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Kraft wants prostitution video blocked from public

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The attorneys representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation are asking a judge to block the release of video recordings police say shows them…

icon Posted: 21 March 2019 [06:33 PM]

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Thursday 03/21/2019
Tribes receive federal go-head for casino
icon Posted: 21 March 2019 [06:32 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes have received the long-awaited approval they’ve sought from the federal government to push ahead with plans for an off-reservation casino in East Windsor. Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot, said Thursday…

Wednesday 03/20/2019
Connecticut tolls clear first legislative vote of session
icon Posted: 20 March 2019 [07:52 PM]

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers voted Wednesday to advance legislation that could lead to electronic tolls on some highways, but it remained unclear whether 2019 is the year tolling legislation will finally pass the General Assembly. During a closely…

Tuesday 03/19/2019
Toll foes place 'Toll Troll' on state Capitol lawn
icon Posted: 19 March 2019 [08:16 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Opponents of tolls on Connecticut highways are making their opinions known before lawmakers cast their first vote on the issue. The politically conservative Yankee Institute for Public Policy set up a large inflatable “Toll Troll” on Tuesday…

Monday 03/18/2019
Adoptees seek change in state law
icon Posted: 18 March 2019 [08:53 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Hundreds of people from around the U.S. who were adopted are pressing Connecticut lawmakers to allow all adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates, arguing access to such records is a fundamental human right. The General Assembly’s…

Man linked to largest art heist in history freed from prison
icon Posted: 18 March 2019 [08:51 PM]

HARTFORD - A reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history criticized government officials Monday as he adjusted to being back home after finishing a four-year prison…

Sunday 03/17/2019
Ex-Goldman exec scrutinized after being chosen by Lamont
icon Posted: 17 March 2019 [08:19 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - A former top Goldman Sachs executive tapped to oversee economic development policy in Connecticut and lauded by Gov. Ned Lamont for his caliber of financial and investment experience, finds himself answering a lot of questions about his…

Friday 03/15/2019
State representative from Bridgeport dies at 45
icon Posted: 15 March 2019 [08:06 PM]

BRIDGEPORT (AP) - Connecticut state flags are flying at half-staff to honor a state lawmaker who died suddenly. Gov. Ned Lamont says Democratic state Rep. Ezequiel Santiago “was a man who truly loved public service and his hometown of Bridgeport.”…

Thursday 03/14/2019
Court: Gun maker can be sued over Sandy Hook shootings
icon Posted: 14 March 2019 [08:06 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Gun maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the Bushmaster rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Justices issued…

Lawmaker: Sports betting must be OK'd soon
icon Posted: 14 March 2019 [08:04 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - A top Democratic leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives says it’s crucial the state enact legalized sports betting this during this year’s legislative session. House Majority Leader Matt Ritter said Wednesday there’s a “sense of urgency”…

Thursday 03/07/2019
Wednesday 03/06/2019
hundreds-attend-public-hearing-on-tolls Hundreds attend public hearing on tolls
icon Posted: 06 March 2019 [08:56 PM]

HARTFORD - Hundreds of people turned out for a hearing on whether Connecticut should have highway tolls. The General Assembly’s Transportation Committee…

Tuesday 03/05/2019
Dying man gets 'bucket list' call from Eric Trump
icon Posted: 05 March 2019 [06:18 PM]

WEST HAVEN (AP) - A terminally ill Connecticut man who’s a big supporter of President Donald Trump is getting a bucket list wish fulfilled, with help from his Democratic sister. Jay Barrett, of West Haven, who has cystic fibrosis, left…

Prosecutors: Ban release of Sandy Hook gunman's writings
icon Posted: 05 March 2019 [06:16 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Connecticut prosecutors have launched an effort to ban the public release of documents such as the writings of the Sandy Hook Elementary School gunman. Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane’s office has proposed legislation in response to a…

Monday 03/04/2019
Sunday 03/03/2019
Manafort family business defends name as cousin sits in jail
icon Posted: 03 March 2019 [05:12 PM]

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - What do you do if you share a name with one of the most prominent defendants in the special counsel’s investigation into Russia? Paul Manafort’s daughter decided to change her name. Leaders of New Britain considered…

Friday 03/01/2019
Fatal fentanyl overdoses increase 12 percent in Connecticut
icon Posted: 01 March 2019 [07:08 PM]

Connecticut FARMINGTON (AP) - Connecticut's chief medical examiner says the startling increase in fatal fentanyl-related overdoses continued in the state during 2018, while total accidental overdose deaths decreased slightly. Dr. James Gill released last year's accidental overdose data Friday. He…

Connecticut Democrats are divided over tax plans sparing rich
icon Posted: 01 March 2019 [07:02 PM]

Bloomberg In the hedge fund capital of the U.S., Connecticut’s Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont is facing criticism from his own party’s ascendant left-wing for tax plans they say favor the rich over the poor. Lamont’s $41.3 billion budget proposal extends…

Police arrest man over anthrax hoax letters
icon Posted: 01 March 2019 [07:02 PM]

Region ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Police have arrested a man who they say sent anthrax hoax letters to federal offices and courts in New York and Connecticut. Federal authorities say 34-year-old Jason Pantone, of Hyde Park, New York, was charged…

Wednesday 02/27/2019
area-resident-named-dcf-commissioner Area resident named DCF commissioner
icon Posted: 27 February 2019 [08:27 PM]

BRISTOL - City resident Vanessa Dorantes was appointed recently as commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families. Dorantes has…

Tuesday 02/26/2019
Lamont touts school consolidation deal
icon Posted: 26 February 2019 [08:14 PM]

WESTON (AP) - Gov. Ned Lamont is pitching his proposal to share or consolidate more local school services and school districts to local town officials. The Democrat met Tuesday with a group of Fairfield County leaders to discuss the legislation…

Stakes high as state mulls introduction of sports betting
icon Posted: 26 February 2019 [08:12 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Casino executives, lottery officials, and even former baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine traveled to Connecticut’s Capitol on Tuesday, hoping to get a piece of whatever system the legislature may put in place to legalize sports gambling.…

Monday 02/25/2019
Sunday 02/24/2019
Workers at AT&T call centers in Meriden to protest job cuts
icon Posted: 24 February 2019 [08:47 PM]

MERIDEN (AP) - Employees are planning to protest the closure of AT&T call centers in Meriden. The New Haven Register reports that U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is expected to join workers at the protest Monday outside the AT&T office on…

Lamont budget plan faces months of deliberations
icon Posted: 24 February 2019 [08:45 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Let the deliberations begin. The release of Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s first proposed two-year state budget has set the stage for months of negotiations on potentially hot-button topics, ranging from what goods and services should be taxed…

Friday 02/22/2019
Connecticut reports first pediatric flu death of season
icon Posted: 22 February 2019 [06:51 PM]

Connecticut HARTFORD (AP) - Connecticut public health officials have reported the state's first pediatric flu death of the season. The Department of Public Health on Friday did not release the child's age, gender or say where the child lived. Commissioner…

Thursday 02/21/2019
Suit against Connecticut prison gerrymanding goes ahead
icon Posted: 21 February 2019 [07:43 PM]

BRIDGEPORT (AP) - A federal judge says a lawsuit that seeks to change the way Connecticut counts prisoners when drawing up legislative districts can move forward. Senior U.S. District Judge Warren Eginton, in a ruling dated Feb. 15, denied the…

Wednesday 02/20/2019
Tuesday 02/19/2019
Supreme Court won't hear free-speech case from Connecticut
icon Posted: 19 February 2019 [08:23 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear the appeal of a Connecticut man who said his right to free speech was violated when he was arrested and convicted of threatening the judge in his divorce…

Sunday 02/17/2019
Lamont says he'll consider wider tolling
icon Posted: 17 February 2019 [08:24 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Gov. Ned Lamont, who said during his campaign that he would support highway tolls only for tractor-trailers, announced Saturday that he’s considering a wider tolling option. The Democrat, in an op-ed published in Hearst Connecticut Media newspapers,…

Friday 02/15/2019
Flight academy, instructor sued over fatal 2017 plane crash
icon Posted: 15 February 2019 [07:13 PM]

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The sister of a student pilot who died in a small plane crash in Connecticut in 2017 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit accusing the instructor of failing to prevent the crash and the flight school…

Body found 23 years ago finally identified
icon Posted: 15 February 2019 [07:12 PM]

Connecticut NORWALK (AP) - A man whose naked body was found on an island off Connecticut nearly 23 years ago was finally identified this week through a new search of an updated national fingerprint database. But the man, Landberto Quintero,…

Man sentenced for more than 11 years for role in cocaine ring
icon Posted: 15 February 2019 [07:09 PM]

Connecticut HARTFORD (AP) - A man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a cocaine distribution ring that was run out of prison by another man. Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Orlando Quiros, of…

Thursday 02/14/2019
Wife says Chicago officer assaulted in Connecticut prison
icon Posted: 14 February 2019 [06:19 PM]

CHICAGO (AP) - A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald was assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison, the officer’s wife said Wednesday. Jason Van Dyke was transferred earlier this month to…

Wednesday 02/13/2019
Family, friends gather for funeral for woman found in suitcase
icon Posted: 13 February 2019 [04:40 PM]

Connecticut NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) - Family and friends have gathered for the funeral of a 24-year-old New York woman who was found dead in a suitcase in Connecticut. The service for Valerie Reyes was held Wednesday at St. Gabriel's…

Bill to protect Connecticut rivers clears U.S. Senate
icon Posted: 13 February 2019 [04:39 PM]

Connecticut PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A bill that would make Rhode Island and Connecticut eligible for federal funding to protect rivers has cleared the U.S. Senate. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, says the Senate passed legislation…

Former lawyer for state Senate Republicans charged with stealing from PAC
icon Posted: 13 February 2019 [04:38 PM]

Connecticut HARTFORD (AP) - A former lawyer for state Senate Republicans in Connecticut has been charged with stealing more than $250,000 from a political action committee he oversaw as treasurer. State law enforcement announced that 56-year-old Michael Cronin was arrested…

Tuesday 02/12/2019
Arrest in death of woman found in suitcase in Greenwich
icon Posted: 12 February 2019 [05:33 PM]

GREENWICH (AP) - An arrest has been made been made in the slaying of a 24-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in a wooded area in Connecticut, police said Tuesday. The suspect is accused of using…

Women sue Yale to get into male frats
icon Posted: 12 February 2019 [05:31 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Three women who attend Yale University sued the school and nine all-male fraternities Tuesday, seeking to force the social organizations to admit women in response to alleged sexual assault, harassment and discrimination. The class-action lawsuit, filed in…