Latest Connecticut state government News

Lawmakers announce plan for more security after mosque fire

May. 14, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities have found evidence that an incendiary device or material was used to start a weekend fire at a Connecticut mosque, New Haven's mayor said Tuesday. Federal, state and local authorities are investigating Sunday afternoon's blaze that damaged two floors of New Haven's...

Connecticut considers making phone calls free for prisoners

May. 14, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Marlene Torres sometimes must choose between paying a bill or paying for phone calls that allow her 12-year-old foster son to talk to his father in prison. "The child has some behavior (issues) at school because his dad is in there," said Torres, 27, of Hartford. "He needs to talk to...

Group warns it will legally challenge pregnancy center bill

May. 7, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A national group that successfully challenged laws in California, Hawaii and Illinois regulating pregnancy crisis centers is warning Connecticut lawmakers it will work to overturn any law that clamps down on alleged deceptive advertising practices at these facilities. Anne O'Connor,...

Emails: Purdue executive cast blame on opioid victims

May. 7, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A member of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of the painkiller OxyContin, cast blame on victims of the opioid epidemic in nearly 20-year-old emails, saying "abusers aren't victims," according to a court filing announced Tuesday in Connecticut. The emails from Richard Sackler...

States seek to cut off religious exemptions for vaccination

May. 6, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

Connecticut's Attorney General gave state lawmakers the legal go-ahead Monday to pursue legislation that would prevent parents from exempting their children from vaccinations for religious reasons, a move that several states are considering amid a significant measles outbreak. The non-binding ruling from William...

Pro-vaccine lawmaker reports online threat to her children

May. 2, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state lawmaker says her children were threatened online by a person who opposes mandatory vaccinations for all school children. Democratic Rep. Liz Linehan, of Cheshire, posted Wednesday on Facebook that state Capitol police are investigating what she interpreted as a...

NYC makes calls from jail free, 1st major US city to do so

May. 1, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is now providing free phone calls from jails, making it the first major U.S. city to eliminate fees for inmate calls, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. The Democratic mayor said the city has fully implemented the law passed by the City Council last August. "For too long...

Justices: Court wrong to meddle with Sept. 11 widow's funds

Apr. 10, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut probate court wrongly took control of nearly $1.3 million in Sept. 11 victim compensation funds earmarked for the young daughter of a World Trade Center attack victim and prohibited her mother from spending any of the money on expenses related to the girl, the...

Gun-maker to ask Supreme Court to hear Sandy Hook appeal

Apr. 9, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Facing a newly revived wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut over the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, gun-maker Remington is going to the U.S. Supreme Court to argue it can't be sued because of a much-debated federal law that shields firearms manufacturers from liability in...

Billionaire gives $100 million to fund Connecticut education

Apr. 5, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of the world's wealthiest couples announced Friday they are donating $100 million to support public education and new businesses in some of Connecticut's most disadvantaged communities. The contribution from hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio and his wife, Barbara, is believed to...