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

September 4, 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.

Dave Collins is on the desk. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HANDLING COMPLAINTS

A wave of sexual harassment complaints that accompanied the #MeToo movement has put a strain on many state and local offices that police workplace discrimination of all kinds. Places such as New York City and Massachusetts have added resources to deal with the surge in complaints. But human rights agencies elsewhere say their small staffs are struggling to keep up with caseloads. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 915 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— POWER PLANT FIRE: Firefighters have responded to a fire at a Connecticut power plant that was the site of an explosion in 2010 that killed six workers. SENT: 130 words.

— CONNECTICUT POLICE-LABOR DAY: Connecticut State Police say they issued more than 1,300 speeding tickets over the long holiday weekend. The agency said Tuesday that troopers also investigated 281 accidents, including 63 involving injuries. SENT: 130 words.

— CODING SCHOOL: A software engineering school that began in San Francisco is planning to open a new location in New Haven. Holberton School describes itself as a college alternative that trains engineers through project-based and peer learning. SENT: 130 words.

— UTILITY POLE FATAL: Police in Connecticut say one person died when a car struck a utility pole over the holiday weekend. North Haven police say the car left the roadway, rolled over and struck a utility pole on the west side of Middletown Avenue at about 11 a.m. Monday. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-BRAVES

Rick Porcello goes for his 16th victory as the Boston Red Sox try for their second straight win over the Braves. Sean Newcomb pitches for Atlanta and has a 12.15 ERA with 29 hits allowed in his last three home starts. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING. 800 words with photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m.

YANKEES-ATHLETICS

J.A. Happ, a 15-game winner, starts Tuesday night for the Yankees against the Oakland Athletics. Happ is 5-0 with a 3.38 ERA over six starts since joining New York from the Blue Jays before the trade deadline. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 10:05 p.m. ET.

METS-DODGERS

Jason Vargas of the New York Mets faces Rich Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time since 2013. Vargas is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his last four starts. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins at 10 p.m. ET.

PATRIOTS-GRONKOWSKI

Rob Gronkowski made a statement this offseason when he skipped the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp and then didn’t hold back in saying he’d like to see his contract redone. The Patriots responded by adding incentives to his deal for the second straight year. It’s a welcomed show of appreciation for the All-Pro tight end as he prepares for his ninth NFL season. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m., photos.

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