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

January 29, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



The chairmen of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes are scheduled to update Connecticut lawmakers on the status of a long-delayed border casino project. UPCOMING: Story expected by 3:30 p.m.


Actor, producer and director Bryce Dallas Howard has been named 2019 Woman of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 250 words.


_ CLIMATE CHANGE-BOSTON: A study commissioned by Boston is examining steps the Massachusetts capital can take to meet its goal of becoming “carbon neutral” by 2050. SENT.

_ TEEN STABBED: Authorities are investigating the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old man near a Massachusetts college campus. SENT.

_ AMERICAN LEGION DEATH: Authorities say a 44-year-old Massachusetts man found bleeding and unconscious outside a war veterans’ organization post has died from his injuries. SENT.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FISHING: Federal fishing managers are beginning the process of determining how the nation’s harvest of wild fish has been impacted by the government shutdown. SENT.

_ ENDANGERED RESERVATION: A Native American tribe on Martha’s Vineyard says it is opposed to federal legislation aimed at securing land for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. SENT.

_ REAL ESTATE SCAM: The architect of a nearly $2 million real estate investment scam who spent more than two decades on the lam before his arrest in 2017 has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison. SENT.

_ SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND: Gamblers placed about $13 million in wagers on professional sports during the first full month of legalized sports betting in Rhode Island. SENT.

_ SKIERS RESCUED: A Maine ski resort has temporarily suspended three out-of-state skiers after they skied in out-of-bounds territory and needed to be rescued. SENT.

_ STUDENTS MISTREATED: School officials say they have placed personnel on leave amid an investigation into allegations that elementary school students were mistreated in Massachusetts. SENT.



The Winnipeg Jets visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


Sony Michel was a freshman and Todd Gurley a junior when the pair shared the backfield together at the University of Georgia. Gurley left for the NFL after the season and was drafted in the first round by the Rams. Michel followed in his footsteps and was selected in the first round by the Patriots three years later. Now the former Bulldogs teammates will be on opposite sides when they meet in the Super Bowl. By Charles Odum. Upcoming: 700 words, photos.


Teammates have called their relationship a “bromance.” And Tom Brady himself openly uses the word love to describe the bond between himself and Julian Edelman, a receiver that he’s come to depend on during his career. For good reason. There are just two receivers in NFL postseason history with over 100 catches – Jerry Rice with 151 and Edelman with 105. That link has only been strengthened off the field in the past year as Brady and Edelman prepare to play in their fourth Super Bowl together. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


Jackie Slater played 20 pro seasons in a Hall of Fame career, and got to the Super Bowl once. His son, Patriots special teams ace Matthew, is back in the big game again. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING; 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m.


Brandin Cooks gets a shot at the New England Patriots, who traded him to the Los Angeles Rams when the teams met in Super Bowl 53. Cooks has thrived in LA since the move and looks to have an impact on Sunday. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.


The Montreal Expos would be thrilled with this Super Bowl. And those who used to be part of the defunct baseball franchise’s evaluation process certainly are, even all these years later. Gone from the game for nearly 15 years, the former club has ties to both quarterbacks in Sunday’s NFL championship game. SENT: 950 words, photos.


Quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor isn’t allowed to talk about what will happen next week after the Los Angeles Rams’ trip to the Super Bowl is over and the Cincinnati Bengals hire their next head coach. Brian Flores, the New England Patriots’ unofficial defensive coordinator, says it would be disrespectful for him to discuss what’s going on with his own career until next week, when the Miami Dolphins make their own head coaching hire. SENT: 700 words.


A word of warning to all those soon-to-be Super Bowl champions in New England or Los Angeles: Don’t get too comfortable. You might be looking for a job fairly soon. The NFL’s inexorable trend of going younger and cheaper does not bypass the best teams in the league. In fact, it may help them stay as good as they are. SENT: 910 words.


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