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AAA  Jun. 17, 2016 6:22 PM ET
AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6:30 pm, MA
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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.

Pat Eaton-Robb is on the desk until 8 p.m. 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

BEACON HILL

BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democratic-controlled Legislature are considering ways to deal with an unexpected and untimely shortfall in state tax revenues. AP's weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Bob Salsberg. 600 words.

TOP STORIES:

OLDEST LIGHTHOUSE

BOSTON — Boston Light, the nation's first and oldest lighthouse and the U.S. Coast Guard's last manned station, is celebrating 300 years of warning mariners as they navigate the tricky waters of Boston Harbor. A summer of anniversary festivities kicks off this weekend. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 400 words, photo.

ONLINE LOTTERY

BOSTON — A legislative committee has advanced a proposal that could allow lottery tickets to be sold online in Massachusetts. Under current state law, lottery sales are limited to licensed retail outlets. SENT, 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— HELICOPTER CRASH: A pilot and his female passenger were seriously injured Friday afternoon when their small helicopter crashed near the shoreline of a Cape Cod pond. SENT, 200 words.

— TOWN COUNCILOR-RACIST PHOTOS: Greenfield authorities are trying to determine who sent racist emails that contained altered photos of a black town official. SENT, 130 words.

— THREATS AGAINST JUDGES: A sex offender from Lawrence is heading to prison for threatening two Massachusetts judges. SENT, 130 words.

— MISSING OFF CAPE COD: Coast Guard authorities were searching for a missing person in the water off Cape Cod. Coast Guard officials say they were notified by local police at about 8:30 a.m. Friday that a person was missing off Eastham.

— DISAPPEARING MARSH SPARROW: A group of wildlife researchers will meet with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in September to discuss a conservation plan for the salt marsh sparrow. Researchers with a group of universities have been tracking the little birds and say eight out of every 10 of the sparrows has disappeared in the last 15 years. SENT. 130 words

— DRIVE AND BIKE: The state is expanding a first-in-the-nation program which gives commuters the option of driving part of the way to work and cycling the rest. Officials on Friday announced 15 new Park & Pedal locations, bringing the total number to 19 in the greater Boston area. SENT. 130 words

— TABLE LEG BEATING: Police say a Springfield man beaten over the head with a table leg has died and two people are facing murder charges. Officers responded to a city home at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday where they found 52-year-old Eric Stephenson unconscious and suffering from a severe head injury. He later died at the hospital. SENT. 130 words

— SCHOOL NAME LAWSUIT: In Massachusetts, an exclusive private school has filed a $2 million lawsuit, asking a judge to force a more affordable school that serves a large number of minority and low-income students to change its name. The Commonwealth School in Boston says Commonwealth Academy in Springfield deceptively uses the word "commonwealth," causing the Boston school "great harm." SENT. 130 words.

— THREATENING OBAMA-CHARGES: A Massachusetts state prison inmate has been indicted on a federal charge of threatening to kill President Barack Obama. SENT: 130 words.

— MUTUAL FUND OWNER INDICTED: A Massachusetts financier who defrauded investors and misappropriated more than $15 million from an investment fund has been sentenced to nine years in prison. SENT: 130 words.

— HEROIN ARRESTS: Springfield police have arrested three people and seized nearly 17,000 bags of heroin, putting a major dent in the western Massachusetts illicit drug trade. SENT: 130 words.

— SURGEON GENERAL-BOSTON: The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is scheduled to appear in Boston as part of his national tour to fight prescription opioid abuse. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

MARINERS-RED SOX

BOSTON — Roenis Elias (0-0, 16.20) will make his first start and just his second appearance in a Red Sox uniform when Boston hosts the Mariners on Friday. Seattle will send Hisashi Iwakuma (5-5) to the mound. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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