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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

January 3, 2019

Good morning. 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 until 4:30 p.m. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR

Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate Republican and frequent critic of President Donald Trump who won a decisive re-election victory in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, is sworn in for a second term at the Statehouse. By Steve LeBlanc and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words; UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ NATIONAL GRID: National Grid and union representatives have reached a tentative agreement after a bitter contract dispute left about 1,200 employees locked out for months in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ TEACHER-RAPE CHARGES: A judge has dismissed child rape charges filed against a former teacher at an elite private school in Massachusetts. SENT.

SPORTS:

FLAMES-BRUINS

The Calgary Flames visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

PATRIOTS-BYE

The 2018 season has been one of constant adaptation for the defending AFC champion Patriots. From Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension to open the season, to a surprise 1-2 start, to several injuries at running back, to Josh Gordon’s arrival and abrupt departure, New England’s mettle has been tested weekly. But after nabbing yet another first-round playoff bye, it’s put the Patriots in position to make another deep playoff run. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. For Weekend Use.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Holy Cross at Loyola (Md.), 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits

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