BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest, CT

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 1:02 am •  Published: April 24, 2014
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SCHOOL SHOOTING-TRANSPARENCY

HARTFORD — It's unclear whether Connecticut lawmakers will approve any new legislation this session that would place additional restrictions on the public release of information from homicides as part of an effort to protect victim privacy following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The Judiciary Committee failed to act Wednesday on one of two competing bills that created a procedure for allowing the public to view and seek copies of images of homicide victims. The other bill, which restricts access to 911 calls, is currently sitting on the Senate's calendar. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 590 words.

GUITAR FACTORY CLOSURE

HARTFORD — An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell will be closing in June after 47 years and production of the Ovation line in the United States will stop, the manufacturer's parent company told the shop's 46 workers this week. One former worker at the New Hartford factory called it "the end of an iconic American brand." By Dave Collins. SENT: 400 words.

HILLARY CLINTON

BOSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is daring women to compete, but not saying whether she will herself in 2016. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state addressed a women's leadership conference in Boston on Wednesday, an event set just 30 miles from the New Hampshire state line as she weighs another presidential campaign. Clinton also spoke to University of Connecticut students in an evening appearance on the Storrs campus. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 500 words, photos.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-SUFFOLK DOWNS

BOSTON — Suffolk Downs, New England's only thoroughbred facility, warned on Wednesday that the 2014 racing season would likely be the last one at the 79-year-old track unless Mohegan Sun is awarded the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Suffolk Downs has promised to continue racing for at least the next 15 years if the Massachusetts Gaming Commission gives the license to Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun, which has proposed a $1.3 billion casino on land Suffolk Downs owns in Revere. But track officials have cited the difficulty of sustaining racing without income and crossover business generated by a gambling resort. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 500 words.

YALE HOAX ARREST

NEW HAVEN — A Connecticut man has been charged with making a call during the Thanksgiving holidays in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on the way to shoot up Yale University, police said Wednesday. Jeffrey Jones, 50, of Westbrook, has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, threatening, reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace, police said. SENT: 420 words.

XGR-GMO LABELING

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor. The House voted 114-30 on Wednesday to support the bill, which would require the GMO labels on produce and processed foods and which carries a maximum civil penalty for violators of $1,000 per day per product. Two other New England states, including Connecticut, have passed laws to require GMO labeling but the legislation only takes effect when neighboring states also approve the requirement. By Dave Gram. SENT: 580 words.

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CONNECTICUT BUDGET

HARTFORD — Senate Minority Leader John McKinney says new state revenue estimates show Connecticut lawmakers should nix Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's $155 million proposal to provide $55 tax refunds.

LABOR HISTORY

HARTFORD — Connecticut lawmakers are moving closer to requiring the Department of Education to come up with a curriculum that local school districts can use to teach about the history of the labor movement. The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill on a bipartisan 25-10 vote. Some critics said the bill is unnecessary, political and could send an anti-business message.