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

April 4, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

HARTFORD MAYOR

HARTFORD _ Disgraced former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is mounting a bid for a political comeback, looking to become the second big-city Connecticut mayor to reclaim his seat after being forced out by a public corruption scandal. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words. AP Photos.

PENSION SYSTEM PROBLEMS

OMAHA, Neb. _ The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a preliminary inquiry into the Omaha Public Schools pension fund, according to a district memo. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ STUDENTS-VAPING _ Officials say one student became ill at a Connecticut high school after vaping and several others who shared the vape pen were also taken to a hospital for evaluation.

_ PEOPLE-TAYLOR SWIFT _ Taylor Swift knows all too well that “nothing good starts in a getaway car.”

_ SAFE HAVEN BABIES _ Efforts are continuing to get the word out about a law that allows newborns to be dropped off at Connecticut hospitals, without fear of criminal prosecution.

_ HALLOWEEN SHOOTING _ A 29-year-old woman from Massachusetts has been sentenced to three life sentences in prison in connection with the shooting death of a man in Rhode Island.

_ STRONG WINDS _ A combination of strong winds and dry conditions are prompting officials to warn about the danger of wildfires in southern New England.

_ BLUEFISH HARVEST _ Federal fishing regulators say catch quotas and regulations for Atlantic bluefish will be about the same this year as they were in 2018.

SPORTS:

BKW--FINAL FOUR-UCONN-NOTRE DAME PREVIEW

TAMPA, Fla. _ One of the greatest rivalry in women’s basketball will be renewed in the national semifinals when No. 2 UConn faces top-seed Notre Dame. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKW--FINAL FOUR-EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

TAMPA, Fla. _ Muffet McGraw says it’s time for more women in positions of power in all walks of life, including women’s basketball. “When you look at men’s basketball, 99% of the jobs go to men, why shouldn’t 100 or 99% of the jobs in women’s basketball go to women?” the Notre Dame women’s basketball coach said Thursday during her Final Four news conference. “Maybe it’s because we only have 10% women athletic directors in Division I. People hire people who look like them. That’s the problem.” By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, AP Photos.

BBA--RED SOX-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ Brett Anderson starts for the Athletics in their series finale against the Red Sox. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 12:35 p.m. PDT.

BBA--YANKEES-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE _ New York plays Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

FBN--JETS-NEW UNIFORMS

NEW YORK _ The New York Jets are set to unveil flashy new uniforms and a revamped team logo on Thursday night during an event at a midtown ballroom. It’s the team’s first major rebranding since 1998 and caps a busy offseason in which they hired a new coach and signed free agent running back Le’Veon Bell. By Denis Gorman. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10 p.m.

HKN--BRUINS-WILD

The Boston Bruins visit the Minnesota Wild. Starts 8 p.m. EDT

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