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Evan Matthews, head of the quasi-public agency responsible for promoting investments in Connecticut’s three deepwater ports, has been placed on administrative leave. 

The news comes as the state continues work to finalize a $93 million public-private investment in New London’s State Pier. 

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont's administration has reached an agreement with state employee union leaders on a plan to adjust the schedule for paying off pension liability, a move designed to provide budget relief. 

Following multiple fatal shootings in Hartford last week, Mothers United Against Violence is holding a series of vigils to honor the victims. They've been organized to give the community an opportunity to grieve, come together and be encouraged.

Firefighting foam after it spilled into the Farmington River on June 9, 2019.
Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection

In our review of the week's news, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced he's forming a task force to look into PFAS chemicals, which are found in firefighting foam and are tied to serious health problems. 

Manuel Sastre can't even believe what's about to happen. He's hot, he's covered in sweat, and he's about to walk out of this Hartford, Conn., liquor store with two six packs of ice cold Medalla Light. It's been way too long.

"Eighteen years," Sastre tells me. "I haven't been in Puerto Rico in 18 years."

But now?

Sastre says it's like "I'm back on my island."