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

April 10, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-WARREN TAXES

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has released her tax return for 2018, reporting that she and her husband paid more than $200,000 in taxes on a joint income of about $900,000 last year. The move by the senator from Massachusetts on Wednesday follows similar tax return disclosures from several other fellow presidential candidates. By Elana Schor. SENT: 320 words, photos.

MASSACHUSETTS BUDGET

A $42.7 billion state budget unveiled by House Democratic leaders on Wednesday proposes additional spending on education but pumps the brakes on calls for new taxes and the legalization of sports betting. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 550 words.

BIG BANKS-CONGRESS

The heads of some of the largest banks in the U.S. appeared in front of Congress on Wednesday in the largest gathering of leaders of the banking industry in Washington since the financial crisis. SENT: 500 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY: Actor Felicity Huffman will appear in Boston’s federal court next month to plead guilty in the college admissions bribery scam. SENT.

_ HOSPITAL SUES PRINCE: Boston Children’s Hospital has sued a Saudi Arabian prince for $3.5 million it says it’s owed for the care of a child he agreed to pay for. SENT.

_ FOOD STAMP FRAUD: Massachusetts State Police have arrested a man they say purchased tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of food with fraudulently obtained food stamps, and gave it to his wife to serve to customers in her restaurant. SENT.

_ TEXTING SUICIDE: The wrongful death lawsuit brought against the Massachusetts woman convicted of sending her suicidal boyfriend a series of text messages urging him to kill himself has been resolved. SENT.

_ RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION: Surveyors say a North Atlantic right whale mother and calf have been spotted in Cape Cod Bay for the first time this season. SENT.

SPORTS

MAPLE LEAFS-BRUINS PREVIEW

Is this the last, best chance for the core of the Boston Bruins that made two trips to the Stanley Cup finals to get back? With Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron, a first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs may be an early test of their strength. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

FROZEN FOUR

Defenseman Cale Makar cited loyalty in sticking to his commitment to play at Massachusetts despite a coaching change. Two years later, Makar is a Hobey Baker finalist and has the Minutemen (30-9) preparing to make their first Frozen Four appearance. UMass will face Denver, while Providence is playing Minnesota Duluth in the semifinals on Thursday. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.

PATRIOTS-CHIEFS-LASER POINTER

A citation has been issued against a Missouri man accused of flashing a laser at New England quarterback Tom Brady during the Patriots’ AFC championship game victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. SENT: 130 words.

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