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WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE

MALLOY STILL PITCHING MINI-BUDGET

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is making a last-ditch effort to persuade leaders of the Connecticut House of Representatives to pass the three-month mini budget he crafted before the fiscal year ends Friday. In a letter sent Wednesday to Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz and House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, the Democrat stressed it’s not in the best interest of constituents or Connecticut’s economy to operate state government without an approved budget. Malloy says his mini budget will preserve funding for things like youth summer jobs and rental assistance programs. While the top Democrat in the Senate says he supports voting on the mini budget, Aresimowicz said Tuesday his members do not want to vote on a temporary fix, saying it only “kicks the can down the road.”

HARBOR PANEL TO CONSIDER CITY PURCHASE OF SCRAPYARD

Tucker Braddock

Tucker Braddock

A proposal from one Norwich alderman to have the city purchase the now-closed Shetucket Iron and Metal scrapyard is being considered by the local Harbor Management Commission.  Tucker Braddock, who’s also running for mayor, says it’s a prime opportunity for the city to make the riverfront property a municipal park and fishing area. The Commission says it’ll research the terms of the July 29th auction, when the site is put up for bid. They hope to present the City Council with the idea at its July 17th meeting. Opponents of the idea say the New Wharf Road location isn’t suitable for a recreation area, noting there’s an active freight rail line running through it.

POSTAL WORKER PRAISED BY NORWICH POLICE

Norwich police are crediting a U-S Postal worker for help in arresting a burglary suspect. Police say the worker noticed a suspicious male outside a Washington Street residence shortly after noon on Wednesday, carrying a television set. The postal employee notified a police officer in the vicinity. Police discovered the front door to the home open, the TV missing, and the suspect leaving the scene. Police later caught up with 32-year old Dwayne Sutton of Norwich, who was allegedly wearing jewelry stolen from the residence. He faces burglary and larceny charges, and is due in court July 6th.

SPICER IS FUND-RAISER GUEST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Republican Party is holding a fundraiser to honor White House press secretary Sean Spicer. It’s scheduled for Sunday. Spicer grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island. Tickets for the event cost a minimum $250. Tickets to a private VIP reception before the event cost $1,000. The party has not publicly released the location of the event, and says it will only be disclosed to attendees.

CANADIAN P.M. MAY BE IN RI

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she expects Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet with the nation’s governors at a summer summit in Rhode Island, but his office couldn’t confirm his attendance. The Democratic governor is hosting the three-day Providence summit of the National Governors Association. It begins July 13. Raimondo said Wednesday that “Justin Trudeau is coming.” Reporters expressed surprise and Raimondo said, “maybe I just made news.” Trudeau’s office told The Associated Press the prime minister has been invited to the gathering of the bipartisan governors’ group, but it couldn’t yet confirm if he will attend. Tech billionaire Elon Musk is planning to go. Raimondo plans to ask governors in attendance to support the global Paris climate accord. President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the pact.

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE

MALLOY SIGNS CASINO BILL 

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed legislation authorizing a new tribal casino in East Windsor, saying “it’s about jobs for the residents of Connecticut.” The Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes say the proposed facility will help them compete with the MGM Resorts Casino being built in Springfield, Massachusetts. They still need various federal and local authorizations, but hope to begin construction by the end of the year.

HOSPITAL SITE UPDATE

Norwich State Hospital plansA public hearing is held on proposed zoning regulation changes to the Thames River Design District, which includes the former State Hospital property in Preston. The town’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved the changes following the hearing last night. Preston Redevelopment Agency Chairman Sean Nugent was pleased and says cleanup of the site may begin in a couple of weeks.  The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority has has proposed a $200 to $400 million development for the site.

BUDGET TALKS STALL

It appears more likely Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will run Connecticut government using his limited executive authority. With no deal in sight for a new two-year budget, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz is not calling lawmakers back to vote on a mini budget. He says  the plan “kicks the can down the road.” Malloy warns he’ll have to make drastic cuts.

DMV GLITCH

A Connecticut woman has had her car towed twice due to a glitch in the Department of Motor Vehicles website. Peggy Levesque tells WFSB-TV the first time her car was towed, the website showed her registration as “canceled or void.” Six months later, her car was towed again after the website showed her car as unregistered. The DMV says the error should not happen again.

TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE

NPU BOARD SEEKS LEGAL HELP

Norwich’s Board of Public Utilities Commissioners decides it needs to hire legal counsel before making any final determinations regarding recommended penalties against two city utility officials. The panel says it plans on completing its review by September. The resolution was approved unanimously Tuesday night after a 45-minute executive session. NPU General Manager John Bilda and Division Manager Steve Sinko have been told by the city’s ethics commission they should fully reimburse the city for their participation in an all-expense paid trip last year to the Kentucky Derby. It also recommends more specific guidelines as to NPU-related business travel. Bilda outlined some changes already in place, but says getting the Utilities panel’s pre-approval on all trips just isn’t possible, since some happen on short notice. Public comment at the meeting urged the utility commissioners to accept the ethics panel’s recommendations so that NPU’s reputation isn’t ruined any further.

GOVERNOR AUTHORIZES EAST WINDSOR CASINO

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed legislation authorizing a new tribal casino in East Windsor, saying “it’s about jobs for the residents of Connecticut.” The Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes say the proposed facility will help them compete with the MGM Resorts Casino being built in Springfield, Massachusetts. They still need various federal and local authorizations, but hope to begin construction by the end of the year.

NO BUDGET DEAL IN SIGHT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It appears more likely Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will run Connecticut government using his limited executive authority. With no deal in sight for a new two-year budget, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz is not calling lawmakers back to vote on a mini budget. He says “kicks the can down the road.” Malloy warns he’ll have to make drastic cuts.

GOP HEALTH BILL COULD COST CT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The governor’s budget office estimates the stalled GOP health care bill could cost Connecticut $2.9 billion annually by 2026. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that a vote on the legislation would be delayed until after the July 4 weekend. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he hopes the delay will become permanent, noting how tens of thousands of Connecticut residents could be adversely impacted.

COLUMBIA RESIDENTS – DON’T SCARE THE EAGLES

COLUMBIA, Conn. (AP) — July 4th traditions in one Connecticut town are clashing with an effort to protect an iconic symbol of the nation. Authorities in Columbia are asking residents to forgo shooting off fireworks for the sake of a family of bald eagles. Last summer, a pair of eagles became the first to call Columbia Lake home since the species returned to the state in 1992. This spring, an eaglet appeared. Officials say the noise of fireworks could be enough to scare the eaglet out of the nest before it is ready.

NEXT BUDGET STOP: RI STATE SENATE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A $9.2 billion budget plan for Rhode Island’s upcoming fiscal year is moving to a vote in the state Senate after being approved last week by the state House of Representatives. The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-1 to approve the budget plan Tuesday, sending it to a full Senate vote scheduled for Thursday. The proposal includes tax relief for car owners and a pilot program for tuition-free community college.

DOWN TO THE WIRE FOR PASSING BILLS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island state lawmakers are working to pass dozens of bills in the final days before they adjourn for the year. One bill would protect farmers who want to host weddings and concerts. There are also union-backed measures to extend public employee labor contract agreements after they’ve expired, and to allow firefighters and police officers to get disability pensions if they have an illness.