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GOVERNOR-CONNECTICUT-INDEPENDENT PARTY

Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot.

Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus. He defeated Trinity College Professor John Mertens, who argued the party should endorse a member rather than cross-endorse a major party candidate.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has already received the cross-endorsement of the Working Families Party, ensuring that his name will appear twice on the Nov. 4 ballot. Malloy's endorsement from the same group back in 2010 helped him defeat Foley in a narrow race.

The Independent Party has been in flux for several years, due to an internal struggle over who actually controls the political organization.

BIDEN-CONNECTICUT

Biden visit highlighting workforce development

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is visiting an East Hartford college to discuss workforce development issues.

The Democrat was scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion at Goodwin College on Wednesday. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is scheduled to join Biden for the event, which Malloy's office said will highlight the school's new Certified Production Technician program. It's a collaborative effort between small and large employers.

While he's in Connecticut, the vice president is also scheduled to appear at two afternoon political fundraising events in Fairfield County. One fundraiser is scheduled to be held at a Greenwich home to benefit the Democratic Governors Association The second is planned at a Stamford home to benefit the Connecticut Democratic Party.

Biden's visit comes as Malloy faces what is expected to be a close election.

CHILD KILLED

Man charged in fatal stabbing of 1-year-old niece

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man accused of killing his 1-year-old niece by slashing her abdomen has been ordered held in $2.5 million bail.

Thirty-six-year-old Arthur Hapgood of Waterbury was arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court on murder and other charges.

Police say Hapgood stabbed Zaniyah Calloway to death while babysitting her and an 11-year-old child at a home in Bristol on Monday evening. Officers responded to the scene after a 911 call and encountered a person running toward them carrying the wounded girl. The other child wasn't hurt.

Police officers gave medical attention to the girl, but she later died at a hospital.

Hapgood was charged after he was treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries.

Hapgood was represented by the state public defender's office, which declined to comment Tuesday.

LIQUID NICOTINE

Senate Democrats demand liquid nicotine rules

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A dozen Senate Democrats are pushing federal legislation to require child-proof bottles for liquid nicotine used for e-cigarettes.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, both Connecticut Democrats, said Tuesday that safety rules are needed in response to a rise in poisonings.

Blumenthal said the absence of rules has led to a "wild, wild west of unregulated e-nicotine."

The American Association of Poison Control Centers cites a nearly eight-fold increase in exposures to poison from e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine since 2011.

A spokesman for Altria Group, which owns numerous traditional cigarette and e-cigarette brands, said their e-vapor products use non-refillable cartridges that consumers discard when empty. He says the company supports child-proof containers for refills of opened bottles.

The battery-powered devices allow users to inhale vapor from a heated liquid nicotine solution.

MANUFACTURING MOVE

Conn. aids manufacturer to move Mass. Division

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A manufacturing company has promised to increase its workforce by one-third as it moves a Massachusetts division to Connecticut with $2 million in state aid.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that C. Cowles and Co. is relocating its Carlin Combustion Technology division from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, to North Haven.

Founded in New Haven in 1838, the metal stamping company will consolidate the division, offices and four other manufacturing segments.

C. Cowles will add 59 jobs to its workforce of 116 employees. It received a $250,000 state job training grant and a $1.77 million loan to finance the move, acquire the North Haven building, conduct environmental remediation and make mechanical upgrades and retrofits.

C. Cowles may receive loan forgiveness of up to $885,125 if it meets or exceeds job creation and retention commitments.

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