been an aberration or the first signs of decline for the 41-year-old. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

MVPS

Boston’s Mookie Betts is the leading contender for the AL Most Valuable Player Award and Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich is the favorite for the NL honor. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos from announcements at 6:18 p.m. (NL) and 6:48 p.m. (AL).

TRAVEL-SKI NEW ENGLAND

A look at what’s new at ski resorts in the Northeast. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Northeastern vs. Alabama at Charleston, S.C., 2 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

UMASS-GEORGIA PREVIEW CAPSULE

BOSTON COLLEGE-FLORIDA ST PREVIEW CAPSULE

ACC THIS WEEK

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