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

August 24, 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. Collin Binkley 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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A Connecticut man charged in a sex trafficking ring that recruited intellectually disabled and mentally ill young men is expected to tell a judge Friday whether he will accept a plea deal. Robert King would serve more than four years in prison under the agreement. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m. Developing from 10 a.m. court hearing.


The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action under the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown. SENT: 1,000 words.


Massachusetts’ first resort casino with expansive gambling and entertainment options is opening with a flourish. MGM Springfield is hosting festivities Friday to mark the official opening of its $960 million casino, including a downtown procession with Budweiser Clydesdale horses and other entertainment. Doors officially open 11 a.m. The 14-acre casino, hotel, entertainment and retail complex spans three city blocks. SENT: 450 words, photos.


— BEE SWARM ATTACKS: A medical rescue crew used all-terrain vehicles to reach several hikers who were attacked and stung by a swarm of bees in the Connecticut woods. SENT.

— PRIEST-LEAVE: The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in Connecticut has been placed on leave for violating church policies on contact with children, although diocesan officials stress he is not accused of doing anything “immoral or illegal.” SENT.

— STOLEN CAR-JUVENILES: Police in Connecticut have arrested four juveniles they say stole a car, led police on a pursuit, and crashed into several other vehicles. SENT.

— COVERED BRIDGE CLOSURE: A historic covered bridge in Connecticut will be closed for four weeks this fall for rehabilitation work. SENT.



Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi each scored 27 points to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Connecticut Sun 96-86 in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. Taurais improved to 13-0 in playoff-deciding games. The Mercury will face Seattle in the conference semifinals on Sunday. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 450 words, photos.


The Boston Red Sox bring baseball’s best record to Tropicana Field, with right-hander Hector Velazquez facing Diego Castillo in the opener of a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees take on the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Alex Cobb in the opener of a four-game series between AL East foes. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


Still hoping to make a playoff push, Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals visit the New York Mets for the opener of a three-game series. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.


The New England Patriots play a pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to start his second straight game for the New York Jets when they face the Giants in the teams’ third preseason game Friday night. Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley, recovering from tweaked a hamstring, and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will likely sit out. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.


Julia Goerges is the only seeded player remaining for the semifinals of the Connecticut Open.


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