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

December 24, 2018

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

CHARTER SCHOOLS-CONNECTICUT

Wealthy individuals with ties to charters schools, including many from outside of Connecticut, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence the state’s recent elections, according to a new report compiled by two public policy advocacy organizations. By Sue Haigh. SENT: 475 words.

IN BRIEF

_ CORRECTIONS UNION-SAFETY: The union representing Connecticut prison guards is raising questions about safety following an assault on two corrections officers. SENT.

_ AIRPORT-CHARLOTTE: Tweed New Haven Airport in Connecticut has added a new direct flight to North Carolina. American Airlines launched the flight from New Haven to Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday. SENT.

_ APARTMENT FIRE: Police in Connecticut have publicly identified a woman killed in an apartment fire last week. SENT.

SPORTS

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

After a week off for exams, UConn faced two stiff tests on the court and passed both of them. The top-ranked Huskies rallied to beat Oklahoma and topped No. 14 California to remain unbeaten this season. UConn won both games by less than 10 points _ the first time the team has back-to-back victories by less than 10 in 10 years. SENT: 350 words, photos.

PATRIOTS

The New England Patriots react to Sunday’s game against Buffalo. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

BILLS-MCCOY

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy had a rocky return from injury, both on and off the field. After missing one game with a hamstring injury, McCoy managed only nine yards on six carries and 10 yards on three catches in Sunday’s 24-12 loss to the New England Patriots. SENT: 410 words, photos.

NBA CHRISTMAS PREVIEW

The Boston Celtics play host to the Philadelphia 76ers, one of five NBA games on Christmas Day. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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