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

March 5, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

TRIPLE MURDER-PAROLE APPEAL

A Massachusetts man convicted more than three decades ago of killing a pregnant woman and her two children is asking the state’s highest court to move up his parole eligibility date. Daniel LaPlante, 17 at the time of the 1987 crime, argues that his sentence in unconstitutional because it won’t let him seek parole until he first serves 45 years behind bars. UPCOMING: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SUSPECT SOUGHT: Police in Massachusetts are looking for a suspect in a fatal shooting in Randolph who is considered “armed and dangerous.” SENT.

_ FIREFIGHTER DEATH: A Massachusetts fire department is in mourning after the unexpected death of a firefighter while shoveling snow. SENT.

_ CHURCH ABUSE: The sentencing of a former Massachusetts priest for sexually assaulting an altar boy in Maine has been pushed back to allow for a mental health evaluation. SENT.

_ SPRINGFIELD HOMICIDE: Authorities have released the name of Springfield’s latest homicide victim. The Hampden district attorney on Monday announced that 37-year-old Eric Daniels, of Springfield, was the victim of Saturday’s shooting. SENT.

_ CHILD PORN ARREST: A Massachusetts man who was arrested for transporting child pornography to Rhode Island has been sentenced to seven years in prison. SENT.

_UMASS-ONLINE COLLEGE: The president of the University of Massachusetts system says administration officials plan to create an online college for adult learners. SENT.

_ MAINE PRISONS-MENTAL ILLNESS: Maine’s corrections agency is working with a Massachusetts hospital to address mental health, stress and trauma impacting staffers and inmates. SENT.

SPORTS:

HURRICANES-BRUINS

The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

CELTICS-WARRIORS

The Golden State Warriors try for their third straight victory against Boston when the Celtics visit Oracle Arena for the final time. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 10:30 p.m. ET.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UMass-Lowell at Vermont, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

Holy Cross at Lafayette, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

Loyola (Md.) at Boston U., 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

North Carolina at Boston College, 8 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit.

BKW-ACC TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

There’s a new defending champion at the Atlantic Coast Conference women’s tournament. The favorite is a familiar one. The five-day tournament begins Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina, with three first-round games. For the first time, it’s Louisville _ and not top-seeded Notre Dame _ that enters as the reigning champion. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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