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

June 11, 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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk followed by Sarah Betancourt. 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



A new documentary play about former U.S. first lady Betty Ford and the treatment clinics she established — credited with helping generations of celebrities and ordinary Americans alike overcome addiction — premieres this month in Boston. The Associated Press caught up with playwright Lisa Rafferty, whose own goddaughter is battling opioid addiction. “Betty Ford changed the national conversation on addiction, and her story has so much relevance today,” she says. By William J. Kole. SENT: 700 words, photos.


On the edge of a mountaintop in Utah, it’s getting complicated for Mitt Romney. With the sun setting over his shoulder, the former Republican presidential nominee and would-be senator tells his audience that President Donald Trump will win a second term. Romney also says that annual $1 trillion deficits under Trump are “highly stimulative.” And ignoring Trump’s new trade tariffs, Romney says there’s nothing already on the horizon that will push the U.S. into a recession. Once the face of the “Never Trump” movement, Romney appears to be embracing Trump’s presidency as he re-enters national politics, this time as a candidate for the Senate from Utah. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


— IMMIGRANT CHURCH-SANCTUARY: A woman who took sanctuary in a Massachusetts church to avoid deportation to her native Peru has been granted a one year stay of removal by federal immigration officials. SENT: 135 words.

— REVOLUTIONARY WAR SHIP BURNING: A new exhibition that highlights Rhode Island’s role in helping spark the American Revolution has opened at the state archives. SENT: 135 words.

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT- GLOBE EDITOR: The Boston Globe is dropping a lawsuit against a former employee who accused the newspaper’s top editor of sending her inappropriate text messages. SENT: 150 words.

— WIFE SLAIN: A Massachusetts man who fatally stabbed his wife and then sent photos of her body to friends, saying he had killed her and needed someone to care for their children, has been sentenced to life in prison. SENT: 155 words.

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT- JUNOT DIAZ: Three editors at the Boston Review are resigning over the political and literary magazine’s decision to retain author Junot Diaz despite allegations of sexual misconduct. SENT: 135 words.

— OFFICER FIRED: The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has upheld the town of North Attleborough’s decision to fire a police officer who was charged with hitting his girlfriend and an off-duty officer who allegedly kissed the woman. SENT: 145 words.

— COSBY-INSURANCE LAWSUIT: A federal appeals court says an insurance company must pick up Bill Cosby’s tab to fight defamation lawsuits brought by women who accused him of sexual misconduct. SENT: 118 words.

— BOYS-WALDEN POND RESCUE: Two young boys are earning acclaim for rescuing an adult swimmer who started struggling in the middle of Walden Pond. SENT: 140 words.

— BODIES IN HOME-FUNERAL: One of the three women found dead at a Massachusetts home last month is being laid to rest this week. SENT: 130 words.

— TEEN BITTEN COYOTE: A teen has been bitten by a coyote in Massachusetts, and police are warning the public to be on alert. SENT: 80 words.

— THREE-VEHICLE-FATALITY: A New Hampshire man is facing drunken driving charges in connection with a fatal three-car crash in Massachusetts over the weekend. SENT: 130 words.

— BIOTECH HEADQUARTERS-WORCESTER: A Chinese bio-manufacturing firm says it will build its first U.S. facility in Worcester, Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words.



Unbeaten right-hander Steven Wright seeks his third victory when the Boston Red Sox face Dylan Bundy and the last-place Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game series between AL East rivals. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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