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Senate sends safe gun storage bill to Lamont's desk

May. 23, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill that attempts to tighten Connecticut's safe gun storage laws is heading to Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's desk. The Senate on Thursday voted 34-2 in favor of the legislation which stems from the death of Ethan Song, a Guilford 15-year-old who accidentally shot himself with a...

Democratic lawmakers ask Lamont to back capital gains tax

May. 23, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than five dozen Democratic state representatives and senators are asking Gov. Ned Lamont to support a surcharge on capital gains income earned by wealthy Connecticut taxpayers. Sixty-three lawmakers sent a letter on Thursday to the Democrat, insisting the surcharge does not...

Democrats unveil plan for a public health insurance option

May. 23, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

A coalition of Connecticut Democrats, including Gov. Ned Lamont and top legislative leaders, announced Thursday they have reached consensus on legislation that could lead to a public health insurance option for people and small businesses by 2022. Called the "Connecticut Option," premiums for the yet-to-be...

City employee pleads guilty to embezzling more than $100K

May. 23, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former New Haven employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 from the Connecticut city. Daniel Lion, of Hamden, pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge Wednesday. Court documents say New Haven employed the 64-year-old Lion for about 40 years, most recently...

Speaker unsure yet if House will vote on medical leave bill

May. 23, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM'-oh-wits) says he's waiting to decide whether the Connecticut House of Representatives will vote on a paid family medical leave bill that Gov. Ned Lamont has threatened to veto. The legislation cleared the Democratic-controlled...

UConn coaches travel the state to connect with fans

May. 23, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn basketball fan Audrey Quinlan said she wasn't expecting Geno Auriemma to be so personable. The 68-year-old Glastonbury resident got to meet the Hall of Fame coach Thursday as he crisscrossed the state with men's basketball coach Dan Hurley, football coach Randy Edsall and...

Judge dismisses tribe's lawsuit in land seizure dispute

May. 23, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has dismissed all remaining claims in a lawsuit in which a Native American tribe argued the state owed it more than $600 million for land allegedly seized from the tribe more than a century ago. Judge Thomas Moukawsher in Hartford Superior Court ruled Wednesday...

Chief: No evidence yet of hate crime in mosque fire

May. 23, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven, Connecticut's police chief says investigators have not found any evidence yet that would suggest a fire at a city mosque was an act of terrorism or a hate crime. Chief Otoniel Reyes told the New Haven Register "investigators continue to evaluate and examine every aspect...

New Milford welcomes peacocks back to Harrybrooke Park

May. 23, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEW MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — Residents expressed feelings of nostalgia and joy at a welcome home party Sunday for Frank and Liz, two new residents of Harrybrooke Park. The peacock and peahen — named for the late Frank and Elizabeth Harden, former owners of the estate now known as Harrybrooke Park...

Haitian heritage, history fill Norwich's streets

May. 23, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — Revelers outfitted in red and blue packed several downtown sidewalks and streets Saturday as the city's first official Haitian Flag Day event roared to life. Along Bath and Franklin streets, that flag, with its parallel red-and-blue bars, was waved in hands, draped over shoulders and...