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. Sarah Betancourt is on the desk.

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TOP STORY:

US CONNECTICUT CHIEF JUSTICE

Connecticut's new chief justice says his top priorities include improving public confidence in the judiciary and continuing efforts to make sure the poor, disabled and others have equal access to the justice system. Richard Robinson was nominated by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and approved by the legislature earlier this month. He succeeded Chase Rogers, who retired in February. Robinson is the state's first African-American chief justice. By David Collins. SENT: 500 words. With AP photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR-INDEPENDENT TICKET: An independent team running for Connecticut governor and lieutenant governor is holding its own convention. SENT: 133 words.

— CONNECTICUT HOUSE: Democrats in Connecticut's 5th congressional district will endorse a candidate to replace retiring three-term U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty. SENT: 136 words.

— ARRESTS-SUSPICIOUS DEATHS: A Connecticut woman has been arrested in connection with the mysterious deaths of a family. SENT: 134 words.

— UNION LEADER: One of Connecticut's largest unions has elected a new executive director. SENT: 138 words.

SPORTS:

BBA--ATHLETICS-YANKEES

Yankees ace Luis Severino (5-1) is scheduled to start the finale of a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 1:05 p.m. ET.

BKN--CAVALIERS-CELTICS

The Cavaliers and Celtics tipoff Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. This is the second straight conference finals meeting between the teams and eighth playoff matchup between them overall. LeBron James is trying to reach his eighth consecutive NBA Finals. The Celtics are seeking their first trip to the finals since 2010, when they got past James and the Cavs in the East semifinals. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 750 words. Tipoff at 3:30 p.m. EDT, photos. Sidebars on merit.

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