WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE

MALLOY SIGNS CASINO BILL 

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed legislation authorizing a new tribal casino in East Windsor, saying “it’s about jobs for the residents of Connecticut.” The Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes say the proposed facility will help them compete with the MGM Resorts Casino being built in Springfield, Massachusetts. They still need various federal and local authorizations, but hope to begin construction by the end of the year.

HOSPITAL SITE UPDATE

Norwich State Hospital plansA public hearing is held on proposed zoning regulation changes to the Thames River Design District, which includes the former State Hospital property in Preston. The town’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved the changes following the hearing last night. Preston Redevelopment Agency Chairman Sean Nugent was pleased and says cleanup of the site may begin in a couple of weeks.  The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority has has proposed a $200 to $400 million development for the site.

BUDGET TALKS STALL

It appears more likely Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will run Connecticut government using his limited executive authority. With no deal in sight for a new two-year budget, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz is not calling lawmakers back to vote on a mini budget. He says  the plan “kicks the can down the road.” Malloy warns he’ll have to make drastic cuts.

DMV GLITCH

A Connecticut woman has had her car towed twice due to a glitch in the Department of Motor Vehicles website. Peggy Levesque tells WFSB-TV the first time her car was towed, the website showed her registration as “canceled or void.” Six months later, her car was towed again after the website showed her car as unregistered. The DMV says the error should not happen again.

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