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Municipal leaders pushing for drug abuse ombudsman, funding

Jan. 18, 2020 1:35 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's largest association of cities and towns plans to lobby for a new ombudsman for drug abuse and control policy when state lawmakers return to the Capitol next month for the 2020 regular legislative session. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities said a designated...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 17, 2020 9:03 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Lamont must be open about State Pier deal going forward The Day Jan. 16 Upon finally reviewing the memorandum of understanding that outlines the tentative terms of a public-private deal to overhaul State Pier, transforming it into a hub to support offshore wind...

UConn puts value to Connecticut at $5.3 billion per year

Jan. 14, 2020 5:31 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut, one of many public research schools across the country facing lower government funding, released a report Tuesday saying it generates about $5.3 billion for the state of Connecticut each year. The internal economic impact study looked at everything from...

GOP leader says he doubts tolls can pass Legislature

Jan. 13, 2020 6:23 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Connecticut Senate said Monday he doubts a transportation bill that includes tolls can be passed in the General Assembly, despite optimism expressed by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont. Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, of North Haven, told reporters that...

In this Aug. 22, 2019 photo, lead grower Elizabeth Keyser, talks about flowering medical marijuana plants being grown with special grow lights during a media tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Ravena, N.Y. After legislative efforts stalled and a vaping sickness stirred new concerns, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut still want to make recreational pot legal. But the states have different approaches and timeframes, and some proposals have shifted since last year. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Pot politics: Some Northeast states regroup on legalization

Jan. 13, 2020 6:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast — it had already passed in three of the region’s states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York. Now, after legislative efforts stalled and a vaping...

Lamont answers public's questions on tolls, transportation

Jan. 12, 2020 8:37 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont was greeted by a mostly pro-tolls crowd Sunday during a forum about transportation, which comes as lawmakers inch closer to a possible vote on a plan that includes tolls on big trucks. The Democrat told reporters Friday that he believed a tentative deal...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 10, 2020 4:10 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Give public more details on 18-wheeler tolling Connecticut Post Jan. 8 The Democratic majority of the state House and Senate is lining up behind a plan to charge the largest tractor-trailers to use Connecticut’s bridges. It’s taken a long time...

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma reacts during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Baylor ends No. 1 UConn's 98-game home win streak

Jan. 9, 2020 10:10 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Kim Mulkey and Baylor are making a habit of ending UConn's streaks. Teá Cooper scored 27 points and No. 6 Baylor used a dominant fourth quarter to beat top-ranked UConn 74-58 on Thursday night, ending the Huskies' 98-game home winning streak. It was the second consecutive year...

Connecticut police transparency task force misses deadline

Jan. 9, 2020 2:31 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A task force aimed at examining police transparency and accountability across Connecticut has yet to meet and missed a Jan. 1 deadline set by the Legislature for a report with initial recommendations. The creation of the panel was included a law signed in July by Gov. Ned Lamont, a...

$9M in grants to help communities preserve open spaces

Jan. 8, 2020 3:29 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is awarding $9 million to support grants that will help 24 communities purchase nearly 2,500 acres of land to be designated as open space. The grants are authorized under the state’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program, administered by the Connecticut...