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

May 28, 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.

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TOP STORY:

PRISON PHONE CALLS

Advocates for inmates are putting pressure on Gov. Ned Lamont to support a bill that would make calls from prison free in Connecticut. UPCOMING: 250 words.

SPORTS BETTING-MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts gambling companies are voicing differing views on how to regulate sports betting if state lawmakers decide to legalize the industry. Boston-based DraftKings wants the state to allow online operators to offer sports bets outright. But Massachusetts’ three casinos — MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park — want the state to require online operators to partner with an established casino to get into the sports wagering business. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MINIMUM WAGE: Gov. Ned Lamont has signed a bill that will raise Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023. SENT.

_ BUS DRIVER-CHILD PORN: A Connecticut school bus driver has been arrested on child pornography charges. SENT.

_ ANIMALS-VAN: A Massachusetts woman has been charged with animal cruelty after Connecticut police say they found him living in a van with 22 dogs and bird. SENT.

_ HOLIDAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC: Connecticut State Police say drunken driving arrests were down by nearly 50% this Memorial Day weekend compared to last year, but the number of car crashes rose. SENT.

_ MOTORCYCLE FATALITY: A Connecticut man has died after his motorcycle veered off the road and struck a guardrail, throwing him from the bike. SENT.

_ MISSING SWIMMER: The search for a teenager who went missing while swimming at a Connecticut lake on Memorial Day has resumed. Rescue crews started searching Candlewood Lake in New Milford on Tuesday morning. SENT.

SPORTS:

STANLEY CUP

The St. Louis Blues learned a tough lesson in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final about just how fast, deep and skilled the bruising Boston Bruins are. To avoid falling into a 2-0 hole in the series, they’ll have to figure out how to stop the Bruins _ or at least slow them down. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

STANLEY CUP-TYPICALLY TUUKA

Tuukka Rask already has his name on the Stanley Cup and a championship ring from the Bruins’ 2011 title. If Boston takes home the Cup again this year, he won’t just be along for the ride. UPCOMING: 600 words.

STANLEY CUP-HELMETLESS KRUG

Torey Krug got his helmet ripped off in a tussle with David Perron, but instead of going to the bench, he skated like the wind down the ice and crushed Robert Thomas with an open-ice hit. It was one of the signature moments of the Boston Bruins’ victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and inspired “We want the Cup!” chants from fans, but next year he wouldn’t even be able to do that if a rule change goes through that would force any player who loses his helmet to go to the bench. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 730 words, photos.

INDIANS-RED SOX

Cleveland plays Boston at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

PADRES-YANKEES

San Diego plays New York at Yankee Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:35 p.m.

METS-DODGERS

Steven Matz takes the mound for the New York Mets against Rich Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers in a match-up of consistent left-handers. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins at 10 p.m. ET.

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