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

September 19, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good afternoon. 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.

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Lawmakers in Connecticut and New York are moving to block the sale of Plum Island, the latest effort to block private development on the former animal disease testing site in Long Island Sound that is also a habitat for over 200 bird species. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words. Photos planned.


In their quest to regain the majority in the U.S. House, Democrats are focusing on the potential for the new Republican tax law to hurt certain voters in high-tax states such as California, New Jersey and New York. By Geoff Mulvihill and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.


—PRIEST ABUSE-INSURANCE: A federal appeals court says an insurance company must reimburse the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford nearly $1 million for payments the archdiocese made to settle sexual misconduct cases involving priests and minors.

—PLUM ISLAND: Lawmakers from New York and Connecticut have joined environmental groups in ramping up efforts to block the federal government from selling Plum Island, the mysterious piece of land in Long Island Sound that for years housed an animal disease research facility.

—BOOKEEPER EMBEZZLEMENT: A former bookkeeper accused of embezzling more than $70,000 from a Connecticut real estate firm will avoid prison as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

—FATAL CRASH-NO CONTEST: A Connecticut woman will spend the next seven years in prison for her role in a 2016 collision that killed a 24-year-old woman.

—YACHT DAMAGED: Maritime officials say a 50-foot, custom-built yacht worth $1.5 million is likely a total loss after it was struck by a barge laden with sand and gravel in a Connecticut harbor.

— SEX ABUSE SENTENCE: A New Haven man described as “evil” by a judge has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s daughter. SENT: 130 words.

— CHLORINE LEAK-HOTEL: More than 100 people had to be evacuated because of a chlorine leak at a Cromwell hotel pool. Emergency personnel responded Tuesday when a maintenance worker fell ill at the Red Lion Hotel. SENT: 130 words.



Boston can clinch the AL East with a win at Yankee Stadium. Red Sox left-hander David Price (15-6, 3.42) faces struggling Yankees ace Luis Severino (17-8, 3.46). Price is 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break, while Severino has a 6.35 ERA in 10 starts over that same span. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


Jake DeBrusk scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday in Beijing, China. SENT: 150 words.


TENERIFE, Spain — Fresh off winning a third WNBA title, Sue Bird will try to help the U.S. win a third straight FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. Bird is on the American squad for a record fifth time and can get an unprecedented fourth gold medal. By DOUG FEINBERG. SENT: 565 words, photos.


Noah Syndergaard, who has won three straight starts and four consecutive decisions for the Mets, takes the mound in the season series finale Wednesday night against Zach Eflin and the Phillies. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m.


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