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

September 20, 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.

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TOP STORIES:

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON — Final inspections of prospective marijuana businesses were underway, Massachusetts’ top marijuana regulator said Thursday, but the question of when the state’s first pot shops will finally open their doors remained unanswered. Steven Hoffman, chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission, declined to offer a date for the start of recreational marijuana sales, but he expressed confidence it would happen sometime in the fall. There was a “distinct possibility,” he added, that the panel could begin issuing final licenses at its next public meeting on Oct. 4. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 500 words.

CARNEGIE HEROES

PITTSBURGH — A receptionist who used a child’s booster seat to fight off a pit bull that was attacking a 12-year-old boy is one of 16 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, announced the winners on Thursday. SENT: 675 words.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS-TAX RETURNS

Races for governor this year have echoes of one aspect of the 2016 presidential race. In several states, candidates are refusing to release their tax returns. That’s true even in states with a long tradition of candidates releasing their tax information. By Marc Levy. SENT: 1,100 words.

IN BRIEF:

— UCONN-INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP: STORRS, Conn. — UConn has cut the ribbon on a building designed to foster partnerships between the school’s researchers and industry. The Innovation Partnership Building was funded with about $85 million from industry. It brings together academic experts and companies in fields such as flexible electronics, materials science, additive manufacturing, cybersecurity, energy and others. SENT: 130 words.

— HARVARD-FUNDRAISING: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University says its latest fundraising campaign has drawn $9.6 billion in donations. It’s believed to be the largest fundraising effort in the history of higher education and exceeds the $6.5 billion goal set when the campaign launched in 2013. SENT: 130 words.

— HISTORIC SUBMARINE-VANDALISM: NEWARK, N.J. — A man and woman from Connecticut have been charged with stealing items from a World War II-era submarine in New Jersey. Hackensack police allege Jon Stevens, of West Haven, and Laura Palmese, of Colchester, swam along the Hackensack River and gained access to the USS Ling in mid-August. They’re charged with stealing a lantern and a lieutenant’s shoulder lapel and are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 1. SENT: 130 words.

— NUCLEAR SUBMARINE-LEAK: GROTON, Conn. — The Navy says its attack submarine USS Pittsburgh had to return to its Connecticut base recently because of what was described as a “minor” moisture leak within its nuclear propulsion plant. The Day reports that the leakage was discovered during a routine inspection while the ship was at sea. The source was near a valve in the propulsion plant. The issue did not affect the ability of the propulsion plant to function properly. SENT: 130 words.

— RARE BIRD: STRATFORD, Conn. — Connecticut bird watchers say they were delighted to see a pink bird more often found in subtropical areas flying around their state recently. The roseate spoonbill is usually found in South American marshes, Central America, and the southern U.S., but have been spotted in New England this summer. SENT: 130 words.

— BRIDGE STUDY: HARTFORD, Conn. — A report from a nonprofit transportation research group says 308 bridges on Connecticut roadways are deteriorating and structurally deficient. The group TRIP, which used data from the state Department of Transportation, says it found about 8 percent of the 4,254 bridges maintained by state and local officials have significant deterioration and should be repaired or replaced. SENT: 130 words.

— WEST NILE VIRUS: HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut health officials say four more state residents have tested positive for West Nile virus, raising the total number of human cases this year to 10. Officials said Thursday that the four people included two residents of Bridgeport, one from Durham and one from Southington. They ranged in age from 50 to over 70, and three needed to go to hospitals. All are recovering. They became ill within the past month. SENT: 130 words.

— DIVERTED SHIPMENTS: HARTFORD, Conn. — Police in Connecticut say a FedEx worker diverted $2,800 worth of shipped items, including two assault-style rifles, to his mother’s home. The Journal Inquirer reports that 31-year-old Marlon Hamilton is facing 46 charges, including identity theft, forgery and stealing a firearm. SENT: 130 words.

— GANG ENFORCER SENTENCED: A man described by federal authorities as an “enforcer” for a New Haven gang affiliated with the Bloods street gang has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. SENT: 130 words.

— CROSSWALK SIGNS-HARTFORD: A community organization has installed new crosswalk signs in Hartford. Transport Hartford has installed 30 signs around the city so far. The organization analyzed crash data, with the help of teen interns, to determine where the signs were needed. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-YANKEES

The Red Sox try again to clinch the AL East as Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees in New York. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

METS-NATIONALS

Jason Vargas moves back into the rotation for the Mets Thursday night and will oppose Max Scherzer and the Nationals in the opener of a four-game series at Washington. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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