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

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

JUVENILE IMMIGRANTS

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut has joined a handful of states in providing particularly vulnerable immigrant youth additional time to apply for a federal legal status that could eventually lead to their permanent residency in the U.S. Under a new law that took effect on July 1, immigrants who are 18, 19 and 20 years old and who’ve been abused, neglected or abandoned, can now ask a state probate court judge to determine if they’re eligible to apply for a federal status known as special immigrant juvenile status. By Susan Haigh.

IN BRIEF:

— HIV-AIDS CAMPAIGN: HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Department of Public Health is launching a new campaign to eradicate HIV-AIDS in the state. The goal of the “Getting To Zero” initiative is to have no new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths or stigma and discrimination related to HIV-AIDS. The campaign focuses on the five cities with the most people living with HIV: Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury and Stamford. SENT: 130 words.

— SUBMARINE BASE-FOURTH OF JULY: GROTON, Conn. — The Navy submarine base in Groton is marking Independence Day with a 21-gun salute. The saluting battery will take place Wednesday at noon at the military base’s weapons compound. SENT: 75 words.

— POOL DROWNING: HARTFORD, Conn. — Hartford police say a 16-year-old boy was found drowned in a city pool. The Hartford Courant reports that police say they found the boy Wednesday at the Keney Park pool in Hartford and they tried unsuccessfully to revive him. SENT: 80 words.

— FALSE MEDICAID CLAIMS: HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut officials say a psychologist in Waterford has agreed to pay $126,000 after she was accused of billing Medicaid for psychotherapy services that were not provided. The U.S. attorney in Connecticut and the state’s attorney general say Arlene Werner entered into a civil settlement agreement. SENT: 130 words.

— CHARTER SCHOOL CLOSES: HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut charter school that was under investigation for discrepancies in student records and enrollment is shutting down. State Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell announced Tuesday Path Academy has surrendered its charter, and it will cease operations for the upcoming school year. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL STABBING: HARTFORD, Conn. — A man has died from injuries sustained in a stabbing in Connecticut. Police say 35-year-old Troy McIntosh was stabbed in the chest in Hartford June 23. He died in a hospital July 1. SENT: 75 words.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound as the Boston Red Sox look to finish off the sweep against Erick Fedde and the Washington Nationals in the traditional morning start on the 4th of July in the nation’s capital. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 11:05 a.m. EDT

BRAVES-YANKEES

NEW YORK — Left-hander CC Sabathia (5-3, 3.02 ERA) pitches the series finale for the Yankees against righty Julio Teheran (6-5, 4.21 ERA) and the Braves. Sabathia allowed just seven earned runs over five starts in June (1.93 ERA) and is 3-1 in four starts against Atlanta. He opposed Teheran, who gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings in his only appearance against New York on Aug, 30, 2015. By Adry Torres. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 1:05 p.m.

METS-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO — Mets right-hander Corey Oswalt (0-1, 9.82) faces Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman (1-5, 6.02) in the interleague series finale. Oswalt made his major league debut against Miami on June 29, allowing six runs in 2 2/3 innings. Stroman won for the first time this season in his previous outing, pitching seven innings against Detroit. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:07 p.m.

WCUP-US RATINGS

MOSCOW — The lack of a U.S. team caused a big viewership drop for World Cup telecasts. The 48 group stage broadcasts on Fox and FS1 averaged 2,069,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That is down 42 percent from the 3.54 million average on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC four years ago and down 15 percent from the 2,429,000 average on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC eight years ago. SENT: 250 words, AP Photos.

SUN-SPARKS

LOS ANGELES — Chiney Ogwumike made a layup with 18.5 seconds left to help the Connecticut Sun hold on for a 73-72 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night. Ogwumike finished with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Rachel Banham had 11 points and six assists and Alex Bentley scored 10 points for Connecticut (10-7). SENT: 250 words.

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