BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.
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Parents whose children fatally overdosed on opioids plan a protest demanding Harvard University rename an art museum honoring a family whose company makes the powerful painkiller OxyContin. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m., photos planned.
A Florida prep school administrator is set to plead guilty to taking entrance exams for students in a nationwide college admissions bribery scheme. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 250 words by 6 a.m.; will be updated, photos planned.
TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
BOSTON MARATHON-THE FIXX FACTOR
Thirty-five years after acclaimed author Jim Fixx died of a massive heart attack while running, experts are urging would-be marathoners to talk with their doctors before hitting the road. For longtime Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray, it’s personal: He’s recovering from open-heart triple bypass surgery. “Being fit and being healthy aren’t the same things,” he cautions. By William J. Kole. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.
A proposed 145-mile (233-kilometer) transmission line that would serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower to reach the New England power grid cleared a major hurdle Thursday with approval of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The three-member panel unanimously approved Central Maine Power’s $1 billion project, but further regulatory approvals will be necessary for the project to become a reality. By David Sharp. SENT: 530 words.
SUPERMARKET WORKERS STRIKE
Workers at Stop & Shop supermarkets in three states have gone on strike over stalled contract negotiations. United Food & Commercial Workers union workers from several locals walked off the job Thursday in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. More than 31,000 employees authorized union leaders to call for a strike. SENT: 300 words.
ELECTION 2020-WARREN-CORPORATE TAXES
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is proposing a new tax on corporate profits that’s designed to prevent business giants from taking advantage of the existing tax code to effectively pay a zero rate. The 7% tax on corporate profits above $100 million is the latest in a series of ambitious policy proposals from the Massachusetts senator. It’s in line with her broader push to rein in such industries as the financial sector and technology firms. SENT: 500 words.
CLEANING THE HUDSON
The Environmental Protection Agency declined Thursday to compel General Electric to restart dredging in the Hudson River, despite calls from New York officials and environmentalists who say contaminant levels from its industrial pollution remain too high. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-WYNN: Wynn Resorts is proposing Massachusetts regulators require the company ban its founder from its resorts as a condition of keeping its state casino license. SENT.
_ MILLIONAIRE TAX: Supporters of a proposed tax on Massachusetts’ highest earners are again making their case before lawmakers. SENT.
_ GAS EXPLOSIONS: The utility company blamed for natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley last September is resuming efforts to replace heating equipment damaged in homes and businesses. SENT.
_ INJURED VETERAN ROBBED: Police have arrested two people say they twice robbed the home of a disabled Vietnam veteran while he was in the hospital after being burned in a fire. SENT.
_ CAR CRASH LAWSUIT: A Massachusetts woman who suffered severe injuries in a crash on Interstate 290 in Marlborough several years ago has been awarded $8.6 million in a lawsuit. SENT.
_ PIT BULL ATTACK: A Massachusetts man has been charged for allegedly ordering his pit bull dog to attack a 13-year-old girl. SENT.
_ RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION: The federal government is going to continue using a protected zone to try to help endangered whales travel safely until at least late April. SENT.
_ NAKED FIREFIGHTER: A Massachusetts firefighter police say walked nude into a Rhode Island convenience store on a dare has been placed on leave. SENT.
The Bruins open their first-round playoff series against the Maple Leafs, a year after Boston eliminated Toronto in seven games. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
BLUE JAYS-RED SOX
The Toronto Blue Jays plays the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.
The Boston Celtics say guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle. SENT: 130 words.
Providence vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 5 p.m. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
Massachusetts vs. Denver, 8:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
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