NEW ENGLAND ENERGY
New England govs' regional energy effort in doubt
BOSTON (AP) - A nearly yearlong effort by New England's governors to address the region's soaring energy costs has been put on hold.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has called for a delay as he and others express concerns over plans for importing hydropower from Canada and investing in new natural gas pipelines.
The governors were expected to detail their proposal to impose tariffs on electric ratepayers to finance the energy infrastructure projects by early September.
Patrick's office says it wants more time to weigh its options. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan have also voiced concerns in recent months.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage's administration is "deeply concerned" and wants Patrick to reconsider his stance. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee's administration says it's exploring other opportunities in the meantime.
ECONOMIC GROWTH-NEW ENGLAND
Data: Connecticut, Maine have slow economic growth
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - New federal statistics show economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the Great Recession.
The Commerce Department released statistics of quarterly gross domestic product - the measure of all goods and services - from 2005 to 2013. From the second quarter of 2009 until the end of 2013, the economies of Connecticut and Maine grew by 3 percent.
In contrast, growth in the region's largest economy, Massachusetts, was 11 percent. Growth was greatest in Vermont, at 12 percent, though the state's $27.9 million economy last year was the smallest in New England.
Economic growth was 9 percent in New Hampshire. Even in Rhode Island, where high unemployment persists, the economy grew by 6 percent.
The U.S. economy expanded by 10 percent.
Visconti qualifies to appear on Connecticut ballot
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gun rights advocate Joseph Visconti has qualified to appear as a candidate for Connecticut governor on the November ballot.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Wednesday that Visconti and his running mate, Chester Harris, reached the threshold of 7,500 signatures of registered voters needed to appear as petitioning candidates. Visconti had originally sought the Republican Party's nomination but did not receive enough delegate support at the May convention to qualify for the primary.
Merrill's office has not yet announced whether former Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Pelto of Mansfield submitted enough qualified signatures to also appear on the ballot.
Visconti, a West Hartford contractor, originally announced his candidacy about 16 months ago, the same day Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a wide-ranging gun control measure into law.
Updated Connecticut primary results released
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Updated figures show 20 percent of registered Republicans cast ballots in the recent primary for governor.
Secretary of State Denise Merrill had previously reported that 21 percent voted on Aug. 12 in the match-up between Greenwich businessman Tom Foley and Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. But updated figures from local registrars of voters, released on Wednesday, show that 80,073 of 402,837 enrolled Republicans went to the polls.
Foley won the contest and now faces Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and petitioning candidate Joe Visconti in November.
Chaplin had the highest voter turnout, with 54.4 percent of Republicans casting ballots. The lowest was New Fairfield, with 10.3 percent.
The Secretary of the State's Office previously reported that 79 percent of voters turned out in Norwalk. The figure was actually 18.8 percent.
Biden lends political help to Connecticut's Malloy
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is lauding Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as "an incredibly innovative governor," saying he deserves a second term because he's "done more."
Biden was visiting Connecticut on Wednesday to attend a roundtable discussion at Goodwin College in East Hartford on workforce development and skills training. But in addition to talking about ways for students to acquire manufacturing skills, Biden was in the state to help raise money that could help Malloy in what is expected to be a challenging re-election.
Biden was scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the Connecticut Democratic Party at a private residence in Stamford and one for the Democratic Governors Association in Greenwich.
Biden also credited Malloy with pushing to increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.
S. Windsor dispensary to sell medical marijuana
SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) - A medical marijuana dispensary facility has opened in South Windsor, joining five others already doing business in Connecticut.
Prime Wellness of Connecticut will sell Connecticut-produced marijuana products to seriously ill patients who have registered with the state's Medical Marijuana Program.
The other facilities are in Branford, Bridgeport, Bristol, Hartford and Uncasville. All were authorized by the state's medical marijuana program to dispense Connecticut-produced marijuana products.
Recipients must be seriously ill patients who have registered with the state and been certified by their doctors as potentially benefiting from the use of medical marijuana.
Backers of the Connecticut law, which was approved in 2012, say it will help people who have cancer, Parkinson's disease, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and other debilitating conditions.
Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer
BOSTON (AP) - Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.
Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. He announced he had cancer in February, but had not disclosed what kind.
He says it's due to chewing tobacco.
Schilling is being treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He received seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is in remission. He says he's lost 75 pounds.
Schilling is a three-time World Series champion with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox.
He's being sued by Rhode Island's economic development agency after his video game company received a $75 million state loan guarantee and then collapsed.
Charges dropped against man in police assault case
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A state judge has dismissed assault charges against a man who is accusing Enfield police of beating him up with excessive force and arresting him for no reason.
Enfield Superior Court Judge Howard Scheinblum dropped charges against 25-year-old Mark Maher of Windsor on Tuesday. He was charged with assaulting police and resisting arrest April 1 at the Enfield boat launch, where he said he was hanging out with friends and not doing anything wrong.
Police said they were investigating possible drug use. Police cruiser video shows officers forcing Maher to the ground and Officer Matthew Worden punching Maher.
Worden is on paid leave pending an internal affairs investigation. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against him.
Maher has filed a brutality complaint and plans to sue Enfield police.
New Haven police looking for 3 missing sisters
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - New Haven police have issued a statewide alert for three sisters ages 12 to 13 who have gone missing.
Authorities issued the alerts early Wednesday morning for 13-year-old Destinee Tappin, 12-year-old Maghaney Tappin and 12-year-old Kani Wright.
Police say the girls have been missing since Tuesday and are believed to be together. Officials say they're endangered runaways.
Authorities have issued several alerts for Destinee Tappin this year, including two earlier this month. Each time she's turned up safe.
Police say Destinee was last seen wearing a pink top and black pants. It's not clear what the other girls were wearing.
Authorities say all three girls are black. Destinee is about 5-foot-5 and 160 pounds. Maghaney is about 5-7 and 115 pounds, and Kani is about 4-11 and 120 pounds.
UTILITY WORKER ATTACKED
Utility worker attacked in Hartford
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford police are searching for two men who pulled a utility company worker out of a dump truck and beat him up after a traffic accident.
Authorities say two men and a woman attacked the 59-year-old employee of the Metropolitan District Commission regional water and sewer company after a minor accident on Tower Avenue on Tuesday. Police say the men punched and kicked the worker numerous times, and the woman joined in.
The worker is being treated at a hospital. His name wasn't released.
Police say they arrested the woman and are looking for the men. Police haven't disclosed the woman's name.
MDC officials say the worker is a long-time employee.
Blumenthal seeks US rules on powdered caffeine
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - For the second time this week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal is demanding federal action on a hazardous product.
Connecticut's senior senator is headed to Southern Connecticut State University on Thursday to call on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove powdered caffeine from shelves.
An Ohio teenager died in May of a lethal amount of caffeine in his system. Caffeine powder is sold as a dietary supplement and is not subject to the same federal regulations as certain caffeinated foods. Users add it to drinks for a pick-me-up before workouts or to control weight gain and the youth who died was a wrestler.
The Food and Drug Administration says it will consider taking regulatory action.
On Monday, Blumenthal announced a drive for federal legislation requiring child-proof bottles of liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes.
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