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

January 7, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY

Lawyers for Kevin Spacey entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in Massachusetts court Monday on charges he groped an 18-year-old busboy in 2016. The disgraced actor was arraigned on a charge of felony indecent assault and battery during a hearing at Nantucket District Court. The judge set another hearing for March 4. Spacey does not have to appear, the judge ruled, but said he needs to be available by phone. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 560 words, photos.

With: SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY-THE LATEST

SUPREME COURT-KENNEDY COUSIN

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it is leaving in place a decision that vacated a murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel. Skakel was convicted in 2002 of the 1975 bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley, who lived across the street from the Skakel family in Greenwich, Connecticut, and whose body was found in her family’s backyard. Both Skakel and Moxley were 15 at the time of her death. By Jessica Gresko and Dave Collins. SENT: 650 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN-IOWA: A Minnesota supporter of President Donald Trump is facing a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a weekend altercation at an Iowa rally for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. SENT.

_ NATIONAL GRID-LOCKOUT: Natural gas workers for National Grid have ratified a new contract with the utility, ending a six-month lockout. SENT.

_ EXXONMOBIL-CLIMATE LAWSUIT: The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a bid by ExxonMobil meant to block an investigation by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey into whether the company misled investors and consumers about what it knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change. SENT.

_ BOSTON MARATHON-SURVIVOR STRUCK: A woman who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 is in the hospital after being struck by a car. SENT.

_ GAS PRICES-MASSACHUSETTS: The price of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts continues to fall, but remains higher than the national average. SENT.

_ BOSTON MAYOR-HOUSING BILLS: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is unveiling a legislative package he says will improve housing security. SENT.

_ DEADLY SHOOTING-TAUNTON: Police are investigating the city of Taunton’s first homicide since 2016. SENT.

_ SUBTERRANEAN COMMUTER TUNNEL: The walk for people arriving by commuter trains at Boston’s North Station to nearby subway stops is now a lot more comfortable and safe. SENT.

_ BRIDGE SPIKES-HOMELESS: A Massachusetts town is asking the state Department of Transportation to remove spikes that were recently installed underneath a bridge to keep homeless people from sleeping there. SENT.

_ BOY SAVES GRANDFATHER: A 9-year-old boy is being credited for jumping into action as his grandfather was suffering a life-threatening medical emergency in Massachusetts. SENT.

SPORTS:

NETS-CELTICS

The Brooklyn Nets visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING; 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

PATRIOTS

The Patriots begin their preparations for a divisional-round matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers. The last playoff meeting between the teams was the 2007 AFC championship game, won by New England. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. With photos.

CHARGERS-ON TO NEW ENGLAND

The Los Angeles Chargers got their first postseason win in five years by beating the youngest QB to start a playoff game. Their next challenge is having to go on the road and beat the most experienced postseason QB of them all. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos.

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