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

July 30, 2018

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



BOSTON —Massachusetts lawmakers have reached a deal on taxing short-term rentals such as those offered through Airbnb. The compromise reached over the weekend by House and Senate negotiators is expected to go before the House and Senate for an up-or-down vote on Monday. It calls for extending the state’s current 5.7 percent hotel tax to most short-term rentals, with cities and towns allowed to add an additional tax of as much as 9 percent. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.


— POLICE OFFICERS SHOT: Two people accused of interfering with police just prior to a shooting that injured two Falmouth officers appeared in court. SENT: 140 words.

— GAS PRICES: Gasoline prices are inching up in Massachusetts with midsummer travel in full swing. SENT: 130 words.

— CONGRESS-2018-MASSACHUSETTS: Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has picked up a major endorsement in her bid to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano. SENT: 134 words.

— NEW DAD KILLED — A Mashpee man who was returning from a hospital visit with his wife and newborn daughter has died in a head-on car crash on Cape Cod.

— RIVER CRASH-RESCUE — A group of good Samaritans in Massachusetts are being praised for rescuing an elderly driver who crashed into the Merrimack River.



BOSTON — David Price will be on the hill for the Red Sox when they host the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park. Game time is 7:10 p.m.


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