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BOSTON _ How best to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts will be the focus of a pair of hearings at the Statehouse this week as lawmakers work to tackle the latest shift in the state’s gambling landscape. The hearings will focus on several bills that aim to regulate betting on sports events, including one filed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that could bring in an estimated $35 million in state revenue each year. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 675 words.
PORTLAND, Maine _ Fishermen already dealing with a dramatic reduction in the amount of a key bait fish they are allowed to harvest will likely face an additional cut next year that could drive up the price of lobster for consumers. Regulators on the East Coast are contending with a drop in the population of herring, a key forage fish species that has been used as lobster bait for generations. Cuts in catch quota this year will mean the total haul for 2019 will be less than a fifth of the 2014 harvest, which was more than 200 million pounds (90 million kilograms). By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 500 words, AP Photos.
_ CATFISH STOCKING: HARTFORD, Conn. _ Connecticut environmental officials have finished stocking catfish for the summer fishing season. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says its workers have put more than 10,000 Channel Catfish, one of the most sought after freshwater game fish species in the country, into 19 bodies of water in the state. SENT.
_ MINIMUM WAGE: HARTFORD, Conn. _ Gov. Ned Lamont says he expects to sign a bill in the coming days that incrementally increases Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023. The Democrat says the bill may be signed into law on Tuesday or Wednesday, calling it an important bill.
_ ELECTION 2020-HICKENLOOPER-NEWTOWN: NEWTOWN, Conn. _ Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is meeting with families in Newtown, Connecticut, this weekend to highlight his gun control proposal. The former Colorado governor plans to meet Saturday at a library in Newtown with first responders and families affected by the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
_ HOLIDAY WEEKEND PATROLS: MIDDLETOWN, Conn. _ Connecticut State Police are planning the usual extra patrols and sobriety checkpoints this Memorial Day weekend. Troopers say they will be checking for impaired drivers, hazardous moving violations, seat belt use and illegal cellphone use. Officials also note police departments nationwide are doing “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaigns through June 2.
_ PROTECTING BIRDS: HARTFORD, Conn. _ Connecticut officials say they’re temporarily closing two offshore islands to the public to prevent disturbances to nesting birds. Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said late Friday that Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook are now closed through Sept. 9. The islands are closed annually during nesting season to protect various bird species.
_ BEACHES OPEN: PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Most state beaches in Rhode Island are now open. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says Saturday is the traditional start of the summer outdoor recreation season.
HOUSTON _ David Price will pitch for Boston as the Red Sox continue a three-game series with the Houston Astros. Houston won the opener 4-3. By Jeremy Rakes.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The New York Yankees continue their three-game set against the Kansas City Royals with a doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. By Kollin Miller. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 1:15 p.m. CT, nightcap at 6:15 p.m.
BOSTON _ Bruce Cassidy waited 13 years from his first, unsuccessful, NHL head coaching job with the Washington Capitals before he got a second chance with the Boston Bruins. Craig Berube spent three full seasons after being fired by the Philadelphia Flyers for his next opportunity, which came again as an interim coach for the St. Louis Blues. Cassidy was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award last season, Berube is this season and their teams meeting in the Stanley Cup Final is a reminder of how a coach can evolve from his first job to his second. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: SENT: 1,400 words, photos.
Wathington plays at Connecticut. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
ST. LOUIS _ Stanley Jackson and buddy Steven Crow can be excused if they tend to watch their beloved St. Louis Blues with their hands over their eyes, just waiting for the next thing to go wrong. So when the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 to earn their first berth in the Stanley Cup Final since 1970, a rematch with the Boston Bruins 49 years in the making, the two old friends couldn’t hold back. By Jim Salter. SENT: 950 words, AP Photos.
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