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    Now that you can easily skip through traditional television commercials, advertisers are finding creative new ways to get their brands on your radar, the NBC Los Angeles I-team reported.

    A recent survey found that 76 percent of people use their digital video recorder ("DVR") and/or ad blocking software to avoid commercials on television and online. A total of 68 percent of those surveyed admit to remembering fewer than five advertisements that they've seen in the past week.

    With billions of ad dollars at stake, marketers are turning to less obvious strategies to get consumers to buy.

    One technique that's proven effective is "product placement," where a company pays to have its product appear in the background of a TV show. Nielsen identified 4,538 instances of product placement during the 2015-2016 television season.



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    Can you spot the newest advertising tricks? NBC4 I-Team's Jenna Susko investigates Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.Can you spot the newest advertising tricks? NBC4 I-Team's Jenna Susko investigates Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.

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    An airplane with two people onboard crashed in a swampy area in East Haven on approach to Tweed New Haven Airport in East Haven this morning and one person is being transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, according to East Haven police and hospital officials.

    The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane is a Piper PA 38, which crashed while approaching the end of Runway 2 at Tweed around 10 a.m.

    Police said the plane was found north of Roses Farm Road, off of airport property. 

    Officials from Yale-New Haven Hospital referred to the plane as a "training plane."

    WITNESS REPORTS:

    One caller reported seeing the incident from his backyard, according to the fire department.

    Laura D’Agostino and her husband live on Roses Farm Road also witnessed the small plane go down.

    “The plane basically took a nosedive,” D’Agostino told NBC Connecticut.

    “We didn’t hear anything - there was no crash, there was no smoke,” she said. 

    D’Agostino said their property backs up to marshland that’s part of the Tweed Airport property.

    When they saw the plane go down, her husband immediately rushed out to help.

    She said he struggled to get through and find the plane because of the swampy terrain and first responders had the same issue.

    The last airplane crash in East Haven was in 2013 when a 10-seat plane crashed into two houses.

    Check back for updates.



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    Emergency vehicles line Roses Farm Road in East Haven after a small plane crashed near the runway at Tweed New-Haven Airport.Emergency vehicles line Roses Farm Road in East Haven after a small plane crashed near the runway at Tweed New-Haven Airport.

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    Grey Gardens, an East Hampton mansion famously owned by the relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy, is on the market for a whopping $19.995 million. The home has been featured in an HBO documentary film and a Broadway play.

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    The exterior of the Grey Gardens home in East Hampton, New York.The exterior of the Grey Gardens home in East Hampton, New York.

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    The Michigan doctor accused of molesting dozens of former patients was hit Wednesday with 36 new sex-abuse charges — the latest development in a scandal that has rocked the Olympic gymnastics world and one of America's biggest universities.

    Charges of criminal sexual conduct in the first and third degree linked to nine victims, two of them under age 13 when they were allegedly abused, were filed against Dr. Larry Nassar in two counties, NBC News reported.

    His attorneys declined to comment.

    Nassar, 53, has denied wrongdoing.



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    Larry NassarLarry Nassar

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    Rising floodwaters sent at least 14,000 residents fleeing inundated homes in San Jose, California, and forced the shutdown of a major freeway Wednesday.

    Officials say U.S. 101 is closed in both directions south of San Francisco early Wednesday because of water across lanes. There is no estimate when the key commuter artery into Silicon Valley will reopen.

    San Jose has declared a local emergency after record flooding from the Coyote Creek submerged a neighborhood. City officials expanded mandatory evacuations approximately 250 feet beyond the Coyote Creek's 100-year flood zone, running from north of Interstate 280 to south of U.S. 101. 

    Floodwaters engulfed whole city blocks and submerged parked cars, as firefighters in inflatable boats ferried stranded residents to dry ground.

    About 480 homes were ordered evacuated in low-lying Rock Springs and police officers went door-to-door advising residents at three mobile home parks near the Coyote Creek to seek higher ground, city spokesman David Vossbrink said.

    "They said we had 10 minutes to pack the things we wanted to bring," said 10-year-old Jaycey Manuel, who threw some clothes into a backpack and rode with neighbors to higher ground.

    The city set up evacuation centers in the Mayfair Community Center located at 2039 Kammerer Ave. and in the Shirakawa Community Center at 2072 Lucretia Ave.

    Overnight, flood victims gathered at James Lick High School at 57 N. White Rd and Evergreen Valley High School at 3300 Quimby Rd.

    At least 225 residents were taken Tuesday to dry land and rinsed with soap and water to prevent them from being sickened by floodwaters that had traveled through engine fuel, garbage, debris and sewer lines. No major injuries were reported.

    Although the persistant downpours began to taper off, flood warnings were in place through Saturday because waterways were overwhelmed.

    Meanwhile several other communities downstream from a Northern California reservoir gushing water for the first time in 20 years braced for flash floods and evacuations. The surge released from Don Pedro Dam into the Tuolumne River in the foothills east of Modesto was expected to reach overtopped levees late Wednesday.

    San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services spokesman Tim Daly said the water released from Don Pedro is expected to reach its peak along a stretch near Vernalis that's already at dangerous levels. He added that the water isn't expected to spill over the levees but will likely increase pressure on them, causing possible breaks in any weak places.

    San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo visited the flood zones Tuesday. According to Liccardo, an estimated 500 households, which include roughly 60 multi-unit apartment complexes, were impacted by the rising water.

    "We've got all hands on deck right now," Liccardo said. "Everybody in this city is working hard to do whatever we can to safeguard our residents."

    Earlier Tuesday, five homeless people were rescued from the nearby Los Lagos Golf Course after swift-moving water surrounded their encampments.

    "We knew we would have flooding in San Jose. We did not know how bad it was," San Jose Fire Captain Mitch Matlow said. Matlow also said it was the worst flooding he has seen during his 35 years working in Santa Clara County.

    The area is getting a brief break from the rain, but a flood warning for central Santa Clara County will remain in effect until further notice.

    The Anderson Dam in Santa Clara County reached capacity over the weekend, and after heavy rain, it began overflowing into the Coyote Creek for the first time in 11 years.

    City officials said they have been warning residents along Coyote Creek to prepare for potential evacuations for a few days as a result of the rushing water flowing from Anderson Reservoir, according to city spokesman David Vossbrink.

    "The water district is telling us that they're not seen this level of flows coming down the Anderson spillway in their experience so that really does create a situation that is new for everybody," he said.

    Aside from the deluge of recent rain that caused water levels along the creek to rise, Liccardo added that some sort of breach in the creek made matters even worse.

    "We're still trying to nail that down now, but clearly there is a source in the creek where there is a significantly large amount of water that is rushing in," he said. "This is more than the typical inundation."

    Regardless, Liccardo suggested that something still went wrong with planning for this major event.

    "As I sit here today and look at a neighborhood that is completely inundated with water where we have fire crews doing whatever they can to get people out, there's no question in my mind there was a failure of some kind," he said. "We'll have plenty of time for 'Monday morning quarterbacking' in the days ahead. Right now, we've got to do whatever we can to get people out."

     

    NBC News contributed to this report.



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    Rescue crews take out residents from a flooded neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats carrying dozens of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Rescue crews take out residents from a flooded neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats carrying dozens of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    The Trump administration could overturn Obama-era guidance protecting transgender students as early as Wednesday, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

    At Wednesday's daily press briefing, Spicer responded to a reporter's question about whether rumors of the policy change were true.

    "I would expect further guidance to come out on that today," said Spicer, adding that "The President, as I said yesterday, is a firm believer in states rights."

    NBC News has obtained a draft copy of an alleged "Dear Colleague" letter, dated February 2017, that rescinds policy guidance sent to schools last May regarding "access to sex-segregated facilities based on gender identity rather than biological sex."



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    Unisex signs hang outside bathrooms at Toast Paninoteca on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.Unisex signs hang outside bathrooms at Toast Paninoteca on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.

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    The Anti-Defamation League's national headquarters in New York received a bomb threat Wednesday, and the group says it is working with authorities to determine if it is connected to the rash of threats targeting Jewish community centers across the country in recent months. 

    The bomb threat to the Third Avenue office was anonymous, according to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. Greenblatt said while there is nothing to indicate the threat is anything more than that, the group is taking it "very seriously." 

    The specific nature of the threat wasn't immediately clear. Police say they got a call about it shortly before noon. An investigation found it not credible.

    "It's a frightening moment and it reminds us that the haters and the bigots, they hide in the shadows like cowards and they seek to terrorize us because of our faith," Greenblatt said on MSNBC Wednesday. "We will not be deterred and we will not be daunted."

    The threat comes two days after 10 Jewish community centers across the country were evacuated in response to bomb threats. In January, another round of bomb threats targeted 53 Jewish community centers across 26 U.S. states and one Canadian province over a period of three days.

    The FBI is involved in the investigation, and the ADL has called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch a coordinated multi-agency probe. 

    In the wake of the threat to the ADL, Gov. Cuomo called the pattern a "national crisis" and directed the New York State Police to coordinate with federal and local law enforcement in the investigation.  

    "We are treating these incidents for what they are -- as crimes -- and we will not allow them to go unpunished," Cuomo said in a statement. "Make no mistake, we will find these perpetrators and hold them fully accountable." 

    President Donald Trump addressed the series of JCC bomb threats for the first time Tuesday, calling them "horrible and painful." The remarks came amid mounting criticism about his silence. Earlier Tuesday, Hillary Clinton called the series of threats and attacks against Jews and Jewish groups "so troubling" in a tweet that urged Trump to speak out against them.

    Trump added that the threats were a "very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil."



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    Just short of runway two at Tweed-New Haven Airport, Connecticut's worst aviation disaster occurred on June 7, 1971. Allegheny Airlines Flight 485 crashed into a row of East Haven beach cottages on final approach to Tweed, killing 28 people in a horrifying fireball.

    Wednesday morning's plane crash was only a few hundred feet north of where Allegheny Airlines Flight 485 crashed. However, this most recent crash was likely not related to weather.

    Visibility at 10 a.m. today was more than 10 miles, wind was light out of the southwest and the ceiling, or cloud base, was 7,500 feet above the ground.

    The Allegheny disaster in East Haven more than 40 years ago was blamed on pilot error but weather played a large role in the accident. Fog and very low cloud ceilings obstructed visibility across the Connecticut shoreline on the morning of June 7, 1971, according to the National Transportation Safety Board report.

     

    The conversation recorded by a cockpit voice recorder between Captain David Eastridge and First Officer James Walker indicated the extremely limited visibility on final approach for the flight that had left Trumbull Airport in Groton on its way to Tweed-New Haven Airport, just before impact. 

     

    Three people survived the crash, but 28 passengers and crew members died.

    According to the NTSB report, the deaths were due to asphyixiation or burns after the initial impact. The report concluded the probable cause of the accident was, "the captain's intentional descent below the prescribed minimum descent under adverse weather conditions, without adequate forward visibility or the crew's sighting of the runway environment."



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    Fire following Allegheny Flight 485 crash in East Haven on approach to Tweed-New Haven Airport. The crash killed 28 passengers and crew members.Fire following Allegheny Flight 485 crash in East Haven on approach to Tweed-New Haven Airport. The crash killed 28 passengers and crew members.

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    About two million Calphalon knives are being recalled after 27 reports of finger or hand lacerations, including four that require stitches.

    Lacerations have been caused by the blade breaking during use. Calphalon has also received about 3,150 reports of broken knives.

    The recalled knives were sold individually and in sets at J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and other stores nationwide, and online at Amazon, between September 2008 and December 2016. The knives retailed in the range of $25 for a single knife to $300 for a knife block set.

    Consumers can see the full list of recalled knives on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. In the meantime, owners of the defective knives should not use them and can contact Calphalon for replacement products.

    Customers can contact Calphalon at 800-809-7267 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or online at Calphalon’s website.



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    (Left) Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery Self-Sharpen 16-Piece Block Set (Right) Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery 5-inch Santoku Knife(Left) Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery Self-Sharpen 16-Piece Block Set (Right) Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery 5-inch Santoku Knife

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    New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and NFL players Mike and Maurkice Pouncey are among the names included on the defense team's witness list in Aaron Hernandez's upcoming double-murder trial.

    Also included on the nearly 300-person witness list are numerous forensic experts, law enforcement officials, private investigators, doctors, nurses and even some associates of Hernandez.

    The former Patriots tight end already is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

    Hernandez is being tried in the slayings of two other men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, both of them fatally shot in 2012 after they left a Boston nightclub.

    Prosecutors allege that Hernandez was the gunman and went after the pair after one of the men spilled a drink on him at the club.


    Clockwise, from bottom left, Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick could be called as witnesses in the double-murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.Clockwise, from bottom left, Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick could be called as witnesses in the double-murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

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    Armed guards have begun 24-hour security around the Malaysian morgue where North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother Kim Jong Nam's body is being kept after an alleged break-in attempt, officials said Wednesday.

    Since Kim Jong Nam's death on Feb. 13, no claims have been made to the body, but police have asked for DNA samples from a relative to ensure that it is in fact Kim Jong Nam.

    Dental records and finger prints are currently being used to identify the corpse, the hospital carrying out the post-mortem examination confirmed to NBC News.

    Malaysian officials said they do not believe the North Koreans were behind the forced entering — a suspect has been identified but they didn't release any information about the person.

    It's also not clear what Malaysian officials classify as a "break-in."



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    In this May 4, 2001, file photo, a man believed to be Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, looks at a battery of photographers as he exits a police van to board a plane to Beijing at Narita international airport in Narita, northeast of Tokyo. Kim was assassinated at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, telling medical workers before he died that he had been attacked with a chemical spray a Malaysian official said Tuesday.In this May 4, 2001, file photo, a man believed to be Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, looks at a battery of photographers as he exits a police van to board a plane to Beijing at Narita international airport in Narita, northeast of Tokyo. Kim was assassinated at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, telling medical workers before he died that he had been attacked with a chemical spray a Malaysian official said Tuesday.

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    A Stratford student was named the winner of this year's Connecticut "Doodle 4 Google" competition.

    Sarah Harrison, a tenth grader at Bunnell High School, learned she had won for the state when she was was greeted by Google ambassadors on Wednesday. 

    "Sarah's work specifically stood out and we were encouraged to see her represent values like inclusion and tolerance in her art," William Floyd, head of external affairs for Google, said. 

    This year's competition was aimed at students to think about their future, according to Floyd. The prompt was, "What I see for the future..."

    "My future is a world where we can all learn to love each other despite our religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality. I dream of a future where everyone is safe and accepted wherever they go, whoever they are," Harrison said about her illustration.

    Panel judges, including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and singer Sia, selected the winners from more than 4,200 submitted entries for each state or territory. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade are eligible to submit their artwork to "Doodle 4 Google" competition. 

    As a winner, Harrison will be awarded an Android tablet, along with a chance to win a $30,000 scholarship and $50,000 Google for Education grant. 



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    Crews are on the scene for an evacuation at the St. Raphael morgue in New Haven due to a haz-mat situation. 

    The city's fire department said it is on the scene after five liters of formaldehyde spilled at the Yale-New Haven Hospital's St. Raphael Campus on 1450 Chapel Street.

    People in the area by the morgue have been evacuated.

    There is no information on any none injuries.

    No other details were immediately available. 



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    NBC Connecticut Meteorologists are forecasting warm air to move into the state which could even break a record or two.

    We're forecasting a high temperature of 64 degrees for inland Connecticut. The inland high temperature record for tomorrow is 68 degrees which was set back in 1990.

    Records for inland Connecticut are kept at Bradley International Airport, weather statistics have been recorded in the Hartord area since 1905.  

    Morning and early afternoon fog will keep temperatures a bit cooler along the shoreline. We're forecasting highs in the low 50s tomorrow along the shoreline. Areas that don't experience as much fog will see temperatures rise into the upper 50s.

    The high temperature record for the shoreline is 60 degrees which was set in 2012. Records for the shoreline are recorded at Sikorsky Memorial Airport.

    Here's a look at our high temperature forecast for tomorrow.

    The warm weather continues into Friday and Saturday prior to a cold front moving through the state Saturday night.

    Here's a look at the 'Exclusive 10 Day Forecast' for inland Connecticut which shows a prolonged period of mild weather:

    Here's a look at the 'Exclusive 10 Day Forecast' for the shoreline:


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    Jurors have found a Middletown father guilty of murder in the death of his 7-month-old son, who prosecutors said he threw off the Arrigoni Bridge in 2015.

    Tony Moreno, 23, maintained through the trial that he never intended to kill his son and that the child slipped from his arms and into the Connecticut River 90 feet below. Prosecutors disputed that story.

    On the stand during the trial, Moreno held a baby doll in his arms that he said represented his son, Aaden, and he spoke about what happened on the night of Sunday, July 5, 2015.

    Two days passed before a canoeist found Aaden's body in the water, near the East Haddam Swing Bridge.

    Moreno claimed that his intention was to take his own life on the bridge, not his child’s, and that Aaden slipped from his hands into the water.

    Moreno jumped from the bridge, but survived after emergency crews received a call from Aaden’s mother, who that Moreno was suicidal, and responded to the scene.

    Prosecutors pointed to text messages between Moreno and Aaden’s mother, from whom he was separated, to prove that Moreno went to the bridge with the intent of killing himself and their baby, including "You tried to keep him away from me and you failed. I didn't" and "he's dead," as well as "And soon you will be too."

    "Clearly it was a murder case," said State's Attorney Peter McShane. "Tony Moreno was on the bridge that night and he had the intent to commit murder and that's just what he did."

    Defense attorney Norman Pattis told the jury Moreno made a mistake.

    "On July 5, 2015, he was torn asunder by a love lost, confused about a man-child he was unprepared to raise," Pattis said.

    Prosecutors and defense presented evidence for five days and the jury began deliberating around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. Shortly before noon Wednesday the jury had the verdict.

    Aaden's mother and family were in the front row of the courtroom as the verdict was read.

    "This is the first time since she (Aaden's mother) received that text at 11:45 that said 'he's dead' that she's been able to breathe," said McShane. " She feels like a huge weight has been lifted off her and as a result she can now, at this point, go on with her life."

    Moreno was also found guilty of risk of injury to a minor. His sentencing is scheduled for May 18. He faces up to 70 years in prison

    Pattis said they were disappointed with the verdict and plan to appeal.



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    Tony Moreno, left, has been charged in the murder of his 7-month-old son, Aaden.Tony Moreno, left, has been charged in the murder of his 7-month-old son, Aaden.

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    As the president continues to attack the media, FactCheck.org and a Quinnipiac University poll shows where the peoples' trust lies. 

    “People - I mean, you have a lower approval rating than Congress. I think that's right. I don't know," President Donald Trump said at a news conference after he was questioned by reporters. 

    But, FactCheck.org's Rob Farley said this isn't right.

    Farley notes that recent polls show trust ratings for the media are extremely low,"…the lowest they've been since Gallup starting keeping them in 1972, it's at 32 percent. However, this figure is higher than the approval ratings for Congress, which most recently were at 19 percent."

    The president would have been correct to say that trust in the media is lower than approval of himself; the most recent Gallup poll show's Trump's approval rating at 41 percent, according to FactCheck.org.

    On Wednesday, Quinnipiac University also reported Trump's worst net score since he took office in January: a negative 38-55 percent job approval rating. 

    "This is a terrible survey one month in," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "He gets slammed on honesty, empathy, level-headedness and the ability to unite. And two of his strong points, leadership and intelligence, are sinking to new lows."

    A total of 38 percent of voters think they can trust Trump to do what is right, "almost all of the time" or "most of the time," and 61 percent think they can trust Trump to do what is right "some of the time" or "hardly ever," the Quinnipiac poll revealed.

    According to the university report, 50-45 percent of voters disapprove on the way the media covers Trump, while 61-35 percent disapprove of the way Trump talks about the media.

    However, 90 percent of American voters say itis "very important" or "somewhat important" "that the news media hold public officials accountable." Plus, voters trust the media more than Trump 52 - 37 percent "to tell you the truth about important issues."



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    Ninety-two employees are looking for new jobs after a manufacturing company is closing down its Old Saybrook location. 

    Fortune Plastics, a trash can liner and bag manufacturer, has been a staple in the Old Saybrook community. But its parent company, Novolex, said on April 23 it’s shutting the location down.

    Mark Daniels, a senior vice president for sustainability & environmental policy at Novolex told NBC Connecticut in an email that it was a difficult decision, but they’re consolidating facilities. He writes, in part:

    “In this case, we have existing floor space, capacity at several other (U.S.) locations that make the similar products. Consolidating production is a very hard decision, but it’s about doing what makes sense to stay competitive and protect as many USA jobs as we can.”

    In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification submitted to the Connecticut Department of Labor, Novolex breaks down the positions affected, including a plant manager, 39 bag machine operators, and 18 extrusion operators.

    Several of Fortune Plastics’ 92 employees live, shop and dine in Old Saybrook. Which now has area businesses concerned the shutdown could hurt their businesses, too.

    “Customers that come after work once a week to get flowers for their wives and girlfriends. And now it’s like, oh shoot, I’m losing customers of mine,” said Marlee Santoro, who owns MAR. Floral and Botanicals on Main Street.

    Santoro said the loss is hard, considering recent economic trends statewide.

    “It’s hard to hear that another business that’s employing many local residents is leaving,” she said.

    “I hope that they’ll still shop here even (if it’s) not for the company that they used to work for,” said Emma Loso of Saybrook Hardware.

    Loso said Fortune Plastics employees would pick up materials on behalf of the company. Which makes the loss tough, especially since she knows people involved.

    Paul Kozey of Walt’s Market remembers the hit the town took when R.R. Donnelley closed its Old Saybrook printing plant in the early 2000s.

    “You know the economy and the way things have been rolling, we have to fight to keep every business rolling,” Kozey said.

    Daniels said Novolex is offering employees positions at other locations nationwide. The company will also help them find other employment in tandem with local government and employment agencies, and the Connecticut Department of Labor.



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    If Connecticut is going to raise the minimum wage for the second time in four years, then the effort would have to start in the House.

    Two proposals to raise the minimum wage were proposed in a committee, but only the House version, sponsored by Democrats, achieved enough votes to go to the House Floor. The Senate version was successfully blocked by Republicans.

    "I voted for the minimum wage a few years back because it made sense and it could be absorbed in the economy without much of a bump,” said Sen. Len Fasano, the Republican President Pro Tem of the Senate. “This can't be absorbed, not at this time.”

    Connecticut’s minimum wage officially reached $10.10 in January, after it was approved to go up in stages in March, 2014.

    Now, other states have raised the minimum wage in similar ways, and California, Washington D.C. and New York have approved plans for their wages to reach $15 per hour within the next several years.

    Sen. Bob Duff the Majority Leader in the Senate, said he would be willing to attempt to force a vote on the issue to get the bill to Gov. Dannel Malloy’s desk, so long as they have a passed version from the Connecticut House of Representatives.

    "Whatever fight we have to do, I think it's worth the fight to make sure that we are standing up for the families all across the state of Connecticut. We're not siding with the lobbyists here in the state capitol," Sen. Duff said.

    Beatrice Drayton is a home health worker who earns $13 an hour. She’s worked with one client for the past six years.

    "We can't do without each other. You know, I'm there to give her her meals, take her to her errands, appointments, things like that. Without me, she don't have no way of getting around."

    Drayton said just a couple of extra dollars could change her financial situation for the better.

    "That $15 would be very crucial because I can pay my medical bills, Obamacare, I'm one of them out of $20 million people. I can pay that $146 a month without sacrificing something else."

    Fasano said the state needs to rebuild its economy, rather than just raise the minimum wage again.

    “Competition and a healthy economy will get us where we want to go, instead of arbitrarily setting a line and saying everyone's happy, here we go."



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    After a series of crashes with disabled vehicles, including Connecticut State Police Cruisers on the side of the road, there’s a new effort in the Connecticut Capitol to expand and strengthen penalties for moving over on major roads. 

    The proposals range from extending protections to volunteer first responders, increasing penalties like fines, and expanding the existing statute to stranded drivers on the side of the road.

    “People really need to start using some common sense,” said Rep. Tony Guerrera, the Chairman of the Transportation Committee. “It’s almost like we need a new educational piece to get the word out.”

    Currently, all drivers have to move over and slow down for construction workers and emergency responders assisting motorists on the side of the road.

    Rep. Kevin Ryan has proposed extending those protections to stranded drivers who haven’t yet been responded to by police or other emergency personnel.

    He recognizes it would be a major adjustment, and even difficult to enforce on some of the state’s older, more narrow highways.

    “I know it’s sort of a difficult thing for us to do in this state with some of our two lane highways but that’s probably even more of a reason for the law because of some of these areas that are very narrow and you don’t want people to get hurt when they’re on the side of the road,” Rep. Ryan said.

    Rep. Ryan said he would open to some kind of compromise, perhaps limiting the new law to major highways where it could be enforced.

    “I think it’s something we could look at for some of the major highways that are two or three lanes like 84, where it might not be an issue to pull over safely and be able to do that and still leave the people on the right hand side of the road in a safe position.”



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    There is a heavy backup in Fairfield.There is a heavy backup in Fairfield.

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    Wethersfield Police said they are investigating an incident involving two off-duty state troopers.

    Two troopers, from Troop C-Tolland and Troop K-Colchester, have been reassigned to non-police duties as the investigation continues. 

    The matter had been referred to the Connecticut State Police Professional Standards for review.

    The details of the incident have not been released. 



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