BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.
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An 18-member commission appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to study the future of transportation in Massachusetts is expected to issue its final report later this month.
A U.S. Navy destroyer named for a naval aviator from Massachusetts who crash-landed his plane to try to save a downed pilot during the Korean War is commissioned in Boston.
NEW ENGLAND POWER
There should be plenty of power this winter across New England, though the company that manages the electric grid says an extreme cold snap could pose some challenges. UPCOMING: 500 words.
TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
THREATENED MUSLIM GIRL
A 10-year-old Muslim girl in Massachusetts has received hundreds of letters of support after receiving threatening notes at her elementary school. The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that as of Thursday, it had received more than 500 notes from across the country for the Framingham girl. SENT: 410 words, photos.
Mitt Romney is a man in-between. He made it to Washington after all — but not as president of the United States, the office he sought twice and other men won. He’s not yet a senator from Utah, either, until he’s sworn in Jan. 3. Romney, lifelong executive in public and private life, doesn’t have a permanent office, a place to live or a solid sense of what it will be like to shift from being the top leader to just one of 100 ambitious personalities. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.
A federal judge says the Trump administration can’t withhold over $29 million in law enforcement grants from six East and West Coast states — including Massachusetts — and New York City in a clash over their immigration policies as so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.
SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND
Sports betting is coming to a second Rhode Island casino. Twin River Casino announced Friday that sports betting will launch at its Tiverton location Monday. SENT: 250 words.
— DEMOCRATS-MOULTON: U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton says he could support Nancy Pelosi for House speaker — if she and the two top members of her leadership team agree to step down after a year and hold new elections. SENT.
— DRUG HOMICIDES: A Massachusetts man is the first person charged under a new Rhode Island law that allows life sentences for drug dealers who sell drugs that lead to fatal overdose. SENT.
— HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONVICTION VACATED: Rhode Island’s highest court has vacated the sex trafficking conviction of a 36-year-old Massachusetts man authorities say trafficked a 14-year-old girl at a now-closed Providence strip club. SENT.
— AARON HERNANDEZ: Newly released jailhouse telephone calls show that the late New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez expected to be released from jail and resume his football career shortly after his arrest on a murder charge. SENT.
— PROSTITUTION RING-CHARGES: A Boston woman charged with running a prostitution ring through four massage parlors has pleaded not guilty. SENT.
— BANK ROBBERY SENTENCING: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for robbing a Pittsfield bank in September. SENT.
— JAIL GUARD-ROBBERIES: A former Massachusetts jail guard who robbed a drugstore and a convenience store has been sentenced to four years in prison. SENT.
— POLICE-OVERTIME THEFT: A retired Massachusetts State Police trooper has pleaded guilty to collecting more than $29,000 in overtime pay he did not earn. SENT.
— COUNCIL CANDIDATE-REAL ESATE: A former candidate for Boston City Council admits he posed as a real estate broker and swindled thousands from potential home buyers. SENT.
— ELECTRONIC MONITORING: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a pair of foundations are funding a suite of projects around the country designed to improve electronic fisheries monitoring. SENT.
The Boston Celtics play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Game starts at 7 p.m.
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