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

March 9, 2019

Editors, news directors:

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IN BRIEF:

_ CONNECTICUT BUDGET: State Comptroller Kevin Lembo is warning about record-high household debt in Connecticut and the implications of a volatile stock market on state revenues. SENT.

_ STUDENT-CHILD PORN CHARGE: The lawyer for a University of Connecticut student charged with possessing child pornography says it is not clear whether the student intentionally downloaded child porn or whether he was even the person who downloaded it. SENT.

_ CVS-ON HOLD JINGLE: A Massachusetts doctor who pleaded with CVS to change its on-hold jingle is getting his wish. The pharmacy chain is in the process of updating its voice-response phone system, including the on-hold music that Dr. Steven Schlozman so hated. SENT.

_ MYSTIC SEAPORT-PLASTICS: The Mystic Seaport Museum says it is working toward eliminating all single-use plastics on its site including utensils, straws and plastic bags. SENT.

_ CRASH-RIVER SEARCH: Police and firefighters are searching the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts for a man believed to have ended up in the water after a car crash. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-AEAST-ECU-UCONN

UConn, which has never lost an American Athletic Conference game, opens conference tournament play this season against East Carolina, but without injured All-American Katie Lou Samuelson. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 2 p.m. tip.

BKC--UCONN-GILBERT

UConn point guard Alterique Gilbert has been ruled out indefinitely because of a concussion and injury to his right eye suffered on Thursday night in the Huskies final regular-season home game. Gilbert has missed much of his three seasons in Storrs with shoulder issues. He has played in 25 games this season, averaging 12.6 points and 3.6 assists. SENT: 160 words, photo.

CELTICS-LAKERS

Jayson Tatum and the Celtics go for their third straight win in California when they face LeBron James and the slumping Lakers in the latest edition of this storied NBA rivalry. LA beat Boston on Rajon Rondo’s thrilling basket at the buzzer last month. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.

KINGS-KNICKS

The Sacramento Kings visit the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 12 p.m.

SENATORS-BRUINS

The Ottawa Senators visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

DEVILS-RANGERS

The area rivals and Eastern Conference also-rans meet at Madison Square Garden. The Devils, who have lost five in a row, are on a six-game road trip. The Rangers have lost six in a row and haven’t won since beating the Devils on Feb. 23. By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

COLUMBUS CREW-NEW ENGLAND

The Columbus Crew plays at the New England Revolution. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 2 p.m.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Monmouth (NJ) vs. Quinnipiac at Albany, N.Y., 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Mass.-Lowell at Hartford, 5 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Yale at Princeton, 6 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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