Editors, news directors:

Good afternoon. 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.

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TOP STORY:

TRANSPLANT PATIENT DEPORTATION

Activists plan to protest the planned deportation to Honduras of a man who is scheduled to receive a kidney transplant. Supporters of Nelson Omar Rosales Santos say he faces deportation Monday, despite having lived in Stamford, Connecticut, for 30 years, being married to a U.S. citizen and having three children who were born in the United States. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m., photos. Developing from 4 p.m. event.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island lawmakers are considering requiring medical marijuana dispensaries to pay 50 times more for their licenses, making the fee the highest in New England by far. The latest budget proposes increasing the annual fee from $5,000 to $250,000. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

— RESTAURANT SHOOTING: HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut restaurant manager charged with fatally shooting a cook during an argument about a negative Yelp review says the killing wasn't intentional. James Goolsby is charged with murder in the Dec. 30 killing of Norris Jackson, who was shot four times inside the Bonchon Chicken restaurant in Manchester.

— GROUP KILLING-PAROLE DENIED: WATERBURY, Conn. — One of eight people sent to prison in the 1997 rape and murder of a 13-year-old Connecticut girl has been denied early release. The Republican-American reports that the state parole board denied Maggie Mae Bennett's request Wednesday.

— PRISON MEDICAL DIRECTOR RESIGNS: The medical director for the Connecticut Department of Correction has resigned after only three months on the job. DOC spokeswoman Karen Martucci said Dr. Joseph Breton has resigned for another job opportunity. SENT: 130 words.

— WOMAN FOUND DEAD: The 74-year-old woman found dead in her Stamford home earlier this week had her throat cut and her death has been ruled a homicide. SENT: 130 words.

— SQUIRREL-POWER OUTAGE: Connecticut officials say a squirrel is to blame for the power outage that affected more than 1,000 people in Fairfield this week. SENT: 130 words.

— LOBSTER FISHING DATA: Federal fishing managers are asking for comments about potential changes to the way the U.S.'s lucrative lobster fishing industry is monitored. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-MARINERS

A huge weekend series between two of the best teams in the American League gets underway Thursday night as the Seattle Mariners host the Boston Red Sox. The opener features David Price for Boston, while Felix Hernandez gets the start for Seattle. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. ET.

RAYS-YANKEES

Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a four-game series between AL East foes. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

METS-DIAMONDBACKS

The New York Mets visit the Arizona Diamondbacks. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9:40 p.m. ET.

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