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

February 21, 2019

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HYDROPOWER TRANSMISSION PROJECT

Thanks to a proposal for $258 million in incentives, Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday she’s giving her support to a 145-mile transmission line that would supply hydropower from Canada to electricity consumers in Massachusetts. The $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect will reduce the region’s reliance on fossil fuels and reduce electricity costs in the region at no cost to Mainers, Mills said. By David Sharp. SENT: 360 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CLIMBING FATALITY-MOUNT WASHINGTON: The U.S. Forest Service says police are investigating the death of a Mount Washington climber from Massachusetts who was hiking up a snowy and icy area of the Northeast’s highest peak when he apparently slipped and fell. SENT.

_ CHILDREN KILLED: Two young children died and four other people were injured in a three-vehicle traffic crash in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ MAYOR CHARGED: A Massachusetts mayor facing federal charges and a recall election says prosecutors aren’t allowing him to repay investors in his company.

_ BANK TELLER-EMBEZZLEMENT: A former teller at a Massachusetts bank has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from several customers, including some in their 80s. SENT.

_ GREAT UNCLE SLAIN: A second man has pleaded guilty for his role in the fatal stabbing of an 84-year-old Massachusetts man. SENT.

_ SNOWMOBILE FATAL: A Massachusetts man has died in a snowmobile crash in southern Vermont. SENT.

_ BURLINGTON AIRPORT-BOSTON: Burlington, Vermont, is going head-to-head with Rochester, New York, to compete for direct flights to Boston. SENT.

_ SCALLOP HARVEST: This year’s Atlantic sea scallop fishing year begins in several weeks, and federal regulators are proposing new management measures for the valuable fishery. SENT.

_ NEUHARTH AWARD-VISSER: Veteran sports broadcaster Lesley Visser has been named this year’s winner of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence. Visser got her start with the Boston Globe in 1974 and now works for CBS. SENT.

SPORTS:

CELTICS-BUCKS

Boston’s Kyrie Irving, who missed two games before the All-Star break with a sore knee, will be back in the lineup as the Celtics face Eastern Conference leader Milwaukee. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. ET.

RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox work out in preparation for the beginning of the spring training schedule. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

James Madison at Northeastern, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Binghamton at UMass-Lowell, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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