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BC-CT--Connecticut News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, CT

January 23, 2019

Editors, news directors:

Good morning. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Connecticut. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and can be directed to Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org.

New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-WHALES

Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work. The shutdown, which is entering its 33rd day on Wednesday, includes a shuttering of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration operations that rescuers rely upon. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 625 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ SICK STUDENTS-VAPING: Officials say an ambulance was called to Portland High School for four students who reported feeling ill after vaping. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-SMU-UCONN

No. 3 UConn, which has never lost an American Athletic Conference game, hosts SMU at Gampel Pavilion. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 7 p.m. start.

CAVALIERS-CELTICS

The Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

ROCKETS-KNICKS

The Houston Rockets visit the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Games starts at 7:30 p.m.

PATRIOTS-STEADY DEFENSE

It hasn’t been perfect, but after a slow start the Patriots have stabilized a defense that gave up 25 or more points four times in its first eight games and looked lost at times following the departure of former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. But it came together down the stretch under de facto coordinator Brian Flores, the All-Pro season of cornerback Stephon Gilmore and improved play up front. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. ET, photos.

RAMS-BETTING BIG

The Los Angeles Rams made a big bet on themselves last spring, and it’s paying off with a Super Bowl run. After the Rams lost their first playoff game in 13 years last season, general manager Les Snead decided they needed to leap through this championship window by acquiring high-priced defensive veterans and giving huge contracts to their two best players. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m. ET.

HALL OF FAME-LOOKING AHEAD

Mariano Rivera sailed into the Hall of Fame without a single dissenting vote. Next year, it’s Derek Jeter’s turn _ and don’t expect much opposition then, either. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

New Hampshire at Hartford, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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