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

October 12, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Colleges across the country are grappling with how to handle an influx of sexual misconduct cases from years or decades past, which they largely attribute to the #MeToo movement. With limited staffing and little hope of finding conclusive evidence, some schools question whether to investigate at all. Some instead focus on providing support to victims and explaining changes they’ve made to protect students now. Those that do investigate face a tangle of questions about which generation of policies should apply, and whether they can legally share complaints with other schools where accused faculty now work. UPCOMING 800 words.


Online lottery sales, sports betting, the state pension fund and how speedily Massachusetts returns unclaimed property to residents are some of the top issues in the race for state treasurer. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 650 words.



New technology threatening to make some hotel jobs obsolete is among the concerns that have prompted thousands of Marriott workers to walk off their jobs across the U.S. in recent weeks. Unionized workers are also seeking higher wages, changes to the work demands for housekeepers and job protections for restaurant and bar staff as some hotels shutter those facilities. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— GAS EXPLOSIONS: State regulators have ordered a halt to all non-emergency natural gas work by Columbia Gas, the utility involved in last month’s explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities. SENT.

— WITCH TRIALS HOUSE: A house where a victim of the Salem witch trials once lived is on the market for $600,000 just in time for Halloween. SENT.

— SECRET COURTS-LAWSUIT: The Boston Globe has filed a lawsuit asking the state’s highest court for access to Massachusetts’ so-called “secret court” system, in which clerks have the power to dismiss cases even after determining there’s enough evidence to issue criminal charges. SENT

— CHURCH EVACUATED: A Roman Catholic church in Boston was evacuated after one child passed out and seven others reported feeling ill. SENT.

— KIDNAPPING KILLING-SENTENCING: Two men convicted in the kidnapping and killing of a Massachusetts man have been sentenced to prison. SENT.

— BURNED BODY FOUND: Rhode Island teenager has been convicted of murder in the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend, whose burned body was found dumped in Massachusetts. SENT.

— WILLY WONKA-GUILTY PLEA: The leader of a multistate ATM and vehicle burglary ring known as “Willy Wonka” or the “Chocolate Man” has pleaded guilty to 60 charges. SENT.

— CHURCH ABUSE-BUFFALO: The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, criticized for his handling of alleged abuse by clergy, says a high-ranking U.S. cardinal didn’t “check on the facts.” SENT.

— FATAL HIT AND RUN: A Massachusetts woman has been sent to jail for a year in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a 62-year-old man. SENT.

— FATAL CRASH: Vermont police say a 54-year-old Massachusetts woman has died of injuries suffered in a head-on crash on U.S. Route 7 in the town of Pownal. SENT.

— POLICE OVERTIME-THEFT: A third Massachusetts State Police trooper has pleaded guilty to getting paid for overtime shifts he either did not work or did not complete. SENT.



A look at Game 1 of the ALCS between Houston and Boston.


Tom Brady has an NFL-record 199 career regular-season victories and can become the first quarterback in league history to reach 200 for his career when the Patriots host the unbeaten Chiefs. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m. photos.


A look at Saturday’s game between Louisville and Boston College.


Holy Cross plays at Harvard. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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