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    Women across the country are using creative methods to get their message on reproductive rights to their local and state legislative bodies by channeling the characters from the dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale," NBC News reported.

    Groups of women gather in legislative rooms and hold discussions dressed in long red robes and white bonnets, just like the characters in the Margaret Atwood novel and current Hulu series.

    "The Handmaid’s Tale is based on what actually has happened to women throughout history, where women have been essentially narrowed down to their reproductive abilities," said Stephanie Craddock Sherwood, executive director of the Ohio abortion fund Women Have Options (WHO).



    Photo Credit: AP

    In this file photo, activists dressed as characters from In this file photo, activists dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" gather in the Texas Capitol Rotunda as they protest SB8, a bill that would require health care facilities, including hospitals and abortion clinics, to bury or cremate any fetal remains whether from abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth, and they would be banned from donating aborted fetal tissue to medical researchers, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Austin.

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    Jurors acquitted former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown of first degree reckless homicide on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Heaggan-Brown shot and killed Sylville Smith after a traffic stop and a short pursuit. Smith was carrying a gun when Heaggan-Brown opened fire. Smith's family plans to sue Heaggan-Brown and the city of Milwaukee.


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    A man invited to a Shelton day care for a Father's Day event allegedly picked up one of the children, yelled at them and pinned them to the ground.

    Shelton police arrested 33-year-old Lance Churchill, of Derby, on June 16 following the incident at the Apple Tree Day Care at 117 Long Hill Cross Roads. 

    The day care invited dads of the children for a Father's Day event on Friday. The children made cards and gave them to their respective fathers, including Churchill's son.

    One of the children, a 5-year-old boy, playfully took Churchill's card and ran around the room with it, according to police.  

    Churchill, who is 6'4" and 270 pounds, chased the child and picked him up over his head before pinning him to the ground and screaming at him in front of other children, Shelton Police said. 

    A day care worker ripped the child away from Churchill and called police. 

    Responding officers said Churchill wanted the 5-year-old boy arrested. 

    Churchill was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor and disorderly conduct and his bond was set at $1,500.



    Photo Credit: Shelton Police

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    A family is suing the City of New Haven and the New Haven Board of Education for negligence after a drama teacher was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a student.

    According to documents, the family alleges that the City of New Haven and/or the New Haven Board of Education was negligent after a minor allegedly became involved in inappropriate sexual relationship with a teacher. 

    Jennifer Frechette, 44, a Wilbur Cross High School drama teacher, is accused of sexually assaulting a student, according to court documents. Frechette faces sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor charges.

    District administrators and security staff responded to allegations of inappropriate conduct with Frechette and a student on Jan. 5, according to the school.

    According to the arrest warrant, the investigation began when school security officers found the student and Frechette together in a dressing room used for school plays. Security officers also found battery-operated tea light candles, a mat that was set up with a quilt and pillows, and unused condoms in the room.

    The security officers said that Frechette kept saying “I don’t know what I was thinking,” and asked if they would let her go.

    The warrant said Frechette denied to officers anything inappropriate happened between her and the student and said she was discussing the school play with him. But in February, the school nurse said the victim requested a test for sexually transmitted diseases and he admitted Frechette performed a sex act on him. The nurse notified police.

    Police also found inappropriate text message conversations with Frechette on the victim's cell phone.

    The student's parents were notified and Frechette was immediately placed on paid leave pending the results of a police investigation.

    A letter sent out by the school district informed other parents of the allegations.

    "A breach of that responsibility by any staff member is cause for concern. The arrest of a New Haven teacher on allegations of sexual assault and risk of injury is deeply troubling," the letter reads.

    In a statement to NBC Connecticut Interim Superintendent Dr. Reginald Mayo said, “My heart goes out to the victim in this case and we will continue to offer any and all support that we can.”



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut/New Haven Police Department

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    Uncertainty is the main word being used in city and town offices across Connecticut as the state is expected to go without a budget when the fiscal year ends on June 30.

    The anxiousness is directly linked to how much cities and towns will assess their residents for car taxes to start the fiscal year. Car tax bills are normally sent out for July payments, but with the state’s cap on car tax mill rates in limbo, Newington, Manchester and Torrington have already told their residents the municipalities are going to wait to send them until the state has a budget.

    "Not knowing what that mill rate is going to be at the end of the session or the budget deliberations poses a great problem for the City of Torrington," said Torrington Mayor Elinor Carbone. "We don’t want to be put in a position where we’re billing our taxpayers at 32 or 37, to find out that mill rate changes."

    The state law that caps car tax rates was approved in 2015, and according to the law all car tax rates would be capped at 32 for cities and towns in the 2017-18 fiscal year. However, throughout budget talks in the 2017 legislative session, the assumption among both Democrats and Republicans has been that the cap would remain at 37, the rate for 2016.

    The reasoning is that lawmakers recognized they wouldn’t be able to provide enough funds to cities and towns at the lower mill rate, so they decided unofficially to leave the cap flat at 37. That led to headaches for some cities and towns because they were all under the impression the cap would be reduced. There is even some discussion that the cap could disappear altogether during budget talks.

    The governor, however, said there’s no reason cities and towns can’t send out tax bills like they always do.

    "Sure they can," Malloy said.

    Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz said no one should have been surprised in local governments that the car tax cap was going to remain unchanged, since it’s been a consistent topic of conversation for months,

    "I’m not sure why they can’t assess," Aresimowicz said. "Obviously the 37 is what we’ve been saying all along as where expect to equalize the car tax rate to stay at. They should just move forward with that. I don’t see it going any lower."

    Carbone said it’s not that simple, and says she wouldn’t be comfortable sending out supplemental tax bills to make up the lost revenue if the rate changes later in the year.

    "Plain and simple it’s just too confusing for the taxpayers to get a bill on July first, be told they must pay it by July 31, and then receive a supplemental bill. It’s just too confusing."



    Photo Credit: Getty

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    More jobs will be coming to New London as a direct result of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital's recent affiliation with Yale-New Haven Health.

    Forty new jobs will be created and 79 positions will remain in New London, instead of transferring to other parts of the state, the new L+M Hospital president and CEO, Patrick Green, said.

    The jobs will be for Northeast Medical, the physician-owned foundation of Yale-New Haven Health, according to Green. A hospital spokesperson said the jobs involve financial services and billing.

    The announcement has Jill Quinn, who works in Patient Accounts at L+M Hospital, letting out a sigh of relief. She lives in Oakdale and has worked in New London for 16 years. She's one of the 79 who gets to keep working in New London.

    "We all have families, we have after job things, we have kids,” Quinn said.

    New London Mayor Michael Passero touted the news for helping the local economy in several ways.

    “Between the jobs the L+M and the Yale New Haven affiliation are creating, and jobs that (Electric Boat) is creating right now, the need for housing in New London is— we can't build enough housing to satisfy the need,” Passero said.

    Local businesses, like the Recovery Room in New London, will also benefit by the boost to the job force. Chef Luigi Sferrazza said L+M staff makes up a majority of the lunch crowd.

    "There's a party of nurses that are sitting in that room and we also have order for 20 pizzas that are sitting on top of the oven that are going to L+M," Sferrazza said.

    The restaurant is within walking distance of L+M. Sferrazza said his restaurant even delivers to the hospital – sometimes to specific floors.

    "We really felt L+M when they went on strike. Those two weeks were the slowest weeks we ever had here for lunch. So we depend on them and value their business,” Sferrazza said.

    A spokesperson for the hospital said these new jobs are in the early stages. Staff is working on job descriptions and putting a recruiting plan in place.


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    Newly elected Rep. Greg Gianforte received a bright orange jumpsuit in the mail on his first day working on Capitol Hill Wednesday, NBC News reported.

    The Montana Democratic Party sent the representative the mail after Gianforte was arrested for assaulting a Guardian reporter the night before he was elected. Gianforte pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to community service and anger management training.

    "As a convicted criminal, he will be hidden by his leadership and not given any position of influence in Washington,” Roy Lowenstein, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party, told NBC News. "So, we got Mr. Gianforte a welcome gift to help his new colleagues identify him."

    Lowenstein added that Montana Democrats sent the Jumpsuit to draw attention to the assault and the Congressman's attempt to blame the altercation on the victim.



    Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, File

    Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte at a campaign meet-and-greet at Lambros Real Estate in Missoula, Montana on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before allegedly body-slamming a reporter who was asking him a question. Gianforte is running against Democrat Rob Quist in the May 25 special election to fill Montana's sole congressional seat.Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte at a campaign meet-and-greet at Lambros Real Estate in Missoula, Montana on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before allegedly body-slamming a reporter who was asking him a question. Gianforte is running against Democrat Rob Quist in the May 25 special election to fill Montana's sole congressional seat.

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    With Senate Republican leaders expected to release details of their health care bill in a meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, NBC News rounded up five big issues that are at the heart of the proposed legislation. 

    Medicaid has been a major talking point in the health care debate. Republican leaders have been contemplating a slow winding-down of the program, making it less generous or creating carve outs so certain groups don't lose coverage, such as children with chronic health problems.

    Lawmakers are also looking at taxes. The Senate is trying to correct the House's version of the bill that gives tax credits based on age. But some lawmakers also want to repeal the taxes they believe increase the cost of premiums, including the tax on insurance companies, pharmaceuticals and more.

    Opioid treatment could also lose funding, though some senators are weighing the option of creating a pool of money to be available for that purpose. And Planned Parenthood is facing strict opposition from Republicans, but moderates don't want the organization to lose funding.



    Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP, File

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Republicans on Capitol Hill push ahead with their legislative and political agenda largely unconcerned with former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday about President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Republicans on Capitol Hill push ahead with their legislative and political agenda largely unconcerned with former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday about President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    One of President Donald Trump's newest appointees is a registered agent of Saudi Arabia who earns hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on the kingdom's behalf, according to U.S. Department of Justice records reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.

    Longtime Republican lobbyist Richard Hohlt was appointed by Trump to the Commission on White House Fellowships, a part-time advisory body responsible for making final recommendations to the president of candidates for the prestigious White House fellowships.

    Since January, the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry has paid Hohlt about $430,000 in exchange for "advice on legislative and public affairs strategies," according to The Center for Public Integrity.

    Trump's decision to appoint a registered foreign agent clashes with the president's vow to clean up Washington and limit the influence of special interests, The Center for Public Integrity reports.

    Trump singled out lobbyists for foreign governments for special criticism, saying they shouldn't be permitted to contribute to political campaigns. Hohlt is himself a Trump donor, though his contributions came before he registered to represent Saudi Arabia.



    Photo Credit: AP

    President Donald Trump smiles at supporters as he arrives to speak at a rally, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.President Donald Trump smiles at supporters as he arrives to speak at a rally, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    Police are investigating a suspicious fire in South Windsor and they are asking anyone with information to come forward. 

    Two off-road vehicles were found burning in a driveway on John Fitch Boulevard just after midnight Saturday. 

    Anyone who was driving on John Fitch Boulevard, also known as Route 5, in the area of Sullivan Avenue between 11:45 p.m. Friday night and midnight and saw anything unusual should call Officer Truebig at 860-644-2551 or the confidential tip line at 860-648-6226.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    A caught-on-camera road rage incident between a motorcyclist and a driver on a Southern California freeway led to a chain-reaction crash, sending an innocent person to the hospital Wednesday, authorities said.

    The crash occurred before 6 a.m. on the southbound 14 Freeway near Newhall in Santa Clarita. The passenger who shot the video said he started recording when a gray sedan inadvertently cut off a passing motorcyclist.

    "Words went back and forth," he told NBC4.

    The motorcyclist zooms up to the driver's side of the sedan and kicks the side of the vehicle. The sedan veered left, pinching the biker to the center divider before it swerved and crashed into the wall, hitting and flipping a Chevy pickup truck over on its roof. The motorcyclist zooms past the collision.

    The man in the truck was sent to the hospital and is expected to recover, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    Officials were looking for the biker and said they were investigating the crash as a road rage incident and a possible hit-and run.

    "Obviously it was a road rage incident. He was kicking the vehicle. We have to get a statement, see what's going on," said CHP officer Josh Greengard.

    The person who recorded the video immediately turned in the footage to the CHP.

    "The old man who had nothing to do with it was the one that got hurt," he said. "Hopefully by doing this, it can help him out."

    The southbound lanes of the 14 Freeway were reopened by 6:33 a.m.


    Road rage between a biker and a car led to a rollover crash on the 14 Freeway, hospitalizing an innocent driver Wednesday, June 21, 2017.Road rage between a biker and a car led to a rollover crash on the 14 Freeway, hospitalizing an innocent driver Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

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    Sheriff's deputies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area say a mother charged in the drowning of her infant daughter had been distracted by Facebook when she left the girl unattended in a bathtub.

    In a news release, investigators said Cheyenne Summer Stuckey, 21, originally told deputies she had left her 6-month-old child alone in the bathtub "for only a couple minutes" inside her Reno, Texas, home on June 13.

    The mother later returned to find her daughter, Zayla, unresponsive and floating face-down in the bathtub.

    Stuckey told police she was uncertain whether she had placed a bathtub stopper in the drain. Investigators later found Stuckey had been on Facebook Messenger for at least 18 minutes while her child was in the tub, authorities said.

    During her interview with police, Stuckey said she had implicated herself in the negligence of her daughter's death by saying she left the infant unsupervised and became "distracted" by another child, Facebook messenger and a loud TV.

    Deputies said the mother tried to save her daughter, but "did not know how."

    Stuckey was booked into the Parker County Jail and charged with injury to a child. No bond has been set, as of writing.

    Deputies said other children in the home were placed into foster care.

    NBC Dallas-Fort Worth has reached out to Stuckey's lawyer for comment on her behalf. 



    Photo Credit: Parker County Sheriff's Department

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    A brand of pine nut hummus sold at major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target has been recalled by its manufacturer because it may be contaminated with listeria.

    House of Thaller, which is based in Knoxville, Tennessee, voluntarily recalled all 10-ounce packages of hummus products containing pine nut topping, after a supplier reported the possible contamination.

    Thaller sells its hummus under the brand names Marketside, Lantana, and Fresh Foods Market across the country, including at large nationwide retailers.

    Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria that may have contaminated the hummus, can cause serious infections in young children, the elderly, and anyone with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, nausea and diarrhea.

    No illnesses have been reported in relation to the product, which was distributed from April 18 to June 13, according to the FDA.

    Anyone with questions about the recall can call the House of Thaller customer service center on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST at 855-215-5142. Or click here for more information.  



    Photo Credit: US Food & Drug Administration

    House Thaller sells its hummus with pine nut topping under three brand names, pictured above in images from the FDA. The hummus was recalled for potential contamination with listeria.House Thaller sells its hummus with pine nut topping under three brand names, pictured above in images from the FDA. The hummus was recalled for potential contamination with listeria.

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    A supermarket employee spotted people stealing used cooking grease from Big Y in East Windsor Thursday morning and police said they have arrested three suspects. 

    Police said an employee of the market called them at 5:50 a.m. to report three men in a white van with a New York registration were siphoning used cooking grease from a container at the back of their building. 

    She said she told the men they were stealing, but they ignored her, quickly packed up their siphoning hose and left the parking lot. 

    Police officers got onto Interstate 91 South from exit 44, spotted the van approaching exit 38 in Windsor and stopped it.

    As officers approached the van, they saw grease leaking from the vehicle, police said. 

    The people in the van, all from Yonkers New York, had no identification and were detained, arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit larceny in the sixth degree and sixth-degree larceny. 

    Police said they found two large drums with 450 gallons of used cooking grease in the van. It was estimated at a value of around $500. 




    Photo Credit: East Windsor Police

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    A little girl amid a pile of bodies was rescued by an American aid worker sprinting out from behind a tank in the besieged city of Mosul despite the threat of ISIS sniper fire this month. The moment, captured on video, shows the devastation of Iraq's struggle to end the ISIS insurgency.

    The video shows veteran Dave Eubank rush through a cloud of smoke toward the corpses as two other men from his group provide covering fire from behind a tank. Seconds later, he reemerges with the girl scooped in his right arm and passes her off to another volunteer from his group, a Syrian refugee who speaks to the girl in Arabic.

    "I just prayed to God and told her I'd knew we'd save her," Eubank said. "I told her in English, as we're running through the gunfire, 'If no one will have you, if there's nowhere out there for you, don't worry. I'll adopt you.'"


    The footage captures the harrowing reality that civilians face amid the battle for Mosul, and it's been shared widely online. One tweet showing the incident has more than 16,000 retweets, and he's earned praise from Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., among others.

    Street-by-street fighting has left much of Mosul in northern Iraq crumbling, and ISIS has increasingly been killing civilians as it struggles to maintain control, according to Eubank and the United Nations, whose human rights division found credible reports that it slaughtered at least 204 people over three days — including at the gutted Pepsi factory where Eubank's rescue took place.

    On Tuesday in the city, ISIS destroyed the iconic mosque where it announced its caliphate in 2014 as Iraqi forces approached, according to the Iraqi government.

    Eubank, who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is from Southern California, told NBC that his rescue was part of a coordinated effort on June 2 to save the few people who survived a mass attack.


    A crowd of 30 to 40 civilians had been gunned down outside the former Pepsi factory while trying to flee their neighborhood in the northwest part of the city.

    "We see ISIS shooting people daily, but not in those numbers," he said. "They're just sweeping the highway with fire, killing anyone trying to flee, and there were a couple of living people among the dead."

    Eubank and his aid organization, the Free Burma Rangers, had been called in by Iraqi forces the day before to provide medical aid to wounded civilians. After hearing from victims that there were still survivors, the group hatched a plan with the U.S. military to rescue them, including the young girl.

    The video begins just after U.S. forces had dropped smoke canisters in order to conceal Eubank — who is wearing only a helmet and bulletproof vest — and a team of American and Iraqi soldiers conducting the rescue, he said.

    Other videos from the rescue that he provided to NBC show Eubank and his team rescuing a young man from the same pile of bodies moments later, then carrying the pair to safety.

    Eubank said he founded the Free Burma Rangers, which is currently embedded in the Iraqi army's 9th division, after leaving his army post in order to "serve God in a different way" and "help people, with the freedom to do it."

    Besides medics and aid workers, every team includes a videographer to capture and spread news about the atrocities of the war zones where they work.

    "We video everything: refugees getting fed, people having fun, people getting shot," Eubank said. "I've been doing this for 20 years, and many of the people I meet say, 'Please tell the Americans about us, please tell the Americans we need help.'"


    He added, "We want people to know the Iraqis are wonderful people and worthy of being helped."

    The little girl he rescued was taken to the hospital "terrified, devastated and dehydrated," Eubank said, and is now in the care of an Iraqi general. Though calls have been put out on social media in search of any surviving relatives, the general is filing adoption papers in the increasingly likely case that no one is found.



    Photo Credit: Kaw Taw Say/Free Burma Rangers

    Dave Eubank, a volunteer aid worker and founder of the Free Burma Rangers, carries a young girl he rescued amid a wave of ISIS sniper fire on June 2, 2017, in Mosul, Iraq.Dave Eubank, a volunteer aid worker and founder of the Free Burma Rangers, carries a young girl he rescued amid a wave of ISIS sniper fire on June 2, 2017, in Mosul, Iraq.

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    Simsbury residents who are for and against a plan to turn agricultural land into a solar farm will have another chance to speak out about the project.

    Green energy developer Deepwater Wind will hold an informational meeting at Simsbury High School to give residents news on the project and give neighbors the chance to meet their team.

    Property owners near the proposed solar farm seem split on the project.

    “I don’t understand what people are against because I don’t see any problem with solar panels. They go up on roofs and they’re not ugly,” Vincent Curcure, of Simsbury, said.

    “It’s going to devalue our home,” Lorraine Trainor, of Simsbury, said.

    Deepwater Wind wants to harness the sun to power 5,000 New England homes. To do that they need land and they’ve targeted 280 acres of flat former farmland along Hoskins and County roads for their Tobacco Valley Solar Farm.

    “Solar farms are excellent neighbors. We pay taxes and use no municipal services. This particular site is zoned for industrial and residential uses. A solar farm will be a much better neighbor than a manufacturing plant,” Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowki said in a statement to NBC Connecticut.

    Not everyone thinks theirs is a bright idea, including the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

    “We thought the power from this project was too expensive. We kind of drew a line and said this is how much we’re willing to pay for clean energy,” DEEP spokesperson Dennis Schain said.

    DEEP rejected the company’s proposal to build in Connecticut, but the other two members of the tri-state program, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, green-lighted the renewable energy project.

    “There’re certain benefits that Massachusetts and Rhode Island will gain from this project with their support for it. Connecticut picked several other projects through this three-state initiative. We’ll get the benefits from those projects,” Schain said.

    The Deepwater Wind meeting will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Simsbury High School tonight.




    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    Capitol Police removed protesters, many of whom are disabled and use wheelchairs, from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office after text of the GOP Senate health care bill was released Thursday. 

    Protesters were organized by a group called ADAPT, which identifies itself as a nonprofit for people with disabilities.

    Video of the protest shows the protesters being carried away by police officers as they chanted "no cuts to Medicaid." Empty wheelchairs remained in the hall after the arrests, the video shows. 

    Just prior to the protest, Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law. 

    The Senate bill would, beginning in 2020, phase out over four years extra money that Obamacare offered to states that expanded Medicare coverage for low-income people, The Associated Press reported. It would also limit, beginning in 2020, the federal funds that states get each year for Medicaid. That money now covers all eligible recipients and procedures.   

    President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal for 2018 also includes $600 billion in decreases to Medicaid, apparently on top of health care bill cuts. Medicaid provides health care not only to the poor, but also to elderly and disabled Americans, who account for 60 percent of the cost.



    Photo Credit: AP

    People are removed from a sit-in outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office as they protest proposed cuts to Medicaid, Thursday, June 22, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington.People are removed from a sit-in outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office as they protest proposed cuts to Medicaid, Thursday, June 22, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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    Tournament play for the 2017 Travelers Championship is underway at TPC River Highlands and huge crowds are heading to see one of the best player fields in Cromwell ever.

    Traffic has been backed up on the day Rory McIlroy plays alongside U.S. Open runner-up Brian Harman and Jim Furyk, who shot an historic 58 in the final round of the Travelers last year.

    "It's nice to play in an event you haven't played in the last few years. It makes you go to different places. This year, it's Hartford. I mean, I might come back here next year because I like it so much," McInroy said.

    Route 99 was backed up as of 8:30 a.m. and anyone trying to avoid the crowds should stay away from Route 99 if possible.

    Route 3 is a better option for today.

    Fans of Masters champion Jordan Spieth will have to wait until the afternoon to catch a glimpse of him. Spieth has the 1 p.m. tee time on the 1st tee along with Brandt Snedeker and Wesley Bryan.

    If you want to catch a trio of past Travelers winners, get to the 1st tee just a bit earlier. Bubba Watson will begin his round at 12:50 p.m. and he will be playing with defending champion Russell Knox and 2012 champion Marc Leishman. 

    Today is also women's day, where women can get preferred bleacher seats, discounts on merchandise, tours of the Golf Channel studios and attend a golf clinic. 

    Click here for a full list of tee times.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    A woman who called her ex-boyfriend for help when her car broke down in Trumbull told police he assaulted her, choked her, abducted her and hit her with a wrench to keep her from running away.

    The victim, a 21-year-old woman, said her car broke down on Quarry Road in Trumbull on June 11, so she called her ex-boyfriend and that’s when the incident escalated.

    Police determined that the victim had a protective order against her ex-boyfriend, 24-year-old David Gonzalez, of Stratford, because of an incident in December.

    After he arrived, he got angry after seeing the victim’s phone and the conversation she was having on it with another man, so he took her phone and her keys, the victim told police.

    When the victim went into Gonzalez’s vehicle to get them back, he started punching her and drove to Bridgeport with her in the car, police said.

    The victim went on to tell police that Gonzalez hit her face and body several times, hit her ankle with a wrench to keep her from running away and choked her with an electrical cord until she clawed his face to make him stop, police said.

    Gonzalez eventually pushed the victim out of the car near Golden Hill Street in Bridgeport, police said.

    He has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, criminal violation of a protective order and disorderly conduct.

    He is being held on $250,000 bond and is due in court today.




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    Two Roads Brewing has opened the Two Roads Tap Room at Bradley International Airport. 

    "It is a beautiful replica of our tasting room in Stratford, including wood floors, industrial light fixtures, and a large mural of our brewing tanks. Even the bar top is made from the same wood blocks once used on the floor of our 100-year-old building," Two Roads CEO and co-founder Brad Hittle said in a statement. 

    The Two Roads Tap Room is located after TSA screening in the Gates 1-12 concourse and it is open daily. 

    It will serve Two Roads beers on draft, beer flights, and food options such as deli sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches. Beers from several other Connecticut breweries will be served as well.



    Photo Credit: Connecticut Airport Authority

    From left to right: Kevin A. Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority; Brad Hittle, CEO and co-founder of Two Roads Brewing Company; and Tyrone Davis, senior director of operations at The Michell Group.From left to right: Kevin A. Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority; Brad Hittle, CEO and co-founder of Two Roads Brewing Company; and Tyrone Davis, senior director of operations at The Michell Group.

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