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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

February 26, 2019

Good evening. 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.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

MASSAGE PARLOR PROSTITUTION

The Florida massage parlor sting that ensnared New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft last week highlights how authorities in some states are taking new approaches to an old scourge.

TOP STORIES:

PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION-MASSACHUSETTS

Attorney General Maura Healey renewed her call on Tuesday for passage of legislation that would license and regulate massage therapists and bodyworks in Massachusetts, in the aftermath of allegations that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paid for sex at a massage parlor in Florida. Healey, a Democrat, said she found the charges against Kraft to be “deeply troubling and disturbing,” and expressed confidence that authorities would “do their job” in prosecuting the case. SENT: 450 words.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WYNN RESORTS

Nevada gambling regulators have fined casino mogul Steve Wynn’s former company a record $20 million for failing to investigate claims of sexual misconduct made against him before he resigned a year ago. The penalty announced Tuesday against Wynn Resorts Ltd. settles an investigation that began after The Wall Street Journal reported that several women said the company founder harassed or assaulted them. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SPORTS BETTING

Casino executives, lottery officials and even former baseball player Bobby Valentine have traveled to Connecticut’s Capitol, hoping to get a piece of whatever system the Legislature may put in place to legalize sports gambling. The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee is holding public hearing Tuesday on that issue and other bills to expand gambling in the state. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BOOKS-LUKAS PRIZE

David W. Blight’s biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh’s “Heartland” are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary merit. On Tuesday, the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University announced shortlists for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize. SENT: 280 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR-LEGAL COUNSEL: Gov. Charlie Baker’s chief legal counsel is stepping down after four years on the job. SENT.

_ RED FLAG LAW: The state’s court system has issued six orders allowing police to confiscate firearms from individuals since a so-called “red flag” law took effect last summer. SENT.

_ PEOPLE-STEPHEN KING-GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH: The master of the American horror novel has donated $1.25 million to the masters of American genealogical research. SENT.

_ OFFICER-CHILD RAPE: A Massachusetts police officer charged with raping a 13-year-old boy he met on an online dating app has been denied bail. SENT.

_ FATAL ROLLOVER: Massachusetts State Police say a Rhode Island woman has died in a rollover crash on a Massachusetts highway. SENT.

_ MORTGAGE FRAUD: A Massachusetts accountant has pleaded guilty for his role in a decade-long mortgage fraud scheme involving dozens of properties. SENT.

_ SEAL STRANDINGS: Experts are trying to pinpoint the cause of a sharp increase in harp seal strandings along the East Coast. SENT.

_ BOSTON POPS-2019 SEASON: The Boston Pops are gearing up for a new season, and it’s a musical grab bag with something for everyone. SENT.

_ GUN-BOSTON AIRPORT: Police have arrested a New Hampshire man they say brought a loaded handgun to Boston’s Logan International Airport. SENT.

_ NUCLEAR FUEL STORAGE: A federal judge has awarded more than $100 million to the owners of three closed nuclear plants in New England because of spent nuclear fuel that has yet to be removed by the U.S. government. SENT.

_ CRASH-SEVERED LEGS: Police say a drunken driver crashed into a man getting items from the trunk of a car in Massachusetts, severing the victim’s legs. SENT.

_ HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE: Faculty members at Hampshire College have voted on a resolution to express no confidence in the leadership of the institution. SENT.

SPORTS:

SHARKS-BRUINS

The San Jose Sharks visit the Boston Bruins. Game starts at 7 p.m.

CELTICS-RAPTORS

The Boston Celtics visit the Toronto Raptors. Game starts at 8 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Dayton at UMass, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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