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Stefanowski secures spot on GOP governor primary ballot

Jun. 18, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut businessman Bob Stefanowski has qualified to participate in this summer's Republican primary for governor. The Secretary of the State's Office confirmed Monday that 10,951 primary petition signatures have been tabulated for Stefanowski. He needed 9,081 to appear on the...

Governor: 21,850 ride new commuter rail line over weekend

Jun. 18, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly 22,000 riders rode Connecticut's new commuter rail line over the weekend. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday the strong turnout shows "a sense of excitement about this long-overdue rail service." His office says there were a total of 21,850 riders over the course of...

New chief justice sworn in, vows to focus on equal access

Jun. 18, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Richard Robinson has been sworn in as Connecticut's first African-American chief justice and says he will focus on making sure everyone has equal access to the court system. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy swore in Robinson at the state Supreme Court Monday. Judges, politicians, family and...

Car crash seriously injures 2 young children

Jun. 18, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — Police have arrested a driver who they say swerved into oncoming traffic in Connecticut and hit a vehicle with a woman and her two children inside, seriously injuring the children. The 32-year-old Colchester man is facing charges of assault, driving under the influence and driving...

In new job, disgraced governor helps fellow ex-cons

Jun. 17, 2018 11:27 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fresh off his second stint in federal custody, former Gov. John Rowland is now working as a fundraiser for a Christian group that helps convicts return to their communities and turn their lives around. The 61-year-old Republican was released May 25, nearly a year early from his...

Additional service added for new commuter rail line

Jun. 17, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that additional service is being added to the CTrail Hartford Line after more than 10,000 passengers rode the new commuter rail line during its opening day. The Republican the extra service is being added for Sunday. Free rides were being offered...

Governor to swear in new Connecticut chief justice

Jun. 17, 2018 9:28 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is set to swear in new Connecticut Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson during a ceremony at the state Supreme Court. Robinson has been chief justice since the Legislature unanimously confirmed his nomination last month. The formal swearing-in ceremony is on...

Officials: Free rides on new rail line a hit with passengers

Jun. 16, 2018 4:01 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Transportation officials say thousands of passengers are taking advantage of free rides being offered this weekend on a new commuter rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts. The Connecticut Department of Transportation issued an advisory on Saturday...

Commuter rail line from N. Haven to Springfield opens

Jun. 15, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When Will Parson of Springfield, Massachusetts visits family in the Hartford, Connecticut area, it means either driving through traffic, shelling out money for a bus or arranging his schedule around the infrequent Amtrak train line. Beginning this weekend, Parson's trip — and...

Governor signs executive order to implement state water plan

Jun. 14, 2018 6:35 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an executive order to implement a new plan for managing Connecticut's water into the future. The Democratic governor says he ordered the state's Water Planning Council to implement the plan Thursday. The General Assembly received the plan in January...