CONNECTICUT HOUSE AND SENATE APPROVE REPUBLICAN BUDGET
(WFSB) Governor Malloy says he will veto the Republican version of the state budget proposal passed by the Senate last night and by the House early this morning. It has been 78 days without a state budget for Connecticut. Senate Democrats Joan Hartley, Paul Doyle, and Gayle Slossberg voted “no” on the Democrats budget and in favor of the Republican proposal. The GOP proposal passed by 21-15 vote in the Senate. Moderate Democrats had concerns with several new taxes and cuts to cities and towns. Gov. Malloy said the GOP budget is unbalanced, relies on too many unrealistic savings, contains immense cuts to higher education, and it would “violate existing state contracts with our employees, resulting in costly legal battles for years to come”. Malloy said he was surprised by the vote in the legislature and added: “it may represent a shift in the dynamic of the General Assembly.”
CONNECTICUT MARINAS, COASTAL DWELLERS CAST WARY EYE ON JOSE
DEEP RIVER, Conn. (AP) – Marinas, coastal residents and others in the Northeastern U.S. are keeping a wary eye on Hurricane Jose. The storm is forecast to pass well offshore of North Carolina early next week and could then menace New England. At the Brewer Fiddler’s Cove Marina in Falmouth, Massachusetts, manager Scott Carpenter said one customer had asked for his boat to be hauled out ahead of the storm, but they have not made other storm-related plans. The National Hurricane Center has encouraged East Coast residents from North Carolina on up to monitor the storm’s progress. The storm was centered about 485 miles (575 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda on Friday and had weakened to a tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph). It is expected to regain hurricane strength.
TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES TO EXERCISE 5TH AMMENDMENT RIGHTS
Two Providence men arrested on interstate 95 Wednesday when state police seized a kilogram of the deadly opioid fentanyl, having an estimated street value of $1 million dollars made it clear through their attorney they would be exercising their Fifth Amendment rights. Police held Gabri Darlin Javier-Delapaz on $500,000 bond and Alcides Rafael Gomez-Alba on $350,000 bond. No court date was released.
CONSTRUCTION DELAYS TO NL MAGNET SCHOOL PROJECT
Architects working on the two new 6-12 magnet schools project in New London announced Friday the start of construction for the first school will be delayed by another year. The $98 million north campus at New London High School initially was expected to start this year but the project has been plagued by delays due to the loss of millions in state funding and adjustments to its design. The new proposed start date for the three-year north campus project will be the summer of 2019.
SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM BEGINS IN NEW LONDON
The first syringe exchange program began operating in Connecticut more than 25 years ago. Now one has opened in New London County. Operating out of the Alliance for Living’s Broad Street facility, the Friday afternoon program provides clean needles to people who inject drugs, as well as offering access to related treatment and services. President and CEO Kelly Thompson, it has been a long time coming. Connecticut’s first program of its kind opened in New Haven in 1990 and quickly reduced the number of new HIV infections in the city. Since then, research has shown the programs bring dramatic drops in new cases of HIV and no increase in crime or drug use.
SLOT MACHINE REVENUES UP AT MOHEGAN SUN AND FOXWOODS
Mohegan Sun reported Friday that it “won,” or kept, almost $54 million dollars in slot-machine revenue in August. 6.6 percent more than it kept in August 2016. It was the third straight month and the fifth in the last six in which the casino has posted a year-over-year gain in monthly slots revenue. Foxwoods Resort Casino reported an August slots win of $42.1 million, an increase of 0.5 percent.
SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF UCONN FIREHOUSE FATALITY OBTAINED
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — A surveillance video shows a UConn fire vehicle stopped for a moment after striking a student outside the firehouse last October before running over the 19-year-old woman. The video was obtained by the Hartford Courant from the family of the woman, Jeffny Pally, who was killed. The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state and the firefighter involved in the accident.
PLAINFIELD FIRE CHIEF RESIGNS POSITION
PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) (WFSB) — Plainfield’s fire chief has resigned his position after his son was charged with sexually assaulting a junior member of the volunteer department. Chief Ralph Wells resigned Wednesday and Deputy Chief Larry Loomis has been appointed interim chief. Wells’ son, Kevin Wells, is a captain in the department. He was charged in August with three counts of second-degree sexual assault. Prosecutors say the 28-year-old had sex with a 17-year-old female cadet, including once in the firehouse.