Sandy Hook Panel Examines Autism Link; Attorney General Warns About Power Spikes

Jan 17, 2014

Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Commission has been told there is no data connecting people with autism to increased violent criminal behavior. A Stony Brook University psychology professor addressed the panel on Friday saying there is nothing that links autism to the type of planned massacre that occurred in in Newtown in 2012. Recently released documents show gunman Adam Lanza had been diagnosed in 2006 with a profound autism disorder.

Officials Warn of Possible Electricity Price Spikes

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz are warning electricity customers about price spikes by some power suppliers. Some of those prices are nearly double what the two regulated utilities are charging. Officials also have received complaints about customers who said they were automatically transferred from fixed-rate arrangements to very high variable rate products. The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority is investigating.

Metal Detectors and Scanners at the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building

State Capitol Police say they hope to have the equipment installed after the start of the 2014 session next month. Police say the screening was recommended after a security evaluation by the federal Department of Homeland Security and the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. It requires visitors and outside deliveries to be subjected to screening.

Thousands Participated in Election Day Registration

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says about 3,000 Connecticut voters used Election Day Registration when casting their 2013 ballots. Election Day Registration became available to state voters for the first time last November. The figures released this week are part of an overall report that is due to the state legislature by February 1.