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

February 20, 2019

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TOP STORY:

CONNECTICUT BUDGET

Gov. Ned Lamont has called for revamping Connecticut’s sales tax system, offering a budget plan that would impose the 6.35 percent levy on a long list of additional goods and services. The proposed sales tax changes are a key part of the Democrat’s first budget, a two-year $43.1 billion tax-and-spending plan he presented to the General Assembly on Wednesday. The budget comes at a time when Connecticut still faces deficit challenges. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DOGS-MARIJUANA: A veterinarian in Connecticut is warning pet owners to be careful after she treated two dogs for likely ingesting marijuana. SENT.

_ HARTFORD VIOLENCE: Hartford police are investigating a rash of shootings in a little over 24 hours that left two people dead and two others injured. SENT.

_ HIGH SPEED CRASH: A man blamed for causing a horrific car crash in Bridgeport that killed a father of three on Father’s Day in 2016 has been sentenced to three years in prison. SENT.

_ PET SUPPLY STORE CLOSURE: A pet supply store in Berlin that has been in business for more than 140 years will soon close its doors for good. A.S. Labieniec is a small business that’s been a part of the town since the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes. SENT.

_ NIGHTCLUB FIRE: Rhode Island is marking the 16th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-MEMPHIS-UCONN

No. 3 UConn hosts Memphis, which has never beaten the Huskies. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 7 p.m. start.

BRUINS-KNIGHTS

The Boston Bruins visit the Vegas Golden Knights. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. ET.

PANAMA-MARIANO RIVERA

Just weeks after becoming baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage. The former New York Yankees’ closer on Tuesday called the demands filed against him in the Central American country “unfounded.” SENT: 470 words.

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