BODY FOUND IN GRISWOLD
GRISWOLD, CT (WFSB) – Connecticut State Police said a body was found in the area of Kenwood Road in Griswold on Saturday morning. According to police, they were notified of a deceased person that was found in the woods. Detectives from the Eastern District Major Crime unit are conducting an investigation. In December of 2017, there was a fire at a home on Kenwood Estates which killed Janet and Kenneth Lindquist. Police said Matthew Lindquist was identified as a person of interest in the deadly fire. According to police, there is no threat to the community. Anyone with information is asked to contact Troop E at 860-848-6500.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Connecticut’s General Assembly has voted to join a group of states that want to pool their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote. The Senate on Saturday voted 21-14 to enter the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The bill already cleared the House of Representatives and now moves to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who supports the concept. Connecticut would be the 12th jurisdiction – a combination of 11 states and the District of Columbia – to join the pact. Barry Fadem is president of the California-based National Popular Vote organization. He says he hopes other states will be influenced by Connecticut’s actions. Connecticut would be the first state to join since Republican President Donald Trump won the Electoral College, but not the popular vote.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has asked the Connecticut Supreme Court for a better definition of the word “collapse” that could help decide whether homeowner insurance policies should cover repairs to thousands of homes with crumbling foundations caused by defective concrete. The Connecticut Law Tribune reports U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill asked for the opinion last week as part of one of many lawsuits against insurance companies for failing to cover the damage. An estimated 30,000 or more homes and condominiums in eastern and central Connecticut could have failing foundations because of a mineral that causes concrete to crack and crumble. Insurers say policies would only cover fixing foundations if homes collapse. Lawyers for homeowners argue that a 1987 state Supreme Court ruling said “collapse” also can mean impairment in structural integrity.
PUERTO RICO-CONNECTICUT COOPERATION
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate wants to allow school districts to share resources to help students who’ve fled Puerto Rico because of hurricane damage. Lawmakers have agreed to place the bill on their consent calendar, which is expected to be approved Friday night. The bill allows two local and regional districts to enter into a memorandum of understanding, allowing them to work together on ways to accommodate the students.
UCONN DOCTOR KILLED
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has removed prosecutors from the case of a University of Connecticut scientist charged with killing her professor husband. The Hartford Courant reports that New Britain Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander on Friday removed the New Britain State’s Attorney’s office from the case against Linda Kosuda-Bigazzi. Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane has asked the Litchfield State’s Attorney’s office to assume the case. The move came after prosecutors mistakenly viewed case documents potentially protected by attorney-client privilege. The newspaper reported the documents had been seized by state police. Kosuda Bigazzi is accused of killing 84-year-old Pierluigi Bigazzi, a professor of laboratory science and pathology at UConn Health. Prosecutors allege she left his body wrapped in plastic in their home for months while she continued to collect his salary. She claims self-defense.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he will sign legislation into law that prohibits employers from asking applicants about their salary history. The Democrat says the bill, which cleared the Senate on a 35-1 vote Friday night, echoes the intent of legislation he proposed earlier this year to help combat pay discrimination. Malloy says the pay inequity many Connecticut women experience, especially racial minorities, is perpetuated by the practice of “asking for salary history during the hiring process” and affects women throughout their careers. The bill, which previously passed the House of Representatives, has been dubbed the “pay equity” bill this session. Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney of New Haven says Connecticut women earn 83 cents to every dollar their male counterparts earn, creating an annual $11,000 wage gap.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Navy has signed a lease to add solar panels to land it owns near a naval station in Rhode Island. Naval Station Newport says the Navy and Solar Breakers, LLC signed a 37-year lease to complete a large off-base solar photovoltaic facility and a combined heat and power plant at the station. The planned 21-megawatt solar park is scheduled to begin operating in the summer of 2019. It will be located on 75 acres of Navy-owned land north of the main installation, bordering the towns of Middletown and Portsmouth. Solar Breakers will build, own, operate and maintain it. In exchange for providing the land, the Navy will receive the combined heat and power plant. The station says that reliable energy is critical to its mission.
RHODE ISLAND GROUP SPLITS WITH WOMEN’S MARCH
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island chapter of the Women’s March says it separated from the national organization because one of its leaders refuses to denounce anti-Semitic statements made by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Rhode Island organizer Shanna Wells tells the Providence Journal the group split from the Women’s March because the organization continues to work with co-president Tamika Mallory. Mallory attended a Nation of Islam event in February where Farrakhan called “powerful Jews” his enemy during a speech. Farrakhan also complimented Mallory during the event. The Women’s March denounced Farrakhan’s comments about Jewish people in a statement earlier this year. The Rhode Island group says it will continue to advocate for marginalized people. Mallory could not be reached for comment Thursday.