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

September 1, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good afternoon. 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.

Jennifer McDermott is on the desk. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

IN BRIEF:

— CITY PARK-OVERDOSES: HARTFORD, Conn. — The Yale School of Public Health is hosting a pair of events in response to the drug overdoses that affected dozens of people last month in a city park just outside the Ivy League university’s gates. SENT: 115 words.

— AIRLINE BAGGAGE FEES: BOSTON — Two U.S. senators are calling on Congress to crack down on what they describe as exorbitant airline fees. Democrats Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have filed legislation they say would address the problem. SENT: 130 words.

— HOLIDAY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT: MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Connecticut state police say they are targeting dangerous drivers over the long Labor Day weekend. Troopers say they’re focusing on drunken driving, speeding, distracted driving and seat belt violations. Increased patrols continue through Monday. SENT: 130 words.

— WATER QUALITY REPORT: HARTFORD, Conn. — The state says three beaches are closed for the start of the long Labor Day weekend. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued a water quality report Saturday morning. SENT: 130 words.

— CORN MAZE: MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. — An annual harbinger of fall is open in Middlefield. Lyman Orchard’s corn maze runs from Saturday through Nov. 4. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

USA BASKETBALL-TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

NEW YORK — Rest, injury, the WNBA playoffs and retirement have left the U.S. women’s basketball national team with a fresh look heading into training camp this week. Seven members from the 2016 Olympic team likely won’t be on the world cup roster, giving many younger players a chance to represent the U.S. later this month in Spain. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 600 words.

FBN--Patriots Cuts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots react to Friday night’s game against the Giants and announce their roster cuts. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BBA--Red Sox-White Sox

CHICAGO — Eduardo Rodriguez and the Boston Red Sox take on Carlos Rodon and the Chicago White Sox in the third game of a four-game series. Rodriguez is making his first start since July 14 after being sidelined by a sprained right ankle. Rodon is 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA over his past nine starts. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BBN--Mets-Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Lefty Derek Holland pitches for the San Francisco Giants against fellow southpaw Steven Matz and the New York Mets. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 1:05 p.m. PDT.

BC-FBN--Giants Cuts

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants will cut their roster to the NFL’s 53-man limit on Saturday. By Tom Canavan.

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