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

May 16, 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.

Sarah Betancourt 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Plans by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to purchase the assets of Mount Ida College are coming under scrutiny on Beacon Hill. The deal has generated controversy and is the subject of a Senate oversight hearing at the Statehouse on Wednesday. It’s unclear what, if any, power senators have to alter the deal. By Bob Salsberg. Upcoming: 500 words by 4 p.m.


A Massachusetts man accused of going on a coast-to-coast crime rampage that started when he was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to up to 12 years in prison. Gregory Lewis, 30, of Southbridge, was sentenced after pleading guilty to more than a dozen charges, including indecent assault and battery on a child. Lewis was arrested after sexually assaulting the girl in the summer of 2014, but he cut off a court-ordered monitoring device and fled the state, authorities said. SENT: 300 words.


Residents in the Northeast cleaned up Wednesday, a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least four people dead and more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power. Connecticut officials said two people in New Fairfield and Danbury were killed Tuesday in separate accidents when trees fell on their trucks, including a woman whose 3-year-old child escaped injury. In New York, falling trees in Newburgh claimed the lives of an 11-year-old girl in a parked car and a woman who was driving. SENT: 300 words.

With: Stormy Weather-The Latest


— POLICE STANDOFF: Police say a man opened fire on officers trying to serve an arrest warrant, prompting a standoff in Middleborough and a shelter-in-place order for neighbors. SENT: 100 words.

— PEDESTRIAN DEATH-LAWSUIT: The daughters of a teacher killed when she was struck by a pickup truck have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck’s driver. SENT: 130 words.

— FERRY CANCELLATIONS: The Steamship Authority board has voted to seek an independent review of its operations after more than 500 ferry cancellations in Massachusetts in the first four months of the year. SENT: 130 words.

— FIREFIGHTER-HEART ATTACK: A veteran Massachusetts firefighter has died after suffering an on-duty heart attack. SENT: 110 words.

— CONSTRUCTION FALL: Federal workplace safety investigators are looking into the death of a construction worker who fell at a job site in Boston last week. SENT: 110 words.



If there’s a tough to play to be made, Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Marcus Smart is the guy that’s going to make it. Since returning from thumb surgery in the first round, Smart has been Boston’s unflappable glue guy, diving for loose balls, getting tip-ins and making what Stevens calls “winning plays.” He’s also imbued the Celtics with a toughness that even Cleveland’s Kevin Love said the Cavs must emulate down 0-2. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.


The Oakland A’s visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


Andy Johnson, who starred as Georgia’s quarterback before going on to play running back with the New England Patriots for nine seasons, has died after a long illness. He was 65. SENT: 200 words

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