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

September 30, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good afternoon. 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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY

99 YEAR OLD LAWYER

At age 99, attorney Morton Katz is still representing clients as a special public defender in Connecticut courts. He impresses far younger colleagues with his sharpness of mind and recall of detail. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 820 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

Senior Trump administration officials insisted Sunday that the White House is not “micromanaging” a new FBI background check of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and that senators are dictating the parameters of the investigation. President Donald Trump initially opposed such an investigation in the face of sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh, but the president and Senate Republican leaders agreed to an inquiry after GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona made clear he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without one. SENT: 840 words.

GARDEN LEAVE

Massachusetts on Monday becomes the first U.S. state with a form of “garden leave,” a requirement that employers who enforce non-compete clauses against departed employees pay them during the period they are restrained from working for a competitor. The term, borrowed from the British, refers to getting paid for not working — and perhaps spending those idle days tending to your garden. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 750 words.

SEAWEED FOR COWS

Seaweed as cattle feed has long been touted as a way to reduce emissions among cows and curb climate impacts of farming. Now, a New England farmer is proposing a solution to grow the seaweed at commercial scale. SENT: 700 words, photos.

GAMBLING MALFUNCTIONS

Roulette balls glance off the wheel onto the table. Slot machines jam. Dice go flying off the felt. And sometimes, the cards aren’t shuffled. FanDuel’s recent decision to pay an $82,000 payout its computers wrongly promised a bettor highlights a constant but little-publicized fact about the gambling industry: Things do go wrong, and when they do, it almost always voids the bet, despite FanDuel’s decision to pay. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 750 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ELEPHANT PERSONHOOD: An animal rights group trying to free three elephants from a Connecticut-based petting zoo is appealing a court ruling that denied its request to grant the animals “personhood.” SENT.

— CRUSHED BY TELEVISION: Authorities say the death of a Connecticut toddler who was crushed by an 80-pound television was an accident. SENT.

— CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING: Jury selection is set to begin for the trial of a Hartford man accused of sex trafficking two teenage girls and producing child pornography that was used to advertise their services. SENT.

SPORTS:

DOLPHINS-PATRIOTS

The Dolphins can improve to 4-0 for the first time since Don Shula’s last season as coach in 1995 when Miami visits New England. The Patriots haven’t started 1-3 since 2001. They have also won nine straight at home in the series. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words. Kickoff at 1 p.m. photos.

JETS-JAGUARS

The New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars try to bounce back from unexpected losses when they play Sunday. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Begins at 1 p.m.

SAINTS-GIANTS

Drew Brees and the high-powered New Orleans Saints will face Eli Manning and the New York Giants in a game at MetLife Stadium. By Tom Canavan. Game starts at 4:25 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos

YANKEES-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox wrap up the regular season against the New York Yankees. Game starts at 3:05 p.m. with photos.

MARLINS-METS

One day after David Wright’s emotional goodbye, Noah Syndergaard (12-4) starts for the New York Mets in their season finale against Miami. All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto will manage the last-place Marlins as they try to wrap things up with some fun. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:10 p.m.

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