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

May 6, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

GAS EXPLOSIONS

Officials are announcing settlements to three cities and towns affected by September’s Merrimack Valley gas explosions. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m., photo planned.

MASSACHUSETTS BUDGET

Taxes, education funding and Medicaid spending are a few of the key questions facing the Senate Ways and Means Committee as it prepares to roll out its version of the state’s $42 billion spending plan. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m., 600 words by 2 p.m.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS BRIBERY

California businessman Stephen Semprevivo is set to plead guilty to charges that he bribed the Georgetown tennis coach to get his son admitted to the school. Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing.

TOP STORY:

FREED MAN-NEW CHARGES

A Massachusetts man freed from prison after serving three decades for a rape he says he did not commit pleaded not guilty Monday to new rape charges. George Perrot, 50, was held without bail after a hearing in Essex Superior Court in connection with the allegation that he raped a woman in January. He is accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on a sidewalk in Lawrence. SENT: 280 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ GAS EXPLOSIONS: Three Massachusetts communities affected by a series of natural gas explosions last September have reached a settlement with the utility blamed for the disaster for reimbursement for road repairs and other costs. SENT.

_ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE KILLING: A Massachusetts man charged with fatally stabbing his wife and then trying to kill himself while their two children were at home has pleaded not guilty. SENT.

_ DEADLY ROLLOVER: The driver of a car police say was speeding before it flipped over in Boston over the weekend, killing one passenger and injuring another, has appeared in court. SENT.

_ FATAL CRASH-TEEN CHARGED: A Massachusetts man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash over the weekend that killed a New Hampshire man. SENT.

_ FENTANYL BUST: Massachusetts State Police say they have arrested three people and seized three kilograms of the powerful opioid fentanyl. SENT.

_ HEAD-ON FATALITY: Methuen police say a 23-year-old Haverhill woman has been killed in a head-on car crash. SENT.

_ WORCESTER MUSUEM-CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: A Massachusetts museum with ties to the iconic Smiley Face has announced a $12.5 million capital campaign. SENT.

SPORTS

BRUINS-BLUE JACKETS

The Columbus Blue Jackets try to stave off elimination from the playoffs as their Eastern Conference semifinal series with Boston shifts back to Columbus for Game 6. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BUCKS-CELTICS

The Bucks try to open a commanding lead in Game 4 of their second round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. Milwaukee leads the series 2-1. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RED SOX-ORIOLES

Right-hander Josh Smith makes his first start for the Boston Red Sox in a matchup with the Baltimore Orioles, who send John Means to the mound. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

RED SOX-PRICE

Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price has been placed on the 10-day injured list because of tendinitis in his pitching elbow. SENT: 160 words.

RED SOX-CORA

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions. Cora cited the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico as the reason for his decision. SENT: 200 words, photos.

ACC NETWORK-SWOFFORD

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says “everything is on schedule” for the August launch of the league’s TV channel. Speaking Monday at a regional Associated Press Sports Editors meeting, Swofford says a focus now is getting more distribution deals for TV providers to carry the ACC Network. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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