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

November 16, 2018

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TOP STORIES:

VETERANS-PTSD LAWSUIT

Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs health benefits have been given a green light to sue the military, under a ruling by a federal judge in Connecticut. Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Haight Jr. in New Haven on Thursday certified a class-action lawsuit against Navy Secretary Richard Spencer by veterans who say they were unfairly given less-than-honorable discharges for minor infractions linked to their untreated mental health problems. The discharge designation prevents them from getting VA benefits including mental health treatment. By Dave Collins. SENT: 500 words.

CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS

The superintendent of the new entity charged with distributing millions of dollars to Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations says he’s within weeks of shutting down if state bonding isn’t released. Michael Maglaras told members of several legislative committees on Friday that the captive insurance company has been awaiting more than $19 million for two-and-a-half months. He says the money has been delayed due to long-running, “onerous” and “expensive” negotiations with the state’s Department of Housing. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

WINTRY WEATHER

The first snowfall of the season lingered Friday in the Northeast as thousands of exhausted commuters pointed their fingers at politicians and meteorologists for leaving them creeping along highways or stuck in mass transit hubs because of a storm that left seven dead as it moved through the Midwest and South. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CHRISTMAS TREE SUPPLY

A tight supply of Christmas trees means shoppers may not get the exact specimen they want but there are enough evergreens to go around. By Lisa Rathke. With photos. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— BLACKJACK DEALER FRAUD: A former blackjack dealer at a Connecticut casino who helped a gambler cheat the facility out of more than $78,000 has avoided prison. SENT.

— COMPUTER FRAUD: A California man charged with stealing more than $100,000 worth of computer equipment has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. SENT.

— STOLEN GOOD RESOLD: A Connecticut man who managed a large-scale fencing operation has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. SENT.

SPORTS:

THE TIE-50 YEARS LATER

Sixty-five members of the 1968 Harvard football team are expected back in Boston this weekend for the 50th anniversary of the most memorable entry in the 143-year-old history of The Game. A luncheon for returning Yale players was canceled for lack of interest. Not all ties come out even. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

2K EMPIRE CLASSIC

No. 13 Oregon, No. 15 Syracuse, UConn and Iowa meet in the second day of the 2K Empire Classic, with the winners of the first round playing for the tournament title and the losers playing a consolation game. With 2K Empire Classic-The Latest, photos.

RAPTORS-CELTICS

The Toronto Raptors visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BRUINS-STARS

The Stars and Bruins finish their season series 11 days after Boston won 2-1 in overtime at home. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

OTHER MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

ARMY-SACRED HEART

Army plays Sacred Heart at Paul Bailey Pizzitola Sports Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

AUSTIN PEAY-CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE

Austin Peay plays Central Connecticut State at William H. Detrick Gymnasium. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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