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Southwest Airlines computer issue affects flights at BradleyWINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) - A computer issue Friday morning temporarily affected Southwest Airlines flights, including some with Connecticut connections. A few flights going to and from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks were delayed, the airport confirmed. "It is our understanding that those flights are delayed due to a Southwest nationwide computer issue," said Alisa Sisic, manager of marketing and public information officer, Connecticut Airport Authority. In total, Bradley said four flights were impacted, three of which already departed as of 9:20 a.m. "The fourth flight is normally scheduled to depart at 9:40 a.m., but is currently still showing as delayed," Sisic said. "Other flights after 10 a.m. are currently showing on schedule." Southwest answered Twitter posts from frustrated travelers. It said it was working to get people on their way. "Our Network Operations Control Team is aware of the issue and are working diligently to get you on your way as quickly as possible," Southwest said. "We appreciate your patience while we work through this." There's no word on what caused the issue. For more on flight statuses at Bradley, head to its website <a href="http://www.bradleyairport.com/journey/arrivals-departures/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Sign of spring: Flower & Garden show opens in HartfordHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Calling all flower and garden enthusiasts, the Connecticut Convention Convention Center is the place to be this weekend for the 38th annual Connecticut Flower &amp; Garden Show. The show offers 300 booths and displays, 80 hours of seminars, plus, over 20 free demonstrations by horticulturists and landscapers. "We have 25 gardens, we have 300 exhibits filled with fresh cut flowers, plants, herbs, seeds," said Kristie Gonsalves, a show producer. “The Charm of Spring” is the main theme for 2019, with ideas for homes, apartments, and condominiums. Additionally, an acre of gardens in full bloom features naturalistic, low maintenance native, organic herb, and pollinator gardens. Experts can show people how to arrange flowers, grow the best tomatoes possible and improve a backyard for birds and other wildlife. In the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut exhibit, there are hundreds of judged entries under this year's other theme "April in Paris." "People get the inspiration of what to do in their own yard and that's why they come here," said Rob Townsend, owner, Aqua Scapes of CT. Townsend said this marked his 20th year at the show. He said he's won best in show six times. "You pour your heart and soul into it and this is the end result of it," he said. "And it's amazing." He said this year's landscape display is in honor of his wife's father, who recently passed away. "I wanted to do him justice and I think we did this year," Townsend said. The show runs on the following dates: Friday, Feb. 22 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 23 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 24 , 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors who are 62 and over on Thursday and Friday, $5 for children ages 5-12, and children who are 5 and under get in free. The Connecticut Convention Center is located at 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. For more information on the show, click <a href="https://ctflowershow.com/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Person hit by vehicle in front of daycare in East HartfordEAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A pedestrian was struck in front of a daycare in East Hartford on Friday morning. According to police, it happened in front of 656 Silver Ln., which is the address for Silva's Youth of Today. The person sustained only minor injuries when it happened around 8:30 a.m. However, the victim was still transported to a local hospital. No other details were released.
Vehicle, bus involved in crash in TollandTOLLAND, CT (WFSB) - A vehicle and a bus were involved in a crash in Tolland on Friday morning. According to dispatchers, it happened in the area of 311 Mile Hill Rd. No injuries were reported. However, they said the road was down to only one lane of traffic. Police advised drivers to use caution in the area. For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/traffic/" target="_blank">here</a>.
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3 THINGS: Lamont's budget, icy storms, states sue Trump, Renee almost fights ScotThe governor's first budget proposal receives mixed reviews, two ice storms affected the state, CT is one of 16 states suing the president and Renee nearly fought Scot. Those are 3 things you need to know and 1 you don't.
WEEKENDS AT THE SCIENCE CENTER: Spring and summer activitiesMark Dixon talks about what's coming up this spring and summer at the Connecticut Science Center.
Hamden 'shots fired' report under investigationHAMDEN, CT (WFSB) - Police are investigating a report of shots being fired in Hamden overnight. Officers said the report came in around 2 a.m. They responded to the area of Dix Street near Arch Street. No injuries were reported. Officers were on the scene investigating, but have since left. There's no word on any suspects.
Lawmakers go over governor's budget, line by lineHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Lawmakers continue to go over the governor's budget proposal, line by line. The idea of tolls is not sitting well with a lot of people in the state, especially since Gov. Ned Lamont flip-flopped his stance to possibly include cars. Lamont called for a transportation overhaul, but the question is how it will be funded. There are a lot of proposals in his first budget. They include ways to generate revenue and make cuts. Read the full budget proposal <a href="https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/2019-Legislative-Proposals" target="_blank">here</a>. What's hitting a nerve now is the idea of tolls. Lamont said tolling both cars and trucks is the best long-term solution for fixing the state's problems. Tolling just trucks, which he initially spoke about during his campaign, would only bring in $200 million a year. Tolling all vehicles would generate four times that amount. "I am trying to make transportation funded for the next twenty years," Lamont said <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/governor-s-focus-shifts-to-transportation-following-budget-address/article_68509df4-35df-11e9-9aff-4b6f73b10e4b.html" target="_blank">during a news conference on Thursday</a>. "Tolls are a conversation," said Sen. Paul Formica, a Republican representing Niantic. "Right now we have to talk about widening the sales tax base, [and the] implications to cities and towns with less funding for teacher retirement." Even if tolls were approved, it would take a few years to install and implement. Lamont said he put the $10 million toll study on hold for now until he sees what lawmakers are prepared to do. Stay with Channel 3 for continuing coverage.
HOMETOWN SCRAMBLE: Presidents DayThis week's Hometown Scramble features a Presidents Day theme.