Lawmakers Discuss Road Treatments; State Police Start Tailgating Initiative

Feb 28, 2014

The General Assembly's Transportation Committee heard testimony today on a bill that would require the Department of Transportation to analyze the corrosive effects of chemical road treatments on vehicles and highway infrastructure. Connecticut Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said he'll review whether it makes sense to add rust inhibitors to the chemical road treatments.

Connecticut State Police are launching an "educational" campaign targeting motorists who tailgate on highways. The program begins next month in the Hartford, New Haven, Meriden, Middletown, and Old Saybrook areas, including interstates 84, 91, 95, and 691; and routes 8, 9, and 15. State police said the project will consist of an educational component and high visibility of troopers to enforce tailgating violations.

Newtown Panel Hears From Law Enforcement

A state panel reviewing the Newtown school shooting heard from law enforcement professionals today--including Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe. The discussion focused on incident management. There was also a presentation about employee assistance programs for first responders.

Hospitals in For-Profit Partnerships

Several Connecticut hospitals are looking to form partnerships with for-profit companies, a change that some say is necessary for hospitals to survive but that others say would emphasize money over health care and community needs. Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has partnered with Yale New Haven Health System and is negotiating to acquire Waterbury Hospital. Bristol Hospital and Eastern Connecticut Health Network are also in merger talks.

Former CCSU Student Pleads Not Guilty

A former Central Connecticut State University student who triggered a campus lockdown and a massive police response by wearing a Halloween costume with a sword and BB gun has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges including breach of peace. David Kyem, 21, appeared in New Britain Superior Court Thursday.