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

February 27, 2019

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The Florida massage parlor sting that ensnared New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft last week highlights how authorities in some states are taking new approaches to an old scourge. UPCOMING: Story expected to move by 3 p.m. With photos.


Connecticut child welfare authorities are investigating how a woman managed to flee a supervised visit with her three children and her convicted sex-offender boyfriend. The children have not been located since Crystal McGrath’s escape in Waterbury on Feb. 16. SENT: 250 words.


Preliminary data from the federal government say U.S. lobster exports to China held steady this year despite tariffs imposed during trade hostilities between the two countries. China is one of the biggest buyers of American lobster, which is hauled to the shore mostly in the New England states and Canada. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 550 words, photos.


Loggers in snowy forests are cutting down ash like there’s no tomorrow, seeking to stay one step ahead of a fast-spreading beetle killing the tree in dozens of states. The emerald ash borer has been chewing its way through trees from Maine to Colorado for about two decades, devastating a species prized for yielding a light-grained hardwood attractive enough for furniture and resilient enough for baseball bats. By Michael Hill. SENT: 745 words, photos, video.


_ CHILD SKI DEATH: Police say an 8-year-old boy has died following a skiing accident in Connecticut. SENT.

_ SPECIAL ELECTIONS: Three Democrats and two Republicans have won seats in the Connecticut legislature following a series of special elections. SENT.

_ BLACKFACE-CONNECTICUT SCHOOL: Officials with a Connecticut school say staff has held group discussions with students, and administrators have participated in cultural competency training since two students were seen on social media in what appeared to be blackface. SENT.

_ OIL SPILL FINE: The Environmental Protection Agency has fined a Connecticut company $6,100 for an oil spill that left the Naugatuck River covered in a sheen for days last year. SENT.

_ FATAL CAR CRASH: A man has died in a crash that shut down Route 87 in Connecticut. State police say the single-vehicle crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in Lebanon. SENT.

_ WEDDING RING RETRIEVED: South Windsor officials say they helped a married couple retrieve a wedding ring that slipped off one of their fingers and into a drain. SENT.



The Boston Celtics return home after their third straight loss to host a Portland Trail Blazers team that has won four in a row. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning have won nine in a row and lead the NHL with 100 points. They face the New York Rangers, who start a three-game homestand. By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


With a few weeks left in the regular season, the college women’s basketball player of the year race is wide open. Take your pick. There’s a little bit of something for everyone with talented post players, guards and wings. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


Hartford at Binghamton, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.


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