Latest Connecticut state government News

Police investigate killing of bear that left 2 cubs orphaned

May. 13, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The shooting of Connecticut bear that left two cubs without a mother is being investigated by environmental conservation police. The bear was killed in Newtown on Thursday. Police in Ridgefield, about 20 miles away, said an off-duty officer from their...

Governor candidate: No abortion law change, but tell parents

May. 11, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski issued a statement Wednesday saying he would not attempt to change existing law in Connecticut concerning abortion if he's elected governor in November. However, the Madison businessman said the state...

Fired Connecticut health commissioner alleges discrimination

May. 11, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut health commissioner who was fired in the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic has filed a lawsuit against the state, accusing the governor of discriminating against her, a Black woman, by elevating several white people to lead the crisis response. ...

Court: Pandemic orders not an excuse to violate lease

May. 10, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that executive orders issued by Gov. Ned Lamont affecting restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic could not not be used by a Norwalk eatery as an excuse not to pay the rent. The court ruled against Downtown Soho LLC,...

Avery sworn in as top US prosecutor for Connecticut

May. 09, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Vanessa Avery was sworn in Monday as the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, becoming the first Black woman to serve as the state's top federal prosecutor. Avery, who worked previously in the office of the state attorney general, was nominated for the post by...

GOP backs Klarides for U.S. Senate; Dems endorse Gov. Lamont

May. 07, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Republicans endorsed former state House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, a moderate on social issues, to challenge two-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in November. But she will still face a primary in August after two social conservatives...

GOP picks Stefanowski for gov.; Dems OK Blumenthal in senate

May. 07, 2022 13:25 PM EDT

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Republicans — gambling on the second time being the charm — endorsed businessman Bob Stefanowki as their candidate for governor on Friday night. Nearly 50 miles away, Democrats backed U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal for a third six-year term. ...

Court tosses shooting conviction based on 'John Doe' warrant

May. 06, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man should not have been arrested years after a non-fatal shooting based on a warrant that only included a general description of the suspect and partial DNA evidence linked to several unknown people, the state's Supreme Court ruled Friday in dismissing the...

15K applications submitted to sell cannabis in Connecticut

May. 06, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More that 15,600 applications were submitted before this week's deadline for a chance to be awarded one of the first dozen licenses to open a retail marijuana shop in Connecticut. State Department of Consumer Protection figures released Friday show that 8,357...

Victories or defeats? Session creates template for campaigns

May. 05, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont made it clear Thursday, the day after the General Assembly adjourned, that he'll be campaigning on what he sees as the big successes of the 2022 legislative session, ranging from “historic” tax cuts to new funding for child care services. Republicans,...