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

December 18, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

DAY CARE DEATHS

HARTFORD, Conn. — An investigation of nine child deaths at Connecticut day cares found most of the victims died at illegal home care programs, raising concerns about the ability of low-income families to afford high-quality, legal child care, according to a new report released Tuesday. SENT: 375 words.

DEADLY STABBING

WEST HARTFORD _ A Connecticut community is reeling after authorities say a boy killed his sister and seriously wounded his mother in a stabbing. SENT: 130 words, more on merits.

IN BRIEF:

_ FRONTIER AIRLINES: A discount airline is returning to Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport.

_ ANTITRUST LAWSUIT-GENERIC DRUGS: Attorneys general in Connecticut and Louisiana say settlement talks are ongoing in a federal antitrust lawsuit accusing companies that produce generic prescription drugs of price-fixing.

_ GARBAGE PLANT-BREAKDOWN: Equipment failures at a Connecticut garbage plant are causing trash to pile up.

_ SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s Senate president says there aren’t enough casino staff to take sports bets and he’s concerned about the state losing out on revenue.

_ POLICE RECRUIT-THREATS: A police recruit accused of threatening to kill fellow officers at his graduation ceremony has been released on bail on conditions that include staying out of New Hampshire. Noah Beaulieu is required to live with his family in Connecticut. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKC--DREXEL-CONNECTICUT

Drexel plays UConn at the XL Center in Hartford. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RECRUITING-EARLY SIGNING PERIOD

The arrival of an early signing period last year enticed the vast majority of the top seniors to finalize their college plans in late December rather than waiting until February. Coaches and recruiting analysts expect that pattern to continue for the foreseeable future. Nearly three-quarters of last years’ recruits signed in December. By STEVE MEGARGEE SENT: 838 words, photos.

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