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

October 4, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Connecticut. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and can be directed to Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org.

New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

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In the race for Connecticut governor, the GOP’s Bob Stefanowski is receiving more outside help than his Democratic rival as the Republican Governors Association buys up advertisements to boost their chances of winning back the statehouse. The DGA has not spent any money on ads attacking Stefanowski, leaving that job to Ned Lamont, who is continuing to mostly self-fund his campaign. He has already contributed nearly $4 million, with more on the way. UPCOMING 600 words by 11 a.m.



Teens and young adults say cyberbullying is a serious problem for people their age, but most don’t think they’ll be the ones targeted for digital abuse. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, which also finds that about half of both young people and their parents view social media as having a mostly negative effect on the younger generation. Fifteen-year-old Matty Nev Luby of Connecticut said she’s learned to navigate Instagram and other social media apps by brushing aside the anonymous bullies. By Matt O’Brien and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


The Vermont man accused by relatives of killing his millionaire grandfather and his mother to collect inheritance money has told a New Hampshire court that he still lacks money for an attorney just three months ahead of an expected trial. By Michael Casey. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo.


A violinist who organizes concerts for the homeless, a professor whose research is being used to increase access to civil justice by poor communities and an activist pastor are among this year’s MacArthur fellows and recipients of so-called genius grants. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday named 25 people, including academics, activists, artists, scholars and scientists, who will receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. SENT: 800 words.

With: MacArthur Fellows-Glance


A woman accused of insider trading with former Heartland Payment Systems CEO Robert Carr has reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Kathie Hanratty agreed to pay back more than $500,000, which includes a penalty of roughly $250,000, according to court papers filed this week in Connecticut. SENT: 300 words.


— SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-BLUMENTHAL: Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he’s “deeply disappointed” in a confidential FBI report about sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling it a “whitewash.” SENT.

— CONNECTICUT RIVER CLEANUP: Thousands of volunteers helped collect an estimated 50 tons of trash from the Connecticut River and its tributaries in four states last week. SENT.

— STRAY GUNFIRE-MOTHER KILLED: One of three men charged in the death of a Connecticut mother of five struck by stray gunfire while at a park has pleaded guilty. SENT.

— LAMP BEATING: A Jamaican national who was living in Connecticut illegally has been sentenced to eight years in prison for beating his wife unconscious with a lamp. SENT.

— CONNECTICUT TORNADO: The National Weather Service says two tornados touched down in Connecticut earlier this week as a series of severe thunderstorms made their way across the state. SENT.

— SCHOOL CHOICE LAWSUIT: A group of Connecticut parents and students intends to appeal after a federal judge dismissed most of its claims in a lawsuit challenging the state’s restrictions on magnet schools, charter schools and school choice programs. SENT.

— LIGHTNING FIRE: Officials suspect a fierce thunderstorm that rolled through Connecticut this week is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Hamden. SENT: 130 words.



Fans have been waiting for another one of these rumbles: baseball’s most-bitter rivals set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs. Munson vs. Fisk, Pedro vs. Popeye, A-Rod vs. Varitek, and earlier this year Brock Holt vs. Tyler Austin. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are back at each other in the postseason for the first time in 14 years. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 880 words, photos.

With: BASEBALL DIGEST-AWARDS: Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been chosen major league player of the year by Baseball Digest. SENT.


The New England Patriots simply don’t lose to the Indianapolis Colts, particularly at home. The Patriots have won the last seven meetings and haven’t fallen to Indy at Gillette Stadium since 2006. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Game begins at 8:20 p.m.


The Boston Bruins visit the Buffalo Sabres. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


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

— Interruptions at Supreme Court confirmation hearings have been rising since the 1980s. By Paul M. Collins, Jr., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Lori A. Ringhand, University of Georgia. https://theconversation.com/interruptions-at-supreme-court-confirmation-hearings-have-been-rising-since-the-1980s-104357


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