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Rise in coronavirus infections may impact winter sports plan

Oct. 27, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

The organization that oversees high school sports in Connecticut says it may need to wait until mid-November before deciding whether or how to move forward with a winter sports season as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continues to rise. Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday the rate of people found with the...

FILE - In this July 23, 2020, file photo, people participating in a

Police bill plays big role in Connecticut legislative races

Oct. 27, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — While Democratic candidates for the General Assembly contend they have a strong record to run on, despite COVID-19 greatly limiting legislative successes in 2020, Republicans have latched onto the police accountability legislation that passed in a special session, believing voters...

Lamont warns restaurants, bars not to 'ruin it' for others

Oct. 26, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

Gov. Ned Lamont warned Monday that bars and restaurants violating Connecticut's COVID-19 restrictions will “ruin it” for other establishments complying with social distancing rules, including required face coverings, if they don't change their ways. The Democrat said he was concerned to learn about...

Real estate market, improved budget credited to newcomers

Oct. 23, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

The economic toll inflicted on Connecticut by the coronavirus pandemic has been blunted somewhat what appears to be an influx of newcomers who are boosting both the real estate market and the state budget. Joanne Breen, the 2020 president of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, said Friday that it has been...

FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2020, file photo, nurses and their supporters hold signs in the rain as they began a two-day strike outside the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, registered nurses at the hospital approved a new, four-year collective bargaining contract after going on a two-day strike amid disputes over pay and the availability of protective gear during the coronavirus pandemic. (John Shishmanian/The Bulletin via AP, File)

Connecticut has 19 communities with 'red alert' virus levels

Oct. 22, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

Eight more communities, many in southeastern Connecticut, were identified Thursday by state public health authorities as “red alert towns” after their daily rates of new COVID-19 infections surpassed 15 per 100,000 people since last week. There are now 19 cities and towns on the weekly list that now...

FILE- In this Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, power lines and poles lie in a roadway beside a fallen tree in Westport, Conn., brought down by Tropical Storm Isaias. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong asked regulators to order reimbursements for utility customers who lost food and medicine during August's days-long power outage in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

AG wants reimbursements for poor response to power outage

Oct. 21, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's attorney general asked regulators Wednesday to order reimbursements for utility customers who lost food and medicine during August's dayslong power outage in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. Attorney General William Tong spoke as the Public Utilities Regulatory...

Police: Man fatally shot in Hartford parking lot

Oct. 21, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man was shot in the torso in the early evening on Tuesday in Harford and died shortly after, police said. Police identified the man as 48-year-old Trevor Cumberbatch of Windsor, Connecticut, the Hartford Courant reported. Cumberbatch was shot around 6:15 p.m. in the parking lot...

Profane messages briefly mar congressional debate

Oct. 20, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Candidates in Connecticut's 1st Congressional District race on Tuesday condemned profane and threatening messages that appeared on screen during a virtual debate. Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson, Republican Mary Fay and Green Party candidate Tom McCormick were all at different...

Cars line the COVID-19 drive through testing line at MidState Medical Center, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in Meriden, Conn. Hartford HealthCare, the parent company of MidState, has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 testing demand across all its properties, according to a Hartford HealthCare spokeswoman. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Connecticut's infection rate climbs to highest since June

Oct. 20, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

Connecticut's coronavirus infection rate has climbed to its highest level since June, Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday, urging residents to be disciplined "a little bit longer.” The Democrat said the percentage of people infected among those tested was 3%, up from 1.7% on Monday. Meanwhile, the number of...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. DeLauro will face Republican Margaret Streicker for Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District in the 2020 elections. (Al Drago/Pool via AP, File)

Reps. DeLauro, Hayes face aggressive Republican challengers

Oct. 20, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jahana Hayes, the most senior and junior members of Connecticut's all-Democratic delegation to the U.S. House, are facing not only anonymous internet antagonists, but also aggressive Republican challengers in the 2020 election. The two have several advantages in the Nov. 3 election, given...