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

November 17, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

BEACON HILL

Massachusetts in 2018 lived up to its national reputation as a solidly blue state, once again electing an all-Democratic congressional delegation with more women than ever including Ayanna Pressley, the state’s first black congresswoman-elect. Yet the runaway re-election of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker also confirms that moderate and conservative-leaning Democrats remain a potent force in Bay State politics, not to mention independents, who comprise more than half of all voters. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 800 words.

IN BRIEF:

— GAS EXPLOSIONS: The company at the center of the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in September says it has restored gas service to about 60 percent of affected homes, but nearly 1,760 families remain in temporary housing. SENT: 130 words.

— HOTEL WORKERS STRIKE: A labor union says there’s a tentative contract agreement that would end a 46-day strike by Marriott hotel workers in Boston. SENT: 130 words.

— INDIAN ARTIFACTS-AUCTION: A public library’s decision to auction off Indian artifacts it received in 1880 is drawing protest from Native American groups. SENT: 130 words.

— TRAFFIC FATALITIES: Activists have scheduled a variety of events to remember victims of traffic crashes in Massachusetts. On Sunday the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition is organizing a series of actions to recall those who have died recently on area roads. SENT: 130 words.

— OFFSHORE WIND: The public comment period for a new offshore wind farm off the Rhode Island coast project is closing. Providence-based Deepwater Wind has proposed building up to 15 turbines that will connect to a grid in East Hampton, New York, to supply power for Long Island. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

JAZZ-CELTICS

The Utah Jazz visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BRUINS-COYOTES

The Boston Bruins make their lone trip to the desert to face the the Arizona Coyotes. By Jack Magruder. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Starts at 6 p.m.

FBC--YALE-HARVARD

Yale plays Harvard at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

FBC--BOSTON COLLEGE-FLORIDA ST

No. 22 Boston College should have injured offensive stars A.J. Dillon and Anthony Brown back in the lineup as they face off against struggling Florida State. The Eagles are looking for their first road win over the Seminoles since 2008. By Bob Ferrante. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.

FBC--UMASS-GEORGIA

No. 5 Georgia will try to protect its hopes for a spot in the College Football Playoff when it faces underdog UMass on Saturday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.

OTHER COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Holy Cross (4-6) at Georgetown (5-5), 12:30 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Army vs. Mass.-Lowell at Providence, R.I., 3:30 p.m.

Boston U. at E. Michigan, 2:30 p.m.

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