Latest Connecticut state government News

Lawmakers to vote on loan program for furloughed workers

Jan. 18, 2019 3:11 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont says he's reached a bipartisan agreement with legislative leaders to adopt emergency legislation that will enable federal workers impacted by the partial government shutdown to obtain interest-free loans backed by the state. The loans would be offered...

Connecticut state park reopens after microburst fells trees

Jan. 18, 2019 11:40 AM EST

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut residents and visitors are able to visit Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford again after it reopened this week following months of cleanup from a microburst. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spent the past several months removing downed trees...

Report: Incarcerated kids improperly held in isolation

Jan. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Children confined or incarcerated in Connecticut's criminal justice system are not getting the services they need and some are being illegally held in isolation, according to a report released Wednesday by the state's Office of the Child Advocate. The report, which comes following an...

Teach kids about climate change? This state might require it

Jan. 16, 2019 12:07 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it...

Bank offers no-interest loans for some affected by shutdown

Jan. 15, 2019 5:39 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bank in Connecticut says it will offer no-interest loans to any federal workers who are working and not being paid during the partial government shutdown. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday announced the assistance program offered by Webster Bank. He said he hopes other banks...

State park reopens after damaging storms

Jan. 15, 2019 12:34 AM EST

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — One state park in Connecticut has reopened to the public months after a severe storm knocked down several trees. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Monday Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford is now open. The department says hundreds of trees...

2 dead, 1 hurt, in crash on I-395 in Norwich

Jan. 13, 2019 4:48 PM EST

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly couple died and a third person was hurt in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 395 in Norwich. Connecticut State Police say the crash occurred in the northbound lanes at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. State police say 85-year-old John Adams and 79-year-old Joan...

Senator appearing with airport workers affected by shutdown

Jan. 13, 2019 2:22 PM EST

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal plans to highlight how air traffic controllers and other federal workers in Connecticut are being affected by the partial federal government shutdown. The Democrat will appear Monday at Bradley International Airport with Federal Aviation...

3 Senate Democrats press ahead with Whitaker lawsuit

Jan. 12, 2019 4:11 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Three Senate Democrats who filed a lawsuit arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional say the Trump administration is using the partial government shutdown to delay the case. U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sheldon Whitehouse...

Lamont to get extra time to craft new state budget

Jan. 12, 2019 9:50 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont is getting some extra time to craft his first state budget proposal. Traditionally, the governor's budget would be presented to the General Assembly on the first Wednesday following the first Monday of February. That would mean Feb. 6 this year. But under...