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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

August 24, 2018

Good morning. 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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk followed by Collin Binkley. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SPRINGFIELD CASINO

A by-the-numbers look at the MGM Springfield casino, which officially opens Friday in western Massachusetts. SENT: 450 words, photos; updates possible on merits from Friday’s festivities.

IN BRIEF

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: A Massachusetts woman says in a lawsuit filed against Mario Batali that the celebrity chef forcibly kissed her and groped her in a Boston restaurant in 2017. SENT.

— POSTAGE STAMP THEFT: A former U.S. Postal Service worker from Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to stealing about $82,000 worth of postage stamps and selling some online at discounted rates. SENT.

— TIRE STRIKES CAR: Massachusetts State Police say a car’s tire fell off on the highway, bounced across a median and struck another vehicle’s windshield. SENT.

— COAL EXPORT-WASHINGTON: Massachusetts is among six states that have lined up in support of Washington state in a legal battle over its decision to block a proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River. SENT.

SPORTS

RED SOX-RAYS

The Boston Red Sox bring baseball’s best record to Tropicana Field, with right-hander Hector Velazquez facing Diego Castillo in the opener of a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

PATRIOTS-PANTHERS

The New England Patriots play a pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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