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

July 9, 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.

Sarah Betancourt is on the desk. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 lawsuit alleging bias at Harvard University’s admissions office is pulling back the curtain on the secretive, complex process that decides who gets a place at one of the world’s most selective institutions. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 925 words with photos.


Massachusetts voters will decide three questions on the November ballot, including one that asks whether anti-discrimination protections for transgender people should be kept in place. Secretary of State William Galvin on Monday assigned numbers to the questions after certifying that sponsors had completed all necessary steps to qualify for the ballot. SENT: 390 words.


— GAS PRICES: The price of gasoline in Massachusetts is up 2 cents this week. SENT: 110 words.

—CHILD RAPIST RELEASE: A 70-year-old convicted child rapist from Massachusetts who was set to be released before his arrest last month has pleaded not guilty to new charges. SENT: 130 words.

—LOST STUFFED ANIMAL: A Massachusetts family’s search for a beloved stuffed animal lost at Logan International Airport has ignited a wave of social media support. SENT: 124 words.

—HIKER RESCUED: Crews in Massachusetts have rescued a hiker who fell into a gorge over the weekend. SENT: 125 words.

— MISSING STUDENT-PROPERTY SEARCH: A company that uses radar to scan for disturbances in soil is helping with the 14-year-old case of a woman who crashed her car on a rural road in northern New Hampshire and then disappeared. SENT: 349 words.

— TEEN DROWNING: A 16-year-old Rhode Island boy has apparently drowned while on a family outing at a Massachusetts pond. SENT: 130 words.

— HOME EXPLOSION: Police say a home explosion in Boston that sent one person to the hospital was caused by a man experimenting with chemicals. SENT: 130 words.

— MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-MGM: The nearly $1 billion casino opening in Massachusetts next month will have free parking. SENT: 110 words.



The Red Sox return to Boston to take on the Texas Rangers after going 7-2 on their recent road trip against the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals. Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3, 3.84 ERA) starts the opener for Boston, and Mike Minor (6-4, 4.63) goes for Texas. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts form a dream outfield for the American League. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer make up a not-so-gracious welcome committee for the NL. Power in the center of power. A capital-sized All-Star Game. Baseball unveiled the rosters for its midsummer showcase Sunday night, featuring an imposing AL lineup and Harper starting at his home ballpark in Washington. SENT: 1,000 words.

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