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

March 26, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



Anne Bradstreet was the North American continent’s first published poet, yet her legacy has largely been lost to time. Now, professors and students at Merrimack College in Massachusetts are trying to pinpoint her burial site while at the same restoring her legacy and what they say is her rightful place in the pantheon of Western literature. By Mark Pratt. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 a.m., photos.


Massachusetts’ largest Islamic advocacy organization has started tracking human rights abuses against Muslims, and it says the violations are commonplace and sometimes “vicious.” The group says it had 232 requests for legal assistance in 2018 by Muslims who say they suffered bullying and discrimination. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.


COLUMBUS, Ohio _ A settlement this week between the maker of OxyContin and the state of Oklahoma holds the possibility that a sweeping agreement over the nation’s opioid crisis can be reached. The focus of a possible nationwide settlement is in Ohio, where some 1,400 lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies are consolidated under a single federal judge. Key to any settlement are hundreds of local governments that have borne much of the cost of the overdose crisis _ through public safety, health care, addiction treatment and homelessness. By Julie Carr Smyth and Geoff Mulvihill.



Permanent memorials to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings are taking shape in a foundry outside Boston. But the long-awaited monuments of bronze, granite and lighted glass won’t be ready in time for this year’s race on April 15. The $2 million project has undergone substantial redesigns since planning began four years ago. SENT: 620 words, photos.


The maker of OxyContin and the company’s controlling family agreed Tuesday to pay a groundbreaking $270 million to Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped create the nation’s deadly opioid crisis with their aggressive marketing of the powerful painkiller. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


Rhode Island environmental officials are no longer considering raising beach parking fees in the state. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit said Monday that the controversy about the parking rates detracted from the larger goals of celebrating and supporting state parks and beaches. SENT: 250 words.


The Taiwanese computer company ASUS is acknowledging that suspected nation-state hackers planted malware on its online automatic update service in a sophisticated and targeted espionage operation. SENT: 400 words.


_ HOTEL SHOOTING: Massachusetts State Police are searching for a suspect of suspects in connection with a shooting at a hotel in suburban Boston. SENT.

_ CONVERSION THERAPY: The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled debate on legislation that would prohibit LGBTQ conversion therapy in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ TROOPER-RAPE: A former Massachusetts State Police trooper convicted of raping his ex-girlfriend has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. SENT.

_ POLICE OVERTIME THEFT: A former Massachusetts State Police trooper who pleaded guilty to getting paid for hours he didn’t work has been sentenced to three months in prison. SENT.

_ CONNECTICUT TRIBES: Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequots have withdrawn a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior, which recently approved an off-reservation casino in East Windsor. SENT.

_ GROCERY STORE GHOST: A New England supermarket chain is spiriting away rumors that one of its stores is haunted. SENT.

_ IMMIGRATION-LIBERIA: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is helping lead a coalition of attorneys general in supporting Liberians fighting to stay in the U.S. Besides Minnesota, the coalition includes attorney generals of Massachusetts and other states. SENT.

_ BOTCHED ARREST-SETTLEMENT: A Massachusetts city has paid $143,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by an 88-year-old woman who said she was arrested and injured by officers who went to the wrong address. SENT.

_ PERSONAL AIDE-ASSAULT CHARGES: Police say a personal care attendant punched the 57-year-old man he was caring for then tipped him out of his wheelchair onto the floor. SENT.

_ HANDS OFF SEALS: Heavy surf has brought many young seals to New England shores in recent days, and scientists say it’s important for people to leave the animals alone. SENT.

_ CHURCH ABUSE: The case of a former Massachusetts priest who was convicted of sexually assaulting an altar boy in Maine years ago is due to return to court later this week. SENT.

_ SHOT IN CAR: A reputed gang member from Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to shooting a young father from Rhode Island who was found dead inside his crashed car in 2016. SENT.

_ WAYFAIR-MALL STORE: Online furniture seller Wayfair is expanding its physical presence, opening its first permanent mall store later this year. SENT.



The struggling Boston Celtics visit the Cleveland Cavaliers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


Steve Pearce will start the season on the injured list for the Boston Red Sox. The 2018 World Series MVP exited an exhibition game last weekend due to discomfort in his left calf. Pearce, a right-handed batter, normally platoons with lefty-hitting Mitch Moreland at first base. But the Red Sox will begin defense of their championship Thursday in Seattle without Pearce. SENT: 820 words, photos.


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