Latest Connecticut state government News

Candidate resigns amid controversy over Parkland comments

Oct. 12, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Connecticut's General Assembly has withdrawn following criticism over comments he made online about victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Steven Baleshiski, a 22-year-old college student from Southington, had been challenging six-term...

Mental health funds released for displaced hurricane victims

Oct. 2, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is receiving a $750,000 federal grant to provide mental health support to families and especially children who were evacuated from their homes in Puerto Rico and have been living in Connecticut as a result of Hurricane Maria last September. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the...

Advocate: Changes needed at state-run center after suicide

Sep. 26, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The suicide of a pregnant teenager and seven other suicide attempts within the past year at a Connecticut psychiatric treatment center for children prompted the state child advocate on Wednesday to call for immediate action to improve safety and care at the facility. Child Advocate...

Is a hunt the answer when bears start getting bolder?

Sep. 25, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

CANTON, Conn. (AP) — Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a doorknob to enter his house. He used his key fob to set off his car horn, to scare away whatever was in his garage. When he...

Party power on the line in many state legislative elections

Sep. 22, 2018 10:52 AM EDT

A total of 6,066 state legislative seats will be on general election ballots around the country this year, and nearly two dozen more will be decided in November special elections to fill vacancies. Here's a look at the current partisan composition of state House and Senate chambers, as well as some of the most...

Town settles sexual harassment case against mayor

Sep. 13, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town has negotiated a $175,000 settlement with a former town employee who said the mayor had sexually harassed her. Francine Carbone said in her complaint that East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. harassed her by exposing his genitals to her and making comments about...

States send personnel to Southeast as Florence approaches

Sep. 12, 2018 7:21 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New England states are stepping up to help with whatever recovery efforts are needed as Hurricane Florence closes in on the Southeast. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says 10 National Guard soldiers were scheduled to arrive in Tennessee Wednesday aboard UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47...

States urge Supreme Court to hear Kennedy cousin case

Sep. 12, 2018 2:15 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Eleven states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Connecticut's appeal in the murder case of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel and reinstate his conviction. The states filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Monday, saying a ruling in Connecticut's favor is needed to thwart excessive...

From poverty to star teacher, Hayes now eyes Congress seat

Sep. 7, 2018 12:35 AM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — As she hits up the town fairs and parades across northwestern Connecticut, political newcomer Jahana Hayes is sharing her story of rising from poverty to the height of the teaching profession in her bid to become the state's first black woman elected to Congress. Hayes, the 2016...

State sanctions dentist for excessive dentistry on child

Sep. 5, 2018 7:46 PM EDT

TERRYVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut dentist accused of performing unnecessary dental work on a young girl has been disciplined by state regulators. The Hartford Courant reports that the State Dental Commission voted Wednesday to sanction Ammar Idlibi with a $10,000 fine and three years of probation,...