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

March 11, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

WOMAN FOUND DEAD-TRUNK

A Rhode Island man will appear in Boston federal court to face charges in the kidnapping and death of a 23-year-old mother from Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 250 words by 4 p.m., photo.

MBTA FARE HIKES

Commuters may soon find out if they will have to pay more to ride the commuter rail, subway, and buses in the Boston area. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: More on merits.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro isn’t ruling out direct payments to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery — a stand separating him from his 2020 rivals. SENT: 910 words.

TRUMP DONOR

A company run by a donor to President Donald Trump claimed it could provide Chinese clients with a chance to mingle and take photos with the president, along with access to his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. SENT: 850 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ JAZZ FESTIVAL-RACIST IMAGE: Boston Public Schools and the University of New Hampshire are investigating who’s responsible for sending a racist image to some high school students about to perform at a regional jazz festival. SENT.

_ CRASH INTO WATER: Massachusetts State Police say a 23-year-old man whose car rolled over and ended up upside down in a body off water just off Interstate 495 has died. SENT.

_ OFFICER-HEAD ON CRASH: A Massachusetts police officer has avoided serious injury in a head-on crash. SENT.

_ GAS PRICES-MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts residents are paying an average of 3 cents per gallon more for gasoline this week. SENT.

SPORTS:

CELTICS-CLIPPERS

The Boston Celtics, who have won the first three games on their West Coast road trip, visit the Los Angeles Clippers, who have won their last four. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 10:30 p.m. EDT

ACC TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

This week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament is all about the league’s heavyweights. Virginia and North Carolina arrive in Charlotte after sharing the regular-season championship, while Duke is hoping to get freshman star Zion Williamson back from a knee injury and prove the Blue Devils are again the team that spent seven weeks at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 this season. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos by 4 p.m.

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