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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

October 4, 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 until 4:30 p.m. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TEXTING SUICIDE

Lawyers for a Massachusetts woman who sent her boyfriend text messages urging him to kill himself will urge the state’s highest court Thursday to toss her involuntary manslaughter conviction. Michelle Carter was convicted last year in the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy, who Carter had urged to “get back in” his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photo planned.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

Months after a target date for starting recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts passed, state cannabis regulators could consider granting final operating licenses for one or more pot shops when they meet on Thursday. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— HISTORIC THEATER GRANT: The governor of Massachusetts has announced a $2.5 million grant will go toward the restoration of a historic Springfield theater. SENT.

— SHRIMP SHUTDOWN: The future of the Maine shrimp fishery is again up for debate, as a regulatory board will consider a new assessment of the health of the shrimp population. SENT.

SPORTS:

YANKEES-RED SOX PREVIEW

Fans have been waiting for another one of these rumbles: baseball’s most-bitter rivals set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs. Munson vs. Fisk, Pedro vs. Popeye, A-Rod vs. Varitek, and earlier this year Brock Holt vs. Tyler Austin. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees back at each other in the postseason for the first time in 14 years. SENT: 880 words, photos.

COLTS-PATRIOTS

The New England Patriots simply don’t lose to the Indianapolis Colts, particularly at home. The Patriots have won the last seven meetings and haven’t fallen to Indy at Gillette Stadium since 2006. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Game begins 8:20 p.m.

BRUINS-SABRES

The Boston Bruins visit the Buffalo Sabres. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

ACC THIS WEEK

Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 6. SENT: 520 words.

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