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

September 6, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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When Ayanna Pressley topped a 10-term congressman in a Massachusetts district once represented by John Fitzgerald Kennedy, she became the latest face of a burgeoning movement of the grassroots left. “This is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy,” Pressley said. That movement is reshaping a Democratic Party still searching for leaders and identity in the era of Donald Trump. By Bill Barrow and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.


Lawyers are seeking to force President Donald Trump’s administration to pay for the mental health treatment of immigrant children they say are suffering lingering emotional effects from being separated from their parents at the U.S. border. A federal class-action lawsuit filed late Wednesday in Worcester seeks unspecified monetary damages on behalf of children who were detained away from their parents after the Republican administration adopted a policy requiring anyone who crossed the border illegally to be prosecuted. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 400 words.


— MAYO-DOG TRAINER CHARGED: The trainer facing charges in the death of a dog that belonged to former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo failed to appear in court for her arraignment. SENT: 130 words.

— PARTY SHOOTING-CONNECTICUT: One of the two men killed in a shooting at a house party in Connecticut over the holiday weekend was a basketball coach at a Massachusetts high school. SENT: 130 words.

— DRUG STABBING: A Massachusetts man originally charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of another man during an attempted drug robbery has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. SENT: 130 words.

— DRUG SHOOTING-SENTENCE: A Framingham man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting a man to death in 2013 during a drug deal. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSING DIVER: Authorities have recovered the body of a Philadelphia man who went missing while scuba diving off the coast of Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words.

— DEATH INVESTIGATION: Boston police are investigating the early morning death of a man found near a playground. SENT: 130 words.

— TABLE LEG BEATING: A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a man who was beaten with a table leg. SENT: 130 words.

— STREET SWEEPER SPILL: Officials had to shut down two Cambridge streets after a street sweeper spilled hydraulic fluid. SENT: 130 words.

— SHRIMP SHUTDOWN: A regulatory panel will meet next month to consider what the future holds for New England’s shuttered shrimp fishery. SENT: 130 words.



The plan to bring the Pawtucket Red Sox to Massachusetts has cleared its first local legislative hurdle. The Worcester City Council Economic Development Committee on Wednesday endorsed a package calling for the city to borrow more than $100 million to build a 10,000-seat ballpark. SENT: 130 words.


Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson isn’t overthinking things as he prepares for his first start since season-ending knee injury last November on Sunday at New England. He shared what he believes will allow him to be successful this year. “Really just one thing,” he said. “Be me. That’s it.” By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash headline the 13-member Class of 2018 that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night in Springfield, Massachusetts. They are set to receive their official jackets and meet with the media on Thursday. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m. With photos.


Clemson’s visit to Texas A&M is the marquee matchup of the second week of the Atlantic Coast Conference football season. The Tigers know the Aggies’ coach well — they beat Jimbo Fisher’s Florida State teams in each of the past three years before he left for College Station, Texas. Also around the league, Pittsburgh looks to knock off instate rival Penn State while North Carolina tries to avoid a second straight road loss when the Tar Heels visit desperate East Carolina. SENT. 425 words and photos.


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