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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

October 3, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW

TEXTING SUICIDE

Lawyers for a Massachusetts woman who sent her boyfriend text messages urging him to kill himself will urge the state’s highest court Thursday to toss her involuntary manslaughter conviction. Michelle Carter was convicted last year in the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy, who Carter had urged to “get back in” his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; 500 words by 4 p.m., photo planned.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

Months after a target date for starting recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts passed, state cannabis regulators could consider granting final operating licenses for one or more pot shops when they meet on Thursday. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

BALLOT QUESTION-NURSE STAFFING

An independent state agency that monitors hospital spending says a November ballot question that would mandate strict nurse staffing levels could add nearly $1 billion in new health care costs. The analysis by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, released Wednesday, said passage of Question 1 would require as many as 3,000 additional nurses to be hired by hospitals around the state. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FISHING SHARES-CANADA

American fishermen are losing thousands of pounds of valuable fishing quota under a new catch share agreement with Canada. Fishermen from the U.S. and Canada seek haddock, cod and flounder on Georges Bank, which is a critical fishing ground east of New England. SENT: 380 words, photo.

DISASTERS-FIGHTING FEMA

As the floodwaters recede and the recovery begins, communities swamped by Hurricane Florence soon will be on the clock to document the billions of dollars in damage it caused if they want to be reimbursed by the federal government. A missed deadline could be costly, even if it’s not directly the fault of the affected community, according to an Associated Press analysis of recent appeals decided by top officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The AP found that tardiness is one of the most common reasons FEMA headquarters has denied appeals from cities, schools and other public entities, accounting for well over $100 million in lost appeals over the past 12 months alone. FEMA’s strict enforcement of deadlines means it hasn’t even considered the merits of some appeals. By David A. Lieb. 890 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— HOTEL WORKERS STRIKE: Hotel workers are walking out at seven Marriott hotels in Boston in what union organizers say is the city’s first ever hotel strike. SENT.

— JFK PODCAST: The JFK Library Foundation has launched a new podcast designed to help bring stories of President John F. Kennedy and his life to new audiences. SENT.

— HAMMER ATTACK: A Massachusetts man who used a hammer to attack and severely injure two neighbors has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison. SENT.

— MALLOY-BOSTON COLLEGE: Outgoing Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has accepted a teaching position at the Boston College Law School for next semester. SENT.

— MALL STABBINGS: The widow of a Massachusetts teacher stabbed to death protecting a pregnant waitress from a knife-wielding mentally ill suspect is asking that her husband’s name be removed from a memorial to homicide victims. SENT.

— ROOMMATE DISMEMBERED: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for killing and then dismembering his 66-year-old roommate. SENT.

— HOSPITAL MERGER: Officials at two New Hampshire hospitals have announced plans to merge with a Massachusetts hospital system. SENT.

— DEAD WHALE: A dead adult minke whale has washed ashore in Massachusetts adding to a year of high mortality for the giant animals along the New England coast. SENT.

— DISABLED CHILDREN-TAX EMBEZZLEMENT: Prosecutors say a Massachusetts woman embezzled more than $135,000 in taxpayer money that was meant for children with disabilities. SENT.

— CHILD PORN CHARGE: A Massachusetts man who was found with children’s underwear and a child-like sex doll in his home has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. SENT.

— WRONG-WAY FATALITY: A Rhode Island woman police say was drunk and driving the wrong way on a Massachusetts highway when she caused a fiery fatal crash has been indicted. SENT.

— BANK ROBBERY-SUPERVISED RELEASE: Federal officials in Massachusetts say a convicted bank robber robbed another bank while he was out on supervised release. SENT.

— HERRING FISHING: Fishing managers in New England are asking the federal government to take action to try to reduce the possibility of overfishing in the herring fishery. SENT.

SPORTS:

COLTS-PATRIOTS PREVIEW

The matchups between Peyton Manning’s Colts and Tom Brady’s Patriots were must-watch affairs for a decade. Manning’s departure from Indianapolis in 2012 ushered in a new era when the Colts drafted Andrew Luck. But Luck hasn’t fared nearly as well as his predecessor, going 0-5 in his matchups with Brady. He’ll try again when Indianapolis (1-3) travels to New England (2-2) on Thursday night. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 800 words, photos.

VINATIERI’S LAST STAND

Adam Vinatieri has fond memories of New England. He won three Super Bowl rings and earned a reputation as the league’s best clutch kicker there. And he could be making his final trip to Foxborough on Thursday night. By Michael Marot. SENT: 900 words, with photos.

BRUINS-CAPITALS

After raising their Stanley Cup banner, the Washington Capitals open the 2018-19 season and their title defense against a finally-healthy Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. With HKN--Capitals-Banner Night. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BETTMAN AND O’REE

A month before they go into the Hockey Hall of Fame together, Commissioner Gary Bettman and Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL, tour the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the opening day of the season. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.

ACC BUILDING BOOM

The construction boom around the Atlantic Coast Conference is showing no signs of slowing down. In the seemingly never-ending facility arms race in big-time college football, some schools hope player-friendly project will give them an edge and help them keep up with their ACC peers — and other programs around the country. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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