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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT

May 1, 2019

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CONNECTICUT BUDGET

Connecticut’s Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee is expected to vote on proposed tax changes in the new two-year budget. Many groups will be watching to see if lawmakers include Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposal to apply the sales tax to more goods and services. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 580 words.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

In just over a month, federal prosecutors convinced four defendants in the sweeping college admissions bribery scam to flip and agree to spill the beans about others. Now, their cooperation could spell trouble for those still fighting the charges and lead federal investigators to new targets, experts say. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE

A Florida police officer testified Wednesday that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was “very engaging” during a “happy-go-lucky traffic stop” after his luxury car was pulled over following his visit to a massage parlor where he is charged with paying for a sex act. The testimony came on the third day of a hearing in which Kraft’s attorneys are arguing that hidden surveillance video of the Patriots owner at the spa should be thrown out. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-WYNN

Massachusetts gambling regulators say the record $35.5 million fine they imposed on Wynn Resorts and its CEO is also meant to serve as a deterrent as the nascent state industry takes shape. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 500 words, file photos

FREE JAIL PHONE CALLS

New York has become the first major city in the U.S. to offer free phone calls from jails. Lawmakers in Connecticut are considering a bill to provide free calling for inmates in the state’s prison system. Connecticut would be to first state to make prison calls free if the measure goes into effect. SENT: 320 words.

MAINE-FOAM CONTAINERS

Maine has become the first state to ban single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill, which takes effect in 2021, into law Tuesday. Oregon, Vermont and Connecticut are also considering banning such food containers statewide. SENT: 500 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD SHOT: Police say a 9-year-old Connecticut boy was shot while trying to retrieve his stolen basketball. SENT.

_ CHECK FRAUD: A Connecticut man has been sent to prison for 4 ½ years for stealing checks from several victims and altering them to make them payable to himself and accomplices. SENT.

_ SCHOOL DISTRICT SUED: A Connecticut school district has been sued by the parents of a 5-year-old boy who say their son was stabbed with a pencil by another student and later sexually assaulted by that same student. SENT.

_ BRIDGEPORT SUPERINTENDENT: The superintendent of schools for Connecticut’s largest city is leaving her post sooner than expected. SENT.

_ EARNS-PITNEY BOWES: Stamford-based Pitney Bowes Inc. on Wednesday reported a first-quarter loss of $2.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKW-UCONN-MAKURAT

UConn has added to its roster for next season, receiving a commitment from a 6-foot guard from Poland. SENT.

ISLANDERS-HURRICANES

The short-handed but surging Carolina Hurricanes look to take a 3-0 series lead on the New York Islanders when the division rivals meet in Game 3 of their second-round series. With starter Petr Mrazek injured, the Hurricanes are likely to give 35-year-old journeyman goalie Curtis McElhinney his first career playoff start. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

ISLANDERS-LEHNER’S JOURNEY

Robin Lehner before the season revealed mental health struggles that derailed his life and his career as an NHL goaltender. After getting that off his chest and working on some of those problems, Lehner put together a season with the New York Islanders that made him a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and helped the team willing to take a chance on him get into the playoffs. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

ATHLETICS-RED SOX

Mitch Moreland homered and drove in another run on a sacrifice fly after a lucky hop off the second base bag moved the runners along and Boston beat Oakland 7-3 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep for the previously struggling World Series champions. SENT: 610 words, photos.

YANKEES-DIAMONDBACKS

New York plays Arizona at Chase Field. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 3:40 p.m. ET.

REDS-METS

NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom tries to halt his three-game losing streak when the New York Mets host Cincinnati. Anthony DeSclafani pitches for the Reds. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

ESPN-MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BOOTH

ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” will return to a two-man booth when it kicks off its 50th season later this year. The network announced Wednesday that Joe Tessitore will be back doing play-by-play while Booger McFarland moves up to the booth after being a field-level analyst. ESPN also announced that Lisa Salters will return for an eighth season as the sideline reporter after signing a multiyear extension. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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