U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson delivered the keynote address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 133rd Commencement Exercises today in New London. The Coast Guard Academy is the smallest of the five federal service academies, and has about 875 cadets in its four-year program.
Former Governor Pushing for Indictment Dismissal
Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland filed a motion seeking to dismiss charges that he broke federal election laws in his roles with two congressional campaigns. In a motion filed on Tuesday, Rowland's attorneys said the government is trying to criminalize conduct that is simply not illegal.
Lawmakers Pass Taser Bill
Connecticut lawmakers have approved a bill that would make it the first state in the nation to require police to report how Tasers are being used. The bill passed on the final day of the legislative session. Beginning January 1, 2015 the legislation would require all police departments to have a specific policy on Taser use.
Pratt and Whitney to Fill Thousands of Engine Orders
Pratt and Whitney has announced that it has 5,500 orders for its new engine for commercial aircraft. The company's president said that the engine program has the long-term potential to sell far more than 10,000 engines. The engine maker has signed more than $10 billion in long-term contracts with suppliers to support its ramp-up in commercial and military engine production.
Connecticut Organization Wins Parent Training Grant
The Connecticut Commission on Children has won a two-year, $500,000 grant to expand its parent leadership training program. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is providing parent leadership funding to the Connecticut commission as well as 29 other organizations. Connecticut’s 20-week program trains parents in public speaking, budget-making and communicating through the media.