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AP-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT

July 31, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good evening. 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. Sarah Betancourt 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

US PRISON GRADUATION

Graduation ceremonies are held inside a Connecticut prison for a group of inmates who have earned associates degrees through a partnership involving Wesleyan University. By Pat Eaton-Robb. Upcoming 130 words by 6 a.m. 500 words by 4 p.m. With photos.

US PARENTS SLAIN-GIRLFRIEND

A Connecticut woman who admitted helping her boyfriend cover up his killing of his parents is expected to be sentenced to eight years in prison. On merits.

TOP STORIES:

CONNECTICUT REPUBLICANS

For years, Connecticut’s Gold Coast near the New York border was the place to campaign if you wanted find Republican votes. Now, candidates are stumping east of the Connecticut River, reaching out to blue-collar Republicans who strongly backed Trump in 2016. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 993 words with photos.

KNEELING TOWN OFFICIAL

A Connecticut town official is defending her decision to kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance to protest President Donald Trump’s policies. Democratic Selectwoman Melissa Schlag faced boos and shouts while she kneeled during the pledge at a meeting in Haddam on Monday. She asked residents and politicians to not add words to her “silent protest” of Trump’s policies including his hard-line immigration stance, which Trump and other Republicans say is meant to keep the country safe. SENT: 300 words with photos.

TRUMP-3 D GUNS

A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to stop the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns. The company behind the plans, Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, had reached a settlement with the federal government in June that allows it to make the plans for the guns available for download on Wednesday. The restraining order from U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik puts that plan on hold for now. By Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 670 words with photo and video. With the Latest.

IN BRIEF:

— ASHES NECKLACE THEFT: A necklace containing the ashes of a Connecticut mother’s baby son has been stolen. SENT: 133 words.

— MISSING SWIMMER: Police in Connecticut say they have recovered the body of a man who went missing while swimming in the Connecticut River. SENT: 110 words.

— WEST NILE VIRUS-MOSQUITOES: Additional mosquitoes in Connecticut have tested positive for West Nile virus. SENT: 120 words.

— GOVERNORS AND PREMIERS: The annual meeting of the New England Governors and the Eastern Canadian premiers is going to be held Vermont next month. SENT: 125 words.

—FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH: A Connecticut motorcyclist has died from injuries sustained while colliding with a metal beam guardrail. SENT: 80 words.

— US EARNS-CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS: Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $273 million. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company said it had profit of $1.15 per share. SENT: 130 words.

— OLD FACTORY BURNS: Firefighters in Waterbury are continuing to pour water on an abandoned factory that went up in flames. The blaze erupted Monday night in the former Ansonia Copper & Brass Company. SENT: 130 words.

— 3D GUNS-NEW ENGLAND: Two New England lawmakers are looking to ban the 3D printing of plastic firearms. Democratic Reps. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and David Cicilline of Rhode Island plan to introduce legislation during Tuesday’s U.S. House session that would prohibit the manufacture or possession of 3D- printed guns. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

PHILLIES-RED SOX

The Philadelphia Phillies visit the Boston Red Sox. By JImmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch at 7:10 p.m.

ORIOLES-YANKEES

Masahiro Tanaka is 6-0 in 12 starts since mid-April going into Tuesday’s series opener against the Orioles and Yefry Ramirez. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

METS-NATIONALS

The two-time defending NL East champion Washington Nationals are in third place and a game below .500 as they open a three-game series against the New York Mets. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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