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

November 7, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION 2018-MASSACHUSETTS

Fresh off a convincing re-election win, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is pledging to serve all four years of his second term but won’t say yet whether he hopes to continue in office beyond that. Unofficial returns from Tuesday showed Baker winning about two-thirds of the vote in his race against Democrat Jay Gonzalez, including solid showings in Boston and other typically Democratic-leaning urban areas. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

ELECTION 2018-DISTRICT ATTORNEY-BOSTON

A Democrat with a plan to forgo prosecution of certain low-level crimes will become Boston’s first female district attorney and the first woman of color to hold such a job anywhere in Massachusetts. Rachael Rollins on Tuesday easily defeated independent Michael Maloney, a defense attorney who called her proposals reckless. Rollins, a former federal prosecutor, ran on the promise to help curb mass incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal justice system while building trust between communities and law enforcement. SENT: 460 words.

ELIZABETH WARREN

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks and takes audience questions at Brown University the day after the midterm elections. UPCOMING: 200 words following 5 p.m. speech. More on merits.

IN BRIEF:

— STABBING DEATH: Authorities confirm they are investigating a late night death in Fitchburg. A spokesman for the district attorney said the death occurred Tuesday night. SENT.

— GIRLFRIEND BEATEN: A 45-year-old Massachusetts man who beat his girlfriend until she was unconscious and suffered bleeding in her brain has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison. SENT.

— DISABLED WOMAN-SEX ASSAULT: A Massachusetts woman who forced her intellectually disabled adult daughter to have sex with the woman’s boyfriend in exchange for money and bill payments has pleaded guilty. SENT.

— PEDESTRIAN STRUCK: Boston police say a pedestrian has been struck and killed by a vehicle. SENT.

— FANEUIL HALL-CHRISTMAS TREE: The Faneuil Hall Christmas tree arrived in Boston this week for the holiday season. SENT.

SPORTS

TITANS-BUTLER

The Titans gave cornerback Malcolm Butler a five-year deal with $30 million guaranteed in March. Halfway through the season, Butler has been the defender beaten most often on a defense that currently allowing the fewest points per game in the NFL. And Tom Brady and the Patriots are up next to pick on their former teammate. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 575 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET.

ACC COASTAL CHAOS

The only Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division teams that have yet to appear in the league’s championship game are Pittsburgh and Virginia. Pitt leads the Coastal right now. Virginia sits alone in second place. Go figure. There’s Coastal chaos, again. While the Atlantic Division has a clear frontrunner — Clemson, which can lock up its fourth consecutive berth in the ACC title game if it wins at Boston College on Saturday night — the Coastal is what seems to be its annual mess. SENT: 780 words.

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