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

May 15, 2019 GMT

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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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. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.


Lawyers for a company that lost a bid to build a project to bring hydropower from Canada to markets in southern New England, as well as project opponents, are scheduled to make their case before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


_ SURGEON-DRUNKEN DRIVING CHARGE: Authorities have charged a prominent Massachusetts doctor with driving drunk, striking three pedestrians in a crosswalk and then leaving the scene. SENT.

_BRUINS FANS-ASSAULT: Transit police in Massachusetts say four people have been arrested in connection with an assault at a T stop that occurred just hours after the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes in a playoff game. SENT.

_ BAKER-WALSH ROAD TRIP: 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. SENT: 130 words.

_ SHARK BARRIER REJECTED: Voters in a Massachusetts town have narrowly rejected a proposal to spend $100,000 on a shark barrier at a beach where children take swimming lessons. SENT.


_ CAR DEALER SHOOTING: Prosecutors say an “interaction” at a Massachusetts used car lot led to the shooting death of a 20-year-old man and the arrest of a 67-year-old man on a murder charge. SENT.

_ FENTANYL TRAFFICKING: A Rhode Island man who fled a traffic stop as federal investigators were about to arrest him during a drug investigation has pleaded guilty to fentanyl and cocaine trafficking charges. SENT.



Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been dominant in net in guiding his team to within a win of the Stanley Cup finals. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos by 3 p.m.


When Mike Rupp went on a Stanley Cup run with New Jersey in 2003, he forgot to pay his bills because nothing outside playoff hockey mattered. He’s not alone. For players who grow out long playoff beards and are involved in the madness of the NHL postseason, the grass doesn’t get cut, anything but family and hockey gets ignored because of the pursuit of the silver chalice. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, file photos.


Colorado plays Boston at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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