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

February 13, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

BODY IN SUITCASE

Family and friends have gathered for the funeral of a 24-year-old New York woman who was found dead in a suitcase in Connecticut. The service for Valerie Reyes was held at St. Gabriel’s Church in New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday, a day after police announced her former boyfriend had been charged in connection with her death. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

COLLEGES CLOSING

After 185 years of educating students on its campus of brick buildings on Poultney’s main street, Green Mountain College announced last month it would close after this academic year, leaving hundreds of students scrambling to figure out where to go next. The liberal arts college, which saw enrollment drop 43 percent over the last decade, is going the way of some other small schools that have struggled to stay afloat amid a shift toward more career-oriented training and, particularly in college-rich New England, a decline in the number of high school students. By Lisa Rathke and Collin Binkley. SENT: 860 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILDREN KILLED: The murder trial of a Connecticut woman charged with killing her two children in 2015 is getting underway. The New Haven Register reports LeRoya Moore is scheduled to go on trial Wednesday. SENT: 130 words.

_ TROOPER INJURED: A Connecticut State Police trooper has suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84. SENT.

_ SENATE REPUBLICANS-LAWYER: A former lawyer for state Senate Republicans in Connecticut has been charged with stealing more than $250,000 from a political action committee he oversaw as treasurer. SENT.

_ DYNAMITE-CANDLE CONFUSION: A Connecticut woman who lost part of her hand when she lit an explosive device she thought was a candle is suing the previous owner of her home. SENT.

_ SCENIC RIVERS: A bill that would make Rhode Island and Connecticut eligible for federal funding to protect rivers has cleared the U.S. Senate. SENT.

_ BIKE SHARING-HARTFORD: The mayor of Hartford says the city is cutting ties with the bike-sharing company Lime. Lime official Scott Mullen confirmed Tuesday that the bike-sharing service is winding down in Hartford, but did not provide an exact end date. SENT.

SPORTS:

PISTONS-CELTICS

The Celtics return to the Garden after beating the 76ers without Kyrie Irving to snap a two-game losing streak. They face a Pistons team that has won four straight. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

76ERS-KNICKS

The Philadelphia 76ers visit the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

RED SOX REPORT

The defending champion Boston Red Sox open spring training with hopes of a fourth straight AL East title and their first back-to-back World Series victories in more than a century. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Maine at Hartford, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

_ Dangerous stereotypes stalk black college athletes. By Joseph Cooper, University of Connecticut. https://theconversation.com/dangerous-stereotypes-stalk-black-college-athletes-101655

_ DJ Durkin’s firing won’t solve college football’s deepest problems. By Joseph Cooper, University of Connecticut, and Jasmine Harris, Ursinus College. https://theconversation.com/dj-durkins-firing-wont-solve-college-footballs-deepest-problems-106118

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