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

May 22, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Two U.S. lawmakers are calling on the World Health Organization to withdraw pain care guidelines that include what they say are false claims about the safety of prescription opioids. They say the guidelines could lead other countries toward the same kind of addiction and overdose crisis that has plagued the U.S. reps. Katherine Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican say a 2011 manual and 2012 guidelines on opioids were influenced by people with financial connections to Purdue Pharma, the company that makes the powerful opioid painkiller OxyContin. SENT: 510 words.


Three more parents are scheduled to plead guilty in the college admissions bribery scheme.


Two Democratic women running for president unveiled plans Wednesday to improve maternal health care, with Sen. Kamala Harris reintroducing a bill aimed at addressing racial disparities in childbirth care and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand promising to make adoptions and high-tech fertility treatments more accessible to those who want children. SENT: 450 words.


_ MASSACHUSETTS BUDGET: The Massachusetts Senate is continuing to debate its version of a proposed $42.7 billion annual state budget. SENT.

_ DOCTOR-VOYEURISM: A Massachusetts cardiologist has been found guilty of using his cellphone to photograph a woman in a ladies’ room at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2015. SENT.

_ OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING: A Massachusetts police officer has shot and injured a possibly suicidal man who refused to drop a knife he was holding. SENT.

_ TRUMP-NATIONAL MONUMENTS: U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he has no plans for additional changes to national monuments as recommended by his predecessor, but says it’s ultimately up to President Donald Trump. SENT: 130 words. Updates on merits.

_ LOTTERY FRAUD CHARGES: A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to tax fraud as part of a scheme in which he bought millions of dollars’ worth of winning state lottery tickets a discount.

_ RESTAURANT-SALMONELLA: A famous Massachusetts restaurant has closed temporarily after a food handler was diagnosed with salmonella typhi. SENT.

_ BANK FRAUD: Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island say a Florida man stole the identities of people, and used the information to apply for ATM cards, which he then used to fraudulently withdraw money from their bank accounts. SENT.



The Boston Bruins have watched the Red Sox and Patriots win titles in the past year. Now they have the city’s attention, and they want to join the parade. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.


A look at the upcoming Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. Game 1 is Monday in Boston. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 660 words, photos.


Boston plays Toronto at Rogers Centre. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


Dan Metzdorf threw a three-hitter, Jake Alu drove in three runs and Boston College beat top-seeded Louisville 5-1 on Wednesday to earn a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals. SENT: 150 words.


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