CT NOTIFIED RUSSIANS SCANNED ELECTION SYSTEM
HARTFORD, CT (AP) – Connecticut officials have been notified by the federal government that the state’s online voter registration system was targeted in hacking efforts by Russia last year. Gabe Rosenberg, a spokesman from the Secretary of the State’s Office, says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security informed the office Friday that the while the system was scanned by agents of the Russian government, it was not breached. Connecticut was among more than 20 states that received similar notifications. The disclosures to states come as a special counsel probes whether there was any coordination during the 2016 campaign between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump. Rosenberg says state officials were aware of the scan at the time it occurred but were not aware that Russia was involved until they were told by DHS.
CREWS TO REMOVE GYPSY MOTH DAMAGED TREES ALONG I-95
OLD LYME, CT (WFSB) – A travel advisory was issued for drivers who frequent Interstate 95 here in New London County. Starting this Monday, a southbound lane will be closed between Exit 74 in East Lyme to Exit 70 in Old Lyme. The lane closure is because crews from the Connecticut Department of Transportation will be chopping down trees. A state DOT worker said dozens of trees were damaged this year because of a severe gypsy moth infestation. State officials said if the trees aren’t removed, they could pose a safety threat to drivers. Between September 25 to October 9, 170 trees along I-95 southbound lanes will be taken down by DOT crews.
ADULT AND FAMILY AND YOUTH SERVICES CLOSED TILL NEXT WEDNESDAY
The phones have been turned off as the The Human Services’ Adult and Family Services division moves to the second floor of City Hall, and the Youth and Family Services division moves to the Recreation Department building, on 75 Mohegan Road. Both divisions will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the moves, and are expected to return to full service on Wednesday. The moves were ordered because the city issued a request for proposals for purchase and development plans for the building.
FEDERAL HEALTH CARE FUNDING COULD BE REDUCED WITH GOP BUDGET PROPOSAL
The state’s budget office said Friday, Federal health care funding to Connecticut would be reduced by about $7 billion, and many would lose coverage or have it reduced under the latest Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But that legislation suffered a potentially fatal blow Friday when Republican Sen. John McCain announced his opposition. Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management released an analysis Friday saying the lost funding would be largely the result of big cuts in federal Medicaid reimbursements to the state and the elimination of premium subsidies for people who buy health insurance policies on the state’s ACA exchange, Access Health CT.
LEDYARD POLICE SEEK OPERATOR OF OVERTURNED VEHICLE
Ledyard Police launched an investigation Friday morning after they came across a car on its roof with no one inside. A passerby alerted police to the flipped car, off Rose Hill Road, near the Preston town line about 9:30AM. A K-9 unit was used to track a scent but all indications were the driver had been picked up by someone. The license plates on the car aren’t registered to it, so officials are using the vehicle’s identification number to track down more information. Police continue to seek the operator of the car.
UPROOTED TREE FALLS ON TOP OF GROTON VEHICLE
Groton police say two people narrowly missed being seriously injured when the car they were parked in was struck by a large tree that took down electrical wires when it became uprooted. Luckily only the outer branches hit the hood of the car causing minor damage. One of the occupants was transported to the hospital as a precaution. About half of the homes on Midway Oval were without power for about two hours Friday morning.
CELEBRATING LINCOLNS EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
A celebration of the 155th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation will be held at 3:15, this afternoon, with the ringing of the city’s Freedom Bell, and a downtown walking tour by City Historian Dale Plummer from City Hall, down Broadway past the Wauregan, where Lincoln stayed during his March 9th, 1860, campaign visit. The event is free and open to the public.
COLLEGES REPORT ENROLLMENT SLIPPED IN 2017
Colleges across the country are struggling to hit their enrollment goals, and Connecticut College is no exception. With tuition alone at just more than $52,500 per student, this years 24-student drop is significant. And a declining number of high school graduates especially in the northeast suggests things may get worse before they get better.
CLINTON MAN DIES FOLLOWING MOBILE HOME EXPLOSION
CLINTON, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a man severely burned in a mobile home explosion has died, while his wife remains hospitalized in serious condition. Clinton police said Friday that 64-year-old Leo Hinkley died at Bridgeport Hospital from injuries suffered Thursday when the mobile home exploded. Authorities say the cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but preliminary results indicated it wasn’t the result from equipment or mechanical malfunctions.
YALE DOCTOR GET 32 YEARS FOR MURDER
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A doctor convicted of killing a Yale University physician over a workplace dispute has been sentenced to 32 years in prison. A Connecticut judge handed down the punishment Friday to Lishan Wang for the 2010 shooting death of Dr. Vajinder Toor following a workplace dispute at a New York City hospital. Wang pleaded no contest in June to manslaughter and other charges.
MIDDLETOWN MAYOR APOLOGIZES
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut mayor who’s running for governor has apologized for seeking campaign contributions from city employees, a move critics say may violate state elections law. Democratic Middletown Mayor Dan Drew on Thursday called the letters sent to Middletown city workers’ homes last week an “error in judgment” and said he would return donations from municipal employees. He said the letter was not meant to “coerce” anyone.