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

July 9, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good evening. 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. Sarah Betancourt 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

US OPIOID EPIDEMIC-ART

The art gallery owner who was arrested after dropping an 800-pound sculpture of a drug spoon outside Purdue Pharma’s headquarters, Fernando Alvarez, is due to be arraigned Tuesday on a charge of interfering with police. Upcoming 300 words by 12 p.m.

US WWII AIRMAN-FUNERAL

A U.S. service member from Connecticut killed during World War II and whose remains were recently identified is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Upcoming 130 words by 2 p.m. with photos.

TOP STORIES:

VIKING- LONGSHIP

A replica of a Viking longship that sailed across the Atlantic Ocean is scheduled to leave its current home in Connecticut. The 115-foot-long Draken Harald Harfagre is set to sail out of Mystic Seaport Museum on Monday. The Draken has been at the museum since 2016, where it has undergone maintenance while raising funds for the next leg of its voyage to Maine. The longship will return to Mystic in October. SENT: 144 words with photos.

YOUNG WOMEN’S PRISON

A new unit at Connecticut’s prison for women that will house inmates no older than 25 is aimed at reducing the risk of recidivism. The governor and the Correction Department commissioner introduced the new unit in a ceremony Monday at York Correctional Institution in Niantic. The unit is modeled on a similar one that opened last year for young male offenders at the Cheshire Correctional Institution. SENT: 237 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CONNECTICUT TORNADOES: Connecticut’s governor is asking for the federal government to help with the recovery from tornadoes and other storms that hit parts of the state in May. SENT: 135 words.

— PUERTO RICO-CONNECTICUT: Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced a spending plan for the purpose of ensuring housing for Puerto Rico evacuees residing in the state. SENT: 130 words.

— DRUG OFFENSE-SENTENCING: A Connecticut man has been sentenced to three years in prison in relation to drug and firearm offenses. SENT: 120 words.

— FATAL CRASH: Connecticut State Police say a man was killed and two others critically injured in a rollover crash on Interstate 95. SENT: 90 words.

— VIKING LONGSHIP: A replica of a Viking longship that sailed across the Atlantic Ocean is scheduled to leave its current home in Connecticut. SENT: 144 words.

— CRASHED CAR-SHOOTING: Police say a man driving his car in West Haven was shot before crashing his vehicle into an apartment building. SENT: 115 words.

— LATE NIGHT KILLING: Hartford police are investigating the city’s 14th homicide of the year. SENT: 115 words.

— FIREWORKS-BARGE FIRE: A barge that was launching fireworks in Connecticut has caught fire during the middle of a community fireworks show. SENT: 93 words.

SPORTS:

DREAM-SUN TRADE

The Connecticut Sun have traded guard Alex Bentley to the Atlanta Dream for Layshia Clarendon and a second-round pick in 2019. Bentley is averaging 10 points for the Sun this season as the team’s sixth player. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 297 words.

BBA--YANKEES-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE — With an eye on first place in the AL East, the New York Yankees play a single-admission doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, who return from an 0-6 road trip with the worst record in the major leagues. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. First game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET.

BBN--PHILLIES-METS

NEW YORK — The first-place Philadelphia Phillies play a single-admission doubleheader against the New York Mets at Citi Field to make up an April 2 postponement. Zach Eflin (7-2, 2.97 ERA) and All-Star ace Aaron Nola (11-2, 2.41) are the scheduled pitchers for Philadelphia. Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.36) and Corey Oswalt (0-1, 7.94) get the ball for the struggling Mets, who were shut out in their last two games. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. First game starts 4:10 p.m. ET.

RANGERS-RED SOX

The Red Sox return to Boston to take on the Texas Rangers after going 7-2 on their recent road trip against the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals. Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3, 3.84 ERA) starts the opener for Boston, and Mike Minor (6-4, 4.63) goes for Texas. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

ALL-STAR ROSTERS

Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts form a dream outfield for the American League. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer make up a not-so-gracious welcome committee for the NL. Power in the center of power. A capital-sized All-Star Game. Baseball unveiled the rosters for its midsummer showcase Sunday night, featuring an imposing AL lineup and Harper starting at his home ballpark in Washington. SENT: 1,000 words.

BKL--DOWNSIZING ARENAS

NEW YORK — Sometimes bigger isn’t necessarily better, the WNBA is learning as far arena sizes go. There has been a move over the last few years to downsize venues that will save franchises money and provide a more intimate experience for the fans. Only four of the 12 teams are still playing in current NBA arenas — Los Angeles, Minnesota, Phoenix and Indiana. When the league first started 22 years ago all the franchises were in NBA venues. Now WNBA teams are scaling back where they play. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.

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