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

May 8, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Democratic leaders have pulled two bills concerning Native American tribes from the House floor after President Donald Trump criticized one of the bills on Twitter and urged Republicans to oppose it. Trump said one of the bills, which reaffirms the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reservation as trust land in Massachusetts, was a “special interest casino Bill.” SENT: 500 words, photos.


Before Elizabeth Warren pitches voters on her tax plan, she talks about her memories of her mom’s struggle to pay the mortgage. Before she talked about government ethics on a recent stop, she told locals their town reminds her of her Oklahoma home. By Elana Schor. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.



America’s oldest performing arts group is looking for a child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished its rendition of Mozart’s “Masonic Funeral” at Boston’s Symphony Hall on Sunday when a youngster blurted out loudly: “WOW!” By William J. Kole. SENT: 380 words, photos.


The so-called “millionaire tax” is on the move again at the Statehouse. A procedural vote to advance the proposed constitutional amendment was easily approved on a 156-37 vote Wednesday during a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature. SENT: 330 words.


An expert on Nazi Germany and sociologist who co-wrote several books about the influence of television on politics and public opinion has died. Kurt Lang was 95. SENT: 370 words, photos.


Some drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft turned off their apps Wednesday to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors. Demonstrations took place in 10 U.S. cities Wednesday, including Boston. SENT: 440 words, photos.


_ DISTRACTED DRIVING: The state Senate has delayed an expected vote on legislation to ban motorists in Massachusetts from using handheld cellphones while driving. SENT.

_ HYDROPOWER TRANSMISSION PROJECT: The owner of the oil-fired Wyman power station is appealing the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s approval of a proposed 145-mile (233-kilometer) transmission line in western Maine. SENT.

_ COFFEE SHOP STABBING: Police have arrested a man for what they call an unprovoked attack at a Massachusetts coffee shop. SENT.

_ SCHOOL EMPLOYEE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: A man who once worked for a Massachusetts school system and coached a middle school girls’ basketball team has been sentenced to time served and probation for traveling to Rhode Island to have sex with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl. SENT.

_ HUMAN TRAFFICKING SENTENCE: A Massachusetts man who authorities say forced four heroin-addicted women into prostitution has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. SENT.

_ UBER DRIVER-RAPE CHARGE: A Massachusetts woman told police her Uber driver raped her, but his attorney says his client has been falsely accused. SENT.

_ PAWSOX-POLICE DETAILS: Pawtucket’s mayor says taxpayer money was used to cover more than $100,000 in police detail costs for the Pawtucket Red Sox last year in an effort to keep the team from leaving for Worcester, Massachusetts. SENT.



The Milwaukee Bucks can clinch their first trip to the NBA Eastern Conference finals since 2001 when they host Boston in Game 5 of the semifinals. The Bucks have won three straight since dropping the opener to the Celtics. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. EDT.


The Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Boston opens the series without defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who was suspended for a hit to the head in the clincher against Columbus. By Jimmy Golen. Developing from 11 a.m. practice and 5 p.m. availability.


Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox face the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Andrew Cashnew in the deciding matchup of a three-game series. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


The New England Revolution plays at the Chicago Fire. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the links below.

_ The U.S. is stingier with child care and maternity leave than the rest of the world. By Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts Amherst. http://theconversation.com/the-us-is-stingier-with-child-care-and-maternity-leave-than-the-rest-of-the-world-94770


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