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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is leaving office after eight years as a very unpopular figure in his home state. But outside of Connecticut, the Democrat is held in high regard by various groups for his stances on issues ranging from gun control to criminal justice reform and education. He’s expected to continue playing a role in such issues after he leaves office. By Susan Haigh. UPCOMING: About 800 words, photos.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. _ Massachusetts gambling regulators review the first quarter of operations at MGM’s resort near the Connecticut state line and also discuss the potential for another casino near Rhode Island. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.
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Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of children. As the year draws to a close, some 5,400 detained migrant children in the U.S. are sleeping in shelters with more than 1,000 other children. Some 9,800 are in facilities with 100-plus total kids, according to confidential government data obtained and cross-checked by The Associated Press. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,300 words, AP Photos.
With: IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS-ABRIDGED. SENT: 950 words.
With: IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS-CONNECTICUT
GROTON, Conn. _ A 12-bed shelter in Connecticut that houses migrant children on behalf of the U.S. government has been at or near capacity most of this year, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. Noank Community Support Services, a nonprofit that contracts with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, went weeks with as few as three migrant children in its custody last year but has had 11 or 12 nearly every week for the last several months. SENT: 400 words.
BOY FATALLY SHOT
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. _ A Connecticut community is mourning the loss of a 12-year-old boy who was killed outside of his home in a drive-by shooting. Police responding to reports of a shooting Tuesday night found Clinton Howell suffering from two gunshots outside his Bridgeport home. Howell was rushed to Bridgeport Hospital where he died. SENT: 250 words.
_ BROWNFIELDS GRANTS: HARTFORD, Conn. _ The state is awarding a combined $3.6 million to eight cities and towns to assess, remediate and revitalize blighted properties. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday the redevelopment of brownfields presents a huge economic potential, with once contaminated former industrial land and buildings being repurposed to meet the needs of today’s businesses and communities. These new projects encompass 59 acres of redevelopment. SENT.
_ DESECRATED GRAVES: BRIDGEPORT, Conn. _ A former cemetery caretaker has appeared in court to face charges that she allowed new graves to be placed over old graves and approved the disposal of old headstones and human remains. Dale LaPrade was the caretaker at Park Cemetery in Bridgeport. The 64-year-old appeared briefly in Bridgeport Superior Court on Tuesday, where her request for representation by a public defender was granted.
_ CLERGY ABUSE-CONNECTICUT: NORWICH, Conn. _ The Diocese of Norwich says it has no information on whether or not it will release the names of priests accused of abuse. The Day of New London reports Norwich Diocese spokesman Wayne Gignac said Tuesday parishioners will be informed directly if a decision is made.
_ MISSING MAN-WRONG-WAY CRASH: WANTAGH, N.Y. _ New York State Police say an 82-year-old Connecticut man with dementia caused a three-vehicle crash by driving the wrong way on a Long Island parkway. Troopers say Burgess Moore, of New Britain, was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the Wantagh (WAHN’-tah) State Parkway around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday when he collided with a southbound vehicle. A third vehicle then slammed into the second vehicle.
_ ENDANGERED WHALES: NANTUCKET, Mass. _ The federal government is using a pair of protective zones to try to assist large aggregations of rare whales off the East Coast. The zones are voluntary speed restriction zones designed to protect North Atlantic right whales. One is 26 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, where a group of 33 right whales were spotted on Dec. 15. The other is 12 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, were four of the whales were seen on Dec. 14. SENT.
The Phoenix Suns visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
Bethune-Cookman plays Quinnipiac at TD Bank Sports Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.
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