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

May 24, 2019

Editors, news directors:

Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

FACEBOOK FUGITIVE

TORRINGTON, Conn. — Police in a Connecticut city were still searching Friday for a fugitive who failed to honor an agreement and surrender once enough people responded positively to his wanted poster on social media. SENT: 375 words.

With: FACEBOOK FUGITIVE-THE LATEST

CAPE COD SHARKS

WELLFLEET, Mass. _ As Cape Cod’s tourist season gets underway, there’s uncertainty after two shark attacks rattled beachgoers last year and sparked a debate about how the vacation destination should respond. Many are wondering if the region’s billion-dollar tourism economy will take a hit and whether anything can be done to make the sea safer. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-BATALI

BOSTON _ Celebrity chef Mario Batali, whose career crumbled amid several sexual misconduct accusations, pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 487 words, photos, video.

CEO PAY-TOP PAID BY STATE

A list of the top paid CEOs by state for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. SENT: 566 words.

IN BRIEF

_ ZOO OCELOT DIES: A Connecticut zoo is mourning the death of one of its beloved wild cats.

_ STATE TROOPER-MEMORIAL: A Connecticut State Police trooper who died of cancer after responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York has been added to the state’s police memorial.

_ POLICE RECRUIT-THREATS: Charges have been dropped against a police recruit who was accused of threatening to kill fellow officers at his graduation ceremony in New Hampshire.

_ UCONN STUDENT-KILLED: A University of Connecticut student has been killed after crashing his vehicle into a transit bus.

SPORTS:

STANLEY CUP-BRUINS HOLDOVERS

BOSTON _ When the Bruins take the ice in the Stanley Cup final, they’ll do it with a core group of veterans that know what it’s like to win it and come up short. Apart from Zdeno Chara, who was 33 years old when Boston hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2011, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask were all 25 or younger. Now they all could play pivotal roles in the Bruins’ latest Stanley Cup bid. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 7 p.m. EDT, photos.

STANLEY CUP-MUSIC

BOSTON _ “Old Town Road” is coming to the Stanley Cup Final. Lil Nas X will perform the top song in the world Monday in Boston as part of the pregame festivities before the series between the Bruins and St. Louis Blues gets underway. The NHL announced Friday Lil Nas X and country singer Chase Rice as the artists who will play at Boston’s City Hall Plaza before Game 1. By STEPHEN WHYNO. AP Hockey Writer. SENT: 450 words.

RED SOX-ASTROS

HOUSTON _ Chris Sale start for the Red Sox as they try to win their third straight when they open a three-game series with the Houston Astros who will send Wade Miley to the mound. By Kristie Rieken. 750 words. Photos.

CELTICS-HAVLICEK

Sports legends have come out to Boston to honor one of their own. Former Celtics and Bruins stars gathered at Trinity Church in Boston Thursday for a memorial service for the late John Havlicek. The Hall of Fame Celtics player died in April at the age of 79. SENT: 130 words.

TIGERS-METS

NEW YORK _ Noah Syndergaard pitches for the Mets in the opener of a three-game interleague series against the skidding Detroit Tigers, who are coming off an 0-9 homestand. New York just finished a four-game sweep of Washington. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

YANKEES-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The New York Yankees open a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. By Kollin Miller. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.

INDY 500-STEINBRENNER

INDIANAPOLIS _ George Steinbrenner IV grew up walking through the hallowed corridors of Yankee Stadium, his grandfather the longtime owner of baseball’s most prestigious team. So when it comes to walking through Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 22-year-old part owner of Harding Steinbrenner Racing should be somewhat at ease. By Dave Skretta. SENT 850 words, photos.

STEWART-WNBA AMBASSADOR

NEW YORK _ Breanna Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles over the winter and is out for the year. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 450 words.

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