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

May 17, 2018

Editors, news directors:

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 Dave Collins at 860-246-6876 or dcollins@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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

CONNECTICUT DEMOCRATS

Connecticut Democrats are expected to endorse U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a rising star in the national party and a sharp critic of Republican President Donald Trump, to a second six-year term on Friday night. By Susan Haigh. UPCOMING: About 300 words by 6 p.m., 500 words by 9 p.m. following vote, address to delegates.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

OFFICER STABBED

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Hartford police officer responding to a disturbance was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and critically injured Thursday morning by a woman who was being evicted from an apartment building, authorities said. By DAVE COLLINS. SENT: 485 words.

With: OFFICER STABBED-THE LATEST

LGBT FOSTER FAMILIES

Connecticut’s child welfare agency has launched an initiative to actively recruit members of the state’s LGBT community to become foster and adoptive parents, bucking recent efforts in some states to curtail gay adoptions. By Susan Haigh. UPCOMING: 679 words.

HOMELESS-BURGER KING LAWSUIT

Emory Ellis, a black homeless man in Boston, was hungry so he went to Burger King one morning in 2015. But instead of breakfast, Ellis got a ride to the police station and three months in jail after he was wrongfully accused of using counterfeit cash. Now Ellis is suing the fast food giant and franchisee for nearly $1 million, saying he was discriminated against because of his appearance. The lawsuit comes on the heels of recent incidents at Yale and other places of police being called on black people that have sparked uproar and claims of racial profiling. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 485 words, photos.

REBUILDING FISHERIES

PORTLAND, Maine — The number of American fish stocks that can be described as “overfished” has hit an all-time low, the U.S. government announced on Thursday. By PATRICK WHITTLE. SENT: 440 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR: Sean Connolly, the former state veterans affairs commissioner, announced Thursday he is ending his bid for Democratic Party’s endorsement for governor and throwing his support to Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont.

— SAN JUAN MAYOR-AWARD: The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, says the island remains in desperate need of help eight months after Hurricane Maria and isn’t ready for another hurricane season.

— RAIL FARES: Connecticut officials are canceling rail and bus fare increases scheduled to begin on July 1.

— MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-WYNN: Wynn Resorts has removed nearly 1 million tons of contaminated sediment from the former chemical plant site where it’s building a $2.5 billion Boston-area casino.

— FIREFIGHTERS-ARSON: A Connecticut firefighter charged with setting a fire outside his firehouse is now facing child pornography charges.

— CONNECTICUT JOBS REPORT: Connecticut labor officials say the state saw its second consecutive month of job losses in April.

— HOME PRICES: Home prices in Connecticut have yet to rise above their peak more than 10 years ago.

— CHILD DEATH-DAD SENTENCED: A Connecticut man who caused a crash that killed his 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison.

— STORMY WEATHER -CONNECTICUT: The National Weather Service has confirmed that two additional tornadoes struck in western Connecticut during this week’s severe storms, bringing the total to four.

— FALSE RAPE-FOOTBALL PLAYERS: A New York woman charged with lying about being raped by two Sacred Heart University football players now says she never told investigators she was sexually assaulted. Nikki Yovino was in a Connecticut court Wednesday for a hearing on the defense’s motion to keep her alleged confession that she made up the rape allegation out of trial. SENT: 130 words.

— FENTANYL OVERDOSE-SENTENCING: A Stamford man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for giving fentanyl-laced heroin to a man who later died of overdose. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

ORIOLES-RED SOX

The Baltimore Orioles visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

CAVALIERS-TOO MUCH LEBRON

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James needs help from his teammates — quickly. Despite 42 points from James in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavaliers lost to Boston and now trail 2-0 in the series. The Cavs are counting on James’ supporting cast to contribute more when the series resumes on Saturday. By TOM WITHERS. AP Sports Writer. SENT: 831 words, photos

WNBA POWER POLL

NEW YORK — The defending champion Minnesota Lynx begin the season atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll — again. By DOUG FEINBERG. AP Basketball Writer. SENT: 318 words, photos.

WNBA-TICKET DONATIONS

NEW YORK — The WNBA is teaming up with several organizations that support women and girls. The league, which begins its 22nd season Friday, will donate $5 for each ticket purchased to select games during the season to one of six groups as part of the “Take a Seat, Take a Stand” campaign. By DOUG FEINBERG. AP Basketball Writer. SENT: 514 words.

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