- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Good morning! 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. Mark Pratt is on the desk followed by Sylvia Wingfield. New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or [email protected] New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or [email protected]

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 - Maura Healey is sworn in as the state’s new attorney general. Among her early priorities: addressing the state’s opiate abuse epidemic. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 500 words. Developing from 4:30 p.m. ceremony at Faneuil Hall.


BOSTON - The state Senate considers changes in its own procedures that proponents say will make the chamber more open to public scrutiny. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.


BOSTON - Organizers of Boston’s campaign for the 2024 Summer Olympics release their “bid book,” which will give new insight into the vision behind the Games proposal. By Jimmy Golen. Developing from noon EST presentation. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.


BOSTON - Administrators and staff at a leading Boston hospital are mourning the death of a cardiac surgeon who was fatally shot at the hospital by a man who then killed himself. Officials at Brigham and Women’s Hospital said Dr. Michael J. Davidson, director of endovascular cardiac surgery, died late Tuesday after being shot around 11 a.m. SENT: 350 words.


HARTFORD, Conn. - New England’s power grid operator is set to provide an update on the region’s power system. Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of ISO-New England, the region’s Massachusetts-based power grid operator, will brief the media Wednesday about the state of New England’s power grid that serves more than 14 million residents. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1 p.m.


- POLICE SHOOTING-BOSTON: The Suffolk district attorney’s office has determined that Boston police officers who shot and killed a man who had wounded one of them acted in self-defense and will not face criminal charges. SENT: 130 words.

- WRONG WAY FATAL: State police say the driver of a car traveling the wrong way on a ramp to Route 2 in Westminster has died in collision with a tractor-trailer. SENT: 100 words.

- COCK FIGHTING EVIDENCE: State police say a weekend traffic stop in Worcester has uncovered evidence of illegal cock fighting. A state trooper stopped a minivan with six occupants on Interstate 290 at about 5 a.m. Sunday. SENT: 130 words.

- DOCTOR KICKBACKS: An administrative arm of South Shore Hospital will pay nearly $1.8 million to settle allegations that it was running an illegal kickback scheme by paying doctors to refer patients to services within the hospital’s health care network. SENT: 130 words.

- POLICE CHIEF INDICTED: A federal judge has ruled that a former western Massachusetts police chief charged with stealing more than $100,000 from a holiday toy fund and cheating the town into paying for his family’s cellphone service will face two separate trials. SENT: 130 words.



PHOENIX - The Super Bowl location in sunny Arizona will present a dilemma for league officials as they grapple with a question that bedevils many pro sports teams in an era of retractable roofs: whether to play the game with the stadium open or closed. By Josh Hoffner. SENT: 900 words, photos


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