Latest Connecticut state government News

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...

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...

Prosecutors plan US Supreme Court appeal of Skakel ruling

May. 30, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut prosecutors plan to appeal the dismissal of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction in a 1975 bludgeoning death to the U.S. Supreme Court. State prosecutor James Killen notified the Connecticut Supreme Court of the planned appeal Tuesday. He said the court was...

Ex-con mayor seeking spot in Connecticut governor primary

May. 29, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Joe Ganim made a stunning return to politics in 2015, when he was elected mayor of Connecticut's largest city after serving seven years in prison for corruption during his first tenure as Bridgeport's leader. Now the Democrat is knocking on doors and greeting people in cars and on...

Former Connecticut governor is released from federal custody

May. 26, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland has been released from federal custody nearly a year early from his 30-month sentence for hiding his political consulting roles in two campaigns. Rowland was released from federal custody Friday after serving 19 months. His sentence began in the...

Connecticut recruiting LGBT families to adopt, foster kids

May. 17, 2018 7:39 PM EDT

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's child welfare agency has launched an initiative to actively recruit members of the state's LGBT community to become foster and adoptive parents, bucking recent efforts in some states to curtail gay adoptions. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday that...

The Latest: 2 tornadoes touch down in Connecticut

May. 16, 2018 11:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of powerful storms that pounded areas of the Northeast (all times local): 11:30 p.m. The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Connecticut Tuesday. The weather service said Wednesday night that an EF1 tornado with estimated...

RFK Jr: Connecticut court's Skakel decision an 'exoneration'

May. 15, 2018 9:25 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Robert Kennedy Jr. says the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling that struck down the murder conviction of his cousin, Michael Skakel, is effectively an "exoneration." Kennedy said on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday that he has recently spoken to Skakel, who was "elated" by the court's...

Ted Kennedy Jr. says his dad was 'desperate' for him to run

May. 7, 2018 9:15 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. says his late father, former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, "was desperate" for him to run for public office. He recalled Monday how his father felt he "would love politics." But the younger Kennedy says he didn't want to run for office...

Skakel prosecutors mulling new murder trial face obstacles

May. 7, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Now that a court has struck down the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, the next step in the decades-long legal saga is up to Connecticut prosecutors, who must decide whether to seek a new trial in the 1975 slaying. As they mull prospects for another guilty verdict...