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

May 18, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION 2020-WARREN-BLACK WOMEN

Elizabeth Warren was the last of eight presidential candidates to take the stage at Texas Southern University last month when she was pressed for a solution to black women dying during childbirth at far higher rates than white women. The Massachusetts senator responded she had a plan to hold hospitals financially responsible for the disparity. By the time Warren left the stage, thousands of black women in the audience were on their feet roaring cheers and applauding. It reflected the unlikely traction that the Massachusetts Democrat is gaining with black women who are debating whom to back in a historically diverse primary. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 800 words, photo.

BEACON HILL

By nearly any measure, the Massachusetts economy is booming. Thousands of jobs are being created and unemployment is at historic lows. The flip side? Try finding a place to live that won’t break the budget. The realities of a housing market where affordable homes, condos and apartments are increasingly hard to come by for middle- and low-income residents has prompted numerous proposals on Beacon Hill for spurring housing development. But so far, there’s no consensus. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 770 words,

RECYCLING-INVESTMENTS

The halt on China’s imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. U.S. paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap scrap. Some facilities that previously exported plastic or metal to China have retooled so they can process it themselves. By Mary Esch. SENT: 860 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ HIT-AND-RUN DEATH: Boston police have identified a woman killed in a hit-and-run incident as a 57-year-old city resident while investigators continue their search for the driver. SENT.

_ SHOOTING FUGITIVE: A man on the Massachusetts State Police most wanted list in connection with the shooting of a woman during a robbery has been arrested in North Carolina. SENT.

_ WALT WHITMAN MARATHON: Massachusetts is celebrating the upcoming 200th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman’s birth with a marathon cover-to-cover reading of his masterpiece “Leaves of Grass.” SENT.

_ OCRACOKE FERRY: Transportation officials say passenger-only ferry service is about to begin on the North Carolina coast, but not on the vessel that was designated to make the run. SENT.

_ OPIOID SPOON: A giant spoon aimed to draw attention to the country’s opioid crisis will be on display this weekend in New Hampshire. SENT.

SPORTS:

ASTROS-RED SOX

Houston plays Boston at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:15 p.m.

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