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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

August 23, 2018

Good morning. 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

GUN CONTROL MARCH

Massachusetts students will march 50 miles to the headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson to call for stricter gun control in the aftermath of U.S. school shootings. A survivor of the Parkland, Florida, shooting and a parent of one of the young victims will join the march, which starts Thursday in Worcester and ends Sunday in Springfield. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated, photos planned.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

State marijuana regulators meeting Thursday could approve independent testing laboratories later this month, clearing what’s been a key roadblock to opening up the first retail pot shops in Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: More on merits.

IN BRIEF

— BODIES IN HOME: The medical examiner who conducted autopsies on the bodies of three women found in a Massachusetts home concluded they had been assaulted, but could not identify a specific medical cause of death for any of them. SENT.

— MUSIC TEACHER-RAPE CHARGE: A retired Massachusetts music teacher has been charged with raping a student at school during school hours. SENT.

— SODIUM EXPLOSION SCARE: Firefighters in Massachusetts were called to a high school science classroom to remove an old jar that held potentially explosive sodium. SENT.

— TURTLE RESCUED: Massachusetts environmental officials saved a leatherback sea turtle that was entangled in a buoy line in Cape Cod Bay. SENT.

SPORTS

INDIANS-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox wrap up a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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