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

December 31, 2018

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TOP STORIES:

SHUTDOWN-COAST GUARD ACADEMY

Officials at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy say their daily operations are being greatly affected by the partial government shutdown. About 160 of the Connecticut academy’s 260 government-funded nonessential employees have been furloughed, with the winter academic break set to end Jan. 6. The academy says the majority of the 100 nonessential civilians who remain on the job are mostly faculty. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR-STAFF: Lt. Gov.-elect Susan Bysiewicz has announced key members of her staff as she prepares to take office next week. SENT.

_ BED POST ASSAULT: Police in Connecticut say a New York man used a broken bed post to attack a woman. SENT.

_ EDUCATOR-THEFT CHARGES: Police in Connecticut say the director of a school Head Start program embezzled nearly $13,000 from an elementary school’s parent-teacher organization. SENT.

_ BANK FRAUD-SENTENCING: A Vermont couple police say stole $1.6 million in loans through bank fraud have been sentenced to prison. SENT.

_ CRAB FISHING: Federal fishing managers are holding the line on the quota for a commercial important species of crab that is fished off of the East Coast. SENT.

_ BARN FIRE: Fire officials say a blaze destroyed a barn in Old Saybrook and killed the animals inside. Fire officials have not said how many or what type of animals were in the barn. SENT.

SPORTS:

WOMEN’S BKB POLL

UConn, Notre Dame and Louisville remain the top three teams in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. SENT: 460 words, photos.

WINTER CLASSIC PREVIEW

The Winter Classic is going back to college, and it’s bringing along two familiar foes. The Chicago Blackhawks face the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in the 11th edition of one of the NHL’s showcase events. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET

CELTICS-SPURS

Boston visits the Spurs with the Celtics finishing a three-game trip looking for their fourth win in five games. San Antonio is coming off a solid road win against the Clippers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Hartford at Boston College. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 1 p.m.

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