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

August 1, 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 Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org. Sarah Betancourt is on the desk.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

CAR AUCTION CRASH

A man lost control of a car at an auto auction after apparently suffering a medical emergency behind the wheel and crashed into another vehicle and four pedestrians. The accident happened about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Southern Auto Auction in East Windsor. The driver of the Buick Sedan drove out of a bay and struck four people and another car. The driver of the second car, the Buick driver, who was revived through CPR, and the four people were taken to hospitals. By Dave Collins. SENT: 320 words with photos.

PRISON GRADUATION

Nine years after Wesleyan University began offering college courses to inmates at Connecticut’s Cheshire Correctional Institution, 24 prisoners have become the first to earn degrees from that program. Eighteen men received associate degrees in general education Wednesday as part of a partnership that began in 2016 between the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education and Middlesex Community College. Six female prisoners graduated last week at the York Correctional Institution. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 700 words. With the Latest.

NEWTOWN SHOOTING-INFOWARS

AUSTIN, Texas — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Wednesday was scheduled to appear in a Texas courtroom to argue that defamation suits filed against him for alleging that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax should be dismissed because his claims were protected by the First Amendment. Jones says he now believes the 2012 massacre that killed 26 people did actually occur. But families of some victims say his previous allegations subjected them to harassment and death threats that go beyond Jones’ constitutional protections. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 153 words. Will be updated. Photos planned.

DATING APP KILLING

A man accused of killing a woman he met on a dating app in New York City says in a Los Angeles jail interview that voices in his head made him do it. Danueal Drayton tells New York’s Daily News that he remembers strangling Queens nurse Samantha Stewart two weeks ago. He also says he remembers choking a woman in Los Angeles who survived. SENT: 540 words with photos.

PARENTS SLAIN-GIRLFRIEND

A Connecticut woman has been sentenced to serve eight years in prison in connection with the fatal shootings in 2015 of her boyfriend’s mother and father. Jennifer Valiante had pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution in the case of her boyfriend, Kyle Navin, who was sentenced in June to 55 years in prison. Navin had pleaded guilty in April to murder just before his trial was to get underway. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m., photos.

MANTLE CARDS-AUCTION

A 76-year-old man from New Jersey recently went through his old sports cards and discovered five Mickey Mantle Topps cards from 1952, all similar to one sold earlier this year for $2.88 million. The man and his brother, who grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, had their collection valuated by Heritage Auction, and they’ve already sold 26 cards for a total of $384,000. By Vin A. Cherwoo. SENT: 830 words.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE CHASE-FATAL SHOOTING: Authorities fatally shot a man who led troopers on a pursuit on a Virginia interstate as someone in the vehicle fired a gun, police said Wednesday. SENT: 280 words.

—MAN INJURED-ELECTRICAL BURNS: Fire officials say a worker making repairs to a building in Connecticut has suffered severe electrical burns. SENT: 110 words.

— MGM CASINO: Officials at a soon-to-open Massachusetts casino resort say there will be year-round entertainment and activities at the $960 million resort. SENT: 140 words.

— FATAL CRASH: Police are investigating after two people were killed in a crash in East Hampton. The crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday on Route 16, near the Salmon River. SENT: 130 words.

— RECOVERY CENTER: A community health center in New Haven has received $10 million in state funds to build a recovery center. The new 44,000-square-foot facility will house 52 beds for men and women and offer counseling and medical services. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

ORIOLES-YANKEES

Sonny Gray was chased in the third inning by the team with worst record in the majors, big league-loss leader Alex Cobb ended a nine-start winless streak and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 7-5. New York dropped 5½ games behind Boston heading into a four-game series at Fenway Park starting Thursday. Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 850 words, photos.

METS-NATIONALS

Tommy Milone worked seven strong innings to get his first win in more than a year, Anthony Rendon homered and the Washington Nationals moved back above .500 with a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets. The Nationals followed their 25-4 blowout of the Mets by jumping on Noah Syndergaard early. Rendon hit a two-run homer in the third to put Washington up 3-0 By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 1000 words with photos.

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