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Report On Westport Marine's Death Leads The Week In News

Marine Corps. officials announced Wednesday the mortar round explosion that killed Westport Marine Roger Muchnick was the result of human error.
Marine Corps. officials announced Wednesday the mortar round explosion that killed Westport Marine Roger Muchnick was the result of human error. Photo Credit: Facebook

WESTPORT, Conn. – A report that found the March death of Westport's Roger Muchnick and six other Marines was caused by human error led the week in news. Here’s a look at this and other top stories from the past week.

? Marine Corps. officials announced Wednesday the mortar round explosion that killed seven Marines in Nevada, including Lance Cpl. Roger Muchnick of Westport, was the result of human error . Muchnick, 23, was a 2008 graduate of Staples High School. The 60mm mortar exploded during a training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in March.

? Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed Westport's population increased by more than 2 percent from 2010 to 2012. More than 27,000 people are estimated to be living in Westport as of last July.

? There was plenty of news out of the state Capitol this week as the Connecticut General Assembly approved several reforms, including an increase in the minimum wage , a bill that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers licenses and a “blue alert” system to notify the public when suspects of police violence are at-large .

? Westport resident James Comey, a former U.S. deputy attorney general, is expected to be nominated as the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by President Barack Obama.

? Residents turned out in large numbers for two community events. On Monday, hundreds lined the streets for the town's annual Memorial Day Parade . And Thursday, Main Street was the place to be for the third annual Art About Town street party .

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