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

August 17, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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Their formal session wrapped up, Beacon Hill lawmakers can look forward to spending more time talking to constituents and preparing for the fall elections — starting with the Sept. 4 primary. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 800 words by 12 p.m.



After a three-year search for a new home, the Pawtucket Red Sox are leaving Rhode Island for central Massachusetts. Team officials signed a deal Friday that aims to move the organization to Worcester, marking a major victory for city officials who spent a year trying to attract the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. At a news conference in Worcester, city and state officials also unveiled plans for a new development that will include a $90 million stadium for the team. SENT: 430 words.


Women with military experience — many of them combat veterans — are among the record number of female candidates running for office this year. Regardless of party, they cast themselves as the antidote to bitterly partisan politics — describing themselves as “mission-driven” and trained by the military to work toward a common goal. Two Democrats — Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, a retired Marine Corps captain and Bronze Star recipient, and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs and partial use of an arm when her helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq —have been instrumental in recruiting veterans to run for office. By Laurie Kellman and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,420 words, photos. An abridged version is also available.


USA Gymnastics has preached the need for a culture change in the wake of the scandal surrounding disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar. Though the process will take years, there have been signs of progress. New high-performance director Tom Forster is intent giving gymnasts a greater say in how the program is run. The athletes call Forster’s approach a welcome departure. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,160 words, with AP photos.


PORTLAND, Maine — A new analysis of New England’s shrimp population doesn’t bode well for the future of the long-shuttered fishery for the crustaceans. The Maine-based shrimp fishery has been shut down since 2013 because of concerns such as warming ocean temperatures and poor survival of young. Scientists working with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are assessing the shrimp stock, and so far it looks like little has changed. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 340 words.


— FATAL CRASH-KINGSTON: Police say the driver of a tractor trailer was killed after veering off the road in Kingston. SENT: 100 words.

— ICE CREAM FIGHT: A Massachusetts dessert company that accused its ice cream supplier of destroying its business by secretly altering the recipe has been awarded $720,000. SENT: 130 words.

— MYSTERY OF BABY DOE: The mother of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up in Boston Harbor will face a probation hearing over alleged drug use. SENT: 130 words.

— TROOPER DRAGGED: Massachusetts State Police are looking for a driver accused of dragging a trooper after fleeing a traffic stop in Webster. SENT: 130 words.

— CASINO-BABY IN CAR: Police have arrested a Massachusetts woman who they say left her 3-month-old daughter alone in a running car for more than an hour outside a Rhode Island casino. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE-OVERTIME THEFT: A suspended Massachusetts State Police Trooper has agreed to plead guilty to receiving more than $11,000 in overtime pay for hours he didn’t work. SENT: 130 words.

— GIRL ROBBED: A Massachusetts man charged with robbing an 11-year-old girl who was tending the cash register at a fish market has pleaded guilty. SENT:130 words.

— FATAL ROBBERY-SENTENCING: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to six years in prison for his role in a robbery that left an accomplice dead. SENT: 130 words.

— SHARKS-RHODE ISLAND: A shark expert at the University of Rhode Island says sharks tend to bypass the state during the summer because there aren’t that many seals. SENT: 130 words.

— CAMPGROUND-SEX ASSAULT CHARGES: A man listed as a registered sex offender in Massachusetts has been accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old child at a New Hampshire campground nearly a decade ago. SENT: 130 words.

— SHARK SIGHTING-BEACH CLOSURE: Authorities in Massachusetts have closed two Cape Cod beaches following shark sightings. SENT.

— SERIAL BANK ROBBER: A man who robbed 10 banks in the Boston area between July 2017 and October 2017 has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. SENT.

— CUSTODIAN-BATHROOM MODIFICATIONS: A former custodian at a Massachusetts high school has pleaded guilty to spying on people using a girls’ bathroom at the school. SENT.



The Boston Red Sox, with the best record in the majors, return to Fenway Park to open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


USA Gymnastics has preached the need for a culture change in the wake of the scandal surrounding disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar. Though the process will take years, there have been signs of progress. SENT: 1,150 words.


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