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

December 29, 2018

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

2018 ELECTION-VETERANS-WOMEN

WASHINGTON _ Military veterans generally voted for GOP candidates in the November elections, affirming President Donald Trump’s frequent claim that veterans stand among his strongest backers. But more women are joining the military and they are bucking the pattern seen among men, according to data from AP’s VoteCast survey. By Hope Yen and Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 1,344 words, photos.

WITH: 2018 ELECTION-VETERANS-WOMEN-GLANCE: By EMILY SWANSON and HANNAH FINGERHUT. SENT: 641 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SHOPPING CENTER-GUN: A Connecticut man holding an unloaded, plastic BB gun has been arrested and charged following a standoff with police.

_ ONLINE COURT: Connecticut’s Judicial Branch is starting a program that will allow people involved in contract disputes to resolve their issues online rather than inside a courtroom.

_ NEW ENGLAND POTHOLES: Spring is several months away but pothole season is already here in New England.

_ DMV WAIT TIMES: The outgoing administration says it has made strides in reducing the time Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles customers wait on the telephone.

_ CONNECTICUT GREENWAY: A new 3-mile section of the East Coast Greenway has opened in Eastern Connecticut.

SPORTS:

BKC-CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE-OREGON STATE

Central Connecticut State plays Oregon State at Gill Coliseum. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit.

BKC-MARIST-HARTFORD

Marist plays Hartford at Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BRUINS-SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The Buffalo Sabres have a 3-point edge on third-place Boston in the Atlantic Division standings in preparing to host the Bruins on Saturday night. By Mark Ludwiczak. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

ISLANDERS-LEAFS

The New York Islanders visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

RANGERS-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Nashville Predators wrap up a two-game home stand hosting the New York Rangers on Saturday night. By Jim Diamond. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

KNICKS-JAZZ

SALT LAKE CITY _ The Knicks visit the Utah Jazz on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. MST.

NETS-BUCKS

MILWAUKEE _ Newly ascended to first place in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks continue a six-game homestand by hosting the Brooklyn Nets. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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