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

November 23, 2018

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

STATE CIVIC NETWORK

After a year of uncertainty, Connecticut’s TV and online public affairs network is now back under the control of its old operator. The Connecticut Network, or CT-N, is now on track to continue its original mission of providing coverage of the legislative, executive and judicial branches, including gavel-to-gavel coverage of Senate and House of Representatives sessions. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

ROAD SALT STICKER SHOCK

Skyrocketing prices for road salt are leaving local officials hoping for a mild winter. Salt supplies are tight on the heels of a harsh winter and some supply disruptions. Localities report prices are up from about 5 percent to almost double. SENT: 500 words, photos.

VA SCAM PLEA

Federal prosecutors say a South Carolina man who never served in the military has been sentenced to prison for swindling nearly $200,000 in health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Keith Hudson, 71, was sentenced this week to six months in federal prison. Prosecutors said that Hudson is suspected of carrying out a similar scheme in Connecticut. SENT: 310 words.

SENT.

IN BRIEF:

HOT TOYS-CYBER BOTS: Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and several fellow Democrats want to crack down on technology being used to buy popular holiday toys in order to resell them at inflated prices. SENT.

— SPORTS ARENA CRASH: Police say a man who crashed his car into a Connecticut sports arena on Thanksgiving Day has died. SENT.

— PRISON HEPATITIS LAWSUIT: Additional plaintiffs have been added to a federal lawsuit that alleges Connecticut’s prisons failed to provide life-saving treatment to inmates with hepatitis C. SENT.

— CHILD SHOT: Police say a 4-year-old Connecticut child accidentally shot himself in the hand with a gun he found in his home. SENT.

— DRUNKEN DRIVING-FATAL CRASH: A Connecticut man has been acquitted of vehicular manslaughter in the 2014 drunken driving death of another man aiding a motorist. SENT.

SPORTS:

UCONN-RECORD FUTILITY

UConn has already set one NCAA record for defensive futility. It could reach another if it gives up 56 points to Temple on Saturday. The Huskies have already clinched the record for yards allowed per game, having allowed 626.6 yards per game through 11 contests and unable to fall below the average of 560.83 allowed by Kansas in 2015. SENT: 500 words.

PENGUINS-BRUINS

The Boston Bruins play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

CELTICS-HAWKS

The underperforming Boston Celtics visit the Atlanta Hawks. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

PATRIOTS-JETS PREVIEW

The buzz that once electrified the AFC East rivalry between the New England Patriots and New York Jets isn’t quite what it once was. There always seemed to be a little extra something about the week leading into the teams’ two meetings every regular season, with some bold trash talk and colorful Boston-New York comparisons spicing things up. Not so much this time around. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Fairfield vs. Longwood at Seattle, Wash., 6 p.m.

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