NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board says the engineer in last week's Metro-North train derailment described an "unusual condition" on the track before the train derailed. The NTSB wouldn't say what the condition was, but did say that a joint bar, used to hold two sections of rail together, had been cracked and repaired last month.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy's administration is offering a bill that would require Connecticut's largest regional trash authority to undergo an extensive audit so the state can get a better handle on the organization's finances. The legislation also requires the quasi-public Connecticut Regional Resources Recovery Authority to develop a plan for achieving long-term financial stability.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state is making $5 million available immediately to cities and towns to help reimburse them for school safety and security upgrades following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Governor Dannel Malloy made the announcement during an appearance at Hartford's Classical Magnet School with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a town hall-style discussion about school security and education reform.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut park officials say all 107 state parks and 32 state forests will be open for the Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer season. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says visitors will notice various improvements. There has been no increase in park pass fees. Season passes cost $67 for residents and $112 for out-of-state residents.
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