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

March 26, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA

The maker of OxyContin and the family that owns the company have reached a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma over the prescription painkiller’s role in the nation’s deadly opioid crisis, a person familiar with the agreement said Tuesday. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Oklahoma’s attorney general scheduled an afternoon news conference to announce the settlement with Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma and its controlling Sackler family. SENT: 850 words, photos.

MARIJUANA-LEGALIZATION LANDSCAPE

To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn’t so black-and-white. Leaders in solidly-blue New Jersey are vowing it will still become the 11th state to legalize the drug. But when a state Senate vote was abruptly put off Monday because it didn’t have enough support, the delay was a reminder that the politics of pot legalization aren’t purely partisan. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL-ABUSE: A former nurse has gone on trial in connection with a patient abuse scandal at Connecticut’s only maximum-security psychiatric hospital that led to the arrest of 10 employees. SENT.

_ SUPREME COURT-RECESS ASSAULT: The Connecticut Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the appeal of a mother whose daughter was assaulted by another student during an elementary school recess. SENT.

_ ROOMMATE’S CAT KILLED: A Connecticut man charged with beating his roommate’s cat to death is facing two years in prison. SENT.

_ DEADLY BLAZE: Police have disclosed the name of the Connecticut woman who died in an early morning house fire in Windham. SENT.

_ DORM FIRE: Authorities say two people were treated for smoke inhalation after an early morning fire in a dormitory room at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKW--NCAA-WOMEN’S SWEET 16 SET

The Sweet 16 is set and Missouri State is crashing the party for the first time in 18 years. The 11th-seeded Lady Bears, who last made it this far in 2001 when the team made its historic Final Four run, are the only double-digit seed to reach the regional semifinals. The Pac-12 continued to establish its dominance with five teams reaching the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 550 words, photos.

UCONN-COACH’S SON

Connecticut’s ethics board has withdrawn its appeal of a court decision that allowed UConn football coach Randy Edsall to keep his son as an assistant coach. SENT: 130 words.

CELTICS-CAVALIERS

The struggling Boston Celtics visit the Cleveland Cavaliers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RED SOX-PEARCE

Steve Pearce will start the season on the injured list for the Boston Red Sox. The 2018 World Series MVP exited an exhibition game last weekend due to discomfort in his left calf. Pearce, a right-handed batter, normally platoons with lefty-hitting Mitch Moreland at first base. But the Red Sox will begin defense of their championship Thursday in Seattle without Pearce. By Carrie Muskat. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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