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

November 28, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

DEMOCRATS-KENNEDY

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is calling for a new “moral capitalism” targeting what he calls the “trickle-down” narrative of conservatives. UPCOMING: 500 words.

OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME

A former opioid sales executive has pleaded guilty to participating in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

FEARLESS GIRL

The “Fearless Girl” statue that inspired millions with her message of female empowerment has been plucked from her spot opposite Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” and will be reinstalled in front of the New York Stock Exchange by the end of the year, officials said Wednesday. The Boston-based financial services firm State Street Global Advisors said the sculpture of a defiant-looking young girl was moved Tuesday night. No date for her reinstallation at the stock exchange was given. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 380 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— FATALLY PINNED: Police say a Massachusetts woman has died after she became pinned between her garage door and her SUV. SENT.

— WIND FARM PROPOSAL: Rhode Island regulators are giving an energy company more time to reach an agreement with fishermen over a proposed 800-megawatt wind farm off Rhode Island and Massachusetts. SENT.

— BANK ACQUISITION: Connecticut-based People’s United Bank has reached an agreement to acquire a Boston-area bank in a transaction valued at $327 million. SENT.

— GANG MEMBER SENTENCED: A member of the MS-13 gang has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in two killings in Boston in which the teenage victims were lured to their deaths via social media. SENT.

— MAYOR-SHINGLES: The mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts will be out of the public eye and the office for the next few weeks due to a severe case of shingles. SENT.

— SKATE FISHING: The federal government’s considering allowing northeastern U.S. fishermen to harvest more skates, which are used for food and bait. SENT.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS-THIRD DOWN FOCUS

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is expecting the Vikings defense to give them their biggest challenge of the season. One of the main reasons is Minnesota’s stinginess on third down, where it is allowing opposing offensives to convert a league-low 28 percent of the time. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Quinnipiac at UMass, 7 p.m.

Boston U. at New Hampshire, 7 p.m.

Holy Cross at Harvard, 7 p.m.

Northeastern at Bucknell, 7 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BOWLING GREEN-LOEFFLER

Bowling Green has hired Boston College offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler as its new head coach. SENT: 150 words.

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