Ted Kennedy Jr. gets front row seat for speech

Ted Kennedy Jr. has ruled out a run for Connecticut governor, unwilling to inherit billion-dollar deficits, potential confrontations with unions and a polarized political climate to go along with his famous name.The second-term state senator from Branford and son of the late liberal lion Edward M. Kennedy ended months of speculation Monday that he would jump into the race to succeed Gov. Dannel Malloy, who is not running for re-election.


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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Unions for Connecticut state workers have agreed to put proposed concessions to a vote by their rank-and-file members. The voting is expected to be wrapped up by mid-July.
The concessions are intended to help the state close projected budget deficits. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the tentative agreement will help create “significant, long-term structural reforms to pension and benefit costs” and generate billions of dollars in savings over coming years. If approved by the unions’ bargaining units the agreement would also need legislative approval. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman called the tentative contract signing “good news for the people of Connecticut.”


A public hearing will be held in Preston tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Veterans Middle School on proposed zoning regulation changes to the Thames River Design District, which includes the former Norwich Hospital property. The New London Day reports approval of the changes by the Planning and Zoning Commission following the hearing would be the last local action needed to release the state’s pledged $10 million grant to finish the property cleanup. The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority has proposed the changes, technically called a zoning text amendment. The proposal calls for a $200 million to $400 million recreational, entertainment and resort project.


New London police say a box truck clipped the bottom of the railroad bridge on Walbach Street around 11:30 Monday morning sending a front seat passenger to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. The New London Day reports the Ryder rental truck was about a foot too high to pass under the bridge. Amtrak officials inspected the bridge and found there was no damage.


Destructive Gypsy Moth Caterpillars stock photos -

A fungus in Connecticut may be eliminating gypsy moth caterpillars. Members of Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection said they have received reports of “dead and dying gypsy moth caterpillars.” They believe it is connected to the maimaiga fungus. WFSB reports DEEP is asking for the public’s help locating “dead and dying gypsy moth caterpillars” to help them predict “the potential 2018 gypsy moth outbreak.” DEEP officials said the outbreak looks bigger this year, while last year 167 acres were stripped by the caterpillars and the year before 180 acres were consumed.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Six children have been hospitalized as a precautionary measure following a fire in Rhode Island.  Firefighters say the fire broke out in a Providence apartment building around 10 a.m. Sunday.  Arriving firefighters found two children on the second floor fire escape and used ground ladders to rescue them. Fire officials say the two rescued and other four children who lived in the building were taken to the hospital as a precaution.  None of the five adults who lived in the building were injured. One firefighter was hospitalized for a hand injury.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Proposals to guarantee paid sick leave, disarm domestic abusers and ban the use of hand-held phones while driving are among dozens of bills being considered by the Rhode Island General Assembly as it enters its final week. The state Senate is scheduled to vote on a $9.2 billion budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Saturday. The state House of Representatives approved the tax-and-spending plan last week after an hourslong debate.  But even after the Senate OKs the budget and sends it to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, both legislative chambers have many more bills to vote on before they adjourn for the year.
The House, which usually meets from Tuesday through Thursday, will start its final marathon week of deliberations a day early on Monday.


Atwells Avenue bar ordered closed following weekend stabbingPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Providence Board of Licenses has temporary closed a Rhode Island bar following a stabbing Saturday night.  Police say a 26-year-old man was stabbed around 10 p.m. Saturday outside of the Rock & Rye Bar, in an area where people had gathered for the Federal Hill Summer Festival earlier in the day.  Providence Police Col. Hugh Clements says investigators do not believe the stabbing is connected to the festival. Clements says the victim is in good condition.  Police say an investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.  The bar was ordered to close for 72 hours pending another board hearing later this week.  Staff members at Rock & Rye declined to comment on the closure.

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