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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
Outside groups poured millions of dollars into television ads, mailers and opposition research for Connecticut legislative and statewide races. Election reform advocates say the money undermines the goals of the state’s public campaign financing system, and there is a renewed push for new legislation next year that will make it easier for voters to know who is behind all of this money. By Susan Haigh. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1 p.m.
People lined up in the rain Tuesday morning to be among the first customers at the first two legal pot shops on the U.S. East Coast, more than two years after Massachusetts voters approved of recreational marijuana for adults. The state’s first commercial pot shops opened in Leicester and Northampton. Items for sale in the modern and spacious stores include various strains of the part of the plant that can be smoked, pre-rolled joints and edibles such as brownies and chocolate bars. Cannabis is sold legally in six Western states. By Steven Senne and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 270 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words.
With: LEGAL MARIJUANA-RHODE ISLAND
— 1993 KILLINGS: A man serving life in prison for murder in New York has been charged with two 1993 killings in Connecticut. SENT.
— TEEN SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Bridgeport man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl he met on social media. Hasan Khalid faces up to 18 months in prison at sentencing scheduled for Jan. 15. SENT: 130 words.
— DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN: A second man has pleaded guilty to his role in a hit-and-run in Connecticut earlier this year that left two women dead. SENT.
UConn looks to bounce back from its first loss under new coach Dan Hurley as it hosts Cornell at the XL Center in Hartford. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
OTHER MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Quinnipiac at New Hampshire, 7 p.m.
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