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

June 6, 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



A 70-year-old convicted child rapist from Massachusetts who was scheduled for release despite the objections of his victims will now stay behind bars for allegedly exposing himself in prison. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 500 words.


In this old city’s booming Seaport District, General Electric is building its new world headquarters, Amazon is bringing in thousands of new workers, and Reebok’s red delta symbol sits atop the new office it opened last year. But after bad flooding during a storm this past winter, critics wonder whether it was a bright idea to invest so much in a manmade peninsula that sits barely above sea level. As they gear up to host the International Mayors Climate Summit on Thursday, municipal officials insist they’re making the proper preparations. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 850 words, photos.


A new report finds that high-tide flooding is happening across the United States at twice the rate it was just 30 years ago, and predicts records for such flooding will continue for decades as sea levels rise. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that high-tide flooding, sometimes called sunny-day or “nuisance flooding,” tied or set records last year in more than a quarter of the 98 places the agency monitors. The report found Sabine Pass in Texas had 23 days of high-tide flooding last year, while Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Boston had 22 each. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 450 words, photos.


Robert F. Kennedy’s birthplace is throwing open its doors in somber remembrance of his assassination 50 years ago. The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site — named for Robert Kennedy’s brother, President John F. Kennedy — is holding an exhibition on Robert Kennedy’s life and offering neighborhood tours Wednesday. The events coincide with the anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s death on June 6, 1968, a day after he was shot. By Tracee M. Herbaugh. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos planned.


The co-founder and CEO of athenahealth is stepping down and the medical software company is exploring a potential sale. It is already weighing a buyout offer from a frustrated shareholder. The resignation of Jonathan Bush is effective immediately. Athenahealth, based in Watertown, Massachusetts, makes medical record, revenue cycle and care coordination products and delivers most of its offerings through cloud-based software. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 340 words.


— SKYDIVER DEATH: The skydiver who died in Massachusetts after she struck a barn last weekend has been identified as a New York woman. SENT: 100 words.

— BOSTON UNIVERSITY-CANCER CENTER: Boston University is pairing with Johnson & Johnson to help fight lung cancer. School officials announced Wednesday the company will pay for a new lung center at the university where researchers will work to prevent and cure the disease. SENT: 130 words.

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-GLOBE EDITOR: The former Boston Globe employee who has accused the newspaper’s top editor of sending her inappropriate text messages says the paper is now trying to intimidate and silence her. SENT: 130 words.

— FATHER’S DEATH: A Massachusetts man has been charged in connection with the death of his father last weekend. SENT: 120 words.

— NURSES STRIKE: Nurses at a western Massachusetts hospital have planned another 24-hour strike later this month over staffing concerns. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD ENTICEMENT ATTEMPT: A Massachusetts man is facing charges of traveling to Rhode Island to have sex with what he thought were two underage girls. SENT: 130 words.

— FAKE FIRETRUCK FIX: Massachusetts police say a Rhode Island man faked repairs to a town’s firetruck and pocketed the $15,000 in repair fees. SENT: 120 words.

— POLICE CHIEF-DEATH THREAT: A man who threatened to kill a Massachusetts police chief has been sentenced to two months in jail. SENT: 110 words.



The Boston Red Sox play the second game of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


The Patriots hold the second day of their three-day, mandatory minicamp. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m., with photos.

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