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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

March 4, 2019

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

OPIOID LAWSUIT-MASSACHUSETTS

Drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma has responded to a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts over the opioid epidemic by filing a motion to dismiss. UPCOMING: About 400 words.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY

A judge is convening a pre-trial hearing in the case against actor Kevin Spacey, who’s accused of groping a young man in a Nantucket bar in 2016. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 11 a.m. court hearing, photo planned.

IN BRIEF:

_ WINTER WEATHER- S NEW ENGLAND: More than a foot of snow has fallen on areas of southern New England, forcing schools across the region to close and knocking out power to thousands. SENT.

_ OPTIONAL SCHOOL YEAR: A Boston city councilman is renewing his push for an optional 13th year of school for high school graduates. SENT.

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