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Connecticut traffic picks up, but still less than in January

Jul. 10, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

Traffic has picked up across much of Connecticut as more businesses reopen and people return to work, but there are still fewer drivers on the roads than before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Data compiled by The Associated Press show there are currently about three times the vehicle miles traveled in Connecticut...

Police bill proposes inspector general, mental health checks

Jul. 10, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

The draft of a wide-ranging police accountability bill being considered in the wake of George Floyd’s death and other police-involved killings calls for a new inspector general to investigate police use-of-force cases and would require all Connecticut police officers to have periodic mental health...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, left, talks with medical staff outside Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn. On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Lamont said that the state of Connecticut has so far built up a stockpile of personal protective equipment that can last about 60 or 70 days, with plans to eventually have enough for 90 days in case there is a second wave of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Lamont promises to address digital divide in schools

Jul. 9, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont and state education officials say that addressing the problems many poor and urban districts have had in getting students access to online learning during the coronavirus pandemic will be a priority, even as they plan to reopen schools in the fall. The Department of...

Town plans to move statue of founder who led Pequot massacre

Jul. 9, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town plans to remove a statue of its founder and leader of a massacre against the Pequot tribe, Major John Mason, from a public green, if it can get permission from state authorities. Dozens of residents of Windsor, Connecticut, joined a digital town council meeting...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, left, talks with medical staff outside Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn. On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Lamont said that the state of Connecticut has so far built up a stockpile of personal protective equipment that can last about 60 or 70 days, with plans to eventually have enough for 90 days in case there is a second wave of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Connecticut amasses 60-70 day PPE stockpile, aiming for 90

Jul. 8, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

The state of Connecticut has so far built up a stockpile of personal protective equipment that can last about 60 or 70 days, with plans to eventually have enough for 90 days in case there is a second wave of the coronavirus, Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday. While it's the responsibility of nursing homes and...

State Police union questions reasoning behind Lamont's order

Jul. 8, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut State Police Union is questioning whether Gov. Ned Lamont's recent executive order banning the use of chokeholds was issued for political reasons, noting the agency had prohibited the form of restraint more than three decades ago. In a letter to the Democratic...

No COVID fatalities in Connecticut for 1st time in months

Jul. 7, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

Data released Tuesday indicates there were no new COVID-19-associated deaths in Connecticut since Monday, marking the first time since mid-March that the state has not reported a death tied to the disease. To date, there have been a total of 4,338 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Connecticut. The state has had...

Katie Kennedy, manager, walks through the Hop Haus patio after clearing a table for customers at the restaurant in Plantsville, Conn., Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Connecticut delaying third phase of COVID reopening plan

Jul. 6, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

Connecticut residents will have to wait longer to enjoy a drink in a bar or attend larger indoor and outdoor gatherings. They'll also have to wait longer for the capacity limits to be increased in places likes restaurants and gyms. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday he is postponing the state's third...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont addresses the media at medical equipment manufacturer Bio-Med Devices in Guilford, Conn. On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Lamont announced a change to the required 14-day quarantine for visitors from states with high COVID-19 infection rates. He believes the quarantine announced the week before by Connecticut, New Jersey and New York has limited the number of Connecticut's out-of-state visitors. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

Help wanted: Lamont turns to outside experts to fight virus

Jul. 5, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, a businessman-turned-politician, mid-way into his first term, did what felt natural when he faced the prospect of large numbers of coronavirus infections spreading from neighboring New York into his state. The wealthy cable company founder leveraged his...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont addresses the media at medical equipment manufacturer Bio-Med Devices in Guilford, Conn. On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Lamont announced a change to the required 14-day quarantine for visitors from states with high COVID-19 infection rates. He believes the quarantine announced the week before by Connecticut, New Jersey and New York has limited the number of Connecticut's out-of-state visitors. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

Federal lawsuit filed to allow mail-in voting in Connecticut

Jul. 2, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

A federal lawsuit was filed Thursday to make mail-in voting for the November election available to all eligible Connecticut voters during the coronavirus pandemic. An executive order signed by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said any eligible Democratic or Republican voter will be allowed to use an absentee ballot to...