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

November 27, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

WAYS AND MEANS CHAIR

The Massachusetts Democrat poised to take over leadership of the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee in January says the panel will revisit elements of the tax law approved by the Republican-led Congress, and raised hopes of a bipartisan agreement on an infrastructure bill. Rep. Richard Neal is all but certain to assume the chairmanship in a Democratic-controlled House in January. Neal supports the return of Nancy Pelosi as speaker and predicted Tuesday she will win “overwhelmingly” despite resistance from some members who advocate new leadership. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

INMATES-ADDICTION MEDICATION

A federal judge has ordered a Massachusetts jail to provide methadone to a man recovering from opioid addiction. U.S. District Judge Denise Casper said in a preliminary decision Monday that 32-year-old Geoffrey Pesce would likely prevail in his suit against the Essex County House of Correction in Middleton. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

SPORTS BETTING

Numerous U.S. states are considering jumping on the legal sports betting bandwagon, even as they struggle with the details of regulating it. How much to tax it, and how to regulate mobile betting on phones are emerging as thorny issues for states. So far, seven states offer legal sports betting: Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. And although New Mexico has not passed a sports betting law, the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel started taking sports bets last month through a tribal gambling compact. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 580 words, photos.

With: SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ME TOO-DISOBEDIENCE AWARD: Three women influential in the #MeToo movement are receiving an MIT award that recognizes disobedience for the good of society. SENT.

— BOSTON TEA PARTY: The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and the city of Boston are joining forces to place commemorative markers at the graves of those who participated in the Dec. 16, 1773 protest. SENT.

— COMEY-WHITAKER: Former FBI Director James Comey says Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker “may not be the sharpest knife” in the drawer. SENT.

— AWKWARD CHRISTMAS GREETING: A neighborhood historical society in Boston is apologizing for an awkwardly worded holiday greeting card that some people interpreted as insensitive. SENT.

— RIGHT WHALE ZONE: The federal government is extending a protective zone off Massachusetts to try to keep a large group of endangered whales safe from collisions with boats. SENT.

— CAR STRIKES TREE: Authorities have released the name of the woman who died when the car she was in slammed into a tree in western Massachusetts. SENT.

— TRAIN DERAILMENT: A commuter train derailed just outside of Boston but there were no reports of injuries. SENT.

— WOMAN BEATEN: A Massachusetts man who beat a woman so severely that she required surgery to repair a broken eye socket and threatened to kill her has been sentenced to up to five years in prison. SENT.

— DRUNKEN CRASH-POLICE CHIEF: A Massachusetts police chief whose vehicle was struck by a hit-and-run driver successfully chased down and arrested the suspect following the crash. SENT.

SPORTS:

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UMass-Lowell at UConn, 7 p.m.

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