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

May 9, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

MINIMUM WAGE

Connecticut’s Democratic-controlled House voted Thursday to incrementally increase the state’s minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2023, following an overnight debate that highlighted a stark disagreement over whether the state is fiscally sound enough for such a change. Weary legislators advanced the bill to the state Senate, also controlled by Democrats, in an 85-59 vote that saw one Democrat joining the Republicans in opposition. The tally came shortly after noon on Thursday, roughly 14 hours after the debate began. By Sue Haigh. SENT: 700 words.

TRUMP-RED SOX

For decades, championship teams have visited the White House in a moment of ritual and tradition. Under President Donald Trump, though, the visits often have become politicized. The Boston Red Sox, who steamrolled to a World Series crown last October, are poised to visit the White House on Thursday without manager Alex Cora and nearly a dozen players. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 980 words, photos. Will be updated after 3:45 p.m. White House event.

HARRY’S SALE

Harry’s, the upstart shaving company, is being acquired by the owner of Schick razors for $1.37 billion. Under the agreement announced Thursday, investors in Harry’s Inc. will take a stake of about 11% of Connecticut-based Edgewell Personal Care Co., which manages Schick and other brands. SENT: 750 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEEN KILLED: Authorities in Waterbury say an 18-year-old woman died and two other people were hurt when their SUV hit a parked car and rolled over. SENT.

_ TEACHER-SEX ASSAULT: A Connecticut high school teacher charged with sexually assaulting a student touched the 16-year-old girl’s buttocks and kissed her on the mouth, according to the student’s account. SENT.

_ VETERINARIAN-ANIMAL CRUELTY: A Connecticut veterinarian authorities say killed or harmed animals he was supposed to be caring for is facing animal cruelty and larceny charges. SENT.

_ SHOOTING-PLEA DEAL REJECTED: A Connecticut man charged in connection with a fatal shooting has rejected a plea deal and could now go to trial. SENT.

_ EX-PITCHER-MEDICAL SETTLEMENT: A former major league pitcher has agreed to accept a $5.1 million settlement from Massachusetts General Hospital and a doctor he says caused his career-ending spine injury. SENT.

SPORTS:

HURRICANES-BRUINS

The Boston Bruins play the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The big question is who will be in net for Carolina: Petr Mrazek, who started the first nine games of the playoffs, or Curtis McElhinney, who has won three straight since Mrazek was injured. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

CELTICS WRAPUP

Anointed in the preseason as the Eastern Conference favorite the Celtics didn’t live up to their championship expectations in 2018-19, thumped 4-1 in the second round of the playoffs by the Bucks. Boston now enters a pivotal offseason with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford both holding player options to return and key reserves Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris entering free agency. After a season in which chemistry was an issue, it leaves team president Danny Ainge with some tough decisions. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

ON BASKETBALL-KYRIE

It begins. When the buzzer sounded in Milwaukee on Wednesday night, the question immediately became this: Has Kyrie Irving played his last game for the Boston Celtics? By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 730 words, photos.

MARINERS-YANKEES

Mike Leake starts for Seattle as the Mariners wrap up a series at Yankee Stadium on what’s been a rugged road trip so far and still includes a visit to Fenway Park. By Ben Walker. 600 words. Game starts at 6:35 p.m.

REVOLUTION-FRIEDEL OUT

The New England Revolution have fired coach Brad Friedel after just two wins so far this season. The team announced Thursday that assistant coach Mike Lapper will take over as interim coach. SENT.

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