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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

October 2, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW

BALLOT QUESTION-NURSE STAFFING

A state agency that monitors health care costs planned on Wednesday to release an analysis of a November ballot question which mandates minimum staffing levels for nurses in Massachusetts hospitals. Supporters of Question 1 have been sharply critical of the Health Policy Commission for injecting itself into the ballot campaign. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m., 500 words by 3 p.m.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts marijuana regulators are considering final licenses for two recreational pot shops. The Cannabis Control Commission has scheduled votes on Thursday on a bid by Cultivate Holdings to open a retail outlet in Leicester and a proposal from New England Treatment Access for a store in Northampton. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 450 words.

FEDERAL RESERVE-POWELL

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that he sees no need to drop the central bank’s current gradual approach to raising interest rates. Powell said the combination of steady, low inflation and very low unemployment shows the country is going through “extraordinary times.” The central bank is trying to make sure it doesn’t raise rates too quickly and push the country into a recession, or move too slowly and set off higher inflation, he said. By Steve LeBlanc and Marty Crutsinger. SENT: 550 words, photos.

FALL FOLIAGE-NEW ENGLAND

Want a different perspective on the fall foliage? Try viewing the colors from the summit of a New England mountain, either by hiking, driving or taking a ski lift. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 900 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE FORGOTTEN

There have been many books, studies and feature stories on the rise of the alienated white voters who came out in large numbers to elect President Donald Trump in 2016. But letting these voters speak without judgment while also questioning their views about race remains a challenge for reporters. “The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America” by former Boston Globe editor Ben Bradlee Jr. trots this delicate dance by examining one key swing county in Pennsylvania — a state Trump surprisingly won.

IN BRIEF:

— HARVARD LAW-KAVANAUGH: Harvard Law School has announced that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will not return to teach in January. SENT.

— RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT: A janitor says in a lawsuit against his former employer that he was discriminated against and mocked because of his devout Roman Catholic faith. SENT.

— QUADRIPLEGIC-PRISON TREATMENT: A federal jury has rejected allegations of mistreatment in prison by a Massachusetts man convicted of murder who became a paraplegic in a car crash while fleeing from police. SENT.

— YOUTH BOXING COACH-RAPE: A Massachusetts youth boxing coach has pleaded not guilty to rape charges involving two of his students. SENT.

— BOATING DEATH: The person who died in a weekend boating accident off the coast of Massachusetts has been identified as a New Hampshire man.

— WITCH TRIALS CEMETERY: The city of Salem, Massachusetts, is limiting the number of people who will be allowed inside a historic cemetery with a direct link to the 1692 witch trials as Halloween approaches. SENT.

— DAM REMOVAL: Federal waterway managers say the removal of a dam in Massachusetts represents the final important step toward the restoration of a historic brook. SENT.

—FATAL DUI CRASH: A New Hampshire man who was intoxicated when he caused a crash in Vermont that killed a Massachusetts man been sentenced to up to 32 months in prison. SENT.

— STATE POLICE UNION-PRESIDENT: The union that represents Massachusetts State Police troopers has named a new president amid a year that has seen allegations of overtime abuse against current and former troopers. SENT.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-KEEPING CONFIDENT

The Red Sox finished the regular season with the best record in the major leagues, have the American League MVP front runner and one of the AL’s best pitchers at the top of their rotation. It’s why they say their confidence is high as they prepare to open the postseason despite having won just one playoff game over in past two seasons. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.

CELTICS-IRVING-FLAT EARTH

Kyrie Irving offered a simple message to science teachers Monday. “I’m sorry,” the Boston Celtics star said. And with that, Irving made clear that he regrets publicly saying that the Earth is flat. Speaking Monday at the Forbes Under 30 summit in Boston, the flat-Earth topic that Irving inserted himself into last year was discussed — and the All-Star guard said he didn’t realize the effect that his claim would have once it went public. SENT: 500 words, photos.

PAWSOX STADIUM

Seven architectural firms have shown an interest in the redevelopment project that includes a new stadium in Worcester for the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate. SENT: 130 words.

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