AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or email@example.com.
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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
AARON HERNANDEZ CONVICTION
Should Massachusetts do away with a centuries-old legal principle that erased Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction after the former New England Patriots tight end killed himself? That’s what the state’s highest court will consider on Thursday. Hernandez’s murder conviction in the killing of Odin Lloyd was dismissed after Hernandez was found hanging in his cell last year. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; will be updated from arguments expected to start around 9:30 a.m. EST, photo planned.
LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS-FIRST SALES
With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, the small city of Northampton feels like an appropriate site for the nation’s first legal recreational marijuana sales east of Colorado. Within days perhaps, an existing medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton expects to receive the final go-ahead to throw its doors open to anyone 21 or older who wants to purchase a range of cannabis products. Massachusetts voters approved of legalization just about two years ago, to the delight of the burgeoning cannabis industry which was primed to expand its geographic base beyond the several western U.S. states where recreational marijuana was sold. But the road to the first store openings has been a long and tedious one. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m., photos.
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, in line to be the next House Ways and Means Committee chairman in a Democratic-controlled chamber, is planning to ask for President Donald Trump’s tax returns. The Massachusetts Democrat said “yes, I think we will” when asked Wednesday at a press conference in Springfield whether the committee would seek the documents. Neal said he hoped Trump wouldn’t try to fight the request. By Bob Salsberg and Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 750 words, photos.
ELECTION 2018-DISTRICT ATTORNEY-BOSTON
A Democrat with a plan to forgo prosecution of certain low-level crimes will become Boston’s first female district attorney and the first woman of color to hold such a job anywhere in Massachusetts. Rachael Rollins on Tuesday easily defeated independent Michael Maloney, a defense attorney who called her proposals reckless. Rollins, a former federal prosecutor, ran on the promise to help curb mass incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal justice system while building trust between communities and law enforcement. SENT: 460 words.
ELECTION 2018-ELIZABETH WARREN
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has pledged to take a hard look at a presidential run, is planning to speak at Brown University the day after winning re-election to a second six-year term. With Tuesday’s win, focus on Warren’s next move is intensifying with supporters and critics scouring her words and actions for hints about whether she will launch a 2020 White House bid. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words following 5 p.m. speech. More on merits.
— RIDE HAILING-RAPE CHARGE: A driver for ride-hailing company Uber has been charged with raping a passenger who had hired him to take her home after a night celebrating her birthday. SENT.
— STABBING DEATH: Authorities confirm they are investigating a late night death in Fitchburg. A spokesman for the district attorney said the death occurred Tuesday night. SENT.
— GIRLFRIEND BEATEN: A 45-year-old Massachusetts man who beat his girlfriend until she was unconscious and suffered bleeding in her brain has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison. SENT.
— DISABLED WOMAN-SEX ASSAULT: A Massachusetts woman who forced her intellectually disabled adult daughter to have sex with the woman’s boyfriend in exchange for money and bill payments has pleaded guilty. SENT.
— JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: The 30th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival that kicks off this week is showcasing an array of movies that explore intriguing themes, including music, women in film, intimate first-person narratives, cross-cultural identities, and more. SENT.
— PEDESTRIAN STRUCK: Boston police say a pedestrian has been struck and killed by a vehicle. SENT.
— FANEUIL HALL-CHRISTMAS TREE: The Faneuil Hall Christmas tree arrived in Boston this week for the holiday season. SENT.
The Titans gave cornerback Malcolm Butler a five-year deal with $30 million guaranteed in March. Halfway through the season, Butler has been the defender beaten most often on a defense that currently allowing the fewest points per game in the NFL. And Tom Brady and the Patriots are up next to pick on their former teammate. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 575 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET.
ACC COASTAL CHAOS
The only Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division teams that have yet to appear in the league’s championship game are Pittsburgh and Virginia. Pitt leads the Coastal right now. Virginia sits alone in second place. Go figure. There’s Coastal chaos, again. While the Atlantic Division has a clear frontrunner — Clemson, which can lock up its fourth consecutive berth in the ACC title game if it wins at Boston College on Saturday night — the Coastal is what seems to be its annual mess. SENT: 780 words.
If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-836-9477.