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Governors of CT, MA and RI meet, talk tolls, state issues

Chronicle Staff Writer WILLIMANTIC - The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island plan to work together when addressing regional issues. In the first of what is expected to be several meetings, the three governors met during a regional…

icon Posted: 17 July 2019 [07:12 PM]

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Tuesday 07/16/2019
Alligator reported near East Lyme lake
icon Posted: 16 July 2019 [07:17 PM]

EAST LYME (AP) - Connecticut environmental officials are investigating a report that an alligator was spotted near a lake in East Lyme. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says it received a report that a resident living near…

Connecticut state trooper faces domestic assault charges
icon Posted: 16 July 2019 [07:15 PM]

MIDDLETOWN (AP) - A Connecticut State Police trooper charged with assaulting his wife has been ordered by a judge to surrender all his weapons. The Hartford Courant reports that 42-year-old Gregory Smith was freed on $50,000 bond after appearing in…

Monday 07/15/2019
Sunday 07/14/2019
Blumenthal attacks newly released state insurance rates for 2020
icon Posted: 14 July 2019 [08:45 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says proposed health insurance rate increases in Connecticut are unaffordable. The Connecticut Democrat says the rates released by the Connecticut Department of Insurance for 2020 on Friday deserve strong scrutiny. The insurance department…

Wednesday 07/10/2019
Actor Rip Torn dies at 88
icon Posted: 10 July 2019 [06:59 PM]

The Associated Press LAKEVILLE (AP) - Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan who overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in television, theater, and movies, such as “Men in Black,” and win an Emmy in his 60s…

Tuesday 07/09/2019
Path cleared for Norwalk bridge plan
icon Posted: 09 July 2019 [07:07 PM]

NEW HAVEN (AP) - A federal judge has cleared the way for state and federal transportation officials to move forward with a $1.1 billion project to replace a 122-year-old movable railroad bridge in Norwalk. U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill…

Monday 07/08/2019
Sunday 07/07/2019
Friday 07/05/2019
Connecticut retailers preparing for new plastic bag tax
icon Posted: 05 July 2019 [02:31 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Connecticut retailers of all types are getting ready to charge a new 10-cent tax on single-use plastic bags, changing how many consumers will carry home groceries or a take-out meal. Proponents of the legislation, including the Connecticut…

Thursday 07/04/2019
Boom boxes highlight Willimantic parade
icon Posted: 04 July 2019 [05:17 PM]

The Associated Press WILLIMANTIC (AP) - A Connecticut town’s Independence Day parade is featuring boom boxes instead of bands for the 34th straight year. More than 5,000 people were expected for Willimantic’s annual Boom Box Parade. In…

Stafford Springs wool mill supplying fabric for new Army uniform
icon Posted: 04 July 2019 [05:16 PM]

The Associated Press STAFFORD SPRINGS (AP) - A Connecticut wool mill is providing high-quality fabric for the Army’s recently unveiled classic uniform and looking to help reinvigorate a once-prominent industry. American Woolen Company Inc. is one of…

Wednesday 07/03/2019
Husband of missing mom says he's innocent
icon Posted: 03 July 2019 [07:30 PM]

The Associated Press FARMINGTON (AP) - The estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother of five says he had nothing to do with her disappearance and urges the public to trust the criminal justice process. Fotis Dulos told…

Tuesday 07/02/2019
Sister defends estranged husband of missing mom
icon Posted: 02 July 2019 [08:42 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - The sister of a Connecticut man whose estranged wife disappeared more than a month ago has come to her brother’s defense, saying he is nothing like the person being portrayed in police and media reports. Rena Dulos…

2-year-old Windham child dies from injuries
icon Posted: 02 July 2019 [08:41 PM]

Chronicle Staff Writer WINDHAM - The 2-year-old child involved in a suspicious incident at Windham Heights last Wednesday has died. In an email sent late Monday evening, Windham resident Catina Caban-Owen, co-founder of the Windham Task Force To Prevent Child…

Monday 07/01/2019
New Milford man drowns in Morris lake
icon Posted: 01 July 2019 [08:50 PM]

MORRIS (AP) - A Connecticut man has died after slipping under the surface of a lake where he remained for about an hour before he was pulled out. WVIT-TV reports that 19-year-old Leonel Salvador, of New Milford was taking an…

UConn buying $740K house for its new president
icon Posted: 01 July 2019 [08:25 PM]

STORRS (AP) - The University of Connecticut is purchasing a house that will be the new home to its incoming president and be used for other school functions. The school’s Board of Trustees agreed to spend $740,000 last week to…

Friday 06/28/2019
Missing-mother defendant told to stay away from his girlfriend
icon Posted: 28 June 2019 [02:39 PM]

The Associated Press STAMFORD (AP) - A judge on Friday ordered the estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother of five to stay away from his girlfriend. Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, are free on…

Thursday 06/27/2019
Wealthy donation to state raises concerns about transparency
icon Posted: 27 June 2019 [04:23 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - So excited about a pledge of $100 million for public education from Barbara and Ray Dalio, founder of the world's largest hedge fund, Connecticut state officials agreed to add $100 million in taxpayer money, along with some…

Connecticut woman who killed her 2 children gets 120 years
icon Posted: 27 June 2019 [03:46 PM]

The Associated Press NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman convicted of killing her two children saying it was God’s plan was sentenced to 120 years in prison without the possibility of parole. LeRoya Moore, 39, was sentenced Thursday,…

Court grants visitation to grandparents over father's wishes
icon Posted: 27 June 2019 [03:31 PM]

State HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Supreme Court has granted visitation rights to a set of grandparents over the wishes of the child's father. The court on Thursday upheld the ruling of a lower court judge, who found that denying…

Connecticut doctor pleads guilty to cheating Medicaid
icon Posted: 27 June 2019 [03:29 PM]

State HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut doctor has pleaded guilty to billing Medicaid for a medication some of his patients did not need. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Dr. Crispin Abarientos pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford…

Wednesday 06/26/2019
child-in-cardiac-arrest-rushed-to-hospital Child in cardiac arrest rushed to hospital
icon Posted: 26 June 2019 [08:16 PM]

Chronicle staff writer and AP reports WINDHAM - State police are investigating a suspicious incident at a local apartment complex that has…

Tuesday 06/25/2019
Trash-plant search for missing mother ends
icon Posted: 25 June 2019 [06:24 PM]

NEW CANAAN (AP) - Police isay they have completed their search of a trash-to-energy plant for evidence in the disappearance of a mother of five who’s been missing for a month. New Canaan police in a statement Tuesday say the…

Paid family medical leave signed into state law, to begin in 2022
icon Posted: 25 June 2019 [06:23 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Connecticut is on track to have a paid family medical leave system in place by 2022. Advocates and state lawmakers cheered as Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont signed legislation Tuesday that provides most workers up to 12 weeks…

Monday 06/24/2019
Two killed in Newtown SUV accident
icon Posted: 24 June 2019 [07:56 PM]

NEWTOWN (AP) - Police say two young men died when the SUV they were in plunged into a ravine. Newtown police say the victims’ SUV went off the westbound shoulder of Route 34 into a 100-foot-deep, heavily wooded ravine at…

Himes is first Connecticut lawmaker to call for Trump's impeachment
icon Posted: 24 June 2019 [07:55 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes has become Connecticut’s first member of Congress to call for an impeachment inquiry into Republican President Donald Trump. Himes, serving his sixth term, said Monday the president has “shown contempt for the…

Thursday 06/20/2019
Lamont admits to a 'divide' with lawmakers over tolls
icon Posted: 20 June 2019 [07:06 PM]

The Associated Press HARTFORD (AP) - Gov. Ned Lamont acknowledged Wednesday there is a divide between his administration and Connecticut legislators over the need for electronic tolls to generate more state transportation revenue but vowed not to give…

Wednesday 06/19/2019
High school athletes push against transgender policy
icon Posted: 19 June 2019 [07:23 PM]

The Associated Press HARTFORD (AP) - Three Connecticut girls who have run high school track have filed a federal discrimination complaint saying a statewide policy on transgender athletes has cost them top finishes in races and possibly college…

Tuesday 06/18/2019
Conspiracy theorists lose in Sandy Hook suit
icon Posted: 18 June 2019 [07:02 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened - the latest victory for victims’ relatives who…

Lamont signs bill raising legal smoking age to 21
icon Posted: 18 June 2019 [07:00 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Gov. Ned Lamont has signed legislation that increases the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21. The bill signed into law Tuesday by the Democrat also prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping…

Monday 06/17/2019
Waterford Speedbowl owner gets 10 years for human trafficking
icon Posted: 17 June 2019 [08:29 PM]

DANBURY (AP) - A businessman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday in connection with what prosecutors said was a human trafficking ring that preyed on young men who were mentally ill and intellectually disabled. State Judge Robin Pavia…

Lawyers say Infowars' Jones sent them child porn
icon Posted: 17 June 2019 [08:27 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Lawyers for relatives of some victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting allege conspiracy theorist Alex Jones sent them electronic files containing child pornography. The lawyers say the porn was among documents they had requested from…

Sunday 06/16/2019
State OKs dozens of hemp grower licenses for pilot
icon Posted: 16 June 2019 [08:02 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - With the new growing season underway, Connecticut’s Department of Agriculture has been busy processing applications from dozens interested in growing industrial hemp as part of the state’s new research pilot program. As of June 14, the agency…

Thursday 06/13/2019
Doctor gets prison time for prescription fraud
icon Posted: 13 June 2019 [07:01 PM]

The Associated Press NEW HAVEN (AP) - A physician has been sentenced to three months in prison for her role in a fraudulent prescription scheme that cheated Connecticut’s state employee prescription benefit plan out of nearly $900,000. Federal…

Hamden's Sleeping Giant park to reopen
icon Posted: 13 June 2019 [06:58 PM]

The Associated Press HARTFORD (AP) - A popular Connecticut state park is reopening more than a year after it was hit by a tornado that brought down thousands of trees. Gov. Ned Lamont says Sleeping Giant State Park…

Tuesday 06/11/2019
UTC will hire 1000 in-state workers, Lamont says
icon Posted: 11 June 2019 [08:17 PM]

The Associated Press HARTFORD (AP) - Gov. Ned Lamont says he’s been assured United Technologies Corporation plans to hire 1,000 additional workers at Pratt & Whitney over the next few years. The Democrat said Tuesday he’s also been…

Prosecutor reveals new DNA in missing Farmington mom case
icon Posted: 11 June 2019 [07:32 PM]

The Associated Press STAMFORD (AP) - The blood of a missing Connecticut mother of five was found mixed with her estranged husband’s DNA at the home she was living in after they separated, a prosecutor revealed during a…

Monday 06/10/2019
Police set up website for tips on missing New Canaan woman
icon Posted: 10 June 2019 [07:08 PM]

The Associated Press NEW CANAAN (AP) - Police in Connecticut have set up a website and created an email address to help gather tips on the disappearance of a mother of five. Jennifer Dulos, of New Canaan, has…

Sunday 06/09/2019
UTC announces merger, move to Boston
icon Posted: 09 June 2019 [06:41 PM]

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) - Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. are merging in a deal that creates one of the world’s largest defense companies. The merger, announced Sunday, will close in the first half of 2020 after United Technologies completes…

Friday 06/07/2019
Connecticut residents oppose new tolls, back taxing the rich
icon Posted: 07 June 2019 [02:27 PM]

Bloomberg Connecticut residents oppose tolling state highways by almost a 2-1 margin, underscoring the challenge Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont faces in passing his transportation funding plan during a special session this summer, according to a Sacred Heart University/Hartford Courant poll.…

Thursday 06/06/2019
State will be first to amass prosecutor data
icon Posted: 06 June 2019 [07:11 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - While prosecutors around the country are making daily decisions affecting people’s liberty, few are compiling data that would show how criminal cases are resolved and whether those outcomes are harsher for minorities. Connecticut, officials say, is set…

Lawmakers end session marked by partisan wins
icon Posted: 06 June 2019 [07:10 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers on Wednesday wrapped up a five-month legislative session marked by Democratic victories, the first in years with a sizeable Democratic legislative majority and a new Democratic governor. Even though there was the typical flurry of…

Wednesday 06/05/2019
Tuesday 06/04/2019
Pennsylvania trucker started I-84 crash, probers say
icon Posted: 04 June 2019 [08:23 PM]

EAST HARTFORD (AP) - Investigators say a fatal and fiery Connecticut highway crash was caused by a tractor-trailer slamming into the back of a school bus stopped in the center lane. State police Tuesday released details of the wreck on…