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

July 12, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are looking for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their own constitutions and laws. President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has raised both fears and hopes that a conservative court majority could weaken or overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that created a nationwide right to abortion. By David A. Lieb and Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

With: BC-US--Abortion-States-Glance, a list of the 10 states that have old laws banning abortion.


Massachusetts law requires all marijuana products sold commercially to bear a seal showing they have been tested by an independent laboratory. The problem: No independent labs have been licensed by the state yet. It’s another reason why pot shops that were supposed to begin opening July 1 haven’t yet. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.


Dwayne Johnson plays an amputee in his latest movie. Now he’s jumping in to help people with disabilities in real life. Johnson, who plays a former FBI agent with a prosthetic leg in the new action thriller “Skyscraper,” said Thursday he’s joining the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation, a leading voice in calling for more inclusion and opportunities for the disabled. By William J. Kole. SENT: 340 words, photos.


— COMMUTER TRAPPED: A commuter who was trapped between a train and a platform at a Boston-area subway station has been freed and taken to a hospital. SENT: 130 words.

— OPIOID ABUSE-MASSACHUSETTS: The Massachusetts House has approved new steps to deal with opioid addiction, but without an involuntary treatment provision. SENT: 130 words.

— SHOT ANSWERING DOOR: Prosecutors say three Delaware men have been arrested in connection with the death of a Massachusetts teen shot while answering the front door of his home last year. SENT: 130 words.

— BOSTON COLLEGE-PLAYER ASSAULTED: A New Jersey police officer and another man have been charged in connection with an altercation at a Boston pizza shop that landed a Boston College hockey player in the hospital with a serious jaw injury. SENT: 130 words.

— INSIDER TRADING: Two friends who worked at different pharmaceutical companies in Boston have been convicted of insider trading related charges. SENT: 130 words.

— PRISON GUARD-DRUG SMUGGLING: A Massachusetts prison guard has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme to smuggle drugs into the facility for an inmate. SENT: 130 words.

— DEADLY SHOOTING-SPRINGFIELD: Two suspects in a fatal shooting in Springfield last week have been held without bail after pleading not guilty. SENT: 110 words.



The Toronto Blue Jays visit the Boston Red Sox, winners of nine straight. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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