TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE

LEBANON CRASH WITH INJURIES CLOSES ROUTE 207

Lebanon Crash (Lebanon Volunteer Fire Dept.)

LEBANON, CT (WFSB) – A road in Lebanon was closed while crews worked to clear a crash. The Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department said Route 207 was closed this morning between Leonard’s Bridge and Lake Williams for a two-vehicle crash.  Injuries were reported, though their extent is not clear.

FIREWORKS VS. EAGLES

COLUMBIA, Conn. (AP) — July 4th traditions in one Connecticut town are clashing with an effort to protect an iconic symbol of the nation. Authorities in Columbia are asking residents to forgo shooting off fireworks for the sake of a family of bald eagles. Last summer, a pair of eagles became the first to call Columbia Lake home since the species returned to the state in 1992. This spring, an eaglet appeared. Officials say the noise of fireworks could be enough to scare the eaglet out of the nest before it is ready.

YALE – GENDER-NEUTRAL BATHROOMS

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University is suing Connecticut over its plan to turn single-user restrooms into gender-neutral bathrooms at its law school. The New Haven Register reports the state building inspector’s office previously denied the school’s request for an exemption from a state building code that requires a certain number of bathrooms in every building be assigned by gender. The school argues that amending the law would “prevent discrimination on the basis of gender identity.”

RI BUDGET MOVES TO SENATE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A $9.2 billion budget plan for Rhode Island’s upcoming fiscal year is moving to the state Senate after being approved last week by the state House of Representatives. The Senate Finance Committee will take up the plan Tuesday, and could vote to send it to the full Senate later this week. The proposal includes tax relief for car owners, a pilot program for tuition-free community college, and general government cuts and some one-time measures to close a $134 million shortfall.

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