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

August 8, 2018

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



With the first recreational marijuana shops likely to open in the coming weeks, Massachusetts officials on Wednesday planned to roll out a new campaign to discourage people from driving while high. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., photo planned.


A Chinese company’s announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of a central Arkansas town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region’s rural economy. But optimism has been giving way to concern in recent weeks amid President Donald Trump’s escalating trade dispute with China. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 1,100 words. photos


— COLLEGE STUDENTS HONORED: Two Saudi Arabian college students who drowned while trying to save two young children struggling in a Massachusetts river have been honored by their home country for their heroism. SENT.

— STATE TROOPER-CRASH INJURY: A Massachusetts State Police trooper has been injured in a car crash. SENT.

—TORNADO MASSACHUSETTS: Two more buildings damaged when a tornado tore through a Massachusetts town last weekend have been condemned. SENT.

— HEALTH PARTNERSHIP: Two New England hospital networks and Brown University are working to bring better patient care, doctor training and biomedical innovation to Rhode Island. SENT.

— DIRT BIKE CRASH: Massachusetts Environmental Police say the man injured in a dirt bike accident on Cape Cod last weekend has died. SENT.

— LIGHTER FLUID ASSAULT: A Massachusetts man charged with dousing his former girlfriend and their 1-year-old son with lighter fluid and threatening to set them on fire has been offered a 12- to 16-year prison sentence if he pleads guilty. SENT.

— AEROSMITH’S VAN: Long before Aerosmith filled stadiums with tens of thousands of fans, they traveled New England in a tiny van playing to smaller crowds. SENT.

— INNOCENT BYSTANDER SLAIN: A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an innocent bystander who had left his home to investigate a nearby disturbance. SENT.

— SEXUAL ASSAULT BEACH: Massachusetts State Police are investigating a reported sexual assault at a Boston beach. SENT.



The chairman of the Boston Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate in Rhode Island has been spotted taking a tour of Worcester, which has spent the past year trying to woo the team. The Telegram & Gazette reports Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino toured the Massachusetts city Tuesday along with PawSox president Mike Tamburro, International League president Randy Mobley and an economist. Lucchino says the tour was scheduled weeks ago “as part of our due diligence as we explore options.” SENT: 225 words.


The Boston Red Sox play at the Toronto Blue Jays. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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