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

September 26, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION 2018-CONNECTICUT-GOVERNOR-DEBATE

Connecticut governor candidates Bob Stefanowski, Ned Lamont and Oz Griebel face each other in a debate at the University of Connecticut on Wednesday evening. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m., photos.

PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY-SUICIDE ATTEMPTS

The suicide of a pregnant teenager and seven other suicide attempts within the past year at a Connecticut psychiatric treatment center for children prompted the state child advocate on Wednesday to call for immediate action to improve safety and care at the facility. Child Advocate Sarah Eagan released her office’s report on conditions at the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center in Middletown, which is run by the state Department of Children and Families. By Dave Collins. SENT: 500 words.

YALE ADMISSIONS INVESTIGATION

Federal authorities are investigating allegations of discrimination against Asian-American applicants to Yale University. The Education Department said in a letter to the Asian American Coalition for Education on Wednesday that it will investigate a 2016 complaint the group filed against the Ivy League school. The Justice Department will join in the investigation. Yale President Peter Salovey confirmed the investigation but strongly denied that Yale discriminates against any racial group. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 550 words.

MANAFORT STREET NAME

A Connecticut city is considering whether to change the name of a street that honors the father of Paul Manafort. The Republican mayor of New Britain last month changed the name of Paul Manafort Drive to Paul Manafort Sr. Drive, clarifying that it refers to the three-term mayor of the central Connecticut city and not his son, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign who has been convicted of financial crimes. SENT: 250 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-RAMIREZ

Between shifts ladling hot meals at the dining hall, Deborah Ramirez did her best to fit in with the blue-blooded social set of Yale University in the 1980s. She took a chartered flight to the Bahamas sophomore year with dozens of other spring breakers and attended booze-filled parties on campus with posh private-school grads. What she says happened at one of those gatherings inside Yale’s brick dormitory walls has pulled her from a life as an advocate for needy families and domestic violence survivors to the center of the battle over the shape of the Supreme Court. By Garance Burke, Alanna Durkin Richer and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES

An Associated Press review of all firearms-related legislation passed this year, encompassing the first full state legislative sessions since the Las Vegas mass shooting, shows a decidedly mixed record. Gun control bills did pass in a number of states, but the year was not the national game-changer that gun-control advocates had hoped it could be. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,900 words, photos.

Also: GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES-ABRIDGED. An 875-word version.

IN BRIEF:

— FLASH FLOODING: Rescue workers were using a drone to help search for a person missing in Connecticut after heavy rains sparked widespread flooding. SENT.

— UCONN HOTEL: The University of Connecticut has agreed to sell its on-campus hotel to a private operator. SENT.

— NEW STATE’S ATTORNEY: A veteran prosecutor has been appointed state’s attorney of a nine-town area in southern Connecticut. SENT.

— EX-NBA PLAYER-BEATING: A former Connecticut high school basketball star who had a brief NBA career has avoided prison for his role in the beating of a 15-year-old boy. SENT.

— DOCTOR-INSIDER TRADING: A Connecticut cardiologist has been sentenced to six months in prison for trading stock in a life sciences company based on inside information. SENT.

— PIZZERIA OWNER-TAX FRAUD: A Connecticut pizzeria owner has pleaded guilty to withholding more than $100,000 in taxes to the IRS. SENT.

— THE DAY-LAYOFFS: The publisher of The Day of New London says it is laying off some employees due to a decline in revenue and sharp increases in the cost of newsprint. SENT.

— HERRING FISHING: Environmental groups are cheering a decision to restrict herring fishing off the East Coast, but the New England lobster industry is concerned about the possibility of a bait crunch. SENT.

SPORTS:

ORIOLES-RED SOX

After a rainout Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles play a doubleheader at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. First game starts at 1 p.m. Second game starts at 7 p.m.

YANKEES-RAYS

Masahiro Tanaka gets the start for the Yankees on the road against Ryne Stanek and the Rays. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

BRAVES-METS

Atlanta plays the Mets at Citi Field. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

UCONN RINK

The University of Connecticut is moving forward with revised plans to build a new hockey rink on campus. SENT: 130 words.

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