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AP-CT--Connecticut News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, CT

August 24, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good morning. 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 Mark Pratt at 860-246-6876 or dcollins@ap.org.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

HUMAN TRAFFICKING RING

A Connecticut man charged in a sex trafficking ring that recruited intellectually disabled and mentally ill young men is expected to tell a judge Friday whether he will accept a plea deal. Robert King would serve more than four years in prison under the agreement. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m. Developing from 10 a.m. court hearing.

TAX OVERHAUL-HIGH TAX STATES-Q&A

The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action under the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown. SENT: 1,000 words.

IN BRIEF:

— STOLEN CAR-JUVENILES: Police in Connecticut have arrested four juveniles they say stole a car, led police on a pursuit, and crashed into several other vehicles. SENT.

— COVERED BRIDGE CLOSURE: A historic covered bridge in Connecticut will be closed for four weeks this fall for rehabilitation work. SENT.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-RAYS

The Boston Red Sox bring baseball’s best record to Tropicana Field, with right-hander Hector Velazquez facing Diego Castillo in the opener of a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

YANKEES-ORIOLES

CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees take on the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Alex Cobb in the opener of a four-game series between AL East foes. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

NATIONALS-METS

Still hoping to make a playoff push, Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals visit the New York Mets for the opener of a three-game series. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

PATRIOTS-PANTHERS

The New England Patriots play a pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

GIANTS-JETS

Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to start his second straight game for the New York Jets when they face the Giants in the teams’ third preseason game Friday night. Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley, recovering from tweaked a hamstring, and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will likely sit out. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

CONNECTICUT OPEN

Julia Goerges is the only seeded player remaining for the semifinals of the Connecticut Open.

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