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

February 14, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

BRAIN AGING-DEPRESSION

Scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen the natural decline in memory and thinking skills as people age — and they are finding some worrisome clues. Depression has long been linked to certain cognitive problems, and depression late in life may be a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s. It’s not clear how. But brain cells communicate by firing messages across connections called synapses, and Yale University researchers used a new brain scanning technique to check the levels of people’s synapses. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

SALMON RECOVERY

The federal government has outlined an ambitious, costly new plan to restore populations of Atlantic salmon in the United States. American rivers once teemed with the salmon, but populations have declined to the point where the last remaining wild populations in the country exist only in a handful of rivers in Maine. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald was assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison, the officer’s wife said Wednesday. Jason Van Dyke was transferred earlier this month to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut. He was placed in the prison’s general population hours after his arrival and was assaulted there, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. SENT: 300 words, photos.

With: CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-THE LATEST.

IN BRIEF:

_ TOBACCO WHOLESALE FRAUD: A tobacco wholesaler who cheated Connecticut out of nearly $6 million in tax revenue by underreporting the amount of tobacco he sold has been sentenced to three years in prison. SENT.

_ CUSTOMER IMPERSONATION: Police in Connecticut are looking for a man they say posed as another person and stole nearly $38,000 from that person’s bank account. SENT.

_ CASINO-ROLEX THEFT: A Massachusetts man has been charged with stealing four Rolex watches worth a combined $73,600 from a Connecticut casino. SENT.

_ GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE-ELECTION GRANT: A Connecticut elections commission has approved a state campaign grant for a Green Party candidate _ the first in the 12-year history of the Citizens’ Elections Program. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-HOUSTON-UCONN

No. 9 Houston looks for its eighth straight win as it visits UConn, which will play its second game without leading scorer Jalen Adams, who may miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 7 p.m. tipoff.

KNICKS-HAWKS

Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks hope to build some momentum from a victory over the Lakers and beat New York for their second straight win. The Knicks have lost 18 straight. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

OTHER MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Sacred Heart at Bryant, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

CCSU at Wagner, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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