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.

Susan Haigh is on the desk until 8 p.m. New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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BOSTON — A cloud remains over the Massachusetts Senate as lawmakers return to Beacon Hill for the second year of the current legislative session. Wednesday marked the first formal session since the Senate launched a probe to determine if former Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg violated any Senate rules in connection with reported sexual misconduct allegations against his husband, Bryon Hefner. By Bob Salsburg. SENT 130 words. Will be updated. UPCOMING 250 words.


SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy Florida up the Southeast seaboard Wednesday, delivering a white coating that some cities hadn't seen in decades. Cars spun out of control on icy overpasses from Texas to Georgia. The water park at Disney World and other Florida theme parks closed because of the unusually cold temperatures, adding to the misery of a dayslong bitter cold snap across the country. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,000 words. May be updated. AP Photos.





— DOUBLE FATAL CRASH — Authorities say two people were killed and two others were injured in a crash involving a pickup truck and a city-owned trash truck in Everett.

— OPIOIDS IN COURT— Massachusetts is banning some powerful opioids from courtrooms, because state court officials are worried people could be sickened by the drugs.

— SPECIAL NEEDS FUNDS STOLEN — Police have charged a juvenile with stealing about $1,000 in funds from a Massachusetts high school intended to benefit students with special needs. The Daily Item of Lynn reports that the money was stolen from a cabinet at Saugus High School two weeks ago.

— MASSACHUSETTS-HUMAN SERVICES —Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's administration has released $100 million, much of it targeted for human services programs, six months after the heavily Democratic Legislature mandated the spending.

— TEEN SLAIN — A Massachusetts judge has rejected a murder defendant's claim that he was too high on drugs to understand his Miranda rights when he was questioned by police.

— OFFICER CHARGED-AIRPORT SECURITY — A Boston police detective is set to be sentenced Thursday for lying to federal officials so he could take his gun on planes during personal trips and allow a friend to avoid airport security.



BOSTON— The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers, matching up the foes from last year's Eastern Conference finals for the first time since Gordon Hayward was injured in the season opener. Isaiah Thomas is not expected to play. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight.


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