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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 1:30 pm, CT

January 8, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

SPORTS BETTING-CONNECTICUT

A legislative proposal would authorize the tribes that own Connecticut’s two resort casinos to begin offering sports betting. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING 500 words by 3 p.m.

OFFSHORE DRILLING BAN:

State legislators from eight states are announcing a united effort to protect their states from offshore drilling. The states are Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island. By Patrick Whittle.

IN BRIEF:

_ CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS: Connecticut officials say two insurance companies have agreed to provide a total of $10.5 million to assist homeowners with crumbling foundations. SENT.

_ HIGHWAY BODY: Connecticut State Police are now calling the death of a man whose body was found on a highway ramp a homicide. SENT.

_ CHILD SEX ASSAULT: The former chairwoman of a Connecticut town’s school board has been sentenced to eight years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of a child. SENT.

_ FOXWOODS FIGHT: Connecticut tribal police have arrested five people and expect to arrest more in connection with a New Year’s Day brawl at Foxwoods Resort Casino that resulted in stab wounds to three people. SENT.

_ HIT AND RUN DEATH: A Connecticut man charged with striking and killing a 67-year-old pedestrian with his car then fleeing the scene has been held on $250,000 bond. SENT.

_ PARTY DEATH-LUXURY APARTMENT: A man has pleaded guilty for his role in the beating and stabbing death of a party guest from Connecticut at a luxury Manhattan apartment. SENT.

_ TRAIL-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman jogging on a Connecticut recreational trail. SENT.

_ HOUSE FIRE-FATALITY: Police have identified a woman who died after being rescued from a house fire in Torrington. Fire officials say 68-year-old Donna Needham died Friday from injuries suffered in the Thursday fire at the home she shared with her husband.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-WHO’S NO 1

For the first time in a long time, a handful of teams could make an argument to be No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. Over the past decade there really hasn’t been too much debate each week over who should hold the top spot. Only five teams have been No. 1 since the preseason poll in 2008 and most of the time they were the unanimous choice or close to it. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.

WILD-BRUINS

The Minnesota Wild visit the Boston Bruins. By Doug Alden. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Skidmore at Yale, 7 p.m.

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