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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES

SPRINGFIELD CASINO

A by-the-numbers look at the MGM Springfield casino, which officially opens Friday in western Massachusetts. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SCALLOP FARMING

PORTLAND, Maine — A group of Maine aquaculture firms are looking to scale up the first serious attempt to farm Atlantic sea scallops in the United States. The scallops are a New England seafood staple, but unlike oysters and mussels, they're almost exclusively harvested from the wild on the East Coast. The shellfish are the source of one of the most valuable fisheries in the United States. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 500 words.

IN BRIEF

— A Massachusetts driver who drove away after striking and killing an 11-year-old girl crossing the street with her stepfather has pleaded guilty. SENT.

— A former Massachusetts fishing boat captain has pleaded guilty to interfering with a U.S. Coast Guard inspection involving a vessel owned by a fishing magnate nicknamed The Codfather. SENT.

— POLICE EVIDENCE THEFTS: Two police employees named in the investigation of a Massachusetts police department evidence room scandal have retired rather than face disciplinary hearings. SENT.

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-BATALI: A Massachusetts woman says in a lawsuit filed against Mario Batali that the celebrity chef forcibly kissed her and groped her in a Boston restaurant in 2017. SENT.

— POSTAGE STAMP THEFT: A former U.S. Postal Service worker from Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to stealing about $82,000 worth of postage stamps and selling some online at discounted rates. SENT.

— TIRE STRIKES CAR: Massachusetts State Police say a car's tire fell off on the highway, bounced across a median and struck another vehicle's windshield. SENT.

— COAL EXPORT-WASHINGTON: Massachusetts is among six states that have lined up in support of Washington state in a legal battle over its decision to block a proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River. SENT.

SPORTS

KYRIE IRVING-RESERVATION VISIT

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has officially become a member of the Standing Rock Sioux. Irving and his older sister, Asia Irving, took part Thursday in a traditional Native American ceremony recognizing their tribal heritage and support for the tribe's long battle against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. They were honored with Lakota names during a ritual in a packed auditorium. Their late mother was a member of the tribe and lived on the reservation until her adoption at an early age. SENT: 650 words, photos.

RED SOX-RAYS

The Boston Red Sox bring baseball's best record to Tropicana Field, with right-hander Hector Velazquez facing Diego Castillo in the opener of a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

PATRIOTS-PANTHERS

The New England Patriots play a pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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