HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a national gun industry group's lawsuit challenging a wide-ranging firearms law passed by Connecticut in response to the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven ruled Monday that the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc. doesn't have legal standing to challenge how state officials approved the law.
Robert Eaton Jr., of Smithfield, Rhode Island will be moving west to the small Berkshire town of Stockbridge. Captain Eaton is a 23-year veteran of the Smithfield Police Department and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy. Stockbridge Selectwoman Deb McMenamy chaired the town’s search committee, which held its first meeting in August.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The town of Newtown, Conn., says it will release the 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Wednesday.
A Connecticut Superior Court judge ruled last week that the tapes from last December should be released to The Associated Press after a lengthy fight over the records that have been withheld by investigators.
Newtown officials said in the statement Monday that the tapes will be available Wednesday at an office in Danbury.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has announced federal assistance is available to businesses impacted by a big fire in western Massachusetts
Loans from the Small Business Administration up to $2 million are available to the dozen businesses affected by the fire last month that swept through a strip mall on Route 9 in Hadley. The help is available as a result of a disaster declaration made by Gov. Patrick
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The largest holiday light display in the Northeast is in its 19th season in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Bright Nights at Forest Park, the drive-through light display, may look a little brighter this year. About a quarter of the display has been switched to energy-saving LED lighting, according to Judy Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield, the presenter of Bright Nights
Bright Nights which runs through January 5th includes holiday-themed displays, but also exhibits inspired by Dr. Seuss created- characters and Hasbro board games.
A former city manager of Winooski, Vermont, fired more than five years ago is asking for a new trial, saying a jury got it wrong when it found the city didn't dismiss him on religious grounds.
Joshua Handverger was dismissed in 2008 after nearly a year as city manager. Handverger, who is Jewish, sued the city, saying the dismissal hearing scheduled by the City Council fell on Rosh Hashanah. He said that interfered with his right to practice his religion with his family in Massachusetts.