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AP-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT

November 20, 2018

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

CAMPAIGN FINANCE-CONNECTICUT

Outside groups poured millions of dollars into television ads, mailers and opposition research for Connecticut legislative and statewide races. Election reform advocates say the money undermines the goals of the state’s public campaign financing system, and there is a renewed push for new legislation next year that will make it easier for voters to know who is behind all of this money. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 950 words.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

People lined up in the rain Tuesday morning to be among the first customers at the first two legal pot shops on the U.S. East Coast, more than two years after Massachusetts voters approved of recreational marijuana for adults. The state’s first commercial pot shops opened in Leicester and Northampton. Items for sale in the modern and spacious stores include various strains of the part of the plant that can be smoked, pre-rolled joints and edibles such as brownies and chocolate bars. Cannabis is sold legally in six Western states. By Steven Senne and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 650 words, photos.

With:

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS-THE LATEST

LEGAL MARIJUANA-RHODE ISLAND

IN BRIEF:

— COLLEGE SECURITY ALERT: Authorities have lifted a shelter-in-place order at Western Connecticut State University that was triggered by a report of a man with a long gun. SENT.

— 1993 KILLINGS: A man serving life in prison for murder in New York has been charged with two 1993 killings in Connecticut. SENT.

— TEEN SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Bridgeport man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl he met on social media. Hasan Khalid faces up to 18 months in prison at sentencing scheduled for Jan. 15. SENT: 130 words.

— DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN: A second man has pleaded guilty to his role in a hit-and-run in Connecticut earlier this year that left two women dead. SENT.

— CRABTREE & EVELYN LAYOFFS: Crabtree & Evelyn, the maker of bath and body lotions, soaps and other personal products is shutting its manufacturing and distribution operations in Connecticut, putting more than 100 people out of work. SENT.

SPORTS:

COMEBACK PLAYERS

Boston pitcher David Price has won the AL Comeback Player of the Year award and Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters has earned the NL honor. Price, a 33-year-old left-hander, was 16-7 with a 3.58 ERA in 30 starts for the Red Sox, who won their fourth World Series title in 15 seasons. He was 6-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 11 starts and five relief appearances in 2017, when he was slowed by left elbow inflammation. SENT: 150 words.

BKC--CORNELL-CONNECTICUT

UConn looks to bounce back from its first loss under new coach Dan Hurley as it hosts Cornell at the XL Center in Hartford. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

OTHER MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Quinnipiac at New Hampshire, 7 p.m.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

— An archaeological dig in Israel provides clues to how feasting became an important ritual. By Natalie Munro, University of Connecticut. http://theconversation.com/an-archaeological-dig-in-israel-provides-clues-to-how-feasting-became-an-important-ritual-86370

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