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

August 8, 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. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

COLLEGE STUDENTS HONORED

Two Saudi Arabian college students who drowned while trying to save two young children struggling in a Massachusetts river have been honored by their home country for their heroism. Theeb Alyami and Jaser Daham Alrakah have been posthumously awarded the Order of King Abdulaziz of the First Degree. Massachusetts authorities say the men jumped into the Chicopee River in Wilbraham on June 29 to rescue the children. The children survived but the students were swept away and drowned. SENT: 145 words.

IN BRIEF:

— WEST NILE VIRUS: Officials say mosquitoes tested at a site in Connecticut have come up positive for West Nile virus. SENT: 118 words.

—VIOLENT HOME INVASION: Police have arrested one suspect in connection with a violent weekend home invasion in Connecticut and say more arrests are expected. SENT: 124 words.

— TEENAGER SHOT: Police in Connecticut say a 16-year-old boy has been shot in the chest and they are currently looking for suspects. SENT: 106 words.

— SERIAL BANK ROBBER: A Connecticut man who robbed five banks, and twice threatened to kill or shoot bank employees, has been sentenced to nearly nine years in federal prison. SENT: 130 words.

— BOY INJURED BY TREE: Hartford police say an 11-year-old boy has been injured by a falling tree in a park. The boy was playing basketball with other children in Goodwin Park Tuesday when the tree snapped and fell. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-BLUE JAYS

Brian Johnson takes the mound for the Red Sox against Mike Hauschild and the Blue Jays in the second game of a three-game series. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

YANKEES-WHITE SOX

Luis Severino tries to get back on track when the New York Yankees go for a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox. Severino has lost his last three starts. Lucas Giolito pitches for the White Sox. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m.

REDS-METS

Robert Stephenson makes his season debut for the Reds against Jacob deGrom and the Mets in New York. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 12:10 p.m.

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