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BC-CT--Connecticut News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, CT

April 1, 2019

Editors, news directors:

Good morning. 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. New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

SODA TAXES

Nearly three decades after a U.S. state last imposed a tax on sugary drinks, Connecticut’s governor is pushing for one to help close a budget deficit and improve health _ and bracing for a fight. By Susan Haigh. UPCOMING: 700 words by 9 a.m.

BARBARA BUSH-BIOGRAPHY

Barbara Bush didn’t bite her tongue in recent years when it came to Donald Trump: She just didn’t like him. But a new biography of the former first lady finds that her disdain for the Republican president, who transformed the party her own family had embodied for generations into his likeness, dates as least as far back as a 1990s diary entry. She referred to Trump in the entry as “the real symbol of greed in the 80s.” By Darlene Superville. SENT: 700 words, photo.

THEATER-JOHN LEGUIZAMO

John Leguizamo is taking his irreverent one-man comedy show about Latin history on the road. The comedian will kick off a 12-state U.S. tour of his “Latin History for Morons” with a two-night stand at the Apollo Theater in New York starting June 20. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 140 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ UNIVERSITY STABBING: A drama student at a Connecticut university has been charged with stabbing two other students while rehearsing a scene from a movie. Police say University of Hartford student Jake Wascher is scheduled in court Monday to face two counts of attempted murder. SENT.

SPORTS:

NCAA WOMEN’S TIPPING OFF

Half of the Final Four is set and the other two teams will be decided Monday night. UConn extended its record run of consecutive appearances in the Final Four to 12 and Oregon reached its first national semifinal with victories on Sunday. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 530 words, photos.

BKW--ALL-AMERICA TEAM

The Associated Press announces its women’s basketball All-America Team. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 750 words and photo at noon.

HEAT-CELTICS

The Heat (38-38) arrives in Boston for its matchup with the Celtics in eighth place in the East, but with Orlando on their heels. Boston (45-32) is currently holding onto the fourth seed, but has an identical record with the Pacers. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BULLS-KNICKS

The Chicago Bulls visit the New York Knicks in a matchup of two of the NBA’s worst teams. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

RED SOX-A’S

The Boston Red Sox visit the Oakland A’s. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. ET.

TIGERS-YANKEES

Detroit plays New York at Yankee Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:35 p.m.

METS-MARLINS

New York plays Miami at Marlins Park. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

RANGERS-DEVILS

The New York Rangers will try to sweep their four-game season series with New Jersey when they meet at the Prudential Center in the Devils’ final home game of the season. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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