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Connecticut Veterans Parade Takes Over Downtown Hartford


The Connecticut Veterans Parade kicks off at 12:30 p.m. in downtown Hartford Sunday.

Nearly 30,000 veterans are expected to march, including those from past conflicts and active soldiers.

A variety of veterans groups, patriotic commissions, towns, drill teams, school bands and elected officials will march to salute veterans. Various food trucks will be available for spectators to grab a bite.

The parade is the largest in New England and one of the largest in the country.

Before the parade there will be a wreath-laying ceremony to honor those who have passed away. The parade starts at 12:30 p.m. at Buckingham and Washington Streets near the Capitol building and marches along Bushnell Park.

The parade will also include a moment of silence to remember those who gave their lives.

The event is organized by a nonprofit collaboration of veterans’ groups, corporations, local municipalities, businesses and civic organizations, with assistance from the CT National Guard.

For more information visit the Connecitcut Veterans Parade website.

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Police Officer Killed in West Valley City, Utah


A police officer was killed in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City early Sunday and three suspects were in custody, NBC News reported. 

"It is with deepest sorrow that we report we have had an officer killed this morning," West Valley City police said in a Twitter update. 

A ground search of the area was underway, the update added. 

No further information was immediately available. 

This is a developing news story.

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Game Day Encourages Independence for Those with Autism


A special kind of game day took place in the Elm City Saturday – an event designed to support those on the autism spectrum.

The event was organized by ShineBright Mentoring, a company that provides autism support for young adults through small group and one-on-one mentoring. The group focuses on finding a mentee’s passion and using that to provide focused care.

Hosted by Elm City Games on Chapel Street in New Haven, ShineBright staff introduced participants on spectrum to others and then let the games begin. Parents also had an opportunity to network with other families at the event.

People without autism also dropped in to play a few games and show their support. Roughly 35 people attended the event, which ran from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and reached full capacity.

ShineBright Mentoring Executive Director, Ryan P. Casey, said the event was a great way to encourage their mentees to socialize with strangers and inspire independence.

"The event was a great success. We are getting people out of their rooms and integrating them into the world,” Casey wrote. "We saw many smiles during this and we are extremely happy with that."

Casey said the company held a similar event at Wesleyan last year and hopes to repeat the event in January.

For more information visit the ShineBright Mentoring website.

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Ellington Car Fires Investigated as Arson


Officials are investigating a fire in Ellington that damaged five cars and a home Sunday morning as suspected arson. 

Firefighters were called to 12 Westview Terrace at 2:44 a.m. after a fire started in a car.

The fire then spread to four other cars that were parked next to each other in the driveway. The fire also spread to the home adjacent to the driveway, melting the siding.

"It was mostly cosmetic damage due to the heat and the proximity of the cars to the house," said Ellington Fire Chief Gary Feldman. "It melted some of the siding. No actual structural damage to the residence."

At least two of the five cars are a total loss.

There were six people inside the home at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported.

The Connecticut State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit and Major Crime are investigating.

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Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Coventry Crash


A pedestrian was seriously injured when he was struck by a car in Coventry Sunday night.

Police said emergency crews responded to the Tolland Turnpike near the intersection with Dimock Road around 7:55 p.m.

According to Coventry police, the male pedestrian was struck while crossing the road from Jones Crossing Road. He was airlifted to Hartford Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. He has not been identified.

The Metro Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash.

The road was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call the Coventry Police Department at 860-742-7331.

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4 Injured in Crash on Route 32 Reopened in Mansfield


LifeStar flew two people to the hospital after a head-on crash on Route 32 in Mansfield Sunday afternoon, according to state police.

State Police responded to Rt. 32 by Old Kent Road around 3:48 p.m. Sunday to investigate a two-car crash. 

LifeStar transported the driver of one car to Hartford Hospital.

Three people were in the other car and LifeStar transported one person to Hartford Hospital. Ambulances brought one person from the car to Hartford Hospital and the other to Windham Hospital.

At least one of the people transported had life threatening injuries, State Police said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.  


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10-Year-Old Girl Shot in Hartford


A 10-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital after being shot in Hartford Sunday afternoon.

Hartford police Lt. Paul Cicero said that officers responded to a report of shots fired at 247 Branford Street around 3:45 p.m. and found the girl’s father loading her into a car. She was taken to Saint Francis Hospital then transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center where she is listed in guarded but stable condition. She has not been identified.

No one else was struck by the gunfire and the victim’s family is cooperating with police.

A witness reported that the shots came from a black vehicle that fled east on Branford Street. Police are looking for a dark colored Honda that may have been involved in the shooting. Police do not have any suspects at this time.

Saint Francis Hospital was locked down when the patient arrived. Hospital spokeswoman Fiona Phelan said it is standard protocol to lockdown the hospital when a patient shows up with a gunshot wound. The lockdown was lifted at 5 p.m. after the child was taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Hartford police Major Crimes detectives are investigating. Anyone with information should contact police at 860-757-4179.

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1 Injured in Fire at Hastings Farm in Suffield


One person was injured in a fire at a house at Hastings Farm on Hill Street in Suffield.

Fire officials said they responded early Monday morning to reports of a fire on the property at 472 Hill Street. When they arrived on scene they found flames showing from a second floor window. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one room.

A minor suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. No other injuries were reported.

Mutual aid was called in to bring in tankers to provide water.

"We are a rural area. We don't have water. The closest hydrant is well over a quarter mile away. We would have had to start shuttling if this fire got away from us," said Suffield Fire Chief Chuck Flynn.

The house has smoke damage and is uninhabitable for the time, fire officials said.

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Battleground States That Could Flip the Senate


While the race for the White House has dominated national headlines, control of the U.S. Senate also is at stake on Tuesday.  

There are 54 Republicans and 44 Democrats now in the Senate, with two independents, including former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who caucus with Democrats.

On Election Day, 24 seats held by Republicans, and 10 held by Democrats, are on the ballot.

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To take control of the Senate, Democrats need to gain four seats if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency (and VP Tim Kaine could cast a tie-breaking vote), or five if she loses.  

Here are key Senate races to keep track of Tuesday night:

Illinois: Polls show Republican incumbent Mark Kirk trailing Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Kirk has held the seat since 2010. He's become the most vulnerable incumbent in the race, dealing with the effects of a 2012 stroke, and facing a strong opponent in Duckworth.

Duckworth, a veteran who lost both legs in Iraq, raised more money than Kirk.

Kirk has made waves more than once during this year's election.

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In June, he renounced his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Last month, he sparked controversy when questioning the Duckworth family's military service during a debate after she said her family has served going back to the American Revolution. 

"I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington," Kirk said.

Duckworth's mother is a Thai immigrant. Her father served in World War II and has lineage traced back to a family member who fought in the American Revolution. 

Kirk later apologized.

Wisconsin: Russ Feingold, a former Democratic senator who lost his seat in 2010, has a small lead in the polls against Republican incumbent Ron Johnson. 

If Feingold beats Johnson, it will be the first time since 1934 that a senator who was voted out came back six year later to defeat a former rival, NBC News reported. 

Pennsylvania: A close race is unfolding as Republican incumbent Pat Toomey is up against Democrat Katie McGinty, a former chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf. While Democrats portray Toomey as being too conservative, McGinty hasn't always connected well with voters.

Toomey hasn't endorsed or disavowed Trump. When pressed on the issue during a debate, Toomey said, "I don't think my constituents care that much how one person is going to vote." 

Indiana: The race is shaping up to be tight as the state's Republican incumbent, Dan Coats, is retiring. Running for his seat are former Democratic senator Evan Bayh and Rep. Todd Young, a Republican.

Bayh, the son of longtime senator Birch Bayh, energized Democrats when he announced a run to reclaim the seat he gave up in 2010. However, his opponent and Young's allies have painted Bayh as an opportunist who cashed in on his Senate experience by working at a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm. A story from early October detailed the former senator's efforts to find a private sector job during his final year in the Senate. 

Missouri: Republican incumbent Roy Blunt is facing Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat. According to Real Clear Politics' polling average, Blunt, who has held the seat since 2010, holds a narrow lead over Kander, a former military intelligence officer.

Nevada: With Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid retiring, polls show a close race shaping up between Rep. Joe Heck (R) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D), the state's former attorney general. 

While the race is a chance for Republicans to pick up a seat held by Democrats, Trump's controversial comments combined with the state's high Hispanic population have given Democrats hope.

New Hampshire: The Senate race between Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) and Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has been getting national attention as both presidential candidates and their surrogates have campaigned in New Hampshire. Ayotte found herself in a difficult position in early October, after saying that she would call Trump a role model for children. While she later said she "misspoke," Hassan's campaign seized the comment as an opportunity, calling it "a revealing moment that she [Ayotte] cannot take back." Polls show Ayotte with a slim lead against Hassan.

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North Carolina: Democrats are hopeful that former state representative and American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Deborah Ross will defeat Republican senator Richard Burr. Republicans have been using Ross' record as a lawyer at the ACLU in an attempt to discredit her. Polls predict a close race.

Florida: Senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R) is fighting for his seat against Rep. Patrick Murphy (D). Rubio first said he would not seek re-election, but reversed that decision after dropping out of the presidential race, much to Republicans' delight. According to polls, Rubio has the edge.  

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While Rubio is known for his rocky relationship with Trump and frustration with the Senate, his opponent has had missteps. Murphy's been accused of touting pieces of his resume too much, and relying on his wealthy family for donations, NBC News reported. 

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Other Races to Watch and the Comey Effect:
Two other races that are important to watch, but are likely to remain in Republican hands, are in Arizona and Ohio.

Sen. John McCain (R) is working to hold off a challenge from Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) in Arizona. McCain has held the seat since 1986 and is doing well, according to polls. Kirkpatrick has come down on McCain for his support of Trump. Though he originally endorsed Trump, McCain later renounced him.  

In Ohio, polls show Sen. Rob Portman (R) leading his opponent, Ted Strickland, a former Democratic governor. Strickland has made some gaffes during the election, including saying that Justice Antonin Scalia’s death "happened at a good time."

If Democrats win the Senate and, in a longshot, the House, it will be the first time since 1952 that both chambers of Congress flipped during a presidential election year.

Another interesting possibility in this election: The number of women in the Senate will likely increase from 20, with females on the ballot in several states. 

And while races are tight in multiple states, some Democrats are concerned about fallout from FBI Director James Comey's letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee announcing the FBI was reviewing a new set of emails in the probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The emails were found in the federal investigation into former New York congressman Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal.

The FBI review ended nine days later with Comey telling lawmakers the review was over and had not changed his original determination. But Democrats are concerned about the damage to down-ballot candidates, from an emboldened GOP and possible dampened enthusiasm among Democrats. 

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President Clinton or Trump? Watch These Battleground States


There’s a reason why Donald Trump’s stumping in New Hampshire Monday while Hillary Clinton holds a family affair in Philadelphia. Their many visits to Florida, North Carolina and Ohio are no coincidence, either.

Battleground states are going to determine who wins the 2016 election. As the voting returns come in on Tuesday, here are states to watch. 

Arizona  Electoral College votes: 11
How it’s looking:
Arizona is fairly new to the swing-state club. The state hasn’t gone for a Democrat since 1996, and that was an anomaly. But because of its large immigrant and Latino populations, Clinton’s chances are looking better than usual; she’s galvanized more support from the Hispanic population than Obama, and it shows. As college-educated young people move to the south, the voter demography is getting more liberal, and NBC News' battleground map has the state in the tossup category. Still, it will be an upset if Clinton wins Arizona, according to elections forecasts by FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times.

Counties to watch:
Maricopa is the fourth most populous county in the United States. It’s gone Republican since 1948.

Colorado  Electoral College votes: 9
How it’s looking:
The NBC News battleground map has Colorado leaning Democratic, bolstered by the suburban and Latino vote. The New York Times and FiveThirtyEight each predict a win for Clinton by several points. 

Counties to watch:
While Jefferson County went with Obama in 2008 and 2012, it also gave Bush victories in 2000 and 2004. Arapahoe County, a traditionally Republican area, is turning purple following an influx of immigrants.

Florida  Electoral College votes: 29
How it’s looking:
“Florida, of course, is pretty much the premier big state that’s a swing state,” said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida professor who specializes in Sunshine State politics. 

Tied with New York for the third most electoral college votes in the union, Florida is a prized battleground during the general election. A Republican hasn’t won the state since 1992, and, on paper, MacManus says Hillary should nab the victory. But, she continued, “This is hardly an on-paper election.” 

NBC News' battleground map has Florida listed as a tossup. FiveThirtyEight shows Trump has a bit of an edge, while The New York Times' forecast gives Clinton a small edge.  

“The last three elections, including the 2012 presidential, the victor has only won Florida by 1 percent or so,” MacManus said. “When you have 1-percent elections, it makes micro-targeting very important and essential, because if you ignore one group and they feel that, you could lose.”

Trump finds support among Floridians who still feel as if they’re suffering from a bad economy and who are concerned for their family’s safety in relation to perceived terror threats. Meanwhile, Clinton is trying to mobilize the Latino and millennial demographics. The Cuban community in Florida has a reputation for conservatism, but as the younger generations reach voting age, they’re showing a more liberal tendency.

Even if Florida’s retirees are being replaced by millennials, that doesn’t mean they’ll make it to the voting booths.

“The younger voters really aren’t that keen on the two-party system,” MacManus said. “Who knows whether they’re going to vote or not.” 

Counties to watch:
Hillsborough County, with its seat in Tampa, has correctly chosen the president in every election since 1960, except in 1992. Barack Obama won 53 percent to Mitt Romney’s 46 percent in 2012.

Orange County in the Orlando area tended red until recent years, and Polk and Pasco are also contentious. Volusia, which used to be a Democratic stronghold, has shown some Republican tendencies lately. 

Georgia  Electoral college votes: 16
How it’s looking:
NBC News moved Georgia from leaning GOP to tossup in its final battleground map, though FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times both predict a Trump win. It’s significant that the state is in contention, which signals a demographic shift. Forty-three percent of the electorate is now college educated, and like North Carolina, liberal white voters have officially made Georgia a battleground.

Counties to watch:
Gwinnett County typically goes Republican, but the wealthy suburb northeast of Atlanta may not go Trump's way, NBC News reported. Clayton is an African American nucleus, and Clinton needs high turnout there to even have the potential of a victory in Georgia.

Iowa  Electoral college votes: 6
How it’s looking:
Iowa has gone blue in six out of the last seven elections. So why do The New York Times and FiveThirtyEight have it going red and NBC News leaning GOP this year?

According to Dennis Goldford, professor of political science at Drake University in Des Moines, there are three reasons. One is that “the Clintons never really established themselves here in Iowa.” Another is that, while some Republicans have distanced themselves from this presidential election, Iowa’s state leadership has been openly supportive of the Trump-Pence ticket. The last is the appeal of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” mantra for rural Iowa.

“In some ways this election is a growing fight between the expanding, prospering urban segment of America and the declining rural segment,” Goldford said. 

The Hawkeye State also has a large white, working-class population, especially among the 45-and-up demographic.

“You have an older electorate in Iowa, and they’re less likely to have a college education, which means they would be more likely to incline toward Donald Trump,” Goldford said. 

As a manufacturing state, Iowa was hard hit by the great recession.

“If the country as a whole got a cold, manufacturing caught pneumonia,” Goldford said. That could mean Trump is getting support from his perceived economic prowess and vow to bolster the American manufacturing industry. 

Counties to watch:
Polk, Linn, Cedar, Scott, and Black Hawk are more urban counties. “To win statewide, a Democrat needs to roll up big majorities,” Goldford said. In 2012, Obama won both Scott and Polk counties by 56 percent.

Michigan  Electoral College votes: 16
How it’s looking:
Republicans like to call Michigan a battleground state because it can sometimes go red during off years, but a Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won the state since 1988. NBC News reports that Michigan is leaning Democratic and, according to FiveThirtyEight's forecast, Clinton has a big advantage. 

“There really hasn’t been a point in this campaign where she’s been trailing,” said Susan J. Demas, publisher and editor at Inside Michigan Politics.

While the Flint water crisis factored heavily in the Democratic primary, it “has really gotten buried on the priority list for both candidates” since July, Demas said.

Counties to watch:
Kalamazoo County tends to be a bellwether. Macomb County is fertile ground for Trump, while Clinton seems to be making headway in Oakland and western Michigan. According to Demas, if Clinton wins Oakland — a wealthy Republican county — by double digits, she will “send shockwaves” through the state.

Nevada  Electoral College votes: 6
How it’s looking:
“We’re a bellwether,” said David F. Damore, professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “Every time since ’76, we’ve gone with the winner.”

In Nevada, neither party has a stronghold. The Democratic organization is almost entirely devoted to longtime Sen. Harry Reid, Damore said, while the Republican base is weak. The state is also 20 percent immigrant and has the smallest native-born population in the United States. Most citizens originate from other states. NBC News' battleground map shows Nevada leaning Democratic. FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times have Clinton and Trump in a tight race, with the edge to Clinton.

“We have demography that provides both parties with a likelihood of winning,” Damore said.

Working-class whites make up the conservative support in Nevada. “That’s kind of who the Republican party is here,” Damore said. Trump has played the media well, but he’s done “nothing in terms of ground game at all,” according to Damore.

Meanwhile, Clinton is targeting white suburban women alongside U.S. Rep. Dina Titus.

Counties to watch:
More than 70 perent of the state's population lives in Clark County. “It’s the most concentrated population in a state of this size,” Damore said. Democrats will try to build a firewall around the urban area, which includes Las Vegas. However, Clark historically undervotes, while Nevada’s rural Republican communities tend to comprise more of the vote than their percentage of the population. If things seem tight, Washoe, with its county seat in Reno, is where to look. The county has a slightly higher Republican registration, but it went for Barack Obama in 2012 and could go either way this year.

New Hampshire  Electoral College votes: 4
How it’s looking:
With only four electoral college votes, New Hampshire is seemingly inconsequential. But there’s a reason why candidates have spent so much time and money there: if Al Gore had won the state, he would have been president in 2000. During tight elections, New Hampshire can determine who takes it all.

NBC News has it in the tossups, where it belongs, according to Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. 

“It’s neither red nor blue,” said Levesque. “It’s a tossup. And when we do have a definitive race, it’s usually not that definitive.” 

Clinton has a higher chance of winning the state than Trump, according to FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times. On Monday, President Obama will play surrogate for Clinton in New Hampshire, while Trump will make a personal appearance.

Counties to watch:
Londonderry and Hillsborough tend to be bellwethers. Hillsborough is typically a close call. In 2012, Obama won the county by a 2-point margin.

Ohio  Electoral College votes: 18
How it’s looking:
Despite the cast of “The West Wing” campaigning for Clinton in Ohio, Trump has a better chance of winning here than Clinton in FiveThirtyEight's forecast. The New York Times sees a closer race and NBC News has Ohio marked as a tossup. 

Counties to watch:
Stark County might split down the middle. In 2012, 49 percent of the vote went to each major candidate. Also look to Hamilton County. The Cincinnati area was a GOP stronghold that broke for Obama in the last two cycles, so Clinton will need to do well there, according to NBC News.  

Pennsylvania  Electoral College votes: 20
How it’s looking:
After the Republican National Convention, Trump’s campaign said it would focus on four battleground states: Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“We’re the most Democratic of the four targeted states,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College.

Clinton had a “nice lead” in Pennsylvania, said Madonna, until the FBI probe went live two weeks ago. NBC's battleground map has the state leaning Democrat and The New York Times has her a strong favorite. But FiveThirtyEight shows the margin tightening. Recently, Trump’s gained popularity in the suburbs, while Clinton’s target demographics are less than mobilized, Madonna said.  

Democrats in Pennsylvania have focused efforts on the African American population, 50 percent of which comes from Philadelphia. When Obama was a candidate, 92 to 94 percent of the black vote went to the Democrats, but without his name on the ticket, party leaders are afraid that black voters won’t turn out.

Millennials also make up 18 to 19 percent of Pennsylvania’s voters, but they’re the least politically engaged age group. Clinton surrogates have been campaigning at universities around the state because “they’re aware of the lack of enthusiasm,” Madonna said. 

“Trump’s voters are more enthusiastic in our state,” he added.

Counties to watch:
Forty percent of votes in Pennsylvania come from six counties: Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Philadelphia and Allegheny. The first four are suburbs of Philadelphia populated by primarily middle class, college educated whites. “Many of them will vote either party depending on the cycle, depending on the candidates, depending on the issues,” Madonna said. In 2009, Obama won Bucks by 1 percent; Romney claimed Chester by the same margin.

Utah  Electoral College votes: 6
How it’s looking:
“Utah and Arizona are clearly new battlegrounds, ones that we don’t usually include in that list,” said Larry Sabato, editor-in-chief of the Crystal Ball website, which is run by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. 

Utah tends to vote Republican. In 2012, all six electoral college votes went to Romney. But because of the state’s Mormon faction, this election cycle is proving a different beast.

“Utah I would call a special case,” said Will Jordan, elections editor at YouGov. “The Mormon population were very reluctant to support Trump in the primary, and that’s followed through to the general election.”

Clinton has a single digit possibility of winning Utah’s electoral college votes, according to FiveThirtyEight's forecast, but Trump is finding unlikely competition from independent candidate Evan McMullin, a conservative Mormon.

NBC News moved Utah from tossup to lean Republican in its final battleground map.

Counties to watch:
Summit County is the only one that went blue in 2008. Romney swept Utah in 2012.

Virginia  Electoral College votes: 13
How it’s looking:
“Virginia’s one of the less competitive battlegrounds this year,” Sabato said of the state that NBC News reports "Leans Democrat."

According to FiveThirtyEight’s state predictions, Clinton has a comfortable advantage. Some of her popularity in Old Dominion can be attributed to her running mate, Tim Kaine, who is one of Virginia’s incumbent senators and served as governor from 2006 to 2010. 

Counties to watch:

While northern Virginia is traditionally more liberal than the rest of the state, Prince William County, the second most populous in Virginia, may sway Republican because of its suburban base. Virginia Beach could also prove dicey for Democrats. 

Wisconsin  Electoral College votes: 10 
How it’s looking:
Despite a working class electorate, FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times forecast a Clinton victory, and NBC News has Wisconsin leaning Democratic.

Counties to watch:
Waukesha County, a suburb west of Milwaukee, is very white, and very Republican. As a liberal base, Dane County should help Clinton along, but careful: third party candidates could eat into her lead, according to NBC News. 

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Stamford Firefighters Rescue Boater from Sinking Boat


The Stamford Fire Department rescued a person off a sinking boat near Cove Island Sunday afternoon.

Fire officials said around 1 p.m. they received a report of a boater trapped on a sinking boat. Stamford firefighters, the US Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and 911 dispatchers all worked together to locate the boater.

Firefighters then responded to the location on the fireboat and rescued one person from a 13-foot boat that was taking on water. The victim was taken to the West Beach dock where he was evaluated by EMS and reunited with his family.

NAACP Wants Residents to Get Out and Vote


The NAACP has launched a major get out the vote effort through chapters across Connecticut to get everyone out to the polls.

The NAACP is a nonpartisan organization and isn’t endorsing any specific candidate on Election Day. The effort is to get residents to the polls to vote and make their voices heard.

The civil rights organization is targeting 17 states including Connecticut to try to increase voter turnout. Connecticut was identified as having low voter turnout in the last general election, despite high population density.

In New London, they kept their office open all weekend and had volunteers calling voters encouraging them to vote and to see if they need a ride to the polls. The objective is to make sure transportation issues don’t stop anyone from getting a vote in Tuesday.

Chapters including Greater Hartford, New Britain, New Haven and Waterbury all the way to Stamford are all part of this push. Anyone looking for a ride can contact the nearest NAACP office to make arrangements.

Polls open in Connecticut Tuesday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Clinton Maintains Edge Over Trump in Election Eve Poll


Hillary Clinton is maintaining a 6-point lead over Donald Trump as Election Day nears, according to the final NBC NewsSurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

Among likely voters, Clinton continues to lead Trump in a four-way contest with 47 percent to Trump's 41 percent, shows the poll, conducted between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6. 

Clinton has maintained her lead over the Republican nominee since the end of July, but the margin of her lead has been between 4 to 6 percentage points since the second week of September.

The results continue to show that campaign news over the past several weeks — including the surfacing of an "Access Hollywood" tape showing Trump making lewd comments about women and FBI Director James Comey's letter to Congress about its review of additional emails related to Clinton — have had almost no lasting impact on the opinions of likely voters.

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Stamford Mulch Fire Spreads to Hotel, Damages Guest Room


A Stamford hotel was damaged when a mulch fire extended to the wall of a guest room, fire officials said.

Stamford firefighters responded around 5 a.m. to the Super 8 Motel at 32 Grenhart Road. When crews arrived they overhauled part of the wall to knock down the fire.

No injuries were reported.

Fire officials said this was one of several mulch fires that have caused property damage. Many of these fires are caused by discarded smoking materials. Fire officials remind residents to take care when throwing out smoking materials and use firesafe receptacles whenever possible. Drought conditions leave mulch particularly dry, aggravating the issue.

The fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of this fire.

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2 Hartford Officers Injured in Struggle With Suspect


Two Hartford police officers were injured while taking a home invasion suspect and wanted escapee into custody Saturday.

Police said they responded to 156 Edgewood St. Saturday around 8:27 a.m. for a reported home invasion. The caller reported an armed man had forced his way into a home and was demanding money.

According to police, when they arrived the suspect, identified as Corey Lewis, 26, was seen entering a vehicle trying to flee. When officers approached Lewis he ran off. He was captured and handcuffed after a small struggle.

Lewis had a Hi-Point 9mm loaded with 4 live rounds, and prescription pills believed to be Ocycotin on his person, police said.

Lewis is a multiple convicted felon with 18 previous Hartford police arrests. He was also a wanted fugitive for an active escape from custody warrant, police said.

Lewis refused medical attention. Two officers were treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

Lewis was charged with a slew of charges including home invasion, possession of a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, assault on police, and escape from custody.

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Giuliani, Gingrich Eyed for Top Jobs in Trump WH: Sources


Donald Trump's aides are considering a number of his loyalists for major posts should he win the White House, NBC News reported. 

Three campaign advisers said that among the names being considered are Rudy Giuliani for attorney general, Newt Gingrich for secretary of state, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn for defense secretary or national security adviser, Trump finance chairman Steve Mnuchin for Treasury secretary, and Republican National Committee finance chair Lew Eisenberg for commerce secretary.

Reince Priebus, under consideration as Trump's chief of staff, earned the candidate's trust by steadfastly defending him while other top Republicans denounced Trump or shied away from brand.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions has taken a major role managing the transition effort as the official transition chief, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has drifted from the campaign. It's not clear if Christie is being considered for a significant role in a potential administration.

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Minor Crash Involving School Bus on I-84 in West Hartford

Obamas, Clintons Rally in Philly


President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are also scheduled to appear at a rally with Hillary Clinton at Independence Hall in Philadelphia Monday evening. 

Legendary musicians Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are set to perform at Clinton's event before she heads to North Carolina for a midnight rally, her last before voting begins on Election Day. The campaign announced Sunday that Springsteen would be added to Monday's event. 

“With Independence Hall as the backdrop, Clinton will urge Pennsylvanians to make history on Tuesday by electing her president so she can continue pushing for the American ideals of progress, inclusion, equality and strength that our founders enshrined in our Constitution there in 1787,” a spokesperson for the Clinton campaign wrote.

The rally is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the entrance of Independence Hall on the corner of 4th and Chestnut streets while doors open at 4 p.m. Anyone interested in attending the event should CLICK HERE to RSVP.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will also campaign in Pennsylvania Monday. Trump will speak at a campaign rally at the Lackawanna College Student Union in Scranton at 5:30 p.m. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Anyone interested in attending the event should CLICK HERE to RSVP.

The following street closures will go into effect Monday at 10 a.m. due to the rally:

Market Street: From 4th Street to 7th Street

5th Street: Arch Street to Market Street

6th Street: Arch Street to Chestnut Street

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Masked Man Robbed Willimantic Subway


A masked man robbed a Subway restaurant in Willimantic on Sunday night.

The man, who was wearing a mask and gloves, walked into the sandwich shop at 1601 West Main St. around 7 p.m., demanded cash from a store employee and left with money from the register, police said.

No one was injured during the robbery and the man did not appear to have a weapon.

The robber was described only as a large man.

The Criminal Investigation Division is handling the investigation.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Willimantic Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Monday Marks 15 Years Since Bridgeport Girl Disappeared


Monday marks 15 years since 10-year-old Bianca Lebron disappeared from Bridgeport, and police and family are still looking for answers.

Lebron went missing on Nov. 7, 2001 as she was about to start her day at Elias Howe Elementary on Clinton Avenue. She was 10 years old when she disappeared would now be 25. She has a birthmark on her forehead.

Lebron was standing outside with her friends when a brown or tan van approached the group. Lebron allegedly told her friends she was going to the mall with her “uncle” and got in the van. She has not been seen or heard from since that morning.

Despite a $62,000 reward for any information on Lebron, the case remains unsolved. 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call their local FBI office or the Bridgeport Police Department at 203-576-7671.

Photo Credit: Contributed/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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