Latest Connecticut state government News

Free vaccinations offered to prevent hepatitis A outbreak

Aug. 20, 2018 5:39 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Free vaccination clinics will be offered to prevent a hepatitis A outbreak. There hasn't been an outbreak in Connecticut but there have been in other states. The state Department of Public Health said Monday there's concern that a similar outbreak could happen in Connecticut. Health...

Trump drug czar nominee visits Connecticut after overdoses

Aug. 20, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

New Haven, Connecticut, became what officials called "ground zero" Monday for efforts to shine a light on the dangers of drugs, as President Donald Trump's nominee for drug czar visited a city reeling from more than 100 recent overdoses on synthetic marijuana. Jim Carroll met with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen....

Disaster declaration approved for state's tornado recovery

Aug. 20, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Connecticut following severe storms that included four tornadoes. The tornadoes touched down in six towns in Connecticut during the May 15 storms. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked the federal government to help...

Major Interstate 84 construction project nears completion

Aug. 20, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has cut a ribbon marking the imminent completion of a major project to widen Interstate 84 in Waterbury. State transportation officials say three completed eastbound lanes should open this week, and the westbound lanes should open next month, a year ahead of...

Troopers cite 10 sports car drivers for going too slow

Aug. 20, 2018 9:26 AM EDT

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — State police in Connecticut usually pull over cars for driving too fast. But on Sunday, troopers stopped and ticketed 10 cars for going too slow. Police received several calls from angry motorists Sunday about what were described as high-performance, racing-type cars slowing traffic to...

Recounts planned in 2 tight legislative primary races

Aug. 19, 2018 9:32 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Town clerks in Bridgeport, Montville, Stratford and Waterford are facing a deadline to conduct recounts in two Connecticut General Assembly primary races. State law requires they finish the recounts by Tuesday. Initial results show an eight-vote difference between the top two...

Bikes now allowed on board New Haven-to-Springfield trains

Aug. 18, 2018 10:38 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Bicyclists can now catch a ride on the commuter rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts. The Connecticut Department of Transportation has begun allowing bikes on board the CTrail Hartford Line trains. The new move comes in response to customer requests...

Lamont calls for "opioid czar" in Connecticut government

Aug. 17, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Connecticut governor says he'll create an "opioid czar" if he's elected in November. Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont said Friday "the opioid crisis is touching every corner of our state" and that's why he wants a cabinet-level position to oversee what...

Police not saying if car was being chased at time of crash

Aug. 17, 2018 2:45 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police and Hamden authorities are declining to say whether a police chase was underway at the time of a fatal accident in New Haven. Officials say a stolen car crashed into a tree at about 1 a.m. Friday, killing the passenger and seriously injuring the driver....

Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

Aug. 16, 2018 10:44 PM EDT

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital. Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to the New Haven...