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

January 18, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is preparing to submit his latest state budget to the Legislature amid signs of a looming economic slowdown and calls by some on Beacon Hill to raise taxes for education and other initiatives. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon.



Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing an increase in the state excise tax on real estate transfers to help Massachusetts communities better prepare for the effects of climate change. Baker said Friday the plan will be included in his proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The Republican will unveil his full budget plan next week. SENT: 430 words.


The legal pressure on the prominent family behind the company that makes OxyContin, the prescription painkiller that helped fuel the nation’s opioid epidemic, is likely to get more intense. The Sackler family came under heavy scrutiny this week when a legal filing in a Massachusetts case gave detailed allegations that they and company executives sought to push prescriptions of the drug and downplay its risks. Those revelations are likely to be a preview of the claims in a series of expanding legal challenges. Members of the family that controls Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma already are defendants in a lawsuit brought by New York’s Suffolk County. SENT: 900 words, photos.


A federal judge in South Carolina has turned back the Trump administration’s attempt to continue preparatory work for offshore drilling during the federal government’s partial shutdown, issuing a ruling in a federal lawsuit challenging the overall expansion plans. In his order, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel halted federal agencies “from taking action to promulgate permits, otherwise approve, or take any other official action” for permits to conduct testing that’s needed before drilling work can begin. SENT: 550 words, photos.


A strong winter storm system is forecast to sweep across the Midwest into New England, bringing double-digit snow accumulations and high winds. The National Weather Service on Friday had winter storm warnings and watches in effect from the Dakotas, across the Great Lakes states and into New England. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates as storm develops.

With: WINTER STORM-AMTRAK: Amtrak is modifying service in the Northeast and Midwest because of winter storms moving through the region. SENT.


_ MOST WANTED-ARREST: A man on the Massachusetts State Police’s most wanted list for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping a woman in March has been captured. SENT.

_ TAXI-FATAL CRASH: A Boston man who had been bar hopping on St. Patrick’s Day two years ago before he drove into the rear of a taxi at more than 120 mph, killing the passenger, has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison. SENT.

_ STATE GOP CHAIRMAN: Former state Rep. Jim Lyons has been elected chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS RUNNER SLAIN: A man charged with killing a Google employee from New York who went missing while out for a run in Massachusetts is getting a new lawyer. SENT.

_ TEACHER-ASSAULT CHARGE: Police say a Massachusetts middle school teacher has been charged with assault and battery. SENT.

_ RESORT SUED: A luxury Massachusetts resort has been sued by a woman with a nut allergy who landed in the hospital after being served a veggie burger containing cashews. SENT.

_ SAVING GRANDFATHER: A 71-year-old Massachusetts man is recovering from a stroke he suffered while driving on a major highway and a doctor says he has his 12-year-old grandson to thank. SENT.

_ ATV CRASH: Massachusetts police say a man injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash last week has died. SENT.



The Memphis Grizzlies visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


The New England Patriots prepare to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC title game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Chiefs safety Eric Berry sounded confident Friday that he’ll be on the field when Kansas City plays the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. The three-time All-Pro has been a full participant in practice this week after dealing with a heel injury, but needs the OK from coach Andy Reid to take the field on Sunday night. SENT: 640 words, photo.


It seems football fans everywhere are suddenly on the Kansas City Chiefs’ bandwagon, enthralled by their record-setting young quarterback and exciting offensive playmakers. Then again, maybe they’re just fans of anybody facing New England. The Patriots have dominated the AFC for more than a decade, and the up-and-coming Chiefs view their championship game Sunday as an opportunity to pass the baton. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos for weekend use.


From the first day of training camp in August until deep into the NFL schedule, you hear it. Doesn’t matter what city a team represents or who is coaching and playing for it, the bromide is the same. Win the division. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For weekend use: 800 words, photos.


A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference. SENT: 520 words, photos.


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