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

March 31, 2019

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.

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TOP STORY

CONNECTICUT TOURISM

Some state lawmakers and business leaders hope this could be the year to better promote Connecticut as a tourist destination following years of tight budgets. Ideas include overhauling the state’s slogan, “Connecticut: Still Revolutionary;” devoting more of the state hotel tax to tourism promotional efforts; and improving signage for attractions. By Sue Haigh. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ HUMAN TRAFFICKING RING: A Connecticut businessman is scheduled to go on trial in connection with a human trafficking ring that police say preyed on mentally ill and intellectually disabled boys and young men for more than 20 years. SENT.

_ SELF-DRIVING CARS: The University of Connecticut is hosting a daylong forum exploring the future of self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles. SENT.

_ HIGH SCHOOL VOYEURISM: Three male students at a Connecticut high school have been charged with taking voyeuristic photos up the skirts of female classmates. SENT.

_ YOUTH SOFTBALL EMBEZZLEMENT: The president of a Connecticut youth softball organization has been charged with embezzling from the league to pay for utility bills and expenses related to his personal vehicle. SENT.

_ EDUCATION BOARD: A Rhode Island lawmaker has been elected chairman of the New England Board of Higher Education. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKW-NCAA-UCONN-LOUISVILLE

Second-seeded UConn will try and advance to the Final Four a 12th consecutive year when they face No. 1 Louisville. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. Game tips at 12 p.m.

BRUINS-RED WINGS

The Boston Bruins are coasting toward the playoffs going into a matchup with the out-of-contention Detroit Red Wings, who have won four straight. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

RED SOX-MARINERS

The Seattle Mariners look to take three of four from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox as the teams close out their four-game series on Sunday afternoon. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET.

ORIOLES-YANKEES

Yankees LHP J.A. Happ makes his first start since returning to New York on a free agent deal this offseason. RHP Dylan Bundy is set to make his first start of the season for Baltimore. By Ben Walker. First pitch at 1:05 p.m.

METS-NATIONALS

New York plays Washington at Nationals Park. First pitch at 1:05 p.m.

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