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

November 12, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ATHENAHEALTH SALE

Athenahealth shares soared Monday after the struggling medical billing software maker received a $5.7 billion cash buyout offer. Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital plan to give Watertown-based athenahealth shareholders $135 per share in a deal that will take the company private. That represents a roughly 12 percent premium over the closing price of athenahealth shares on Friday. But the latest deal is smaller than a $6.5 billion bid that prominent investor Elliott Management Corp. made in May. SENT: 320 words.

SPORTS BETTING

A delay in the start of sports betting in Rhode Island is costing the state millions in expected revenue. The budget passed in June included $23.5 million in revenue from sports betting, assuming an Oct. 1 start. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— OFFICERS INJURED: A Massachusetts man police say stole a truck from a construction site and then used it to injure two Boston police officers while trying to escape is heading to court. SENT.

— LEATHERBACK TURTLE RESCUE: Volunteers have rescued a massive leatherback turtle off a Massachusetts beach. SENT.

— INNOVATION LAB CLOSING: A Massachusetts tech incubator that struggled to find tenants has closed after two years. SENT.

— VETERANS HOUSING-ARMORY: Officials in Massachusetts say they plan to turn a 125-year-old armory in Lynn into housing for veterans. SENT.

— SHRIMP SHUTDOWN: Fishing managers will decide this week if New England’s fishery for shrimp must remain closed because of concerns about the environment and the animal’s population. SENT.

SPORTS:

STEADY TITANS

The Tennessee Titans insist they’ve learned their lesson on how to handle a winning streak after a three-game skid wiped out a 3-1 start. Now they’re 5-4 with back-to-back wins and preparing to visit Indianapolis. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 575 words, photos by 5:30 p.m. ET.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Western New England at Sacred Heart, 7:30 p.m.

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