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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 Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

COMMUTER RAIL

A commuter rail line t opens, linking major points along the Interstate 91 corridor from Springfield, Massachusetts to New Haven Connecticut. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

TODAY'S TOP STORIES:

TRANSPLANT PATIENT-DEPORTATION

HARTFORD, Conn. — Federal immigration officials granted a six-month reprieve on Thursday to a Connecticut immigrant facing deportation, a move his supporters say won't be long enough to allow him to undergo a scheduled kidney transplant. Dozens of people, including Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, rallied in front of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Hartford in support of Nelson Rosales Santos, 49, who was scheduled to be deported to Honduras on Monday, despite suffering from advanced renal failure. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 600 words.

With: TRANSPLANT PATIENT-DEPORTATION-THE LATEST. SENT: 400 words

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Medical pot shops in Rhode Island may have to pay 50 times more for their licenses — the highest fee by far in New England. The latest draft of the state budget, scheduled for a vote Friday, proposes increasing the annual fee to renew a license from $5,000 to $250,000. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CONNECTICUT UNEMPLOYMENT: HARTFORD, Conn. — A new report shows that Connecticut has gained more than 4,000 jobs while its unemployment rate remained the same. Thursday's monthly Department of Labor employment report indicates Connecticut gained 4,100 net jobs in May.

— 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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