WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE

DON’T RISK IT

George Jepsen

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Attorney General George Jepsen is warning Connecticut officials not to assume a planned tribal casino in East Windsor can open without formal federal approvals.   In a legal opinion released Tuesday, Jepsen says legislation passed last year by the General Assembly still requires the U.S. Department of Interior to approve proposed amendments to the revenue-sharing agreement between the state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes before their new border casino can open. With no federal approvals yet, the state and tribes have filed a lawsuit, claiming the amendments were “deemed approved” under federal Indian gambling laws. Jepsen says making that assumption and allowing the casino to open could risk the underlying revenue-sharing deal, which grants Connecticut 25 percent of the slot machine revenues generated at the tribes’ two existing casinos.

COUPLE LOSES PARENTAL RIGHTS

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Kirsten Fauquet and John Stratzman

The parental rights of a Groton couple whose children were removed by the Department of Children and Families have been lost. Judge John Driscoll terminated the parental rights of Kirsten Fauquet and John Stratzman, her partner and biological father of three of the children. The judge said no provider had recommended reunification of the children and parents, and that the children’s lawyers recommended terminating parental rights.The couple, whose son nearly died of starvation in a foster home, waited a year for their motion to vacate the order of temporary custody for the youngest.

FARROW FRONTS SEXUAL ASSAULT FORUM

Woody Allen, Dylan Farrow (People)

In­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Andy Thibault has or­ga­nized a panel dis­cus­sion on sexual assault and will serve as mod­er­a­tor for the event. Three women, in­clud­ing Dy­lan Far­row, who says she was sex­u­ally as­saulted at age seven by her adop­tive fa­ther, film­maker Woody Allen, will take the stage at Quinebaug Val­ley Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Daniel­son next Mon­day and talk about be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted. Panelists will an­swer ques­tions that au­di­ence mem­bers will sub­mit and if some­one in the au­di­ence wants to dis­close they have been abused, cri­sis coun­selors and a safe space to talk will be avail­able. The ‘Jane Doe No More’ panel discussion will be held April 23rd at 6 p.m. in the Robert E. Miller Au­di­to­rium and is free and open to the pub­lic.

SALES DOWN, VOLUME UP

Hous­ing sta­tis­tics of the Eastern Con­necti­cut As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors for New Lon­don and Wind­ham coun­ties show sin­gle-fam­ily home sales were down, but vol­ume was up, due to an in­crease in the me­dian sale price. More than 870 sin­gle-fam­ily home sales were recorded in the first quarter of 2017, while that number was 809 for the first quar­ter of 2018. But the me­dian sale price rose from $190,500 to $205,000.

EAST LYME GRAD WINS PULITZER

Emily Steele

A 2002 grad­u­ate of East Lyme High School and a re­porter at The New York Times was among the jour­nal­ists hon­ored this week with a Pulitzer Prize in Public Ser­vice. Emily Steel was acknowledged for “ex­plo­sive, im­pact­ful” jour­nal­ism that ex­posed pow­er­ful and wealthy sex­ual preda­tors, in­clud­ing al­le­ga­tions against one of Hol­ly­wood’s most in­flu­en­tial pro­duc­ers. Steel said she is grate­ful for the amaz­ing teach­ers and ed­u­ca­tors who sent her on this path.

BAD EGGS

The Ledge Light Health District is alerting residents that eggs sold at two local Wal-Marts could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella. More than 200 million eggs were recalled over the weekend after discovering they had the potential to be infected with Salmonella, however Connecticut was not among the list of states initially affected. Officials from Ledge Light Health District said the Groton and Waterford Wal-Mart locations are the only retail outlets that have been identified as having the potentially contaminated eggs.

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