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

August 7, 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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk followed by Sarah Betancourt. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Jails and prisons are coming around to the idea of providing inmates with methadone and other addiction treatment medications. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 960 words, photos, video.


Incumbent Democratic congressman Michael Capuano and primary challenger Ayanna Pressley — whom many have likened to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — debate less than a month from Massachusetts’ state primary. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 p.m. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 3 p.m. debate, photos planned.


Margaret Heckler, an eight-term Republican congresswoman from Massachusetts, secretary of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan, and U.S. ambassador to Ireland, has died. Her family says she died Monday of cardiac arrest at an Arlington, Virginia, hospital. She was 87. SENT. With photos. Will be updated.


— CHILD RAPIST RELEASE: A 70-year-old convicted child rapist from Massachusetts charged with new offenses that allegedly occurred in prison just before his scheduled release will go to trial in December. SENT.

— GENERAL ELECTRIC LAYOFFS: General Electric says it’s laying off 200 hourly workers at its upstate New York plant that produces steam turbines for the company’s power unit.SENT.

— CAR OVER GUARDRAIL: Police in Massachusetts say a 41-year-old man died in a crash that sent his car over a guard rail into a wooded area. SENT.

— BOWEL MOVEMENT WARRANT: Police in Massachusetts have sought a search warrant for the bowel movements of a man suspected of swallowing heroin they think he intended to sell. SENT.

— MASSACHUSETTS TOLLS-LEPAGE: Maine Gov. Paul LePage says Massachusetts authorities are using “shakedown” tactics to collect tolls. SENT.

— TEEN ENTICEMENT CHARGES: A Massachusetts man is facing charges for allegedly luring two girls to a tent in the woods, plying them with alcohol, and discussing sex acts. SENT.

— FATAL CRASH-VICTIM NAMED: Authorities have released the name of the driver who died in a two-car crash in Springfield last weekend. SENT.

— INVASIVE BEETLE: Authorities in Maine and elsewhere in the country are asking residents to be on the lookout for the destructive Asian longhorned beetle this month. SENT.



The red hot Boston Red Sox, following a day off after a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees, visit the Toronto Blue Jays. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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