New union ad targets top GOP leaders in state budget battle

HARTFORD — A state employee union has taken aim at two top Republican lawmakers in a new TV ad that urges the General Assembly to impose higher taxes on Connecticut’s wealthy citizens and corporations.The 30-second spot , dubbed “Connecticut: The Movie,” was paid for by SEIU 1199, New England. It began airing statewide Thursday morning and comes days after state employee union leaders announced […] Read more of  New union ad targets top GOP leaders in state budget battle

Report: Connecticut gains 7,000 net jobs in June

HARTFORD — A new report shows Connecticut gained 7,000 net jobs in June, moving closer toward recovering all the jobs lost in the 2008-2010 recession.Thursday’s Department of Labor monthly employment report indicates Connecticut has recovered 84 percent of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the so-called Great Recession. The state still needs an additional 19,100 jobs to reach full recovery.Andy Condon, director of the agency’s Office of Research, notes that […] Read more of  Report: Connecticut gains 7,000 net jobs in June

Motorcycle hits wall in Moosup; driver flown to Hartford Hospital

PLAINFIELD — Police are investigating after a motorcycle hit a stone wall Thursday afternoon on Green Hollow Road in Wauregan, injuring the driver. Police said Adam Kovarovics, 54, was driving a 2005 Honda VT 750 northbound at about 1:54 p.m. on Green Hollow Road when the bike went off the roadway on the right side and hit the stone wall.  Members of the Plainfield Police Department, Atwood Hose Fire Company, QV Medic and American Legion Ambulance responded to […] Read more of  Motorcycle hits wall in Moosup; driver flown to Hartford Hospital

Quinnipiac’s Andrew and Aaron Robinson balling out at Greater Hartford Pro-Am

(WTNH)–One of the best things about the Hartford Pro-Am is all of the great storylines that come out of it. On Wednesday, the Robinson twins (Aaron and Andrew) from Quinnipiac laced them up. Aaron went off for 32 points. He nailed ten threes in his last game. Andrew provided some good minutes as well. The two say they’re often mistaken for one another. “Especially walking around in the winter with hoodies on,” Aaron said. “People call me Andrew. I’ve basically become immune to it, to where if somebody says Andrew, Read More …

Malloy’s budget director says fiscal 2017 to end in surplus

Read more of  Malloy’s budget director says fiscal 2017 to end in surplus HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is poised to wrap up last fiscal year with a small surplus. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy‘s budget director, Ben Barnes, announced Thursday the state’s main spending account is projected to close with a $35.7 million surplus. That’s a $142.9 million improvement from last month, when it appeared the state was facing a $107.2 million shortfall. Barnes says the projected surplus is due to “successfully implemented austerity measures” and strong year-end performance by several taxes, Read More …

Motorcyclist crashes into stone wall in Moosup

MOOSUP, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are investigating after a motorcyclist crashed his motorcycle into a stone wall in Moosup on Thursday afternoon. Around 2:00 p.m., members of the Plainfield Police Department, Plainfield Fire Department Atwood Hose Fire Department and American Legion Ambulance responded to a motorcycle crash on Green Hollow Road in Moosup. Once first responders arrived, they learned that 54-year-old Adam Kovarovics was operating a 2005 Honda VT 750 northbound on Green Hollow Road when he failed to maintain his proper lane, causing his motorcycle to go on the Read More …

Former virtual currency CEO pleads guilty to $9M fraud

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former CEO of companies that sold the virtual currency Paycoin and hashlets has pleaded guilty in Connecticut to a $9 million fraud. Homero Joshua Garza pleaded guilty on Thursday to wire fraud. Prosecutors say the former Somers resident ran several companies in the business of virtual currency. Virtual currency can be mined by computers doing complex algorithms. It’s is not legal tender but can be used within certain communities instead of cash. Prosecutors say Garza’s sold customers the right to more virtual currency than his Read More …

Impact of Obamacare on Connecticut quantified in new report

HARTFORD >> Just as replacement efforts seem to have fallen short in Congress, a new report released Wednesday attempts to quantify the impact the Affordable Care Act has had on Connecticut. The report, compiled by the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center with the help and financial backing of the Connecticut Health Foundation, seeks to explain what could happen if federal lawmakers move ahead with repeal. Read More of  Impact of Obamacare on Connecticut quantified in new report

Malloy signs law letting Connecticut tribes build East Windsor casino

HARTFORD >> Bookended by the two tribal chairmen, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ceremonially signed legislation that allows the tribes to move forward with plans for an East Windsor casino. Malloy had actually signed the legislation into law three weeks ago, but he did take a new step on Thursday when he signed documents amending the memorandums of understanding the state has with the two tribes. Read More of  Malloy signs law letting Connecticut tribes build East Windsor casino

Former Shelton man gets 15 years for robbing 4 banks, including one in Milford

HARTFORD >> A Shelton man will serve 15 years in federal prison for robbing four Connecticut banks last summer. Between June 2 and July 13 of 2016, Scott Taylor, 47, formerly of Shelton, robbed four branches of Chase Bank in Westport, Milford, Norwalk and Stratford, according to a release from the U. Read more of  Former Shelton man gets 15 years for robbing 4 banks, including one in Milford

Tribes, governor sign changes to compact allowing new casino

Read more of  Tribes, governor sign changes to compact allowing new casino HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It’s now up to the General Assembly and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve an agreement that could lead to a new satellite tribal casino in Connecticut. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal leaders on Thursday signed amended compacts and memoranda of understanding between the state and the two federally recognized tribes. The revised agreements ensure the proposed, jointly owned casino the tribes want to build in East Read More …

Los Imperios Attorney Objects To West Hartford Chief’s 15-Day Entertainment Suspension

The attorney representing Los Imperios Restaurant & Lounge said the restaurant objects “vociferously” to Police Chief Tracey Gove’s decision to suspend the restaurant’s entertainment license for 15 days. On Monday, Gove decided to suspend the Farmington Avenue restaurant’s entertainment license…

New tribal casino will go back to General Assembkly

HARTFORD — Before Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took a victory lap with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal leaders on Thursday, he quietly signed a change to the contract that gives the Indians exclusive rights to a third casino. Malloy and tribal leaders expect for the new memorandum of understanding to be ratified within 45 days, allowing the joint venture to finally build a new $300-million casino in attempt to compete with the billion-dollar MGM Resorts gambling palace scheduled to open this fall.   Read more of  New tribal casino will go Read More …

State labor unions launch TV campaign attacking Republican leaders

Read more of  State labor unions launch TV campaign attacking Republican leaders HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — State labor unions have launched a statewide TV commercial attacking Republican leaders as “protectors of billionaires who attack the middle class.” The unions are pushing for tax hikes on the wealthy now that they have approved a big concession deal. Related Content: Governor Malloy to hold signing ceremony Thursday clearing way for third CT casino It comes on the same day as when the Governor is signing the bill that would authorize a third Connecticut casino aimed Read More …