Editors, news directors:

Good evening. 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.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

US CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR

Four contenders for Connecticut governor, one Democrat and three Republicans, will appear for the first candidate forum since the parties made their endorsements. By Susan Haigh. Upcoming 8 p.m.

TOP STORIES:

HOME SCHOOLING-TEEN DEATH

Connecticut home-schooling parents say they're being unfairly targeted by a state investigation into the death of a Hartford teen. Parents gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol, voicing concern that the Office of the Child Advocate has subpoenaed records of students withdrawn to be home-schooled. They call it an unwarranted intrusion. The mother of Matthew Tirado was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison. Matthew was starved and physically abused and had not been in school for months. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 540 words.

IN BRIEF:

— DMV EXPRESS CENTER: You might not have to wait several hours to renew your license in Connecticut. An express DMV center is opening in Milford, designed to streamline customer transactions. SENT: 135 words.

— RIVER CLOSING HUNTING: A Connecticut agency has announced the temporary closure to hunting of an area along the Quinnipiac River. SENT: 130 words.

—FATAL CRASH: A Connecticut woman has been killed in a car crash that sent debris flying into other vehicles. SENT: 105 words.

— OFFICER EXCESSIVE FORCE: A Connecticut city has been ordered to rehire a police officer who was fired after being accused of using excessive force during an arrest. SENT: 140 words.

— REAL ESTATE SIGN BAN: Real estate agents in a Connecticut town have agreed to a temporary ban on for sale signs outside homes in attempt to make the community more attractive. SENT: 130 words.

— OFFICER-EXCESSIVE FORCE: A state arbitration board has ordered a Connecticut city to rehire a police officer who was fired after being accused of using excessive force. SENT: 120 words.

— MODEL-BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT — A romance novel cover model from California dubbed the "beefcake bandit" who pleaded guilty to robberies in Connecticut has been sentenced to prison. SENT 130 words.

— FIERY FATAL: Police say a woman has died in a fiery crash that involved three vehicles on a Connecticut highway. SENT: 120 words.

— COUNCILWOMAN PARTY AFFILIATION — A Connecticut city official is demanding a councilwoman resign because she changed her party affiliation. SENT 130 words.

— SUSPICIOUS DEATH — Police say a man suspected of fatally shooting a woman before shooting himself outside a Connecticut town's police headquarters has died. SENT 130 words.

SPORTS:

TIGERS-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox play the second game of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight.

ORIOLES-METS

NEW YORK — Zack Wheeler and the New York Mets try to end a five-game losing streak when they host the Baltimore Orioles. Dylan Bundy faces a Mets team that has scored just seven runs during its skid. By Adry Torres. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 1:10 p.m.

PATRIOTS MINICAMP

FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots hold the second day of their three-day, mandatory minicamp. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m., photos.

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