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

May 1, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

CONNECTICUT BUDGET

Connecticut’s Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee is expected to vote on proposed tax changes in the new two-year budget. Many groups will be watching to see if lawmakers include Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposal to apply the sales tax to more goods and services. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 650 words.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

In just over a month, federal prosecutors convinced four defendants in the sweeping college admissions bribery scam to flip and agree to spill the beans about others. Now, their cooperation could spell trouble for those still fighting the charges and lead federal investigators to new targets, experts say. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MAINE-FOAM CONTAINERS

Maine has become the first state to ban single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill, which takes effect in 2021, into law Tuesday. Oregon, Vermont and Connecticut are also considering banning such food containers statewide. SENT: 500 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD SHOT: Police are investigating a shooting in New Haven that left a 9-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. Capt. Anthony Duff says the child was in a car that was struck by gunfire in the city at about 7 p.m. Tuesday. SENT.

_ SCHOOL DISTRICT SUED: A Connecticut school district has been sued by the parents of a 5-year-old boy who say their son was stabbed with a pencil by another student and later sexually assaulted by that same student. SENT.

_ BRIDGEPORT SUPERINTENDENT: The superintendent of schools for Connecticut’s largest city is leaving her post sooner than expected. SENT.

_ EARNS-PITNEY BOWES: Stamford-based Pitney Bowes Inc. on Wednesday reported a first-quarter loss of $2.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. SENT.

_ FREE JAIL PHONE CALLS: New York has become the first major city in the U.S. to offer free phone calls from jails. Lawmakers in Connecticut are considering a bill to provide free calling for inmates in the state’s prison system. Connecticut would be to first state to make prison calls free if the measure goes into effect. SENT.

SPORTS:

ISLANDERS-HURRICANES

The short-handed but surging Carolina Hurricanes look to take a 3-0 series lead on the New York Islanders when the division rivals meet in Game 3 of their second-round series. With starter Petr Mrazek injured, the Hurricanes are likely to give 35-year-old journeyman goalie Curtis McElhinney his first career playoff start. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

ISLANDERS-LEHNER’S JOURNEY

Robin Lehner before the season revealed mental health struggles that derailed his life and his career as an NHL goaltender. After getting that off his chest and working on some of those problems, Lehner put together a season with the New York Islanders that made him a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and helped the team willing to take a chance on him get into the playoffs. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

ATHLETICS-RED SOX

Oakland plays Boston at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

YANKEES-DIAMONDBACKS

New York plays Arizona at Chase Field. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 3:40 p.m. ET.

REDS-METS

NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom tries to halt his three-game losing streak when the New York Mets host Cincinnati. Anthony DeSclafani pitches for the Reds. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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