BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest, 6 pm, CT
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Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Connecticut.
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
Schools around the country have been wrestling with how to balance discipline with treatment in their response to the soaring numbers of vaping students. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONVICTIONS
Laws cracking down on human trafficking are on the books in all 50 states, but convictions are notoriously elusive, and state prosecutors haven’t come close to matching the success their federal counterparts have had in winning cases. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 950 words, photos.
SECOND CHANCE ACT
More people in North Carolina could soon qualify to have their criminal records wiped clean, thanks to a bipartisan bill loosening the requirements. Offenders with multiple nonviolent misdemeanor or low level felony convictions would be eligible to have their records expunged, regardless of age. The bill also expands expunctions for misdemeanors and minor felonies committed by 16- and 17-year olds. Currently, only nonviolent, first-time convictions are eligible. Other states considering automated expunctions are Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Mississippi and New Jersey. SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ PROM PROBLEM: A Connecticut high school’s prom had to be cut short when several students were brought to the hospital because of what was described as an irritant similar to pepper spray in the air. SENT.
_ CYCLIST KILLED: Police in Connecticut say a cyclist has been killed and a driver is facing manslaughter and drugged driving charges. SENT.
_ SHARK FINS: Legislation prohibiting the sale or distribution of shark fins in Connecticut is awaiting final legislative action. SENT.
_ CHRISTMAS DAY FIRE: A small plot of land in Connecticut that was once the site of a home where five people died during a Christmas Day fire in 2011 has been sold. SENT.
_ SPELLING BEE-CONNECTICUT STUDENTS: Three students from Connecticut are representing the state at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. SENT.
_ LIFEGUARD SHORTAGE: A shortage of lifeguards in Connecticut has led at least one popular swimming area to reduce its hours of operation. SENT.
Bruins winger Brad Marchand says his left hand is fine heading into the Stanley Cup Final. He sat out Boston’s practice Sunday after being given a “maintenance day” by coach Bruce Cassidy. But Marchand showed no visible signs of discomfort and didn’t wear any braces on his hand as he met with reporters. SENT: 400 words, photos.
With: STANLEY CUP-THE LATEST
STANLEY CUP-PLAYOFF RATINGS
Chicago and Los Angeles didn’t make the playoffs, Washington and Pittsburgh were eliminated in the first round but Stanley Cup Playoff ratings have held steady this season going into the finals between St. Louis and Boston. NBC says aggressive promotion in markets where teams were eliminated as well as a loyal fan base has helped as well as great numbers in markets where teams like Columbus and Carolina made strong postseason runs. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 850 words, photos.
AP WAS THERE-1970 STANLEY CUP
On May 10, 1970, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 29 years. The Bruins won it at the expense of the St. Louis Blues, who were swept in the final for the third straight year. SENT: 930 words, photos.
Houston’s Justin Verlander opposes Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez as the Astros and Red Sox wrap up a three-game series. Game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.
The New York Yankees conclude their three-game set against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 2 p.m. ET.
Detroit plays New York at Citi Field. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m.
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