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

November 16, 2018

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

OPIOID EPIDEMIC-MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts remains in the throes of an opioid crisis with more than 1,500 deaths through the first nine months of 2018, most linked to the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, according to new state figures released Friday. The Department of Public Health’s latest quarterly report on opioid-related deaths also pointed to some encouraging trends, including a slight drop in overdose deaths as compared to last year and a continuing reduction in the number of prescriptions being written by doctors for opioid painkillers. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 550 words.

SHRIMP SHUTDOWN

Regulators voted Friday to close the Gulf of Maine winter shrimp season for another three years, raising fears that the fishery decimated by rising water temperatures may never bounce back. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has been taking a year-to-year approach to determining whether to allow a winter season, but the panel decided to shut it down for 2019, 2020 and 2021 after receiving a dismal report on the depleted fishery. The last time the fishery was open was 2014 in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Sent: 300 words.

WINTRY WEATHER

The first snowfall of the season lingered Friday in the Northeast as thousands of exhausted commuters pointed their fingers at politicians and meteorologists for leaving them creeping along highways or stuck in mass transit hubs because of a storm that left seven dead as it moved through the Midwest and South. SENT: 600 words, photos.

WITH: WINTRY WEATHER-MASSACHUSETTS: Some areas of Massachusetts have received more than nine inches of snow in a pre-winter storm that turned to rain overnight to complicate the morning commute. SENT.

IN BRIEF:

— WOOD CHIPPER-LEG LOST: Fire officials in Massachusetts say a landscaper lost one of his legs when it became trapped in a wood chipper. SENT.

— MASSACHUSETTS UNEMPLOYMENT: Massachusetts gained an estimated 4,400 jobs last month as the overall unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to stand at 3.5 percent. SENT.

— NONPROFIT EMBEZZLEMENT: A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $136,000 from her employer, a nonprofit that serves people with disabilities. SENT.

— POLICE CHIEF LAWSUIT: A Massachusetts police chief has filed a lawsuit against the town he works for and two members of the select board after they voted to not renew his contract and formed a search committee to replace him. SENT.

— JEWISH GENEALOGY: The Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society has been named in honor of longtime supporter. SENT.

SPORTS

THE TIE-50 YEARS LATER

Sixty-five members of the 1968 Harvard football team are expected back in Boston this weekend for the 50th anniversary of the most memorable entry in the 143-year-old history of The Game. A luncheon for returning Yale players was canceled for lack of interest. Not all ties come out even. Fifty years after a furious comeback against Yale left Harvard celebrating a 29-29 “victory,” players from both sidelines have no doubt who won and who lost in what is still considered one of the greatest games in college football history. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

RAPTORS-CELTICS

The Boston Celtics play host to the Toronto Raptors. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET

BRUINS-STARS

The Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins finish their season series 11 days after Boston won 2-1 in overtime at home. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. ET.

BOSTON COLLEGE-FLORIDA STATE PREVIEW

A.J. Dillon is among the top running backs in the country and has been the driving force in Boston College’s success this season. The only thing that has slowed down the sophomore has been an injured ankle. Florida State couldn’t stop Dillon in 2017. As a freshman, Dillon ran for 149 yards and a touchdown in BC’s 35-3 rout of the Seminoles. Now Florida State (4-6, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) must minimize the damage that Dillon inflicts if they hope to defeat No. 22 BC (7-3, 4-2) and keep the Seminoles’ bowl hopes alive. SENT: 750 words, photos.

UMASS-GEORGIA PREVIEW

In Mark Whipple’s two stints as the UMass coach covering 11 years and time spent in FCS and FBS, No. 5 Georgia is his pick as the Minutemen’s toughest opponent. Whipple says he didn’t even have to pass along that opinion to his players. Added Whipple of the challenge facing UMass (4-7) in Saturday’s game: “We’ll give it our best shot.” Georgia (9-1, No. 5 CFP) already has won the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division and a spot in the Dec. 1 SEC championship game. SENT: 740 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Holy Cross vs. Stony Brook at Uncasville, Conn., 6 p.m.

Harvard at Rhode Island, 7 p.m.

Howard at UMass, 7 p.m.

UMass-Lowell at Brown, 7:30 p.m.

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