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

October 2, 2018

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-EMPLOYMENT

New court rulings have favored medical marijuana users trying to keep or obtain jobs at drug-testing employers, after a series of decisions against medical pot users nationwide. The latest ruling came in Connecticut where a federal judge says a nursing home violated an anti-discrimination provision of the state’s medical marijuana law when it rescinded a job offer to a woman after she tested positive for cannabis. By Dave Collins. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FALL FOLIAGE-NEW ENGLAND

Want a different perspective on the fall foliage? Try viewing the colors from the summit of a New England mountain, either by hiking, driving or taking a ski lift. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CLERGY SEX ABUSE

A lawyer for a former New Mexico priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse is seeking his release from federal prison. Defense attorney Samuel Winder filed an appeal late last week asking a federal judge to reverse a decision to detain Connecticut-born Arthur Perrault until his trial on sexual abuse. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 420 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— CLASSROOM SEX ACT: Police say two Connecticut high school students engaged in a sex act in a classroom that was recorded by another student and are now facing charges. SENT.

— HURRICANE MARIE-MENTAL HEALTH: Connecticut is receiving a $750,000 federal grant to provide mental health support to families and especially children who were evacuated from their homes in Puerto Rico and have been living in Connecticut as a result of Hurricane Maria last September. SENT.

— LONG LOST DOG: A Connecticut family has been reunited with their dog five years after the beloved pet went missing. SENT.

— LAWSUIT-FORK LIFT INJURY: A Connecticut jury has awarded $1.6 million to a man who was seriously injured by a fork lift at a Sears warehouse in 2014. SENT.

— STOLEN GOODS RESOLD: A Connecticut man has been sentenced to prison for buying and reselling $1.5 million worth of stolen goods. SENT.

— SCHOOL LOCKDOWN-CHARGES: Police say a 15-year-old boy who brandished a fake gun on a school bus last month and caused a lockdown at schools in East Granby is now facing charges. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-KEEPING CONFIDENT

The Red Sox finished the regular season with the best record in the major leagues, have the American League MVP front runner and one of the AL’s best pitchers at the top of their rotation. It’s why they say their confidence is high as they prepare to open the postseason despite having won just one playoff game over in past two seasons. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.

ATHLETICS-YANKEES

The Oakland Athletics may start reliever Liam Hendriks against the New York Yankees in Tuesday’s AL wild card game. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 6 p.m.

CELTICS-IRVING-FLAT EARTH

Kyrie Irving offered a simple message to science teachers Monday. “I’m sorry,” the Boston Celtics star said. And with that, Irving made clear that he regrets publicly saying that the Earth is flat. Speaking Monday at the Forbes Under 30 summit in Boston, the flat-Earth topic that Irving inserted himself into last year was discussed — and the All-Star guard said he didn’t realize the effect that his claim would have once it went public. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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