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State election officials to consider Bridgeport ballot probe

Sep. 21, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The State Elections Enforcement Commission plans to hold a special meeting to determine whether to investigate allegations of absentee ballot irregularities in Bridgeport's recent Democratic primary for mayor. The agency has scheduled the meeting for Monday. It comes after Hearst...

Poland's president to visit New Britain

Sep. 21, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — The president of Poland is making his first visit to Connecticut. Andrzej Duda and his wife are making a stop in New Britain, which has a large Polish immigrant population. About 20,000 people of Polish decent live in the city. Duda is scheduled to attend Mass on Sunday at the...

Connecticut resident dies from rare mosquito-borne disease

Sep. 20, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut public health officials say an East Lyme resident has died after testing positive earlier this month for a mosquito-borne disease. The Department of Public Health also announced Friday that a second person, an adult from Old Lyme, has tested positive for eastern equine...

Man sentenced for human trafficking fights HIV test order

Sep. 20, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut businessman convicted for his role in a human trafficking ring that preyed on young men who were mentally ill and intellectually disabled is fighting a court-ordered HIV test. The Hartford Courant reports Bruce Bemer is arguing that the order violates his constitutional...

Lawmakers receptive to federal transportation loan program

Sep. 20, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Both Democrats and Republicans expressed interest on Friday in low-cost federal loan programs to help fix Connecticut's transportation infrastructure, following months of debate over electronic tolls. It's a concept Gov. Ned Lamont has been considering as he reboots his stalled...

The Latest: Federal transportation loans met with optimism

Sep. 20, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on a meeting about federal transportation options (all times local): 3 p.m. Both Democratic and Republican legislative leaders are expressing optimism that Connecticut might be able to utilize low-cost federal loan programs to help pay for costly transportation projects....

Editorials from around New England

Sep. 20, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Tolls, groceries, vaccinations. Is Gov. Lamont the do-over governor? Hartford Courant Sept. 20 Gov. Ned Lamont and his administration are awash on tides of public outcry. Thursday night's grocery tax reversal is just the latest in a series of ham-handed executions...

VA hospital director in NH to oversee Connecticut VA system

Sep. 20, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The director of New Hampshire's veterans hospital has been named the director of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, overseeing the delivery of health care to about 59,000 veterans throughout the state and southern New England. Alfred Montoya Jr. joined the VA in 2009 and held...

School aide resigns after kicking of student caught on tape

Sep. 20, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A public school staffer in Connecticut has resigned after she was captured on video kicking a special needs student. WTNH-TV reports that Nathan Hale School officials have confirmed the unnamed staffer is no longer employed by the New Haven school. The station says the woman is so...

Agency says no new foods now subjected to meals surcharge

Sep. 19, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's tax department has determined no new foods should be subjected to a new surcharge on prepared meals. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont asked the Department of Revenue Services to reevaluate a recent policy statement that he said "too broadly interpreted" a new, extra 1% tax on...