In Case You Missed It Weekend Digest: November 16

To help keep you informed on the most shared and talked about stories, each Saturday and Sunday we'll revisit five stories from the previous week, including the most recent updates.

Training Tragedy

A Southern Connecticut State University gymnast died Sunday, two days after suffering a spinal cord injury during a training session in Hamden. Melanie Coleman, 20, of Milford, slipped off the bars, according to the owner of the gym where the SCSU team trains one day per week. See more on the tragic accident here.

A 20-year-old SCSU gymnast died Sunday, two days after suffering a catastrophic spinal injury during a training session.

Murder Investigation

A woman came home to find her adult son dead in their Bethel home on Monday. The victim had multiple gunshot wounds and the death was ruled a homicide. Police have charged a 40-year-old man with the killing. For more on the investigation, click here.

Bethel police got a call for a possible suicide on Monday, but it quickly turned into a homicide investigation.

Impeachment Inquiry Goes Public

The House Intelligence Committee held its first two public, televised hearings this week in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. State Department officials William Taylor and George Kent testified Wednesday about their concerns with President Donald Trump’s requests that Ukraine investigate Democrats as the U.S. withheld military aid to the country. former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified Friday. See more on what she had to say here.

Here are key moments as they unfolded during Wednesday’s public impeachment hearings, which included testimony from U.S. diplomat William Taylor and State Department official George Kent.

Up In Flames

A popular Torrington restaurant was heavily damaged by a fire on Thursday morning. Flames broke through the roof of Marino's Restaurant around 9 a.m., before it opened for the day. The building, built in 1937, has extensive fire and water damage. For more on the loss for the community, click here.

A massive fire heavily damaged Marino’s Restaurant in Torrington on Thursday.

Plastic Revenue

Estimates released Tuesday by the governor's budget office project the new 10-cent fee for disposable plastic bags will generate $7 million in the current fiscal year, not the $27.7 million included in the state budget. Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw says the lower number is a sign that consumers and businesses have adapted to the goal of reducing the number of these non-recyclable bags in the environment. See more on the revenue numbers here.

It’s been over three months since that 10-cent tax went into effect for plastic bags, and the state is finding that revenues are much lower than expected.
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