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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 1:30 pm, CT

March 10, 2019

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TODAY’S TOP STORY:

GUN LAWS-CONNECTICUT

HARTFORD, Conn. — Advocates for gun rights and gun control are expected to pack a Connecticut legislative hearing on several firearms bills, including measures that would tighten safe storage laws and require people openly carrying guns to produce their permits if police ask. By DAVE COLLINS. SENT: 613 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FISHING BOAT RESCUE: Two people have been rescued from a sinking fishing boat near New York’s Fishers Island.

_ FATAL PEDESTRIAN CRASH: A Connecticut woman faces drunken driving charges after striking and killing two pedestrians in Stonington.

_ ART HEIST MYSTERY: A reputed Connecticut mobster who authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history is nearing the end of a four-year prison sentence in an unrelated weapons case.

_ INMATE SEARCH: Connecticut prison officials are searching for an inmate who walked off a program at a local community college.

_ GANG MURDERS: A federal appeals court has overturned a restitution order imposed against a Connecticut man who admitted his involvement in violent gang activity including four murders.

_ PLASTIC BAGS: The public will have an opportunity to weight on the fate of plastic bags, straws and foam takeout food containers in Connecticut.

SPORTS:

T-25-AMERICAN-SITH FLORIDA-UCONN

UNCASVILLE, Conn. _ No. 2 UConn faces South Florida in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 4 p.m. tip.

CONNECTICUT-EAST CAROLINA

GREENVILLE, N.C. _ East Carolina and Connecticut wrap up disappointing regular seasons when they meet in the last game before the American Athletic Conference Tournament. By Ken Tysiac. UPCOMING: 500 words from 2 p.m. start.

BRUINS-PENGUINS

The Boston Bruins carry as six-game winning streak into Sunday night’s game in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are coming off a loss to Columbus on Saturday. Game begins at 7:30 p.m. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

KNICKS-TIMBERWOLVES

The Minnesota Timberwolves play at home for the second straight night, hosting the New York Knicks, owner of the worst record in the NBA. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

DC UNITED-NEW YORK CITY FC

The DC United plays at the New York City FC. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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