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

October 9, 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. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, are preparing to square off in their first debate of the fall campaign. The one-hour debate is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the WBZ-TV studios in Boston. Baker and Gonzalez are slated to hold two additional debates prior to the Nov. 6 election. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from debate starting at 8 p.m.


— GAS EXPLOSIONS: State regulators have ordered a halt on non-emergency natural gas work by National Grid after a mistake during routine maintenance caused service to be shut off to hundreds of homes in a Massachusetts city. SENT.

— BOAT CRASH: A Massachusetts police chief is calling the rescue of a five people thrown into the water after their boat hit a buoy “miraculous.” SENT.

— FIREFIGHTER INJURED: Authorities say a fire in a Massachusetts home has displaced seven residents and sent a firefighter to the hospital.

— JETBLUE-ROCHESTER-BOSTON: JetBlue plans to start service from Rochester to Boston early next year, making the western New York city the fourth upstate to offer direct flights to Logan International Airport. SENT.

— SHOOTING-MAN INJURED: Police have identified a suspect in connection with a shooting in Massachusetts that left a 24-year-old man seriously injured. SENT.

— DECEPTIVE FORESTRY SENTENCING: A Massachusetts man who ran an unsuccessful bid for the New Hampshire House has been convicted for deceptive forestry business practices. SENT.

— SCHOOL NICKNAME: Officials at a Massachusetts school are seeking to find an appropriate nickname to use in everyday conversation due to an unwieldy official school name. SENT.



The Boston Red Sox have a 2-1 lead over the Yankees and send Rick Porcello to the mound for Game 4 of the AL Division Series against New York, which starts CC Sabathia. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:07 p.m.


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