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

May 7, 2019

Editors, news directors:

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TOP STORIES:

POLICE SHOOTING-CONNECTICUT

A Connecticut police officer who fatally shot a man during an attempted traffic stop last month had been told his conduct was unacceptable by several former supervisors, including some who raised concerns about his difficulty handling stressful situations, according to personnel records obtained by The Associated Press. By Dave Collins SENT: 800 words, photos.

With: POLICE SHOOTING-CONNECTICUT-THE LATEST

OFFICERS-SHOOTING

A lawyer for a Connecticut police officer under investigation for shooting at an unarmed couple in a car says the officer believed the driver had a gun while getting out of the vehicle. Attorney Elliot Spector also said Tuesday that Hamden Officer Devin Eaton believed the man was shooting at him. SENT.

OPIOID CRISIS LAWSUITS

In a lawsuits against Purdue Pharma Connecticut’s attorney general has released emails in which the company’s former director, Richard Sackler, casts blame on the victims of the epidemic. Story expected by 3 p.m.

PREGNANCY DEATHS

More U.S. women are dying from pregnancy-related causes, and more than half of those deaths are preventable, government health officials said in a report Tuesday. Although these deaths are rare — about 700 a year — they have been rising for decades, especially among black women. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND

Sports betting is now expected to bring in about $15 million in Rhode Island in the next fiscal year, half of what state officials had hoped for, the lottery said Tuesday. The new estimate is based on a consultant’s report, and Revenue Department spokesman Paul Grimaldi said it’s more in line with what the two sportsbooks have experienced since launching sports betting late last year. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS BRIBERY: California businessman Stephen Semprevivo has pleaded guilty to charges that he bribed the Georgetown tennis coach to get his son admitted to the school. SENT.

_ MINIMUM WAGE: A push to increase Connecticut’s minimum hourly wage to $15 is moving through the General Assembly. SENT.

_ COAST GUARD BARQUE: The U.S. Coast Guard’s flagship and cadet training vessel Eagle is returning to Connecticut. SENT.

_ MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING CHARGES: Three Connecticut men have pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in connection with a multimillion dollar marijuana trafficking operation. SENT.

_ SCHOOL COUNSELORS LAWSUIT: A jury has found that counselors at a Connecticut program for at-risk children failed to report to authorities that a 15-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by a teacher’s aide and ordered the nonprofit to pay $1.2 million to the victim’s mother. SENT.

_ FORK LIFT DEATH: Police say a 58-year-old man was killed when a fork lift fell on him at a Connecticut business. Branford police say the New Haven man was transporting a fork lift on a flatbed truck Monday when he stopped at an auto shop to put air in the truck’s tires. SENT.

SPORTS:

MICKELSON-TRAVELERS

Phil Mickelson has committed to play in the Travelers Championship, returning to Connecticut’s PGA Tour stop for the first time in 16 years. SENT: 100 words.

RED SOX-ORIOLES

Boston plays Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

MARINERS-YANKEES

Seattle plays New York at Yankee Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:35 p.m.

METS-PADRES

New York plays San Diego at PETCO Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET.

BRUINS ADVANCE

The Boston Bruins got some timely goals in their tight Eastern Conference semifinal series with Columbus, but when the goals weren’t coming, Tuukka Rask stood tall. The Finn turned in his best playoff performance so far in the 3-0 win in Game 6 that clinched the series and propelled the Bruins into the conference final against Carolina. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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