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

February 20, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

CONNECTICUT BUDGET

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday announces his proposal for the state budget, including plans for highway tolls, expanded sales taxes and a minimum wage increase. By Susan Haigh. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Developing from noon speech.

IN BRIEF:

_ HIGH SPEED CRASH: A man blamed for causing a horrific car crash in Bridgeport that killed a father of three on Father’s Day in 2016 has been sentenced to three years in prison. SENT.

_ PET SUPPLY STORE CLOSURE: A pet supply store in Berlin that has been in business for more than 140 years will soon close its doors for good. A.S. Labieniec is a small business that’s been a part of the town since the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-MEMPHIS-UCONN

No. 3 UConn hosts Memphis, which has never beaten the Huskies. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 7 p.m. start.

BRUINS-KNIGHTS

The Boston Bruins visit the Vegas Golden Knights. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. ET.

PANAMA-MARIANO RIVERA

Just weeks after becoming baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage. The former New York Yankees’ closer on Tuesday called the demands filed against him in the Central American country “unfounded.” SENT: 470 words.

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