NO CASINO IN EAST WINDSOR HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Leaders of Connecticut s two federally recognized tribes say they re no longer considering East Windsor as a site for a proposed casino. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal chairmen said Wednesday they ll now enter the next phase of discussions with the communities of East Hartford, Hartford and Windsor Locks. Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council, says it was a difficult decision but pursuing a facility in East Windsor was extremely challenging after one site was removed from consideration by the developer and others were not submitted by the property owner.
Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, says the site ultimately was not the right fit. The tribes hope to blunt competition from the planned MGM Resorts International casino in Springfield, Massachusetts. They still need legislative approval.
MAYNARD ATTORNEY NOT PLEASED WITH ACCIDENT REPORT The attorney representing Stonington state senator Andrew Maynard is taking issue with Waterford Police s final report issued Tuesday regarding last month s automobile accident involving Maynard. Robert Reardon claims he never told police that the Senator s reading and writing ability was impaired when police later interviewed him in the hospital. Reardon admits telling police Maynard has difficulty finding words to express his thoughts, but adds he never said the senator s reading and writing was affected.
Police say they re looking into Reardon s claim. Medical records showed Maynard suffered a seizure in the January 14th accident. Maynard suffered a traumatic brain injury back in 2014.
SKAKEL APPEAL HEARING A hearing before the Connecticut Supreme Court over whether the murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel that was overturned in 2013 should be reinstated was held Wednesday. Hubert Santos, Skakel s attorney, told the court that evidence in the case points to Skakel s brother, Thomas, and Michael Skakel s trial attorney didn t do enough to pursue that possibility. Thomas Skakel s attorney has previously said that his client had nothing to do with Martha Moxley s killing.
Robert Kennedy Jr. attended the hearing and told reporters outside the courthouse that he thinks two other men committed the crime. Prosecutors are standing by their position that Michael Skakel killed Moxley and his trial attorney did a competent job.
The court did not rule. PROPOSED ZONING CHANGE RECEIVES COMMISSION S BLESSING Norwich s Commission on the City Plan is unanimously recommending that two Taftville properties be re-zoned to allow commercial development there. A Windsor-based firm is planning to buy 27 and 51 Norwich Avenue, and combine it with 59 Norwich Avenue for the proposed development.
The land is located across from the Starrwood Supermarket. The City Council, which is also Norwich s zoning board, will take public comment on the potential zone change March 21st. RI CONSIDERING DRIVER S LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Lawmakers in Rhode Island are making another attempt to grant driving privileges to immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Dozens of immigrants and advocates on Wednesday joined state Sen. Frank Ciccone and state Rep. Anastasia Williams, both Providence Democrats, to rally for the legislation the lawmakers recently re-introduced in the General Assembly.
The bills would allow the state Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver s licenses to people who don t have a lawful presence in the United States. Similar efforts stalled last year. Ciccone says he has revised the bill to model a Connecticut law that took effect last year.
Opponents say the licenses would draw more illegal immigration to the state.
Gina Raimondo has voiced support for allowing everyone to get driver s licenses.