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

March 26, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

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:

_ 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.

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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