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I-84 to Be Shut Down in Waterbury Overnight


Construction will close Interstate 84 overnight in Waterbury in both directions beginning Sunday night.

The construction work is part of an improvement to the Scott Road bridge.

I-84 will be closed in both directions by Exit 25 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Sunday night through Thursday night, May 18.

Drivers will be detoured off the highway during those times.

According to state police, eastbound I-84 traffic will detour off the highway at Exit 25, continue straight on Reidville Drive, and re-enter I-84 at the 25 on ramp at Scott Road.

Westbound I-84 traffic will detour off the highway at Exit 25, continue straight onto Plank Road, and reenter I-84 via the 25 on ramp.

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Poll: Nearly Half Call House GOP Health Care Bill a Bad Idea


By a 2-to-1 ratio, Americans say the health care legislation that was recently passed by the House and supported by President Donald Trump is a bad idea instead of a good idea, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Forty-eight percent say it's a bad idea, including 43 percent of respondents who "strongly" believe that.

By contrast, just 23 percent call the legislation a good idea, including 18 percent who "strongly" say that.

This past February, however, 43 percent of Americans called the Obama plan a good idea, while 41 percent said it was bad.

On May 4, the House approved legislation - by a narrow 217-213 majority - to repeal and replace Obama's Affordable Care Act. No Democrats voted for the bill, and the legislative activity has since moved to the U.S. Senate.

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Lyft, Waymo Agree to Work on Self-Driving Car Technology


In the race to the self-driving future, Lyft has agreed to work with Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google's parent company, to bring autonomous vehicles to the masses, both companies told NBC News on Sunday night.

The announcement comes as Waymo has accused Lyft's biggest competitor, Uber, of stealing trade secrets from the company to advance its own self-driving operation.

In a statement to NBC News, a Lyft representative said the plan is to partner with Waymo to "safely and responsibly launch self-driving vehicle pilots."

"Waymo holds today's best self-driving technology, and collaborating with them will accelerate our shared vision of improving lives with the world's best transportation," the company said.

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Connecticut Considering Tax on Sugary Drinks


A proposal to tax sugary drinks is back on the table in Connecticut.

A bill that stalled earlier this year proposes a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks. That means a 20-ounce soda would cost an extra 20 cents.

HB 7314 targets non-alcoholic drinks that have a sweetener with calories.

On Monday advocates of the bill planned to make another public push.

They argue a sugary drink tax could raise more than $145 million per year, money that they believe could be used to support health programs focused on preventing obesity and heart disease.

It could also go to Connecticut Care 4 Kids program, which helps low-income families pay for childcare.

Advocates also say the tax could help offset the state’s $2.3 billion deficit.

However not everyone is on board with the idea. Earlier this year NBC Connecticut spoke to the Connecticut Food Association, which worried that a tax on sugary drinks would push Connecticut residents to do their grocery shopping over state lines.

Senator Terry Gerratana and Representative Jonathan Steinberg, along with University of Connecticut Rudd Center staff, and American Heart Association staff and You’re the Cure advocates, are scheduled to hold a press conference on the bill Monday at 11 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building.

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Joel Barlow High School in Redding Closed Monday


Joel Barlow High School in Redding is closed Monday because of a plumbing issue, according to the police department.

Police said that all other schools in the district are open as usual.

According to a post on the school's website, there is a broken ppe in the water treatment system, which means there is no water pressue in the building.

It was not immediately clear if classes would resume Tuesday.

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Firefighters Rescue Pets from Stamford House Fire


Stamford firefighters rescued several pets from a fire in a multi-family home on Green Street Sunday evening.

Fire officials said crews were called to a porch fire at 8 Green Street around 6:30 p.m. When they arrived they found heavy fire showing from the second-floor porch of the home and fire extending into two apartments.

During a search, firefighters found several pets in the home and safely removed them from danger. All the human occupants made it out of the home unharmed.

It took firefighters about 15 minutes to get the fire under control. Two of the four apartments in the home were damaged by the fire. The American Red Cross responded to provide assistance to two occupants.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo Credit: Stamford Fire Department

18-Year-Old Shot in New Haven


An 18-year-old was injured in a shooting in New Haven early Saturday morning, according to police.

New Haven police said that around 2:20 a.m. Saturday they were called to 279 Highland Street for a reported gunshot victim. When they arrived they found an 18-year-old victim suffering gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Police believe the shooting happened inside the home.

The victim, who was not identified, was listed in stable and guarded condition as of Saturday night, according to police.

More details were not immediately available.

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Drunken Driver Hit Undercover State Police Cruiser: CSP


Connecticut State Police arrested a man accused of driving drunk and striking a state police cruiser Saturday night.

Zachary McDougal, 19, of Newington, faces drunken driving charges.

Police said around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, McDougal was driving north on Main Street in Hartford. A state trooper in an unmarked vehicle was traveling south on Main Street. According to police, when the traffic light turned green McDougal failed to yield right of way to the cruiser and tried to turn left onto Pleasant Street, hitting the cruiser in the process.

The trooper was taken to Hartford Hospital with minor injuries. McDougal did not report any injuries.

McDougal admitted to drinking alcohol and failed field sobriety tests, police said. He was charged with operating under the influence and operating a motor vehicle as a minor with an elevated blood alcohol content. He was released on a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 25.

Hartford police responded for accident investigation.

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Honest Company Recalls Baby Wipes Due to Mold


The Honest Company announced it is voluntarily recalling baby wipes due to the possible presence of mold.

The company, which was co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, says it's unlikely the mold is dangerous and the recall was issued "out of abundance of caution." Consumers are advised to check if the packages of Honest Wipes they purchased are affected in the recall.

The recall includes:

  • 10 count packages, UPC 0817810011276, 0816645024079, 0817810011276
  • 72 count packages, UPC 0817810011863, 7000000011863, 0816645023584, 0816645023591
  • 288 count packages, UPC 0817810014680
  • 576 count packages, UPC 0817810028540
The wipes were sold separately and included in Honest Diaper Cakes, Baby Basics Gift Set and Baby Arrival Gift Set.

The lot number is located on the back of Wipes packages. 

The Honest Company said no other products were impacted by the recall. Consumers may return affected products for a full refund.

For more information about the recall can be found online by clicking here.

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Woman Charged With Murder After Chicago Teen Rammed Into Tree


A 24-year-old woman was charged with murder in a grisly attack that left a teenager, the daughter of a Chicago police officer, dead over the weekend. 

Chynna Stapleton, of Chicago, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the gruesome killing of 18-year-old Tatyanna Lewis Friday night. Police said the teen was murdered after a woman repeatedly rammed her into a tree with a car on the city’s Far South Side.

The incident occurred around 11:10 p.m. in the 11400 block of S. May Street in the city's Morgan Park neighborhood, according to police.

Officials said Lewis and the 24-year-old woman were in a verbal argument when the woman entered an SUV and chased Lewis down the sidewalk.

She then crashed into the teen, repeatedly striking her against a tree before fleeing, authorities said.

Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

She died from multiple blunt-force injuries, the medical examiner found, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Bystanders said the SUV jumped the curb at a high rate of speed, tearing through the front lawn before the crash. 

“As soon as I looked out my window I saw a girl being rammed into the tree, and ran over and backed over and over again,” said witness Brittany Patrick. “She hit my car, backing over the body and then backed back over the body and got away.”

Just hours before her death, Lewis had posted on Facebook about a possible impending confrontation, with neighbors saying the argument was over a man.

Community activist and anti-violence advocate Andrew Holmes said a child was in the backseat of the car at the time, calling the incident “very disturbing.”

“I mean, an altercation between two females, two women and one was a mother – and it went wrong,” Holmes said.

The 24-year-old woman fled the scene but was later apprehended by police, authorities said. Investigators recovered the SUV about a mile and a half away, near West 115th and South LaSalle Streets. 

Stapleton, who police allege also crashed into numerous other vehicles while fleeing the scene, is expected to appear in bond court Monday. It wasn't immediately clear if she had an attorney who could answer to the murder charge.

Photo Credit: Chicago Police

MTA Hands Out 'Baby on Board' Buttons to Pregnant Riders


Pregnant woman now have a new tool to help them get a seat on the subway. 

The MTA is distributing buttons that say "Baby on Board!" and "Please offer me a seat." The latter button is also available to seniors and those with disabilities. 

“Pregnant riders, seniors and those with disabilities often need seats more than others but their condition may not always be visible,” said MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim. "We hope this campaign will help their fellow riders to be more willing to offer them a seat without having to ask a personal question first."

The pilot program began on Mother's Day and runs through Labor Day. 

Many pregnant women have complained that straphangers don't offer them seats. 

Last fall, Olivia Wilde Twitter shamed subway riders after no one got up to give the pregnant actress a seat.

“NBD, able-bodied riders who won’t give your seat to a GIANT preggo. I’ll just stand riiiiight next to your head and pray I go into labor,” she tweeted.

In March, a pregant commuter awarded a statue to the first man to give up his seat for her during two pregancies. 

Yvonne Lin had been carrying around a bronze trophy that read "#1 DECENT DUDE" in case she encountered an upstanding gentleman.

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KeyBank in Coventry Closed for White Powder Investigation


KeyBank in Coventry will be closed until further notice as authorities work to investigate after white powder was found in an envelope left in the bank’s depository

KeyBank released a statement Monday morning, saying they are acting on the guidance of local authorities to keep the branch at 3534 Main St. in Coventry closed for an extended period. 

On Saturday morning, branch employees found white powder in an envelope that was left in the branch night depository. 

Police said the four employees who were exposed did not show any signs of being sick but were decontaminated. 

On Monday, police said they are not sure what the powder is and they are waiting for results from the state lab. 

KeyBank is working with local authorities and public health agencies to investigate the nature of the white powder and said they are choosing to err on the side of caution and with respect for any concerns of employees and clients who work in or use the branch. 

KeyBank clients can complete banking transactions at the following nearby branches: 

  • Storrs Branch, 596 Middle Turnpike, Storrs
  • Tolland Branch, 215 Merrow Road, Tolland
  • Columbia Branch, 164 Middletown Road, Columbia
  • Willington Branch, 11 Phelps Way, Willington 

Customers can also bank online or by telephone: 1-800-Key2You® (1-800-539-2968).

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Cromwell Police Seek Car Thief


Police in Cromwell are searching for the person who stole a vehicle early Monday morning.

Police said they were called for a report of someone rummaging through a vehicle near Washington Road. Officers on scene told NBC Connecticut that they spotted a suspicious vehicle that took off when the driver saw police. The person then bailed on Washington Road near Route 372.

A K9 unit was called in to search for the suspect but so far police have been unable to locate anyone.

The owner of the vehicle, who was not aware his car had been stolen, was notified of the incident, police said.

Police said unlocked cars being burglarized or stolen is an ongoing issue in the area.

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Gin Blossoms Scheduled to Perform During Travelers Championship


The music lineup for the Travelers Championship in Cromwell in June has been released and the Gin Blossoms will be one of the acts.

The Gin Blossoms, famous for songs including “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You,” “Follow You Down,” Til I Hear It from You,” and more, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24 in the MetroHartford Alliance Fan Zone.

The Gin Blossoms were scheduled to perform last year, but there was a threat of severe weather and the show was canceled.

Country singer Drake White and The Big Fire, who sings “Livin’ the Dream” and “It Feels Good,” will perform Thursday, June 23 around 7 p.m. 

You can attend the Liberty Bank Concert Series by buying an Any One Day Ticket. 

The Travelers Championship will take place June 19 to 25 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Tickets are on sale now at www.TravelersChampionship.com. This year’s field includes Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk and defending champion Russell

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Mother Charged with Manslaughter in Death of Autistic Son


A Hartford mother has been charged with manslaughter in the death of her autistic teenage son, who was brought to Hartford Hospital emaciated in February and died hours later. 

Katiria Tirado, 33, was previously arrested and charged with one count of cruelty to persons after her 17-year-old son, Matthew Tirado, was brought to Hartford Hospital emaciated and with cuts and bruises on his body in February.

Matthew Tirado's death has been ruled a homicide by fatal child abuse syndrome with dehydration and malnutrition by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

On February 14, 2017, Katiria Tirado, called 911 at 2:53 a.m. that morning to report that her son was vomiting at an apartment on 519 Park St. and had “gall stones,” police said.

"My 17-year-old son– I don't know what it is– but he might have gall-gall stones because he's been vomiting for the past 24 hours. Now his belly is bulging. But he hasn't urinated anything. I mean, I used to have gall stones before and I know what it feels like and how it looks like," the mother said during a 911 call that police released in March.

Emergency crews responded to the home and brought Matthew to the Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:15 a.m on February 15.

The investigation began when the medical examiner reported some suspicious findings following an autopsy, according to Hartford police.

Hartford police said the "severely" autistic 5-foot-9 teen weighed approximately 88 pounds and had cuts and bruises on his arms, face and chest, and broken bones.

Katiria Tirado was charged with first-degree manslaughter on Friday. An additional $750,000 bond was set with the new warrant. She is set to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Monday, where she will be arraigned on the new charge. 

Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Struck-Down NC Voter ID Law


The Supreme Court declined to hear North Carolina's appeal of a ruling that found its legislature intended to discriminate against minorities through one of the toughest voter ID laws in the United States, NBC News reported.

The law required photo ID, eliminated the ability to register and vote the same day, reduced the period for early voting by a week and more. It was passed after the Supreme Court invalidated parts of the federal Voting Rights Act in 2013.

But a court of appeals found North Carolina's law targeted African Americans "with almost surgical precision" in a blistering decision in July.

The Justice Department filed a brief urging the Supreme Court not to take up the case just one day before Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. Trump's Justice Department didn't take a position on the case.

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Barron Trump to Attend St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Md.


President Donald Trump's youngest son, Barron, will attend St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, this fall after he moves from New York to D.C. with his mother. 

First lady Melania Trump confirmed the news in a statement to News4. 

"We are very excited for our son to attend St. Andrew's Episcopal School," she said. "It is known for its diverse community and commitment to academic excellence. The mission of St. Andrew's is 'to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service,' all of which appealed to our family." 

The school did not respond to an inquiry. 

Barron, 11, attended Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in New York and is reportedly fluent in Slovenian, his mother's first language.

St. Andrew's serves children age 2 through 12th grade. The private school boasts small class sizes, with about 11 to 13 children per class, according to the school's website. Tuition for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade is $38,590 per year for the upcoming school year.

The drive from the White House to the school is about 35 minutes in light traffic. 

The Daily Caller was first to report the news, based on unnamed sources.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

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Fallen Tree Closes South Main Street in Seymour


South Main Street in Seymour is closed between Maple and Pearl streets because a tree has fallen and damaged a utility pole and wires. Police said the road will be closed until the tree is removed and damage to pole and wires is repaired.

Use Maple and Pearl streets as an alternate route.

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New York Man Accused of Assaulting Police Officers in Greenwich


A New York man is accused of assaulting Greenwich police officers while trying to escape from authorities who were investigating him as a suspect in vandalism.

Police said several officers were in the Cos Cob area Sunday after receiving reports that 33-year-old Robert Moran, of Glendale, New York, vandalized a residence and they told him he was under arrest and was ordered to lie on the ground.

Moran instead tried to escape and several officers brought him to the ground, where he continued to resist, but was placed in handcuffs.

Three officers and Moran were injured and police said he made threats to the officers during the struggle and after, according to police.

Doctors at Greenwich Hospital treated Moran for injuries and he remains in their care. Police said the injuries are not life-threatening.

The injured officers were treated at the emergency room and released.

When Moran return to the Greenwich Police Department, police plan to charge him with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief in the first degree, robbery in the third degree, three counts of risk of injury to a minor, two counts of interfering with an emergency call, interfering with an officer, two counts of assault on a police officer and two counts of threatening in the second degree.

Bond will be set at $100,000 and Moran is scheduled to appear in court on May 16.

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Expect Delays on Farmington Avenue in Farmington After Crash


Expect delays on Route 4, or Farmington Avenue, in Farmington, through rush hour after a crash this morning. 

The road was closed between Brickyard Road and West Avon Road, or Route 167, because of a crash that brought down a light pole and police said it is now open to one lane. 

Traffic will be alternating through rush hour, so police warn drivers to be prepared for delays. 

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