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

May 26, 2019

Editors, news directors:

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Connecticut.

Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and can be directed to Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

VAPING-SCHOOLS

Schools around the country have been wrestling with how to balance discipline with treatment in their response to the soaring numbers of vaping students. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONVICTIONS

Laws cracking down on human trafficking are on the books in all 50 states, but convictions are notoriously elusive, and state prosecutors haven’t come close to matching the success their federal counterparts have had in winning cases. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SECOND CHANCE ACT

More people in North Carolina could soon qualify to have their criminal records wiped clean, thanks to a bipartisan bill loosening the requirements. Offenders with multiple nonviolent misdemeanor or low level felony convictions would be eligible to have their records expunged, regardless of age. The bill also expands expunctions for misdemeanors and minor felonies committed by 16- and 17-year olds. Currently, only nonviolent, first-time convictions are eligible. Other states considering automated expunctions are Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Mississippi and New Jersey. SENT: 800 words, photos.

IN BRIEF

_ PROM PROBLEM: A Connecticut high school’s prom had to be cut short when several students were brought to the hospital because of what was described as an irritant similar to pepper spray in the air. SENT.

_ CYCLIST KILLED: Police in Connecticut say a cyclist has been killed and a driver is facing manslaughter and drugged driving charges. SENT.

_ SPELLING BEE-CONNECTICUT STUDENTS: Three students from Connecticut are representing the state at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. SENT.

_ LIFEGUARD SHORTAGE: A shortage of lifeguards in Connecticut has led at least one popular swimming area to reduce its hours of operation. SENT.

SPORTS:

STANLEY CUP PREVIEW

Brad Marchand was not on the ice for the Boston Bruins’ last full practice before the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues. Marchand injured his left hand in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage Thursday but practiced Saturday.

With: STANLEY CUP-THE LATEST

STANLEY CUP-PLAYOFF RATINGS

Chicago and Los Angeles didn’t make the playoffs, Washington and Pittsburgh were eliminated in the first round but Stanley Cup Playoff ratings have held steady this season going into the finals between St. Louis and Boston. NBC says aggressive promotion in markets where teams were eliminated as well as a loyal fan base has helped as well as great numbers in markets where teams like Columbus and Carolina made strong postseason runs. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

RED SOX-ASTROS

Houston’s Justin Verlander opposes Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez as the Astros and Red Sox wrap up a three-game series. Game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.

YANKEES-ROYALS

The New York Yankees conclude their three-game set against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 2 p.m. ET.

TIGERS-METS

Detroit plays New York at Citi Field. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m.

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