FBI probe focuses on CNG relocation in Adriaen's Landing project

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Federal investigators probing alleged corruption in the Rowland administration have turned their attention to a new area. The $37 million state-funded relocation of the Connecticut Natural Gas headquarters from downtown Hartford to clear the way for Adriaen's Landing is being probed. Questions focus in large part on how TBI Construction Company of New Britain landed the contract to build CNG's operations center. TBI is one of the Tomasso Group companies under scrutiny in the more-than-year-old federal criminal probe of possible state bid rigging and corruption. The FBI and federal prosecutors have interviewed witnesses and obtained documents in recent weeks concerning the CNG move to East Hartford that was completed in 2001. At least two present or former company executives have been questioned. On Tuesday, CNG said its actions are not in question and that it is cooperating with authorities. The statement did not address questions about how and why it chose the Tomasso company as its contractor. Rowland is facing calls for his resignation and talk of impeachment after admitting last month that he lied about who paid for improvements to his summer cottage in Litchfield.

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