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Rock star Van Zandt helping Connecticut students re-engage

Apr. 20, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

Connecticut is turning to music in an effort to get kids more interested in school and help combat the learning loss suffered during the pandemic. Gov. Ned Lamont and state education officials announced Tuesday that Connecticut's public schools will be integrating a...

Jim Steinman, hitmaker for Meat Loaf and Celine Dion, dies

Apr. 20, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Steinman, the Grammy-winning composer who wrote Meat Loaf's best-selling “Bat Out Of Hell" debut album as well as hits for Celine Dion, Air Supply and Bonnie Tyler, has died, his brother said. He was 73. Bill Steinman told The Associated Press that...

Bill ending religious vaccine exemption now heads to Senate

Apr. 20, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

A contentious bill that would end Connecticut's long-standing religious exemption from immunization requirements for schools, beginning with the 2022-23 school year, now awaits action in the state Senate. The legislation passed on a 90-53 vote in the Democratic-controlled...

Former UConn star Jennifer Rizzotti named president of Sun

Apr. 20, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jennifer Rizzotti, who was the point guard on UConn's first national championship team before playing professionally and then becoming a college basketball coach, has been named president of the WNBA's Connecticut Sun. Rizzotti, who was part of...

Bill ending religious vaccine exemption likely to pass House

Apr. 19, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

The Connecticut House of Representatives on Monday was expected to pass a contentious bill that would end the state's long-standing religious exemption from immunization requirements for schools, beginning with the 2022 school year. Democratic House Speaker Matt Ritter of...

Connecticut to lift most mandates on businesses, outdoors

Apr. 19, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

Connecticut plans to phase out many COVID-19 restrictions affecting businesses next month, including long-shuttered bars, while keeping the mandatory indoor mask-wearing rules in place for now, Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Monday. The announcement came as the...

Man charged in fatal shooting of 3-year-old boy in Hartford

Apr. 19, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 19-year-old man was charged with murder Monday in connection with the shooting of a 3-year-old Connecticut boy whose death dismayed and angered the community and prompted state lawmakers to call for more funding for urban anti-violence programs. ...

Northeast banks Webster, Sterling to merge in all-stock deal

Apr. 19, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Webster Financial Corp. is buying Sterling Bancorp in an all-stock deal that values Sterling at more than $5 billion, the northeastern U.S. banks said Monday. The total market value of the deal is about $10.3 billion. Sterling will merge into Webster...

UConn's Stamford campus being equipped with 5G system

Apr. 19, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

The University of Connecticut is spending $300,000 to set up a high-speed internet system across its Stamford regional campus in a partnership with AT&T that could be expanded to other parts of the university system, officials said Monday. Officials said the system,...

In Ellington, vaccines are a family affair at Muslim center

Apr. 18, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two sisters in Ellington are doing their part to get COVID-19 vaccines to the state’s Muslim community. Tehmina Naheed and her sister Sumrina Naheed and their family have hosted seven vaccination clinics at the Minhaj ul Quran Al-Noor Islamic...