AP-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT
May. 15, 2018
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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 Dave Collins at 860-246-6876 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sarah Betancourt is on the desk.
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US BOAT TAX
Connecticut boat dealers are hoping Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will sign legislation that will reduce the state sales tax on boat sales from 6.35 percent to 2.99 percent. By Susan Haigh. Upcoming 4 p.m.
A Connecticut man who faced investigation but wasn't charged for flying weaponized drones is due in court Tuesday for seven criminal cases involving allegations of child porn possession, attempting to entice minors and fighting with police. Austin Haughwout has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. SENT: 136 words.
Democrat Ned Lamont has picked former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BYE'-seh-witz) as his running mate in the race for Connecticut governor, after she agreed to drop her own gubernatorial bid. SENT: 409 words.
A coalition of environmental groups and others is asking a federal judge to stop Connecticut officials from sweeping energy efficiency fees to help balance the state budget. The group filed a lawsuit Tuesday. It seeks to block a planned transfer in June and restore money already removed. The state is looking to use a total of $145 million in energy efficiency fees on electric bills. The money is used to help low- and moderate-income families save on energy costs, among other things. SENT: 450 words.
Six U.S. states are accusing the maker of the opioid OxyContin of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths. The first of the civil complaints, filed in Nevada state court in Las Vegas, accuses drugmaker Purdue Pharma of minimizing risks and overstating benefits of long-term use of narcotic opioids. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 500 words with AP Photos.
— STORMY WEATHER: Travelers leaving Bradley International Airport might need to wait longer for flights. SENT: 191 words.
— CONNECTICUT HOUSE: Watertown Republican Rich Dupont says he will participate in the GOP's primary for the 5th congressional district seat. SENT: 138 words.
— FAMILY PLANNING LAWSUITS: Twenty attorneys general are challenging Trump administration rule changes they say will reduce access to family planning services. SENT: 132 words.
— TRAIN-CAR COLLISION: A train and car have collided in the western Massachusetts town of Monson. WWLP-TV reports the crash happened on Route 32 near the Connecticut state line shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday. SENT: 57 words.
— HIGH SCHOOL NAME CHANGE: A group of students, a teacher and local residents have voted to keep their Connecticut high school's name when it moves to a new $80 million facility the fall. SENT: 146 words.
— ARREST-SUSPICIOUS FAMILY DEATHS: A 23-year-old woman has been arraigned on multiple charges in connection with the deaths of three members of a Connecticut family. SENT: 140 words.
— KENNEDY COUSIN: Robert Kennedy Jr. says the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling that struck down the murder conviction of his cousin, Michael Skakel, is effectively an "exoneration." Kennedy spoke on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday. SENT: 130 words.
— LAB FIRE: Authorities say a chemical fire at a research lab in Monroe injured two lab employees. The fire was reported Monday at Axel Plastics Research Laboratories. A sprinkler system extinguished the flames before firefighters arrived. SENT: 130 words.
— TEEN SHOT: New Haven police say a 15-year-old boy was shot while standing on the front porch of a home by a masked man. The teen was shot at about 8:45 p.m. Monday on Orchard Street. SENT: 130 words.
The Celtics dominated the Cavaliers in a 25-point victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland is expecting a big response by LeBron James in Game 2. Coach Tyronn Lue is also weighing inserting Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup after the Cavs were outscored 60-38 in the paint in Game 1. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.
The Oakland A's visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.
Masahiro Tanaka heads to the mound for the New York Yankees as they open a two-game interleague series against Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals. These have been two of the best teams in the majors lately: The Yankees have won 19 of their last 22 games, the Nationals 13 of 15. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Mets ace Noah Syndergaard pitches against the team that drafted and traded him when New York hosts the Toronto Blue Jays in an interleague game at Citi Field. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.
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Why the offshore wind industry is about to take off. By Matthew Lackner & Erin Baker, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. http://theconversation.com/why-the-offshore-wind-industry-is-about-to-take-off-95997
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