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Plainville Votes on Multi-Million Dollar School Renovations


Residents of Plainville will vote Tuesday on a multi-million dollar proposal for school renovations.

The plan is going to a town-wide referendum today.

The proposal mostly concerns improvements to Wheeler Elementary School on Cleveland Drive.

The Hartford Courant reports that the plans include a new front entrance, adding air conditioning to the entire building, and replacing the mechanical system.

The referendum would also be approving renovations to the parking lot at Plainville High School.

Construction is estimated to cost $25 million, but almost half - $12 million – would be reimbursed by the state, leaving residents responsible for the remaining $13 million.

Voting is at the Plainville Fire House from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Shore Line East Service Resumes at New London Station


Train service at the Shore Line East New London station has resumed after being suspended indefinitely when wires came down Tuesday morning.

The railroad tweeted around 6 a.m. that service was suspended. Amtrak officials said downed wires were causing service issues in the area. About an hour later the rail road confirmed that service was back up and running close to or on schedule after the temporary suspension.

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2 Accused of Car Theft in Incidents in Hartford's North End


Two people have been charged with stealing cars in two separate incidents in the North End of Hartford Monday.

In the first, a juvenile suspect was issued a misdemeanor summons after being stopped while driving a car reported stolen out of Manchester.

Police said they were conducting narcotics surveillance when they spotted the car speeding through a stop sign on Pliny Street. The driver was taken into custody without incident, and eventually turned over to his mother, who was on scene. He was charged with first-degree larceny, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and failure to obey a stop sign.

In the second incident, 25-year-old Corey Robinson was arrested after first being spotted in the vehicle near Garden Street.

According to police, Robinson was driving recklessly and ran through stop signs. Officers followed Robinson to 584 Garden Street, where he stopped and ran off on foot, police said.

Robinson was arrested after a short pursuit. He was charged with third-degree larceny, interfering with police, and other motor vehicle violations.

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WH Preps for Comey's Testimony, But Without a 'War Room'


The White House wanted to create an in-house command post, or "war room," to contain fallout from any damaging testimony from fired FBI Director James Comey this Thursday, NBC News reported.

But that task has instead shifted outside the administration, with the president's aides expected to deflect all Comey-related questions on Thursday to President Donald Trump's outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz.

"There's no war room. Zero," one source close to the White House declared. Another administration source said it simply "never took off."

Kasowitz has been laying low, but he'll have to respond on Thursday, or else Comey's words alone could define the storyline. And Comey allies have told NBC News he's eager to tell his story after being fired on May 9.

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Have an EBT Card? You Can Now Get Amazon Prime at a Discount


People who receive government assistance are now eligible for a discount on Amazon Prime, the online retailer announced Tuesday. 

Customers who have a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card qualify for the discounted $5.99 monthly membership, half the regular price, for one year. It includes free two-day shipping on more than 50 million eligible Amazon items and same-day delivery options as well as unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, photo storage and subscription savings features. 

EBTs, a card commonly used to disburse funds for government programs including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC), can't be used to pay for membership. Amazon says it plans to expands its discount offering in the future to benefit people on government assistance programs that do not use EBT cards. 

There's no annual commitment for Amazon Prime, and membership can be canceled at any time. Customers can also sign up for a 30-day free trial here.

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Cause of Petroleum in Naugatuck River Was One-Time Issue: DEEP


Crews from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the Naugatuck River near downtown Seymour to investigate the cause of a sheen that was seen on the river yesterday and said it appeared to be from a small one-time release. 

DEEP said they were looking into the source of a petroleum discharge that pooled up around the fish ladder in downtown Seymour and determined that this was not a significant ongoing issue.

Crews have left the scene.

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Michelle Obama to Talk Empowerment at Apple Conference


Former first lady Michelle Obama made an appearance Tuesday at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference for a "fireside chat."

CEO Tim Cook made the surprise announcement Monday at the end of his keynote address to the crowd in San Jose.  

Cook didn't provide many details about what Obama would discuss, but said it would be about "empowering people from all walks of life to make the world a better place."

During her time as first lady, Obama launched several initiatives that focused on themes of empowerment. Her Let's Move! campaign worked to address childhood obesity, Reach Higher encouraged young people in the U.S. to enroll in higher education and Let Girls Learn helped young girls around the world go to school. 

A Conversation with Michelle Obama and Lisa Jackson began at 9 a.m. PT. The talk was closed to the public and was not be live streamed or broadcasted, according to Apple.

During the first day of Apple's conference, the tech giant on Monday unveiled its new "HomePod" speaker, virtual reality technology and software developments for its line of products.

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Norwich Man Accused of Killing Wife Pleads Not Guilty


A Norwich man accused of shooting and killing his wife of just three weeks in 2009 has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court next month.

Chihan Eric Chyung, 54, is accused of shooting his wife on June 2, 2009 at their home on Norwich Avenue in Taftville.

According to the prosecutor's report, Chyung claimed to have shot his wife accidentally, saying his finger was not “consciously” on the trigger when he fired it.

The report stated that Chyung and his wife, Paige, had been arguing for most of the evening when she left the house. When she returned, Chyung had packed a suitcase and was waiting in the kitchen for her.

The arguing continued and when Chyung decided to leave, he realized he had forgotten his gun upstairs and went to get it. He didn’t want to have his Glock 9mm pistol stolen, and since his wife didn’t know how to use it, he was going to take it with him.

Chyung told police that when he was about to put the gun away in his suitcase when it fired in the direction of his wife. When he saw her lying on the kitchen floor with blood around her head, he knew she was dead and didn’t check to see.

Instead, he just left in his pickup truck without calling police. According to the report, as he was driving he "called a close friend and told him he had killed his wife.” The friend urged him to go back and call 911.

On his way home, Chyung got lost several times and finally called police at 11:39 p.m., telling them, “I killed my wife. I killed her. I didn’t mean to,” according to the Norwich Bulletin.

Chyung was charged with murder and first-degree manslaughter with a firearm. He remains in custody on $3 million bond.

He appealed to the state Supreme Court, arguing that the jury verdicts convicting him of murder and manslaughter were conflicting. He says murder is an intentional act and manslaughter is a reckless act.

He is due back in court on Aug. 22.

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Nurse Killed in London Bridge Attack 'Ran Towards Danger'


Authorities have identified a second victim in the deadly London Bridge terror attack, and her family said Tuesday said she died "as she ran towards danger," NBC News reported.

Australian Kirsty Boden, 28, was living and working in the British capital when three people began a rampage on London Bridge Saturday, driving into a crowd before getting out and stabbing at bystanders in a nearby market. Boden worked at a hospital nearby.

"As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life," her family said in a statement released by the London Metropolitan Police.

They said they were proud of her selfless actions, while the chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, which runs her hospital, called Boden an "outstanding nurse" and a "one in a million" member of staff "who always went the extra mile for the patients in her care."

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Discounted Tickets for Big E for 1 Day Only


The Big E is 100 days away and you can get tickets at a discount if you buy them today. 

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can get tickets online for $8. There is a limit of eight tickets per order. 

The regular ticket price is $15.

“We’re rolling our ticket price back for one day only! This deep discount is our way of showing our appreciation to our Big E guests for their loyalty, enthusiasm and support during our Centennial celebration last year,” Gene Cassidy, president and CEO of Eastern States Exposition, said in a statement. 

The Big E takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 1. 

Announcement will continue to come about the Big E, but the Sugar Hill Gang performs Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. on the Court Of Honor and Sheila E. will perform on Sept. 24 on the Her show starts at 8 p.m.  

See the rest of the concert lineup here. 

Library Book Returned Nearly 52 Years Later


It took more than five decades, but a long overdue library book has been returned to a library in Connecticut.

The book, “Who Has Seen the Wind,” by W.O. Mitchell, was due on Sept. 29, 1965, according to the West Hartford Libraries.

Someone returned the book to the book drop on Monday morning. On the book was a short handwritten note.

“Returning this book to you after too many years. Sorry it has taken so long,” the note says.

The library’s response is one of gratitude.

“Thank you to whomever dropped this in our Book Drop this morning! Note reads "Returning this book to you after too many years. Sorry it has taken so long." Note that it was due on September 29, 1965 - we appreciate it!”

The book was published in 1947 and it was made into a movie in 1977.

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Vehicle Crashes Into Building in Canton Shopping Center


A vehicle has crashed into the Outlet Food Store in the shopping center of 220 Albany Turnpike in Canton. 

Police said they don’t know if there are any injuries. 

No additional information was immediately available.

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New Britain Man Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash


A New Britain man is undergoing surgery after a hit-and-run driver struck him on Jubilee Street Sunday morning, and New Britain police are trying to find the driver.

The victim, identified at 55-year-old Luis Delgado, was hit by a car in front of his home at 167 Jubilee Street around 11:40 a.m. Sunday, according to his family.

Delgado had just finished mowing the lawn, noticed something in his driveway and went to pick it up when he was struck, his wife said.

He suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries, police confirmed.

The suspect vehicle is described as a late 1980s or early 1990s Honda Civic-type sedan. The car would have damage to the front end, hood and windshield.

Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact Sgt. Steven King at 860-826-3071.

Senate Expected to Pass Bill to Toughen State’s Hate Crime Laws


The state Senate is expected to pass a bill today that could lead to Connecticut enacting the toughest hate crime laws in the United States

The bill reclassifies what a hate crime is and increase penalties for such crimes. 

It would also broaden statutes to include threats directed against houses of worship, religious community centers and day care centers as hate crimes. 

The legislation also calls for establishing a statewide hate crimes advisory council and establishes hotlines to provide help for persons inquiring about or reporting hate crimes. 

The bill also provide employees protections if they need limited time from work to care for a child whose school or day care center is evacuated or closed due to a threat of violence. 

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Man Charged in Crash on I-91 That Killed Woman


A 27-year-old Windsor Locks man has been arrested and charged in connection with a crash on Interstate 91 South in Enfield last year that killed a woman and badly injured a man.

Brett Spencer Verona, 27, of Windsor Locks, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, reckless driving and other violations in connection with the crash on I-91 South in Enfield just after midnight on June 13, 2016.

Police said he was changing lanes near exit 48 when he hit the back of a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Randal Lee Ruelle, 48, of Milford. Ruelle sustained serious injuries and was transported to Saint Francis Hospital.

His passenger, Caroline Brazeau Mcallister, 48, of Milford, was transported to Baystate Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.

After a lengthy investigation, police have arrested Verona and have also charged him with second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, evading responsibility, failure to drive a reasonable distance apart and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released on $50,000 bond and is due in court on June 14.

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Red Sox Fans React to Pedro Martinez's Tweet About Big Papi


Red Sox fans are still holding out hope that David Ortiz will return to the game and former player Pedro Martinez led the charge on Twitter Monday night.

Martinez tweeted, "Big Papi is working out, and I know he is in baseball shape, and the @RedSox could use a bit of his bat" on Monday night prompting reaction from fans.

Mathew Helman tweeted, "Don't tease us Pedro! (Could use your arm in the rotation right now, too!)"

Annie added, "Could you both come out of retirement? Just for this series?"


Kenny Stevens posted, "Pedro this is cruel. But if it's real I'll love you forever."

Ortiz had previously said his retirement is final but Red Sox fans continue to wait for his return to the game.

Martinez later clarified his statement and tweeted, "I didn't say David is making a come back, I said David is in baseball shape because he works out, and the team could use a swing or two."

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Southwest Airlines Offers Major Sale for a 3 Days


If you want to get away on Southwest Airlines, you had better act fast.

Starting today, Southwest Airlines is running a three-day sale, offering some one-way tickets for as little as $49.

Tickets purchased during the sale must be used between Aug. 22 and Dec. 13, according to Southwest’s website.

From Bradley Airport, the airline is offering deals to four destinations. You can get to Baltimore, Maryland, starting at $49 for one-way; to Chicago for $99 for one-way; Fort Lauderdale for $99 each way and to Fort Meyers for $90 for one-way.

Southwest is offering deals from Newark to Chicago Midway, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Orlando, San Juan and St. Louis.

If you want to leave from LaGuardia, you can get a deal to Kansas City, Milwaukee, Nashville and St. Louis.

The deals from T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island are to Baltimore, Tampa and Washington.

The sale will also get you from Logan Airport in Boston to Atlanta, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Nashville and St. Louis.

Full details and prices are available on the airline's website.

The sale ends Thursday night at 11:59 p.m.

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Mass Firings at Uber After Sexual Harassment Probe: Source


Ride-sharing company Uber has fired at least 20 people after the tech giant investigated claims of sexual harassment within its ranks, NBC News reported.

The law firm Perkins Coie investigated 215 claims in its probe into the allegations. One hundred resulted in no action, according to a source. It was not immediately known who was among the at least 20 people fired.

NBC Bay Area has reached out to the company for comment.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was investigating claims of sexual harassment at Uber in a separate probe.

That investigation was sparked by a blog post written by a former Uber engineer, Susan Fowler, who said the company's human resources department ignored her complaints about her boss' advances because was a high performer, dooming her prospects at the company.

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