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Tiffany Trump to Attend Georgetown Law School


Another Trump has big plans in Washington.

Tiffany Trump, President Donald Trump's younger daughter, has enrolled at Georgetown Law, a university spokesman confirmed Monday.

"I am so proud of Tiffany. Georgetown University is a truly amazing school, and she is going to love her time in Washington, D.C.," her brother Eric Trump told DailyMail.com.

Trump, 23, is a 2016 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she double majored in sociology and urban studies.

Georgetown Law is about a mile-and-a-half from the White House and is ranked 15 by U.S. News and World Report.

A spokeswoman for the Trump family did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

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Flynn Never Told DIA That Russians Paid Him, Officials Say


When the Defense Intelligence Agency renewed former director Mike Flynn’s security clearance in April 2016, he didn’t inform the agency that he’d been paid nearly $34,000 by a Russian state media outlet, NBC News reported.

Flynn disclosed a December 2015 trip to Moscow to the DIA, but never disclosed payment he received from RT, two U.S. officials told NBC News.

The U.S. Constitution prohibits retired generals from accepting foreign payments without permission, and now the Defense Department inspector general is investigating whether Flynn broke the rules.

When Flynn became national security adviser, he was required to obtain a new White House security clearance under the auspices of the CIA, but the clearance wasn’t granted before he was pushed out of the job.

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Route 4 in Farmington Partially Closed During Repair Work


Part of Route 4 in Farmington is down to one lane in both directions while crews make emergency repairs to fiber optics in the area Monday afternoon.

Farmington police said the road is closed between Interstate 84 and Mt. Spring Road.

Frontier Communications said they had a damaged transport cable in the area that needed repair.

"We have a crew on site and will be working through the evening to repair the damaged cable and get the traffic flow back to normal as soon as possible.We have contacted local authorities for assistance in directing traffic in the affected area. We apologize for the inconvenience as we make the necessary repairs," said Frontier spokesman Andy Malinoski in an email.

It was unclear exactly how long the work will take to complete. Drivers should expect delays in the area.

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Kushner China Sales Pitch Is 'Corruption': Expert


Backlash for a sales pitch from Jared Kushner's family firm to Chinese investors came quickly, with one former White House ethics advisor calling the weekend's presentation "corruption, pure and simple."

Richard Painter, formerly an attorney for President George W. Bush, said the sales pitch, which focused on an "investor visa" program and mentioned both Jared Kushner and President Donald Trump, came "very, very close to solicitation of a bribe."

Over the weekend, the Kushner Companies invited wealthy foreigners to sink cash into a New Jersey real estate project via the EB-5 program. The so-called "golden visa" program gives foreigners who invest at least $500,000 in U.S. development projects a faster track to pursue green cards for themselves and their families.

Nicole Meyer, Kushner's sister, said Monday through a spokesperson that she was sorry if anyone misinterpreted her mention of her brother.

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Yates: Flynn Susceptible to Russian Blackmail


Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates appeared before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference on the 2016 presidential election, testifying that Michael Flynn was susceptible to blackmail by Russia.

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2 Injured in Crash on Route 85 in Colchester


Two people have been injured in a crash in Colchester and LifeStar was called to fly one of the victims from the scene, according to officials. 

A vehicle hit a traffic pole on Route 85 and one person was thrown from it, according to the fire department.

Officials at the scene said LifeStar was called for one patient and another patient is being taken to Marlborough Medical Center.

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Shelton Man Accused of Growing Marijuana in his Home


Shelton police have arrested a man accused of growing marijuana in his home.

Anthony Martino, 38, was charged with illegal cultivation of marijuana and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Police said back in March they were tipped off that there was a marijuana grow operating at the home, and they obtained a search warrant for the home.

Based on what they found they applied for an arrest warrant. Police said that when they arrived Monday to arrest Martino, he ran and tried to hide from officers in the backyard. Eventually he surrendered himself, police said.

Martino was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 22.

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Driver Slams into Parked Cars on Route 5 in East Windsor: PD


A driver was taken to the hospital after crashing into three parked cars on Route 5 in Windsor Monday afternoon.

Police said around 2:30 p.m. a Dodge Charger was traveling north on Route 5 when for some reason the vehicle crossed the center line and hit three cars parked off the southbound lane in front of Major Auto.

The driver, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The cars sustained heavy damage.

East Windsor police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to come forward. Witnesses can contact Officer Daivd Simoes at 860-292-8240.

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Another Chilly Night Ahead


NBC Connecticut Meteorologists are forecasting another night with temperatures in the 30s.

Some residents in the northwest corner woke up to snow falling in their town. Check out this video from Norfolk which shows snow falling at a decent clip.

While we're not forecasting any snow tonight we are forecasting chilly temperatures.

Temperatures throughout the state are expected to fall into the 30s for much of the state.

Here's a look at the low temperatures forecast for tonight. The hilly locations of the state could experience some frost by morning. 

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Man Sues Airline After Flight Between Obese Passengers


American Airlines is being sued by an Australian traveler who says he suffered injuries after being seated next to two obese people for a 14-hour flight, NBC News reported.

Michael Anthony Taylor, 67, told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph he spent most of a trip from Sydney to Los Angeles "crouching, kneeling, bracing or standing."

He said the airline wouldn’t change his seat and that the positions worsened his scoliosis and caused back injuries as well as neck bruising.

The flight occurred on Dec. 28, 2015. A spokesperson for American Airlines told NBC News the company had just received the lawsuit and is reviewing the allegations.

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Ban on Tobacco Products at Cheshire Parks Starts Next Week


An ordinance banning tobacco products at parks in Cheshire goes into effect next week.

The Cheshire Parks Department says a new ordinance banning tobacco products from town parks aims at helping them clear up the air.

"It's toxic it's dangerous it's a health risk and we want to keep it away from kids," said Parks and Recreation Director Bob Ceccolini.

The ordinance, which passed 7-2 at a town council meeting in April, will affect all six town parks. Residents who spoke with NBC Connecticut were in favor of the move. 

"That's actually a good thing. It's not healthy for it to be around children," said Cheshire resident Kelly Plourde.

"Children should not be breathing second hand smoke outside," said resident Rich Lendino.

The ban includes cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and no e-cigarettes.

Officials said they’ll need help from the public to enforce the rules.

"People see something going on at the park they'll say something and we would think this would be the same thing," Ceccolini explained.

If users won’t comply, park visitors can call the police, and the violator face a $150 fine.

Parents say they will do what they can to ensure the rules are followed.

"I think it's a wonderful idea and if people want to smoke they can walk the 40 feet away and they smoke - they shouldn't be smoking around children anyway, it's a bad example. If they want to smoke when they get older that's their choice," Lendino said.

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Parishioner of Catholic Church That is Closing Speaks Out


A day after the announcement of a mass reorganization of churches by the Archdiocese of Hartford some parishioners are left wondering where they'll go next.

The most churches that will be impacted by the reorganization are in Waterbury, where 17 churches will either close or merge with other parishes.

Regular Mass will end at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish on Willow Street at the end of June. Its parishioners have been worshiping for around 100 years

Rich Corrigan of Watertown is upset because St. Margaret is a place where he and his family have made memories.

“I was baptized in the old church Dec. 2, 1951. I made my first communion there, I made my confirmation there. My wife and I were married there,” said Corrigan.

St. Margaret is slated to close, along with Sacred Heart, St. Lucy, and St. Stanislaus Kostka. Those four will merge with St. Anne and our Lady of Lourdes to become a new parish, known as All Saints. It is the largest union under the reorganization.

"The feeling is it’s frustration because I don’t believe that we should have closed," said Corrigan.

Corrigan said when the official decree was announced at his church, he filed an action to suppress it, but it was rejected.

“I still have a strong faith but my faith in the Catholic Church in the administration and the hierarchy and the people that we are dealing with have really been troubling to me. I mean it’s not a place I want to be," he said.

A spokesperson with the archdiocese of Hartford said that 186 church buildings will remain open and a total of 26 will close.

A closure doesn’t mean the physical building won’t ever be used – a spokesperson with the archdiocese told NBC Connecticut there still may be weddings and funerals in the building, just not regular Mass.

And it’s up to the new parish whether they will repurpose the buildings.

NBC Connecticut reached out to St. Margaret of Scotland Parish and it’s administrator, Reverend Diego Jimenez multiple times today but haven’t heard back.

For more information, visit the Office of Pastoral Planning website. 

The table below details the mergers. The names for newly created parishes were voted on by members of the archdiocese.

Note that some of the mergers have already taken place. Churches with an * are being closed, which means they will cease holding regular Mass by June 29. 

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Bear Makes Visit to Avon Home


A resident of Stagecoach Road in Avon received an unexpected visitor last week.

A black bear showed up on the back deck Wednesday morning while the homeowner was making brownies.

The homeowner said the bear spent about a half hour on the deck and put paws up on the glass slider leading to the kitchen.

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She told NBC Connecticut the bear had visited the backyard before, and she had previously taken steps to prevent bears from being attracted to the yard.

The bear eventually left, but the incident has neighbors spooked.

“Sometimes I let my dogs out in the back and do their thing. But now that seemed pretty aggressive and I may have to rethink letting my dogs out unsupervised,” said Charlie Whitney.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said they were aware of the incident but did not respond. A neighbor came to assist the homeowner in shooing off the animal.

DEEP noted that though the bear had tags on its ears, that doesn’t mean the animal has a history of bad behavior. Many bears are tagged in each ear for research purposes during hibernating season.

Officials said they are looking into the bear's behavior to see if any action needs to be taken, but stressed that it's common for bears to come on decks or porches, and it's becoming more frequent as the bear population grows.

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Police Return to Scene Where Human Remains Were Found in Greenwich


Police returned Monday to a Greenwich park were human remains were found last month and said they are rechecking and expanding the original search area, but have no new information on the case.

At 9:12 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, Greenwich Town Parks employees found human remains as they were clearing debris from a wooded area of Helen Binney Kitchel Natural Park. The office of the chief medical examiner responded and an anthropologist called in determined this was "not a recent event."

Police said Monday that they located only partial remains last month and wanted to recheck areas to be as thorough as possible and expand the search area in an attempt to find material or evidence that could still be hidden on the property. 

The investigation continues and anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-372-1176 or email tips@greenwichct.org.

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Waterbury's Mixmaster Upgrade Could Cost $8 Billion


State officials want Waterbury's Mixmaster – the Route 8 and Interstate 84 interchange - to meet current design standards, but such upgrades are estimated to cost billions of dollars.

The Mixmaster was built in the 1960's, and changes were made in the 1990’s, according to Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker.

And with 50 years being the usual life span of a bridge, he said it’s time for it to meet current design standards.

“Which will include having a full capacity of three lane I-84 from border to border - that’s what we’re hoping to have border to border widening the highway,” said Redeker.

The project also calls for improving the ramp system, as it has deteriorated throughout the years.

Redeker said the project could cost approximately $8 billion dollars.

It’s too early to know where the money would come from and when the project would start, but the public process starts this year to pick consultants who will figure out a plan to replace the bridge with the least disruption to traffic.

“We have been deploying accelerated bridge techniques where we can just drop a bridge in,” said Redeker.

Some people like Wanda Chiles say driving through the Mixmaster isn’t so smooth.

“Quite frankly, it actually scary driving on it. The lanes are narrow, to get from one exit to another sometimes we call it the suicide cross over,” Chiles said.

Redeker said the benefits of the project will outweigh the costs and will bring thousands of jobs to the area.

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Southington Drive-In Announces Summer Season Schedule


The Southington Drive-In has released its summer season schedule, and it includes titles from Beauty and the Beast to Jaws to The Goonies.

The Southington Drive-In is located at 935 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike and the summer season kicks off in June.

Gates to the drive-in open at 6 p.m. Southington residents pay $10 per car and non-residents pay $15.

For the full list of titles and more information, visit their Facebook page.

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New London Taking Precautions Amid Coyote Attacks on Pets


Some New London residents are unnerved after a family said a coyote attacked and killed their dog on the city’s south side this past weekend. 

The death follows a string of coyote sightings recently in that part of New London, including at least one other dog death. 

Now people are asking if the city is planning on taking additional precautions to protect against the wild animal.

“People are just saying, ‘Oh, they won’t hurt kids. Trust me they will. Somebody’s gonna get hurt,” exclaimed Jacqueline Taitague, who is mourning the loss of her Bichon, Poochie. She said a coyote attacked and killed Poochie Saturday.

She’s pleading for New London to do something about the coyotes. She said her kids are now afraid to go to the bus stop or play outside.

“They’re saying, ‘Mom, we can’t go outside now and play because the coyote’s going to eat us like they did to Poochie,’” Taitague said.

Another family on the south side of the city said a coyote mauled their pup, but he survived.

“You know, I want to be able to come outside and play and not worry about them taking off and the coyote – because it would be scary,” said Katie Hallisey of New London.

She lives on Chapel Drive and worries about her kids coming face-to-face with a coyote. This last weekend Hallisey said one ran past her and her son. Another time her husband was in the yard with their two German Shepherds and three coyotes started moving in on them.

But when it comes to ridding of coyotes, New London Mayor Michael Passero said his hands are somewhat tied. The city’s animal control is not able to handle coyotes and the city doesn’t meet the requirements to get a special permit through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), which would allow the city to hire a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator to take care of the problem.

That operator would put out metal foothold traps to catch the coyote, then humanely kill it, according to Dennis Schain, a spokesperson for DEEP.

The qualifications for the special permit include when coyotes are reported attacking supervised pets – like one on a leash – in yards, attacking livestock/poultry within fenced areas, or when “coyotes aggressively approach and threaten a person due to habituation, food conditioning, etc.,” wrote Schain in an email to NBC Connecticut.

Mayor Passero also said homes are too close together in New London.

“It would be a danger that the trap’s going to catch a dog or a child,” he said.

“We have been working with DEEP to make sure we do not have a threat to the public safety,” Passero added. He’s also working with police to get the word out about coyote safety precautions, and continues to report all coyote incidents to DEEP.

New London resident Lori Rembetski will not let her dog Freddie off a leash, but said a trap might not be the right solution.

She said city officials should try to find the den and find a way to relocate the coyotes. They’re too comfortable in the city. When people try to take pictures of them, they don’t back away.

“It’s a wild animal, they should be running away from the person. Not just hanging out,” Rembetski said.

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Committee Votes in Favor of East Windsor Casino Bill


State lawmakers voted in favor of a proposal that puts Connecticut one step closer to a new casino Monday.

The Senate Appropriates Committee voted on SB 957, which lays out how the state would regulate a casino facility in the state, and authorizes MMCT Venture, LLC, a joint venture between the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to operate a a casino facility off tribal lands.

The bill states that the facility would pay a 25 percent tax on slots and 25 percent on table games – with the revenue from table games being split - 15 percent going to statewide tourism marketing and 10 percent going directly to the state.

The committee voted 33 in favor and 13 opposed, with six lawmakers absent. The bill will still have to go through a full vote by the House and the Senate and be signed by the governor to become law.

East Windsor has already approved plans for a third casino to be built by MMCT Venture. The site would be at the abandoned Showcase Cinema property along Interstate 91. Tribal leaders said the facility would bring more than 1,700 jobs and $8.5 million annually to the town of East Windsor.

The tribes are pushing for quick action on the casino amid concerns of competition from a new MGM facility scheduled to open next year in Springfield, Mass.

There are also two proposals that would open the bidding process to the competition, allowing other tribes or commercial casinos to make an offer. 

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Danbury Schools Warn Parents of Self-Harm Challenge Game


The Danbury School District has issued a warning to parents about a dangerous challenge that could harm their kids.

The Blue Whale Challenge is a game that makers players take risks or hurt themselves in the form of 50 challenges, such as sitting on the edge of a roof or cutting themselves. Multiple reports say the last challenge is to commit suicide.

Administrators want to warn parents to be on the lookout for possible risky or self-harming behavior that could be tied to the challenge.

Some students at Danbury High School couldn’t understand the appeal.

"That's crazy...I think they should be more wise and mature," said Amal El-Mogharbel.

But administrators said there have been students researching the game on school computers, which is what prompted Danbury Superintendent of Schools Sal Pascarella to send the alert to parents.

"It's something clearly that is of adult nature and could be impacting," Pascarella said.

School administrators are monitoring school computer usage and have set up help for students who need it.

"We've alerted all our social workers and counselors so that know what's going on," Pascarella said.

The game is believed to have begun in Russia in 2015, and reports say more than 100 Russian teenagers have died as a result, though the link to the game is unconfirmed.

Administrators are urging parents to speak with their children about the dangers of such a game.

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State Lab Strained by High Number of Ticks Needing Testing


Officials have already warned that it’s a bad tick season. Now the state testing lab says nearly 40 percent of tickets tested in recent weeks carry Lyme disease, and the lab is experiencing a backlog.

The NBC Connecticut Troubleshoots spoke with one family waiting to hear what kind of consequences their brush with one tick may have.

The Borensteins say they regularly monitor their children, but missed a tiny tick burrowed in their 4-year-old daughter’s ear.

"We had no idea what it was. But it was pretty horrifying, pretty gross to look at," said Yanky Borenstein.

The family thinks their daughter picked the tick up on a playground, and that it probably fed on her blood for an entire weekend before it was discovered.

Borenstein brought the tick to the testing lab at the Agriculture Experiment Station in New Haven, where doctors test ticks to see if they carry Lyme or other diseases.

"We only test ticks that have blood fed and are engorged," Dr. Theodore Andreadis said.

Ticks are tested so people know if they need to be treated for various tick-transmitted diseases. Lyme disease, one of the most well-known, is a disease that, if left untreated, can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Typical symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash.

Andreadis said they’ve been overwhelmed by the number of ticks coming in to the facility for testing this year.

"It takes several hours just to open these envelopes, determine the species and engorgement status and find out how many will be tested. Routinely, we determine about 80-percent of these ticks needs testing and you can imagine if you receive 1000 of these ticks, we test 800 of them," explained Dr. Goudarz Molaei, a research scientist and director of the tick testing program.

the lab told the Borensteins that they’ll have to wait longer than the normal two to three day wait because of the backlog at the facility.

The agency is under a state-mandated hiring freeze and unable to fill a recent vacancy, which is contributing to the issue.

"We're hoping state officials will realize this is an important service we're contributing to the health and well-being of residents," Molaei said.

Andreadis says they need more people to keep up with all the tick testing.

"Some people/physicians are waiting to make a determination to treat. But we're doing best we can, to keep up," Andreadis said.

Andreadis says you need to check yourself very closely, because ticks will feed closely on humans and pets alike.

Veterinarian Dr. Danielle Bresnan Furphy suggests using a lint roller on pets during tick check.

"I always check behind their ears, behind their neck and really look around the collar bc that's where they like to go," Furphy said.

She also recommends flea and tick products.

"It's more important you protect your animals from the disease so you don't bring it in your house and infect yourself," she said.

Another lesser known concern is the emerging viral disease called Powassan virus, which is transmitted to humans by infected ticks. Powassan virus can cause long-term neurological problems and people with severe cases often require hospitalization, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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For more information on Powassan Virus, click here. 

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