EAST HAVEN, CONN. (AP) — AUTHORITIES SAY A PLANE FROM A LOCAL FLIGHT SCHOOL HAS CRASHED IN A SWAMPY AREA NEAR THE END OF A RUNAWAY AT A CONNECTICUT AIRPORT, KILLING ONE OCCUPANT AND SERIOUSLY INJURING THE OTHER. THE PLANE HAD JUST TAKEN OFF FROM TWEED NEW HAVEN AIRPORT WHEN IT CRASHED WEDNESDAY MORNING. EAST HAVEN MAYOR JOSEPH MATURO JR. SAYS THE PLANE REPORTED AN EMERGENCY, TURNED AROUND AND FELL FROM THE SKY.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — CONNECTICUT’S DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ARE BACKING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE CONNECTICUT TO JOIN A GROUP OF STATES THAT PLAN TO POOL THEIR ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHO WINS THE POPULAR VOTE NATIONALLY. THEIR ANNOUNCEMENT ON WEDNESDAY COMES AS STATE LAWMAKERS HOLD A HEARING ON NUMEROUS BILLS THAT WOULD HAVE CONNECTICUT JOIN THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE INTERSTATE COMPACT.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — ELECTRIC CAR-MAKER TESLA MOTORS IS TRYING AGAIN TO SELL ITS VEHICLES DIRECTLY TO CONNECTICUT CONSUMERS. THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE IS CONSIDERING THE LATEST VERSION OF A BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES COMMISSIONER TO ISSUE A DEALER’S LICENSE TO AN ELECTRIC CAR MAKER WITHOUT A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT.

 

THE LEGISLATURE’S PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE HEARD TESTIMONY TODAY ON A BILL REGARDING ‘SOBER HOUSES,’ WHERE PEOPLE LIVE DURING SUBSTANCE ABUSE RECOVERY. MAYOR ELINOR CARBONE SAYS THERE ARE NEARLY 50 SOBER HOUSES OPERATING IN TORRINGTON, MOSTLY DOWNTOWN. TORRINGTON DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MICHELLE COOK’S BILL WOULD REQUIRE SOBER HOUSES TO REGISTER WITH THEIR TOWN AND THE STATE, REQUIRE THEM TO CARRY THE OVERDOSE-REVERSAL DRUG ‘NARCAN,’ AND TRAIN PERSONNEL ON HOW TO ADMINISTER IT. REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE JAY CASE HAS SUBMITTED A SIMILAR BILL ALSO BEFORE THE HOUSE THIS SESSION.

 

DE-ICING CHEMICALS AND SOLUTIONS MAY BE THE SAFEST AND CHEAPEST METHOD TO CLEAR ROADS ON SNOWY, ICY DAYS. BUT A NEW TRIPLE-A AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING STUDY REPORTS THOSE CHEMICALS ARE CAUSING $3 BILLION IN VEHICLE RUST DAMAGE ANNUALLY. THE REPORT SAYS CHLORIDE-BASED DE-ICERS CAUSE VEHICLE DAMAGE, RANGING FROM COSMETIC TO CRITICAL. COSMETIC DAMAGE COULD BE BODY RUST. CRITICAL DAMAGE COULD BE CORRODED BRAKE LINES, FUEL TANKS, EXHAUST SYSTEMS, AND ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS. A SPONGEY FEEL WHEN APPLYING BRAKE PRESSURE CAN BE A SIGN OF DAMAGE.

 

TORRINGTON’S CHARLOTTE HUNGERFORD HOSPITAL CELEBRATED ITS CENTENNIAL WITH SEVERAL EVENTS LAST OCTOBER, INCLUDING AN OPEN HOUSE, MUSEUM EXHIBIT AND THE OPENING OF A 1929 TIME CAPSULE CONTAINING SEVERAL HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS. TODAY, THE HOSPITAL OFFICIALLY WRAPPED UP ITS CENTENNIAL WITH THE SEALING OF A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILLED WITH MODERN-DAY DOCUMENTS AND HOSPITAL MEMORABILIA, WITH HOPES IT’LL BE OPENED WHEN THE HOSPITAL MARKS ITS SECOND CENTURY. THE STAINLESS STEEL BOX WAS PLACED DIRECTLY BEHIND THE ORIGINAL EXTERIOR CORNERSTONE PUT THERE WHEN THE BUILDING WENT UP IN 1929.