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

August 9, 2018

Editors, news directors:

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

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

KENNEDY COUSIN

Connecticut prosecutors are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder conviction. The state Supreme Court in May reversed its own 2016 decision and vacated Skakel’s conviction in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were teenagers. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m., photos.

AMBER ALERT KILLING

The Connecticut Supreme Court has vacated a felony murder conviction in a case that included the first Amber Alert ever issued in the state. The high court ruled Thursday that 24-year-old Jennifer Helmedach’s lawyers should have told her about a plea offer before she testified about her role in the September 2004 slaying of 20-year-old Faye Bennett in Meriden. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— CONNECTICUT PRIMARY: Time is running out for new and unaffiliated voters in Connecticut to register with a political party, which would allow them to vote in the upcoming primaries. SENT: 130 words.

— HAWK ATTACK: Connecticut environmental officials say a hawk that attacked people in Bridgeport may have been suffering from neurological issues related to West Nile virus.

— LIQUOR STORE ASSAULT: East Hartford police have arrested a man in connection with a brutal attack on a customer at a liquor store.

— CAR DEALERSHIP-LARCENY: An employee of a Westport car dealership has been charged with stealing nearly $16,000 from the business.

— LAMP BEATING: A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to beating his wife unconscious with a lamp at a hotel last year. Everol Anthony Masters, of Plainfield, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges including first-degree assault.

SPORTS:

RED-SOX-BLUE JAYS

The surging Boston Red Sox look to complete a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RANGERS-YANKEES

The Texas Rangers visit the New York Yankees. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

BROWNS-GIANTS

No. 1 draft pick Baker Mayfield and No. 2 selection Saquon Barkley are expected to see their first NFL preseason action when the Cleveland Browns play the New York Giants at MetLife Stdium. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

WASHINGTON-PATRIOTS

The defending AFC champion New England Patriots host Washington on Thursday night in their exhibition season opener. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

NASCAR-WEATHER CREDITS

Speedway Motorsports is promising NASCAR fans a ticket credit if a race is postponed because of weather. The initiative announced Thursday is for all eight of SMI’s Cup Series tracks. SENT: 130 words.

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