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

February 28, 2019

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TOP STORY

CONNECTICUT BUDGET-CONTRACTING

The chairman of the State Contracting Standards Board says Connecticut could save $174 million to $260 million annually if it requires a competitive bidding process for state contracts. State lawmakers trying to address the state’s latest budget deficit projection appeared to welcome the idea Thursday. UPCOMING: Story expected to move by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT: The State Elections Enforcement Commission plans investigations into more than a dozen alleged election issues in Connecticut. SENT.

_ EX-MAYOR EMBEZZLEMENT: A former Connecticut mayor has been sentenced to almost four years in prison for embezzling more than $500,000 from his former employer and stealing nearly $400,000 from his brother to pay back his employer. SENT.

_ INN KILLING: Police have arrested a second suspect in connection with a fatal shooting at a Connecticut hotel last year. SENT.

_ CRASH-OFFICER INJURED: Police say they have arrested a woman involved in a crash in Connecticut that left an officer injured. SENT.

_ WINTER WEATHER: Four or more inches of snow has fallen across much of New England, delaying trains and making for a messy morning commute. SENT.

_ BEACH FEES: Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he’s looking to freeze beach parking fees in Rhode Island, rather than increase them as the governor requested. SENT.

SPORTS

LIGHTNING-BRUINS

The East’s two top teams match up for the second time this season when Tampa Bay visits the Bruins. The Lightning (49-11-4) are coming off a franchise-best 10th straight win following an overtime victory against the Rangers. Boston (37-17-9) is second in the Atlantic behind Tampa Bay and leads Toronto by one point. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

RED SOX-SWIHART MOURNING

The Boston Red Sox are mourning the 23-year-old brother of catcher Blake Swihart. SENT.

NATIONALS-RED SOX

Washington plays Boston at JetBlue Park in a spring training game. Game starts at 1 p.m.

ITALY SPOTLIGHT-PALLOTTA’S PRIDE

After a rough stretch, things are finally starting to look up again for Roma’s American president. James Pallotta’s joy of reaching the Champions League semifinals last season quickly turned to despair when nine people were arrested in June for alleged corruption involving the club’s long-delayed plans to build a new stadium. Pallotta is a member of a group of Boston executives who purchased Roma in 2011 to make it the first foreign-majority owned team in Serie A. He’s also a minority owner of the Boston Celtics. SENT: 830 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UConn at Wichita St., 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Robert Morris at Sacred Heart, 6 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

CCSU at LIU Brooklyn, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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