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

September 13, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES

IG NOBELS

The Ig Nobels, the annual prizes for absurd scientific achievement, are announced Thursday during a madcap ceremony at Harvard University. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m. Ceremony starts at 6 p.m.

NEW ENGLAND MOB-1993 KILLING

An 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss convicted of killing a nightclub owner more than two decades ago faces up to life imprisonment at his sentencing. “Cadillac Frank” Salemme learns his fate Thursday in federal court. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 130 words. Will be updated after sentencing scheduled for 2 p.m., photos planned.

SPRINGFIELD CASINO

MGM updates Massachusetts gambling regulators following the opening of its nearly $1 billion Springfield casino last month. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: About 500 words by 2 p.m.

DEVOS-FOR PROFIT COLLEGES

WASHINGTON — A federal court has ruled that it was “arbitrary and capricious” for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to delay an Obama-era rule meant to protect students swindled by for-profit colleges. The decision is a significant blow to the Trump administration’s attempt to ease regulations for the industry. It’a a ruling in favor of Democratic attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia and former students. They had sued over DeVos’ decision to postpone the rules. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF

— MIDDLE SCHOOL STABBING: One student has been taken to the hospital with minor stab wounds and another has been arrested following a stabbing inside a Boston middle school bathroom. SENT.

— TRANSIT WORKER-STEALING FARES: A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority employee is accused of stealing more than $450,000 from fare collection boxes he was in charge of fixing. SENT.

— HEROIN BUST-SENTENCING: A Massachusetts man who shot at officers during a heroin bust has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. SENT.

— UMASS-NEW HOUSING: The University of Massachusetts is planning to build new housing for 1,000 undergraduate students at its Amherst campus. SENT.

— PAWSOX STADIUM: The Pawtucket Red Sox proposed move to Worcester, Massachusetts, has taken a significant step forward with approval from the city council. SENT.

— CHILD KILLED: Police have determined that no criminal charges are warranted in the death of a 4-year-old Massachusetts boy who was struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle. SENT.

— FORD EXPLORER FUMES: Massachusetts police are investigating after an officer was exposed to carbon monoxide in a cruiser. SENT.

SPORTS

BLUE JAYS-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays, with Eduardo Rodriguez facing Sam Gaviglio. Upcoming: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

CELTICS-HAYWARD

Celtics big man Gordon Hayward speaks to the media as he works his way back from a broken leg. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BOSTON COLLEGE-WAKE FOREST

Wake Forest plays host to Boston College in a key Atlantic Coast Conference matchup moved ahead two hours in an attempt to finish before Hurricane Florence reaches the region. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 5:30 p.m. start.

With: ACC THIS WEEK. SENT: 450 words.

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