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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest, 6 pm, MA

January 3, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



A Harvard student who became the first “dreamer” to receive a Rhodes Scholarship says the joy of that achievement has given way to uncertainty. Immigrant activists and the Rhodes organization say 22-year-old Jin Park risks not being allowed back in the U.S. if he studies at Oxford this year. The Trump Administration has stopped approving travel abroad for DACA recipients as it seeks to phase out the controversial Obama-era program that protects certain young immigrants from deportation. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 a.m., photos, video.



Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate Republican coming off a decisive re-election victory in Massachusetts, stuck to familiar policy themes and a continued emphasis on bipartisan governing as he was sworn-in to a second four-year term. By Steve LeBlanc and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 680 words, photos.


National Grid and union representatives reached a tentative agreement to end a bitter contract dispute that has left about 1,200 natural gas employees locked out for months in Massachusetts, according to both sides. SENT: 400 words.


Alabama’s employee pension fund, with nearly 360,000 members and some $44 billion in managed assets, has become sole owner of one of the largest chains of local U.S. newspapers, including several in Massachusetts. SENT: 290 words.


_ PARK BODY: Police are investigating the death of a man who was found in a Cambridge park with traumatic head injuries. SENT.

_ FATAL FIRE-HOARDING: Massachusetts fire officials say hoarding may have hampered the response to a house fire in which an 84-year-old man died. SENT.

_ SWORD THREAT: A Massachusetts man has been charged with threatening his mother’s boyfriend with a sword. SENT.

_ KITTEN STABBED: A Massachusetts man charged with fatally stabbing a kitten, taking a photo of the animal and throwing it in the trash has been held without bail. SENT.

_ DEADLY CRASH-DUI: A Massachusetts man police say was drunk when he caused a fatal crash in Providence on New Year’s Day has been arraigned. SENT.

_ TEACHER-RAPE CHARGES: A judge has dismissed child rape charges filed against a former teacher at an elite private school in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ STOLEN HEADSTONE: A Massachusetts business owner doesn’t know who broke into her company, but she does know they had to have been pretty strong. Donna Brewer, owner of Savino Empire Monuments in Pittsfield, says someone cut a hole in her front fence Wednesday morning and made off with a 350-pound headstone. SENT.



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


The 2018 season has been one of constant adaptation for the defending AFC champion Patriots. From Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension to open the season, to a surprise 1-2 start, to several injuries at running back, to Josh Gordon’s arrival and abrupt departure, New England’s mettle has been tested weekly. But after nabbing yet another first-round playoff bye, it’s put the Patriots in position to make another deep playoff run. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. For Weekend Use.


Holy Cross at Loyola (Md.), 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits


Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

_ Light at night can disrupt circadian rhythms in children _ are there long-term risks? By Richard G. “Bugs” Stevens, University of Connecticut. https://theconversation.com/light-at-night-can-disrupt-circadian-rhythms-in-children-are-there-long-term-risks-94952


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