- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Editors, news directors:

Good morning. 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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INDOOR FARMING

HARTFORD - Connecticut consumers may soon be able to eat native-grown strawberries in December or February. A Connecticut-based technology company has won a grant to help state farmers grow crops such as berries indoors, year-round. UPCOMING 500 words by 11 a.m.

IN BRIEF

- CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY - A massive Christmas lights display at a Southington house has gone dark after the homeowners said traffic became a problem. SENT 130 words.

- POLICE-RIOT GEAR - New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has ordered the police department to hold off buying riot gear to avoid a “military-like escalation” of law enforcement. SENT 130 words.

- NURSE-SEXUAL ASSAULTS - A former nursing assistant at St. Vincent’s Medical Center has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a male patient. SENT 130 words.

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