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

May 14, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



A Los Angeles man is set to plead guilty to charges that he made a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe. Developing from 2 p.m. court appearance.


The Massachusetts House is expected to debate and could vote on legislation to bar motorists from using hand-held cellphones. Similar bills have cleared the state Senate in years past, but have never before come up for a final vote in the House. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.


Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston’s Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh embark on their long talked about “road trip” to Washington to push for more federal funding. UPCOMING: Story expected by 3 p.m.



A former soccer coach at the University of Southern California has pleaded guilty to creating fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents in the college admissions bribery scheme. SENT: 580 words.


Jailhouse letters from late Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger appear to contradict federal officials who said his health had dramatically improved, making him eligible for a transfer to the West Virginia prison where he was killed. SENT: 400 words, photos.


Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming coastal property values, but how much is an open question. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 910 words, photos.


A fake Twitter account was but one piece of a vast, multilingual campaign aimed at seeding anti-Saudi, anti-Israel and anti-American stories across the internet. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


Democrat Elizabeth Warren is saying no to a televised town hall on Fox News, slamming the network as “a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.” SENT: 160 words.


_ HOUSING BILL: Gov. Charlie Baker is urging lawmakers to make it easier for cities and towns to approve new housing developments. SENT.

_ MBTA UPGRADE COSTS: The cost of upgrading the Boston area public transit system’s equipment and infrastructure is now pegged at about $10 billion, nearly $3 billion more than four years ago. SENT.

_ BRUINS FANS-ASSAULT: Transit police in Massachusetts are looking for a group of men who appeared to be Boston Bruins fans they say “viciously beat” and seriously injured a man at a trolley stop. SENT.

_ FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER-ARREST: A judge set bail at $50,000 for a former New England Patriots player accused of violating a protective order. SENT.

_ GORDON COLLEGE CUTS: A small Christian liberal arts college in Massachusetts is cutting eight majors and eliminating 36 jobs. SENT.

_ SELLING FENTANYL-SENTENCE: A Massachusetts man has been convicted in New Hampshire of participating in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. SENT.

_ BEACH ROCK FINES: A Massachusetts town is sick of homeowners and businesses raiding its beaches for free landscaping materials, so it’s going to fine them $250. SENT.



The Boston Bruins look to take a 3-0 lead in Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins won the first two in Boston by a combined 11-4 score while the Hurricanes are 5-0 on home ice in the postseason. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


The Colorado Rockies play the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


The New England Revolution have hired five-time MLS Cup winner and former U.S. national coach Bruce Arena as its coach and sports director. SENT: 380 words, photo.


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