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

August 21, 2018

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

3D GUN LAWSUIT

A federal judge in Seattle is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether to block a settlement the U.S. State Department reached with a company that would allow it to post blueprints for printing 3D weapons on the internet. Nineteen states including Massachusetts and the District of Columbia sued and last month secured a restraining order to stop that process, and now they want to make that permanent by having the judge convert the restraining order into an injunction. SENT: 550 words, photos.

ATLANTA MEGAPROJECT-AMAZON

As Amazon.com prepares to select its site for a second headquarters, Atlanta leaders want to know more about plans for a colossal development project downtown. Atlanta city council members were given a few more details Tuesday about the potential impact of developing an underused site known as “The Gulch.” Boston is among the other finalists for the headquarters. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 250 words, photos. Will be updated.

JET-BLOWN TIRES

Authorities say a plane that blew two tires during takeoff at a small New Jersey airport will attempt to make an emergency landing at an airport in Massachusetts. The Gulfstream IV jet was carrying 16 passengers when it left Teterboro Airport around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday. The Federal Aviation Administration says it was diverted to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— ELIZABETH WARREN: Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants a lifetime ban on members of Congress from getting hired as lobbyists after they leave public office. SENT: 130 words.

— WEST NILE VIRUS: Massachusetts health officials have taken the rare step of increasing the statewide risk level for West Nile virus. The Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that it was raising the risk level for the mosquito-borne disease from low to moderate in every city and town in the state. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSING STORK: Maybe she just had a few babies to deliver. A Boston-area zoo is looking for a female stork that flew away last week and has evaded experts since. SENT: 130 words.

— BANKER-UPSKIRT VIDEOS: A former Massachusetts banker who pleaded guilty to taking “upskirt” videos of three women at his bank will not serve any jail time. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL FIRE-ACQUITTAL: A jury has acquitted two men who had been charged with setting a fire at abandoned Boston home that killed a homeless woman. SENT: 130 words.

— EARNS-TJX: The TJX Cos. on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $739.6 million. On a per-share basis, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said it had profit of $1.17. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. SENT: 130 words.

— STATE PARK SHOOTING: State police are investigating a shooting in a state park in a western Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words.

— DEADLY ROLLOVER: A woman from Maine has died and two other people have been injured in a two-vehicle crash on a Massachusetts highway. SENT: 130 words.

— DEAD WHALE: Biologists in Massachusetts are investigating the death of a fin whale that washed up on a beach. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

INDIANS-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox host the Cleveland Indians. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

PAWSOX STADIUM

Rhode Island officials are pondering the future of a city-owned stadium now that the minor league Pawtucket Red Sox have announced they intend to leave for Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words.

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