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

May 28, 2019

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

SPORTS BETTING-MASSACHUSETTS

A legislative committee on Tuesday will hear proposals calling for the legalization of sports betting in Massachusetts. But legislative leaders appear to be taking a go slow approach toward allowing wagering on professional or college sports. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

PILGRIM NUCLEAR PLANT

The operators of the Pilgrim nuclear plant are simulating its shutdown ahead of the actual shutdown of the aging reactor on Friday. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos, video planned.

OBIT-HORWITZ

Tony Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the best-selling author of “Confederates in the Attic,” has died. He was 60. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEEN GIRL DEATH: The Massachusetts man charged with giving drugs to a 13-year-old girl and then leaving her lifeless body at a hospital is scheduled to face a judge. SENT.

_ COLLEGE CLOSING: A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought by three students who attended a Massachusetts college that abruptly closed. SENT.

_ MEDICAID FRAUD: A former teacher who owned a home health agency has been sentenced to serve 18 months in jail for stealing about $2.5 million from the Massachusetts Medicaid program. SENT.

_ MEAT CLEAVER ROBBERY: Police in Massachusetts are looking for a man they say used a meat cleaver to rob a gas station over the weekend. SENT.

_ GAS PRICES-MASSACHUSETTS: AAA Northeast reported Tuesday that the average cost of a gallon of self-serve, regular gasoline in Massachusetts dropped 2 cents in the past week to $2.78. SENT.

SPORTS:

STANLEY CUP

The St. Louis Blues learned a tough lesson in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final about just how fast, deep and skilled the bruising Boston Bruins are. To avoid falling into a 2-0 hole in the series, they’ll have to figure out how to stop the Bruins _ or at least slow them down. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

STANLEY CUP-HELMETLESS KRUG

Torey Krug got his helmet ripped off in a tussle with David Perron, but instead of going to the bench, he skated like the wind down the ice and crushed Robert Thomas with an open-ice hit. It was one of the signature moments of the Boston Bruins’ victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and inspired “We want the Cup!” chants from fans, but next year he wouldn’t even be able to do that if a rule change goes through that would force any player who loses his helmet to go to the bench. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, photos.

INDIANS-RED SOX

The Cleveland Indians play the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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