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BC-NY--New York News Digest, ADVISORY, NY

March 19, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION

NEW YORK _ Special counsel Robert Mueller began investigating President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for fraud in his personal business dealings and for potentially acting as an unregistered foreign agent at least nine months before FBI agents in New York raided his home and office, according to documents released Tuesday. By Jim Mustian and Larry Neumeister. SENT: 764 words, photo.

ADDICTION TREATMENT-PRISONS

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. _ New York state is considering providing medication-assisted treatment to all prison and jail inmates struggling with opioid addiction. Experts say drugs such as methadone and suboxone can greatly improve inmates’ chances of recovery and reduce the risk that they will commit other crimes. But the drugs are expensive, and advocates say it could take at least $7 million a year to make it available in every state and local lockup. By David Klepper. SENT: 660 words, photos.

COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK _ Former Auburn assistant coach and NBA veteran Chuck Person pleaded guilty Tuesday to a bribery conspiracy charge in the widespread college basketball bribery scandal, ensuring that none of the four coaches charged in the probe will go to trial. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 431 words, photo.

STATUE OF LIBERTY-ARREST

NEW YORK _ A woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty last July 4 to protest the separation of families at the Mexican border came to her sentencing Tuesday with her face entirely covered with clear sticky tape, irritating a judge who refused to proceed until she removed it. After she did so, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein spared Therese Okoumou from prison for her conviction on multiple misdemeanor counts though he berated her for what he thought was a lack of concern for rescuers whose safety he said she jeopardized. By Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays. SENT: 453 words, photos.

SCHOOL ZONE SPEED CAMERAS

ALBANY, N.Y. _ The leaders of the Democrat-controlled state Legislature say lawmakers plan to pass legislation approving the expanded use of speed cameras in New York City school zones. Separate legislation would establish a demonstration program for school zone cameras in Buffalo, home to upstate New York’s largest public school district. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHARTER BUS CRASH-VIRGINIA: Authorities in Virginia say charges are pending against the driver of a commercial bus that overturned while traveling from Florida to New York, killing two people and injuring others. With photo.

_ FIRE-FIVE DEAD: Authorities have found evidence that accelerants were used to start a fire at a Massachusetts home in which a family of five was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

_ TODDLER KILLED: Police have charged a western New York man with murder and manslaughter in connection with the 2014 death of a 16-month-old girl.

_ HOMELESS CHESS CHAMPION: An 8-year-old boy’s victory as New York state chess champion will be his family’s ticket out of a homeless shelter. With photo.

_ MOBSTER KILLED: The man charged with killing the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family had a symbol on his hand that some say is associated with a conspiracy theory.

_ CONNECTICUT TOLLS: Opponents of tolls on Connecticut highways are making their opinions known before lawmakers cast their first vote on the issue.

_ TEENS-KILLED-FATHER-ARRESTED: A Florida man accused of killing his teenage daughter and niece will be extradited to Virginia from New York, where he’s been in custody since December.

_ SUBWAY STATION-RENOVATION: An important New York City subway station in Queens has closed for the rest of the year due to a need for repairs and renovations.

_ HARLEM SHOOTING: Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting in Harlem that left three men wounded.

_ CRANE MISHAP: Officials say a boom crane malfunctioned in midtown Manhattan, causing a minor injury.

_ MENTAL HEALTH-HOUSING: Advocates for New Yorkers with mental illness are urging state lawmakers to increase funding for housing for that vulnerable group.

_ BUFFALO ZOO-GIRAFFE: The Buffalo Zoo says its 24-year-old giraffe, Agnes, is believed to be near death.

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BUSINESS

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_ FOX CORP-TRADING: Fox Corp., the Fox assets that are not part of Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets, began trading as a stand-alone company on Tuesday. With photos.

_ SMALL BUSINESS-REPORT: A new report says small businesses across New York state have increased employment slightly faster than the national pace.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-THE LITTLE MERMAID-ANNIVERSARY

NEW YORK _ “The Little Mermaid’ is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and Jodi Benson, who voiced the mermaid, and co-director Ron Clements are looking back. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1001 words, photos, video.

_ PEOPLE-WENDY WILLIAMS: Wendy Williams says she’s living in a “sober house” because of addiction struggles. With photo.

_ TONY AWARDS-HOST: James Corden is returning to host the 73rd annual Tony Awards. With photos.

_ BOOKS-ANDERSON COOPER: Anderson Cooper has a two-book deal and plans to collaborate with historian-novelist Katherine Howe. With photo.

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SPORTS

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BKN--NETS-KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Brooklyn Nets visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. PST.

HKN--BRUINS-ISLANDERS

UNIONDALE, N.Y. _ The Boston Bruins hope to have David Pastrnak back in the lineup for the first time in more than a month when they visit the New York Islanders. Boston is looking for its second straight win after a three-game skid. The first-place islanders have won five of seven. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--RED WINGS-RANGERS

NEW YORK _ The Detroit Red Wings visit the New York Rangers. By Scott Charles. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BOX--WILDER-BREAZALE

NEW YORK — WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title May 18 at Barclays Center against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale. Developing.