PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The U.S. Navy has awarded a $5 billion contract to General Dynamics’ Electric Boat to finish designing a new class of ballistic-missile submarines so construction can start. The Navy called the program its top priority because ballistic-missile submarines help deter nuclear war. An Electric Boat official says the award keeps the program on track. The award was announced Thursday.


The New London Historic District Commission says they will not impede plans by Mitchell College to tear down and rebuild its iconic former dairy barn at Michaels Dairy. The commission made the ruling at its meeting on Wednesday. The college envisioned updating the existing barn into a student and community space with classrooms, a banquet hall, a black box theater and other amenities. An assessment uncovered major structural issues and halted those plans. New plans call for a demolition and complete rebuilding while duplicating the look of the old barn, located at 629 Montauk Ave. The commission’s decision was backed by local and state historic preservation groups, who recognized efforts of the college to save the iconic structure.


Edgerton School property

The New London Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve plans for a 72-unit, mixed-income housing development at the site of the long-vacant former Edgerton School property. A 124-unit affordable housing complex was rejected by the Planning and Zoning Commission about a year and a half ago and was appealed to Superior Court. A stipulated agreement was reached with the commission that opened the door for the scaled-back version of the plan. The project could start as early as next year.


Stonington police Capt. Todd Ol­son said yesterday that a re­ported home in­va­sion at a res­i­dence on He­witt Road on Tues­day morn­ing never hap­pened. Olson said de­tec­tives de­ter­mined that the al­leged vic­tim’s en­tire re­port was false. The woman was taken to Lawrence + Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal for treat­ment of mi­nor in­juries. Po­lice have not iden­ti­fied her.


Congressman Joe Courtney announced yesterday that Mystic Aquarium has received $150,000 in federal funds to develop a new Long Island Sound exhibit. The aquarium is expected to create an interactive, multimedia exhibit called “Connections to Long Island Sound.” The exhibit is designed to help educate aquarium visitors about the importance of the Sound and its watersheds.


A for­mer Nor­wich res­i­dent con­victed of mur­der and man­slaugh­ter at a trial in 2014 has turned down an of­fer to plead guilty in ex­change for a 40-year prison sen­tence. Chi­han Eric Chyung admitted he shot his wife, Paige Anne Ben­nett, af­ter the cou­ple fought about ex­penses. Chyung claimed his Glock 9 mm dis­charged ac­ci­den­tally when he at­tempted to pack it in a suit­case and leave their Taftville home. He will be tried in Nor­wich and if con­victed, could re­ceive a max­i­mum sen­tence of 60 years.

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