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The week in CT news: State lawmaker dies in wrong-way crash, Alex Jones attorney suspended

State Representative Quentin Phipps speaking at a 2020 Juneteenth rally in Middletown.
Tyler Russell
Connecticut Public
State Representative Quentin Willaims speaking at a 2020 Juneteenth rally in Middletown. Williams died early Thursday morning after state police said his car was struck by a wrong-way driver.

Frankie & Johnny is a weekly recap of news you need to know from around Connecticut. Each Friday, Connecticut Public's Frankie Graziano and John Henry Smith take you through the headlines and get you up-to-date on the stories you may have missed — in less than five minutes.

This week Frankie & Johnny explain:

  • Lawmakers and community members mourned the death of the rising political star. State Rep. Quentin Williams, a Democrat from Middletown, was killed early Thursday morning after the vehicle he was in was struck by a wrong-way driver on Route 9 in Cromwell, just hours after he was sworn in to his third term.
  • At the start of 2023 legislative session, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday called on lawmakers to pass a “meaningful middle class tax cut,” saying it's time for the state to refocus on economic growth and opportunity now that the emergency of the pandemic is fading.
  • A lawyer for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been suspended from practicing law in Connecticut for six months. On Thursday, a Connecticut judge ruled Attorney Norm Pattis engaged in misconduct in not safeguarding “highly confidential” records of plaintiffs suing Jones in Connecticut.

Frankie & Johnny premieres Fridays at 4:44 p.m. during All Things Considered on Connecticut Public Radio.

Frankie Graziano is the host of The Wheelhouse, focusing on how local and national politics impact the people of Connecticut.
John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. He's proud to be a part of the team that won a regional Emmy Award for The Vote: A Connecticut Conversation. In his 21st year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.

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