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Lamont calls for focus on budget, special session on tolls

May. 21, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday called on Connecticut lawmakers to focus on reaching a state budget deal in the remaining two weeks of the legislative session and tackle electronic tolls in a special legislative session. The Democrat also released a working draft of a 24-page transportation bill that he said provides...

Senate defeats bill to expand farmers' ability to kill bears

May. 21, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate has defeated a bill that would have expanded when farmers can kill nuisance wildlife, including bears, which destroy crops. Tuesday's bill was a scaled-back version of legislation that originally authorized regulated bear hunting in Litchfield County. Instead,...

House votes to bar single-use polystyrene food containers

May. 21, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut restaurants and caterers would no longer be able to provide customers with single-use expanded polystyrene food containers under legislation that has cleared the House of Representatives. The proposed ban, which passed Tuesday on a 121-23 vote, would take effect July 1,...

Woman who had hot wax dropped in her eye settles for $400K

May. 21, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman who got hot wax dropped in her eye at beauty spa has settled a lawsuit against the now-closed business for $400,000. Frank Bailey, an attorney for 61-year-old Gail Gianpalo, of Monroe, says his client suffered permanent eyes injuries from the botched eyebrow wax...

Connecticut considers restrictions on police chases

May. 21, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are considering restricting when police statewide can chase cars and trucks in response to what appears to be an increase in dangerous pursuits, including several that ended with deaths or serious injuries over the past few years. State public safety...

Connecticut man charged with beating death of housemate

May. 21, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man police say admitted he "stomped" on a housemate who was later found dead has been held on $250,000 bail. Police say 57-year-old Ricky Garcia told detectives that Christopher Peckham became limp after Garcia kicked him twice at the Milford home the men shared with...

Workers suffers severe leg injuries in fall into machine

May. 21, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say a worker suffered serious leg injuries after falling into large industrial lathe at a Connecticut aerospace parts manufacturer. Police say it took more than 30 minutes to extricate the 58-year-old man from the machine at EDAC Technologies in Glastonbury after the...

Police: 55-year-old man beaten to death by 3 assailants

May. 21, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut are looking for three suspects involved in the weekend beating death of a 55-year-old man. Police say Miguel Lopez was found on the floor of a Bridgeport convenience store at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Capt. Brian Fitzgerald tells the Connecticut Post the victim...

Connecticut bill requires social workers to be credentialed

May. 20, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some Connecticut legislators want to make sure people who call themselves social workers are truly credentialed social workers. The House of Representatives on Monday voted 111-25 in favor of legislation that prevents someone from using the title "licensed clinical social worker" or...

Connecticut House passes mental health parity bill

May. 20, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's House of Representatives has unanimously approved legislation ensuring health insurers treat mental health illnesses the same as other illnesses. Monday's bill, which awaits Senate action, requires insurers to cover mental health and substance disorder treatment at the...