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

December 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020 DEMOCRATS

NEW YORK _ Democrats are moving quickly into campaign mode after the midterm elections. The first major presidential campaign announcements may be coming before year’s end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring as many as 20 candidates _ with the first debate as soon as six months away. And long-rumored White House hopefuls are already bowing out. Like it or not, the 2020 presidential season has arrived. By STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW and WILL WEISSERT. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

HERRING FISHING

Fishermen who seek one of the most important bait fish on the East Coast are likely to see a dramatic reduction next year in the amount they are allowed to harvest, and the change could have major implications for lobster consumers. By Patrick Whittle. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IMMIGRATION RAIDS

BOSTON _ Federal immigration officials have apprehended dozens of people suspected of living in the country illegally in a series of sweeps in New England. SENT: words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

WINNER-TAKE-ALL-LAWSUIT

BOSTON _ A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the winner-take-all system Massachusetts uses to assign its Electoral College votes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ HARVARD-COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been chosen to give Harvard University’s commencement speech May 30.

_ NATIVITY-IMMIGRATION: A Catholic church in a Boston suburb is using its traditional Nativity scene to underscore the nation’s continued divide over immigration.

_ GAS EXPLOSIONS: The utility company that caused the September natural gas pipeline explosions in Massachusetts says work to fully restore gas service is mostly complete.

_ WOMEN’S CONFERENCE-AMAL CLOONEY: Amal Clooney has told thousands of women gathered for a professional conference in Boston that there’s still a long way to go to end sexual harassment and violence even after the historic #MeToo movement.

_ CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS-LAWSUIT: Insurer Allstate has prevailed again in a lawsuit by Connecticut policyholders seeking money to fix their crumbling house foundations.

_ CASINO REVENUES: Mohegan Sun is reporting that MGM’s new casino in Massachusetts is taking a bite out of its profits.

_ BURNED BODY FOUND: Police say a person walking a dog found a burned body near a playground in Massachusetts.

_ SHELLFISH MONITORING: A regulatory board is allowing shellfish harvesting in a key management area off of New England, though more monitoring of the fishery will now apply.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-EOVALDI

BOSTON _ Nathan Eovaldi is staying with the Boston Red Sox, agreeing to a $68 million, four-year contract. By KYLE HIGHTOWER. SENT: 523 words, photos.

UCONN-NUMBERS RETIRED

Connecticut will retire the numbers of former basketball stars Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo. SENT: 167 words.

MASSACHUSETTS-PROVIDENCE

Massachusetts plays Providence at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC-MAINE-FORT KENT-MASSACHUSETTS-LOWELL

Maine-Fort Kent plays Massachusetts-Lowell at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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