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Connecticut relaxes restrictions on nursing home visits

Sep. 28, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont rescinded emergency orders Monday that had banned most visits at nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the state's Health Department issued new relaxed guidelines. The move will allow indoor visits to resume with certain conditions on screening, social...

Toronto FC's Mark Delgado, right, challenges Columbus Crew's Artur during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Toronto FC beats MLS-leading Crew 3-1 in Connecticut

Sep. 27, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Alejandro Pozuelo broke a tie in the 59th minute and Toronto FC beat the MLS-leading Columbus Crew 3-1 on Sunday night in their temporary home in Connecticut. Toronto (8-2-4) is 3-0-1 in its last four games. Columbus (9-2-3) had a six-game unbeaten streak snapped. Pozuelo scored...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, pre-school teacher Mikki Laugier wears a protective mask as she guides students in a lesson at P.S. 15, in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Placing an order while wearing a mask and standing six feet away from the deli counter can be difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Try teaching a class full of students who are deaf, hard of hearing or whose first language is not English. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The eyes don't have it: Masks upset classroom communication

Sep. 27, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

Placing an order at a deli counter while wearing a mask and standing 6 feet away can be difficult. Try teaching a class full of schoolchildren and connecting with students who are themselves wearing masks. Teachers who in ordinary times rely on their voices to convey nuances of language and manage classroom...

Firefighters return to Conn. after battling Calif. wildfires

Sep. 26, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

Marlborough, Conn. (AP) — A group of 10 firefighters from Connecticut and Massachusetts has returned home after spending the last several weeks helping to battle wildfires in northern California. The contingent left Connecticut on Sept. 4 and initially worked with the Hoopa Tribe on the Hoopa Valley...

Quinnipiac sends home, suspends 23 students over COVID rules

Sep. 26, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Quinnipiac University has sent home or suspended more than 20 student in recent days for violating visitor and other policies, both on- and off-campus, that are aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus, according to a top school official. Tom Ellett, the school's chief...

Connecticut hires consultant to help plan for retirements

Sep. 26, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont's administration has hired a private consultant to evaluate the efficiency of Connecticut's state government workforce and help prepare for the large number of state employees who are anticipated to retire by 2022. The Democrat said Boston Consulting Group will...

A fan sits among cardboard cutouts of other fans before the first half of an NCAA college football game between Mississippi and Florida in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

Sep. 26, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases, entire dorm complexes and frat houses under quarantine, and flaring tensions with local community leaders over the spread of the disease. Many major universities are determined...

Earlier absentee ballot processing on special session agenda

Sep. 25, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday officially called Connecticut lawmakers back to the state Capitol for a special session next week to consider bills that could lead to changes in how public utilities are regulated and allow local election officials to start processing absentee ballots a little earlier. The General...

Positive virus test rate drops to 3% in Connecticut prisons

Sep. 25, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The number of Connecticut prisoners testing positive for the coronavirus has dropped substantially over the past three months, decreasing to 3% in a second round of mass testing from 9% during the first round, the Department of Correction announced Friday. The department tested more...

Police: CT man shot, killed bear that his dog confronted

Sep. 25, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

THOMASTON , Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man shot and killed a black bear that his dog confronted near his yard, police said. William O’Connor, 26, of Thomaston, will appear in court on a summons for illegally killing the animal on Tuesday, the Republican-American reported. It is illegal to shoot...