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

November 29, 2018

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

OFFICER-SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATION

Central Connecticut State University officials have revealed that a campus police officer was fired after being accused of sexually assaulting another officer. The New Britain school disclosed the firing Thursday and released a report about the department prepared by former state public safety commissioner Bernard Sullivan. Officials also announced changes aimed at improving the police agency. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 330 words.

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

The long-running federal court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born to addicts? Attorneys representing the babies and their guardians want their claims separated from the federal case in Cleveland that involves hundreds of local governments and other entities such as hospitals. They will argue that before a federal judicial panel in New York on Thursday. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 590 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated after hearing, which starts around 10 a.m. ET.

IN BRIEF:

— CAR DEALERSHIP EMBEZZLEMENT: A New York woman has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the Connecticut car dealership where she worked and using the money for vacations, home renovations and a $50,000 vehicle. SENT.

— SCHOOL FUND-PUERTO RICO: A Connecticut school district will receive nearly $600,000 in state funding to help cover the cost of taking in Puerto Rican students displaced by Hurricane Maria and other storms. SENT.

— TOWN SELECTMEN ASSAULT: A Connecticut town official charged with punching a 70-year-old man has applied for a court program that could lead to dismissal of the charges. SENT.

— DOUBLE FATAL: Police in Connecticut have publicly identified two people killed in a crash earlier this week. SENT.

— UNIVERSITY-BUILDING NAME: A Connecticut university is one step closer to realizing a campaign to officially recognize the university’s first black graduate. A key committee at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain unanimously endorsed a plan to rename a social sciences building after Ebenezer Bassett, who graduated from the then-Connecticut Normal School in 1853. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-PATRIOTS

The Patriots (8-3) have been dominant in December under Bill Belichick, going 64-13 during his tenure. Three of their final five games are at home, beginning with a matchup with Minnesota (6-4-1). The Vikings, winners of two out of their last three, are the first of just two playoff-positioned teams remaining on New England’s schedule. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. For Weekend Use.

ISLANDERS-BRUINS

The New York Islanders visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Sacred Heart at Boston College, 7 p.m.

CCSU at NC A&T, 7:30 p.m.

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