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

May 23, 2019

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TOP STORY:

TRIBAL LAWSUIT

A Connecticut judge has dismissed all remaining claims in a lawsuit by the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, which alleged the state owed it $600 million for tribal land it seized more than a century ago. By Dave Collins. SENT: 300 words.

PUBLIC HEALTH INSURANCE-CONNECTICUT

Connecticut lawmakers and top Democrats say they’ve reached consensus on legislation that could lead to a public health insurance option by 2022. The Democrats predict it could save individuals and small businesses up to 20% in premiums. By Susan Haigh. UPCOMING: About 600 words.

UCONN ROAD SHOW

UConn’s coaches have been crisscrossing the state this week, meeting with fans and trying to drum up support for their programs. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

TEXAS-SCHOOL SAFETY

Texas lawmakers have approved changes to the school marshal program that would arm more teachers and school personnel as a way to help prevent future campus shootings. The program was created shortly after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, but was slow to take hold. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 575 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ MOSQUE FIRE: New Haven, Connecticut’s police chief says investigators have not found any evidence yet that would suggest a fire at a city mosque was an act of terrorism or a hate crime. SENT.

_ EX-WIFE SLAIN: A lawyer for a 75-year-old Connecticut man charged with killing his ex-wife says he plans to pursue an insanity defense. Authorities say James Taylor broke into his stepson’s Fairfield home on Feb. 3, fatally shot his 70-year-old wife, Catherine, and then tried to kill his 45-year-old stepson. SENT.

SPORTS:

STANLEY CUP-BACKES

David Backes waited his entire career to play for the Stanley Cup, and now he’ll have to go through some of his best friends to win it. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

RED SOX-BLUE JAYS

The Boston Red Sox play Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 12:30 p.m.

YANKEES-ORIOLES

New York plays Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 12:35 p.m.

NATIONALS-METS

The Mets try to finish a four-game sweep of the Nationals, just days after New York said Mickey Callaway’s job as manager was safe. Washington RHP Stephen Strasburg starts against Mets LHP Steven Matz. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. First pitch at 12:10 p.m.

WNBA SEASON PREVIEW

It’s been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and sadly a few injuries to some of the games’ greatest players. The league will tip off its 23rd season on Friday with many teams hoping to win the championship this year. The defending champion Seattle Storm may be extremely hard-pressed to repeat. Reigning MVP Breanna Stewart suffered an Achilles injury in the winter while playing for a Russian club team. She’ll be sidelined for the season. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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