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

May 24, 2019 GMT

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



BOSTON _ Lawmakers are looking at the best way to bring sports wagering to Massachusetts as they tackle the latest shift in the state’s gambling landscape. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 630 words by 12 p.m.



BOSTON _ Celebrity chef Mario Batali, whose career crumbled amid several sexual misconduct accusations, pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. By Alanna Durkin Richer. Sent: 487 words, photos, video planned.


WELLFLEET, Mass. _ As Cape Cod’s tourist season gets underway, there’s uncertainty after two shark attacks rattled beachgoers last year and sparked a debate about how the vacation destination should respond. Many are wondering if the region’s billion-dollar tourism economy will take a hit and whether anything can be done to make the sea safer. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 950 words, photos.


ALFRED, Maine — A defrocked Massachusetts priest who already served a prison sentence for abusing an altar boy is going to prison again — this time in Maine. A judge on Friday ordered Ronald Paquin to serve 16 years in state prison for sexually abusing an altar boy during trips to Maine in the 1980s. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4:30 p.m.


A list of the top paid CEOs by state for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. SENT: 566 words.



The Associated Press captured images of D-Day veterans from the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Germany who are returning to Normandy for the 75th anniversary.


_ VETERANS MEMORIAL-VANDALIZED: Police say a memorial to Vietnam War veterans in Boston has been vandalized days before the Memorial Day holiday.

_ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY: Three more parents are scheduled to plead guilty in the college admissions bribery scheme.

_ COLLEGE BRIBES-CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY: A private university in California says it determined one student linked to the biggest school admissions scandal ever prosecuted by federal authorities may have submitted fraudulent SAT scores.

_ D-DAY-HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA: A Massachusetts high school has posthumously awarded a diploma to soldier who died during World War II’s D-Day invasion.

_ MASSACHUSETTS BUDGET: The Massachusetts Senate has wrapped up debate on a proposed $42.7 billion annual state budget.

_ CONSTRUCTION WORKER INJURED: A worker has been seriously injured at a construction site in Lynn.

_ ATM FRAUD: Police say a Florida man used fake credit cards to withdraw close to $750,000 from ATM machines in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

_ SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT: Three students have taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a dump truck struck a school bus on a Massachusetts highway.

_ ARSON CHARGES: A New Hampshire man who authorities say intentionally set his apartment building on fire to kill himself and others has been arraigned in Boston.



BOSTON _ When the Bruins take the ice in the Stanley Cup final, they’ll do it with a core group of veterans that know what it’s like to win it and come up short. Apart from Zdeno Chara, who was 33 years old when Boston hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2011, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask were all 25 or younger. Now they all could play pivotal roles in the Bruins’ latest Stanley Cup bid. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 7 p.m. EDT, photos.


BOSTON _ “Old Town Road” is coming to the Stanley Cup Final. Lil Nas X will perform the top song in the world Monday in Boston as part of the pregame festivities before the series between the Bruins and St. Louis Blues gets underway. The NHL announced Friday Lil Nas X and country singer Chase Rice as the artists who will play at Boston’s City Hall Plaza before Game 1. By STEPHEN WHYNO. AP Hockey Writer. SENT: 450 words.


HOUSTON _ Chris Sale start for the Red Sox as they try to win their third straight when they open a three-game series with the Houston Astros who will send Wade Miley to the mound. By Kristie Rieken. 750 words. Photos.


Sports legends have come out to Boston to honor one of their own. Former Celtics and Bruins stars gathered at Trinity Church in Boston Thursday for a memorial service for the late John Havlicek. The Hall of Fame Celtics player died in April at the age of 79. SENT: 130 words.


CHICAGO _ NFL players may be more likely to die from brain diseases and heart problems than Major League Baseball players but the reasons are unclear. That’s according to study published Friday involving 6,100 professional athletes. Repeated head blows have been linked with a wasting brain disease in football players, who are generally bigger than baseball players. That girth can contribute to heart problems. But the study lacks data on family history and lifestyles that also affect disease risks. By LINDSEY TANNER. AP Medical Writer. SENT: 462 words, photos.


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