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

December 15, 2018

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

CATHOLIC CHURCH-FEMALE LEADER

Months after the death of the priest at a local church, a Roman Catholic bishop in Connecticut has taken the unusual step of placing a lay woman in charge of that parish. By Pat Eaton-Robb. 500 words. With AP Photos.

TOP STORIES:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-CONNECTICUT

The chief executive officer of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange says a federal court ruling that found the Affordable Care Act “invalid” does not affect the ability of state residents to sign up for and use 2019 insurance plans. Access Health CT announced Saturday it is also extending its open enrollment deadline. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ STATE OVERTIME PAY: Nearly 100 Connecticut state employees are on pace to each earn more than $100,000 in overtime pay this year, according to an analysis of state data. SENT.

_ UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS: Connecticut Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby says individuals filing new unemployment compensation claims may experience processing delays due to the large volume of new claims. SENT.

_ FOSTER FAMILIES-BALLET: The New England Ballet has donated 300 tickets to its weekend performances of the Nutcracker so foster families from the Bridgeport region can enjoy the holiday classic. SENT.

_ GUN BUYBACKS: Police in Hartford and New Haven are again joining authorities across the country in offering gift cards for guns. SENT.

SPORTS:

LUXURY TAX

Boston should be happy to pay this tax bill. The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11,951,091 in luxury tax for having baseball’s top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2,386,097, their second straight year with a bill. SENT: 748 words. With 2018 Luxury Tax Payrolls and Luxury Tax List. With AP Photos.

CELTICS-PISTONS

The Celtics bring an eight-game winning streak into a matchup with a Detroit team that has lost six straight. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

MANHATTAN-UCONN

UConn looks to bounce back from a loss to No. 10 Florida State when it hosts Manhattan. By Pat Eaton-Robb. Upcoming 600 words. With AP Photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

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