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Here’s the latest Connecticut news from The Associated Press

December 23, 2019 GMT

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A racial discrimination lawsuit involving Norwalk public schools will head to court in the new year. Former state Representative Bruce Morris says he was fired as human relations director for Norwalk schools in 2016 because he is black and opposed discriminatory practices. The Hour newspaper reports his lawsuit will be heard in mid-January in Stamford Superior Court. Norwalk officials say Morris was fired because he did not perform his duties and they also cited budget cuts.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven police are expected to release more information about the arrest of a 53-year-old man in connection with a shooting death. The New Haven Register reports police will hold a news conference today about the arrest of Robert Parris Jr. He is charged with murder in connection with the shooting of Michael Rosario on Thursday. Rosario died at a hospital on Friday.

ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — Officials in Orange say a fire that destroyed a home there last week was sparked by a cigar left smoldering on a couch. That was the conclusion reached by Fire Marshal Tim Smith. Smith told the New Haven Register the home was a total loss and all the belongings inside were destroyed in Wednesday’s blaze. A man who was in the house at the time managed to escape unharmed.

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A memorial service is planned for the victim of a housing complex shooting in Rhode Island that injured two others. The “celebration of life” honoring 47-year-old Julie Cardinal will be held Friday at the Westerly Yacht Club, according to her obituary. She was killed Thursday at the Babcock Village complex in Westerly, where she worked as an office manager. Another worker and a resident were seriously injured. The gunman was a resident who killed himself after the shooting.