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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT

January 15, 2019

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION

A bill pending in Connecticut would require instruction on climate change in schools statewide. UPCOMING: 400 words.

TOP STORIES:

GROWING UP DIGITAL-EDUCATION AS A GAME

Peek inside your average classroom these days, and you’re likely to see teachers using apps, websites and software that borrow elements from video games to connect with students living technology-infused lives. By all accounts, they’re fun to use, and studies have found that some can be effective. But there is also skepticism about how often students who use them are better educated, or just better entertained. By Michael Melia. SENT: 950 words, photos.

OPIOID LAWSUIT-MASSACHUSETTS

Newly unredacted court records show the Connecticut-based maker of the powerfully addictive opioid OxyContin boasted about potential sales. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 600 words.

CLERGY ABUSE-JESUITS

The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States has released a list of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors. All but 15 of the Roman Catholic priests on the list released Tuesday by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus are dead, and all of the alleged abuse all took place before 1997. SENT: 550 words.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING

BOSTON _ Massachusetts’ casinos are reporting increased revenues. The state Gaming Commission reported Tuesday that MGM Springfield generated $21.6 million in gambling revenues in December, a modest uptick from November’s $21.2 million. Casino president Michael Mathis attributed the improved numbers for the casino near Connecticut to the holiday season. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-COAST GUARD ACADEMY: A coalition of Coast Guard-related nonprofit groups has opened a pop-up food pantry at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to help Coast Guard and academy workers affected by the partial government shutdown. SENT.

_ EARLY VOTING: Connecticut officials have announced a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow early voting in elections. SENT.

_ TEEN KILLED-ACQUITTAL: A Hartford man charged with killing his teenage girlfriend with a shotgun blast to the neck has been acquitted of the most serious charges he faced. SENT.

_ GIRL THROWN TO FLOOR: Police in Connecticut say a man smashed a 3-year-old girl’s head on a concrete floor, fracturing her skull, because she said something rude to him. SENT.

_ PEDESTRIAN DEATH-OFFICER: A Connecticut police officer charged with negligent homicide for allegedly striking and killing a pedestrian with her SUV told investigators that she was distracted by a puppy in the vehicle. SENT.

_ DOG SHOT: A Connecticut man who killed his neighbor’s dog with a pellet gun when it wandered onto his property is now facing animal cruelty charges. SENT.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SODA: A Connecticut soft drink maker known for its whimsical soda names is trying to make the bitter federal government shutdown a little sweeter. SENT.

_ LOBSTER PLANT CLOSING: A major lobster company is shutting down its Connecticut facility this week and shifting work to its other operations in the Northeast. SENT.

_ CONNECTICUT PARKS: Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford has reopened to the public months after a severe storm knocked down scores of trees. SENT.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS-EDELMAN

The Patriots were dealt a blow prior to their regular-season finale when Josh Gordon was suspended for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. But what could have created a hole in the receiving corps has been filled by the group’s oldest member. Julian Edelman has put together back-to-back vintage performances and is expected to be a big factor again in Sunday’s AFC championship game. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m., photos.

HEALTHY CHIEFS

The only teams as healthy as the Kansas City Chiefs this time of year are the ones that have been done playing for weeks. The Chiefs hope it helps in Sunday’s AFC title game against New England. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BEHIND THE CALL

As the top four point producers in the NFL were advancing to the conference championship weekend for the first time, Dak Prescott was getting sacked by his own teammate, Tom Brady was embracing the underdog role a little too tightly and C.J. Anderson was making the most of his second, third ... no, fourth chance. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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