Latest Connecticut state government News

Connecticut primary seen as Election Day rehearsal

Aug. 9, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut voters will rubber-stamp the presidential nominees and decide a number of down-ballot races Tuesday, but the result everyone will be watching for is how the primary itself comes off. Local election officials will have to count an unusually large number of absentee...

Work crews clear storm debris amid deactivated power lines, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Westport, Conn. The Connecticut National Guard joined over 1,750 utility crews in Connecticut on Friday in efforts to clear trees and restore power to more than 400,000 homes and businesses still in the dark, as frustration continued to grow over the pace of the response to Tropical Storm Isaias. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Slew of outages lingers in tri-state area 4 days after storm

Aug. 8, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 520,000 homes and businesses in the New York tri-state area were still without electricity Saturday as utilities worked to get the lights on four days after Tropical Storm Isaias. Tuesday's storm dealt the region a surprisingly sharp blow, killing at least one person, downing...

August Riedinger pulls a pile of brush off his trailer at the transfer station in Southington, Conn., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.  Residents unloaded tree limbs and other debris caused by Tropical Storm Isais. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

National Guard joins power repair efforts as anger mounts

Aug. 7, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut National Guard joined over 1,750 utility crews in Connecticut on Friday in efforts to clear trees and restore power to more than 400,000 homes and businesses still in the dark, as frustration continued to grow over the pace of the response to Tropical Storm...

Lamont: Connecticut National Guard's COVID costs to be paid

Aug. 7, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont said Friday that he's been personally assured by President Donald Trump that Connecticut will receive continued federal reimbursement for the National Guard's expenses during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The Democratic governor said he spoke with Trump late on...

Police: Shooting death of boy, 8, believed to be accidental

Aug. 7, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An 8-year-old New Haven boy died Thursday night in what police believe was an accidental shooting in his home. Officers and paramedics responded to Howard Avenue at about 10:40 p.m., Capt. Anthony Duff said. The boy was treated in a second-floor bedroom and brought to Yale New Haven...

Ex-death row inmate's rape, murder conviction overturned

Aug. 6, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former death-row inmate’s conviction in the rape and killing of a woman in Connecticut was overturned by the state Supreme Court, which ruled his rights were violated when he made admissions to a fellow prisoner. In a decision released Thursday afternoon, the Connecticut...

Connecticut dedicates $160 million more to school reopening

Aug. 6, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut is providing local school districts with an additional $160 million to help them reopen safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday. Those funds are in addition to two earlier grants provided to schools, prekindergarten through...

A Fire Department official guards himself against the gusting winds of Tropical Storm Isaias, at Farmington Ave where a tree fell across wires and shut down the street for blocks in Plainville, Connecticut. (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant via AP)

More crews arrive in Connecticut, state probing utilities

Aug. 6, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hundreds of more crews from out of state were arriving in Connecticut on Thursday to help restore power to nearly 580,000 homes and businesses that remained in the dark after Tropical Storm Isaias, as state officials announced an investigation into electricity utilities amid mounting...

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio talks with residents about damage from Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Death toll rises, mass power outages after storm destruction

Aug. 5, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — At least nine people, including a 5-year-old girl with autism, were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias battered the U.S. East Coast with rain and fierce winds after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina. Millions of people were without power on Wednesday after felled trees...

Southington, Ct. - 08/04/2020 - Trees line the street after high winds from Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Southington, Conn.  (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant via AP)

Lamont calls for investigation of utilities' storm response

Aug. 5, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont called for an investigation of the state's two largest electric utility companies Wednesday as hundreds of thousands of residents remained without power a day after Tropical Storm Isaias ripped through the state. Lamont asked the Connecticut Public...