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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - New figures show Connecticut lost 2,000 jobs in September, capping what's been a slow third quarter for job growth.

Thursday's Department of Labor monthly employment report also shows the agency revised its initial August numbers from 3,900 jobs lost to 4,200.

Meanwhile, the state's unemployment rate fell by two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.6 percent.

Peter Gioia, economist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, says it's disturbing the state has lost 7,900 jobs over the past three months, erasing gains made earlier in the year when there appeared to be positive momentum.

He says it's no surprise the decline is occurring during the same period that there hasn't been a new state budget in place.

Legislative leaders have announced they've reached a tentative agreement on major budget issues.

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - A new report has revealed a Connecticut mayor shared compromising photos of a city council member in retaliation for her husband giving radio airtime to his political rival.

The Bristol City Council released the report on Mayor Ken Cockayne Thursday. In the report, the Republican mayor is alleged to have shared photos of Councilwoman Jodi Zils Gagne partially clothed to Councilman Dave Preleski in May.

Cockayne and Zils Gagne are cousins, and the report alleges the family had a falling out after Zils Gagne's husband booked a former political rival of Cockayne on his online political talk show. Both the mayor and the councilwoman are running for re-election Nov. 7.

The mayor's attorney released a statement calling the report biased, inaccurate and "political mud-slinging."

Zils Gagne has not commented.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police say they have arrested nine people who were using what are suspected to be stolen dirt bikes to sell drugs in the city.

Officers conducting surveillance on Broad Street witnessed what appeared to be drug dealing from people riding dirt bikes, so moved in. They arrested eight adults and one 17-year-old boy on several charges including drug possession and trespassing.

Several suspects had existing warrants out for their arrests.

Police also seized 300 bags of heroin and a loaded handgun.

One of the dirt bikes was confirmed stolen out of New Britain and police think the others were stolen too.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Tweed-New Haven Airport is planning to file an appeal after a judge ruled against its attempt to overturn a Connecticut law that limits the length of the airport's main runway.

The New Haven Register reports the airport authority voted unanimously to appeal the judge's ruling during a closed-door executive session Wednesday.

The state run airport had previously filed a lawsuit claiming that the law limiting the runway to its current 5,600 feet is threatening existing service and preventing it from attracting more commercial airline flights.

Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Richardson ruled to uphold the 2009 law in late September.

The airport's attorney says he will file an appeal by the end of the month.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut legislative leaders announced Wednesday they've reached a tentative agreement on most major parts of a new, bipartisan state budget deal, moving closer to possibly ending an impasse that has dragged on for months.

 

While the General Assembly's top Democratic and Republican lawmakers said some minor issues still need to be resolved and the plan must be reviewed by rank-and-file members and the governor, they're hopeful Connecticut could finally have a budget soon.

 

"We are in a very good place and we're confident that we can come to a budget document to be voted on in the near future," said Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, surrounded by fellow Democratic and Republican legislative leaders. A vote could come as soon as next week, but a date remains unclear.

 

The state of Connecticut has been operating without a two-year tax-and-spending plan since June 30, requiring the governor to run the state using his limited executive spending authority. The situation has forced cuts to social services and school districts, and caused frustration among city and town officials grappling with how to balance their own budgets without knowing how much state aid to expect.

 

Lawmakers have been at odds over how to balance a roughly $40 billion two-year budget that's projected to be $3.5 billion in deficit.

 

A group of Medicaid advocates, including one dressed as the grim reaper, were on hand Wednesday demanding lawmakers not rely on deep cuts to Medicaid programs that serve the needy and elderly. Instead, they want wealthy residents to pay a higher income tax rate.

 

"Don't kill people while balancing your budget. It's not just dollars. It's whether somebody can call an ambulance. It's whether somebody can get the medication that keeps them alive," said Elaine Kolb of West Haven, who is 68 and uses a wheel chair because of a spinal cord injury.

 

Wednesday's tentative deal was crafted behind closed doors over the past two weeks by the legislative leaders, without Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. He's expected to be briefed Friday on the plan by the Democratic leaders.

 

Malloy appeared skeptical that lawmakers had actually reached a deal, questioning whether the budget plan is balanced and if it includes things he might find objectionable, such as using short-term revenue to cover ongoing state expenses.

 

"I don't think there's any one thing that would cause me to veto a budget, but probably an accumulation of things," he said.

 

Malloy previously rejected a GOP-crafted budget that passed the General Assembly with Republican and a handful of Democratic votes. Among other things, Malloy opposed $321 million in savings from proposed changes to state employee pension plans, saying they'd be illegal. The GOP disagreed but still dropped the idea during the bipartisan talks.

 

The leaders said they're seeking to secure at least 101 votes in the House and 24 in the Senate in case they need to override a gubernatorial veto. But they hope to avoid that scenario, given the need to finalize a budget as soon as possible.

 

"This is a budget in the end that I hope that he will sign and it won't be adversarial with him," Democratic Senate President Martin Looney said, referring to Malloy.

 

The leaders revealed few details of their plan to reporters, saying they first want to run it by their rank-and-file members.

 

"This is not a dictatorship, at least not on this side of the second floor," said Republican House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, in a reference to Malloy, whose office is down the hall from where lawmakers have been meeting.

 

Rank-and-file Democratic and Republican House members are scheduled to be briefed Thursday on the tentative agreement, while Senate Democrats and Republicans will learn the details on Monday. The leaders suggested they've made some potentially unpopular decisions. For example, they did not reveal any details about possible tax increases.

 

Rank-and-file members likely will embrace how the tentative plan doesn't require cities and towns to pick up the cost of teacher pensions, an unpopular idea proposed by Malloy. Joe DeLong, president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, said city and town leaders are "encouraged" by the news.

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TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) Police say three teens were arrested in Connecticut after a video circulated on Facebook and Snapchat showing the assault of a high school student.

Authorities say arrest warrants served this week to the three Torrington 17-year-olds include charges of assault, robbery and breach of peace. The date of the alleged assault has not been released.

WVIT-TV reports two of the teen boys were released to their parents. The third was transported to the Hartford Detention Center.

Police have not released the names of the teens due to their age.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A power failure has been identified as the reason why millions of gallons of untreated sewage spewed into a Connecticut river, killing dozens of fish.

The general manager of the Waterbury Pollution Control department tells The Republican-American a contractor's mistake at the city's sewage treatment plant caused the electrical breakers to blow.

Denis Cuevas says the power failure led to 5 million gallons of sewage flowing into the Naugatuck River Oct. 9. He says workers were able to install replacement breakers and bring the plant back online.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Control confirmed Tuesday the sewage spill killed dozens of fish in the river.

A department spokesman says an investigation into the spill is ongoing, but it appears to be an "unfortunate set of events."

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Connecticut man was able to find his car after he was carjacked at gunpoint earlier in the day.

The Connecticut Post reports officers were called to the scene in Bridgeport around 8 p.m. Tuesday. The victim says the suspect got into his car and ordered him out with a gun withdrawn.

Police say the suspect hit many cars as he or she tried to escape. The victim was uninjured.

Officials have not released a description of the suspect, but the victim says he was a male in his early 20s with dark pants and a dark jacket.

Police are still searching for the suspect.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut bankruptcy attorney who swindled millions of dollars from his clients has been sentenced to five years and three months in prison.

Seventy-year-old Woodbridge resident Peter Ressler pleaded guilty to wire fraud, embezzlement from a bankruptcy estate and bankruptcy fraud.

The New Haven Register reports Ressler misappropriated $3.4 million from dozens of clients. It says he used the money for living and business expenses, trips to Florida and multiple boats.

Ressler has to pay back $4.8 million, which includes money he owes to scores of other clients.

Ressler said in court Monday he accepts responsibility for "the immeasurable harm" he caused. He says he's "beyond sorry" and lives with "deep and penetrating sorrow."

Prosecutors say the people Ressler defrauded were emotionally vulnerable and "down to their last dollars."

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A 31-year-old man is heading to trial on charges of killing a good Samaritan who police say intervened in an assault on a woman outside a Connecticut bar.

The Day reports Dante Hughes declined an offer from state prosecutors Monday to plead guilty in exchange for a 40-year prison sentence.

Hughes is facing charges for the Dec. 11 shooting death of 24-year-old Joey Gingerella outside Ryan's Pub in Groton. Witnesses told police Gingerella had left the bar to try and stop Hughes from assaulting a woman in the parking lot.

Gingerella is the stepson of a state lawmaker.

Hughes was detained two days later by Canadian immigration authorities after they say he tried to enter the country at Niagara Falls.

His trial is currently scheduled for 2018.

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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a mother used tiki torch oil to set her home on fire after suffocating her 8-year-old son last year in Connecticut.

Meriden Fire Marshal Steve Trella released a report Monday on the November fire at Karin Ziolkowski's home. The woman was arrested Friday in North Carolina, where she's now living, in connection with the blaze.

Authorities say both Ziolkowski and her son, Elijah, had been pulled from the home, but the boy died before it was intentionally set on fire. His death was ruled homicidal asphyxia.

Trella says Ziolkowski used ``Tiki'' oil as an accelerant.

Ziolkowski was to face a judge Monday in North Carolina on second-degree arson and murder charges. It's unclear when she'll be extradited to Connecticut and whether she has an attorney.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut city council has voted to cut $4.2 million from its school budget, citing uncertainty that surrounds the state budget.

The New London City Council made the decision Monday in a 5-1 vote. WFSB-TV reports the vote was influenced by a recommendation from the city's finance committee, as they expect a large reduction in state aid.

Council President Pro Tempore Don Venditto tells WVIT-TV the city wanted to "position ourselves fiscally as a worse-case scenario."

School officials warn the cuts will result in layoffs and reduced services offered to students.

Councilors estimate some of the money will be returned once the state budget is passed. New London officials are also proposing about $8 million in cuts from the general city budget.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man is facing a criminal charge for failing to maintain what city officials describe as an unruly bamboo grove.

Carlos Carrion of New London says he's being unfairly targeted by the city and is mounting a defense.

The Day reports Carrion entered a not guilty plea last week in New London Superior Court to the city's first blight-related criminal infraction under a newly revised blight ordinance.

City officials say Carrion repeatedly refused to clean up his property and trim his bamboo.

Carrion's attorney former New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio said the city overstepped its authority.

Finizio said a Vietnam veteran gave Carrion the bamboo over 30 years ago and he's kept it in his memory.

The towering bamboo covers much of the property.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut police officer is expected to fully recover after being struck by a car while investigating a shooting.

WVIT-TV reports the officer was in New Haven investigating after a woman was grazed by a bullet early Sunday morning. The officer was struck at the scene.

Authorities say the officer was transported to the hospital and the injuries were not life-threatening.

Police have not released information on the driver, such as if the person stayed on the scene after the officer was hit.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A stone lion statue weighing at least 200 pounds (91 kilograms) that was stolen last week in Connecticut has been returned.

Bob Paolino says a jogger found the statue sitting in a baby stroller Saturday. He says it took two men to wheel the statue home.

Paolino previously said he was shocked to find one of his two lion statues missing from his New London home last Wednesday. He says he thought about securing the statues to their bases years ago, but he figured no one would be able to get away with them.

The man says it took two friends and the assistance of rails to place the statues when he bought them.

There is still no information on who originally took the statue.

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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) A 68-year-old former Fulbright scholar has taken sanctuary inside a Connecticut church rather than be deported to his native Indonesia.

Sujitno Sajuti, of West Hartford, had been ordered by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to board a plane to on Tuesday. He instead entered sanctuary inside Meriden's Unitarian Universalist church.

Sajuti came to the United States in 1981 on a Fulbright Scholarship, earning advanced degrees from Columbia University and the University of Connecticut. He overstayed his student visa and chose to remain in the United States.

Sajuti says he considers the U.S. his home and would be a stranger in Indonesia. He says he has registered with immigration officials since 2001.

Sajuti is the third person to seek sanctuary this year inside a Connecticut church to avoid deportation.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a 22-year-old man has died after falling from the deck of a parking garage in Connecticut.

New Haven police say the man fell from the top deck of the Air Rights Garage around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday. Traffic was stopped for several hours in the area as police investigated.

Authorities say the victim was alone at the time of the fall and they do not suspect foul play.

An investigation is ongoing.

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THOMASTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man is facing charges after police say he drove a car through a home and caused a teen to be thrown from his bed into the yard.

Police say the 31-year-old New Haven man lost control of his vehicle while traveling around 2 a.m. Tuesday in Thomaston. Authorities say the suspect's car hit one home, drove through the teen's home and ended up striking a third home.

Police say 18-year-old Randy Reyes was ejected from his bed by the impact. The teen has been hospitalized and is expected to fully recover.

The suspect has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Police say the man was not suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the crash. An investigation is ongoing.

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WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a small hydrogen leak at a nuclear power plant in the Connecticut town of Waterford has been addressed.

The Day reports the Millstone Power Station was evacuated Monday afternoon after a leak in a turbine building was discovered. Dominion Spokesman Ken Holt says access to the building was restored after the leak was stopped later Monday.

Holt says the leak amounted to a small amount of hydrogen gas. The company evacuated the building as a precaution because hydrogen can be flammable in high enough concentrations and brought in additional fans.

Holt says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, along with state and local officials, were notified. Holt says the public is not at risk.

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy in Connecticut.

Authorities say the child was brought to a Manchester hospital around 9 a.m. Monday with unspecified injuries. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the boy's cause of death, but officers are calling it suspicious.

No arrests have been made, and an investigation is ongoing.

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