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

October 5, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

USS CONSTITUTION

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is announcing a $3 million project to refurbish the old Navy yard that’s home to the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated, photo planned.

HARVARD PRESIDENT-Q&A

Harvard’s new president, Lawrence Bacow, is officially installed as the 29th chief of the Ivy League school. The Associated Press sat down with him and offers this Q&A. By Collin Binkley. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

GAS EXPLOSIONS

Massachusetts’ two U.S. Senators say the natural gas company at the center of the explosions north of Boston last month was “woefully unprepared” for the unfolding disaster. Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey said Friday a review of internal Columbia Gas documents found the utility didn’t have adequate safety and response measures in place before the Sept. 13 incident. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— TRIPLE STABBING: Authorities say a 25-year-old man used scissors to stab his parents and another person in a home on a quiet side street in a Massachusetts town. SENT.

— TODDLER-FATAL FALL: Authorities say a 2-year-old Massachusetts girl has died after apparently falling from a fourth-floor window. SENT.

— WIFE RUN OVER: A Massachusetts man who allegedly killed his ex-wife by running over her four times in their driveway has been released on $50,000 bail. SENT.

— GARAGE BODY: A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty paying a hit man $10,000 to kill his estranged wife’s new boyfriend. SENT.

SPORTS:

YANKEES-RED SOX

Chris Sale faces J.A. Happ when the Boston Red Sox meet the New York Yankees in in Game 1 of the AL Division Series. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. First pitch 7:30 p.m.

PATRIOTS DEFENSIVE GAPS

At first glance, the Patriots had plenty to celebrate on defense during their 38-24 win over the Colts. They didn’t allow a touchdown in the first half and forced three turnovers for the game. But they gave up more than 400 yards for the third time this season and continue to have issues defending the pass. That could be magnified with a visit from Kansas City and quarterback Patrick Mahomes up next. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m., photos.

BOSTON COLLEGE-NC STATE

Boston College has been one of the nation’s best big-play offenses behind the running of AJ Dillon. Yet it’s unclear whether he’ll be ready for Saturday’s trip to face No. 23 North Carolina State and the Wolfpack’s overhauled defense. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words and photos.

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