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Lamont Says Feds Went From ‘Warp Speed’ to ‘Slow Roll’

BLOOMFIELD, CT – Gov. Ned Lamont pressed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to give final approval to COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday, saying federal regulators’ ongoing reliance on emergency authorizations discourages vaccine uptake. “It’s really time for the FDA to step up and make up their minds on these vaccines,” Lamont said following an unrelated press conference.…

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Officials Warn of Shortage, Call for Blood Donations

FARMINGTON, CT – “We have a one day blood supply and that puts us in a precarious situation,” Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said Wednesday at a press conference to draw attention to the situation. “Ideally, we need a five day blood supply so that we have enough to take care of the people of our…

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No Sign Of Solutions To Juvenile Car Theft Wave

HARTFORD, CT — A rash of juvenile crime involving car theft seemed an unavoidable subject Tuesday as Gov. Ned Lamont and proponents of two recently passed laws on gun policy gathered for a ceremonial bill signing.  During an event at a Hartford nonprofit, Lamont and organizers celebrated a law that enables Medicaid to fund violence…

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Lawmakers Use Baseball To Get To Know Each Other

About half of the 151 members in the House of Representatives will be attending a Hartford Yard Goats game Tuesday.  It won’t be on the taxpayers’ dime. They will pay $33 for their admission to the game and for an opportunity to get to know each other.  “I think it’s a big help for newer…

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Lamont Considers Recommending Indoor Masking

With the Centers for Disease Control expected to issue guidance Tuesday calling for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors, Gov. Ned Lamont said Connecticut would likely make similar recommendations.  “I think at this stage, what I’d do is probably reiterate what the CDC says, which is vaccinated and unvaccinated — if this…

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State Urged To Distribute Rental Assistance At Faster Pace

Connecticut’s eviction moratorium ended last month but in order to evict a tenant who hasn’t paid rent, landlords must prove they’ve applied for federal funds to pay back rent. “I don’t think they’re moving quickly enough and I don’t think they’re streamlining the application process,” Erin Kemple, executive director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center,…

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Lamont Names Infectious Disease Expert To Head Department of Public Health

Yale infectious diseases physician Manisha Juthani will lead the Public Health Department as its next permanent commissioner, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday. Juthani will take over for Dr. Deidre Gifford who has directed the agency throughout most of the pandemic.   In May 2020, Lamont fired Public Health Commissioner Renee Coleman-Mitchell and named Gifford, the state…

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Will Eligibility For Youth Sports Hinge On The COVID Vaccine?

State and youth sports officials encouraged eligible student athletes to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus Monday, but declined to say whether it would be a requirement for participation during the coming school year. With schools reconvening in a matter of weeks and COVID cases resurging amidst spread of the more-infectious Delta variant, parents and…

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Transportation, Crumbling Foundation Funds and School Construction Get Green Light From Bond Commission

The state Bond Commission approved more than $1.1 billion in borrowing during its second meeting of the year Friday including more than $500 million to fund transportation projects and $300 million for school building projects.  The meeting was the first since the state Capitol building reopened after being closed to the public for more than…

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Chiefs, Lawmakers Wrestle With Car Theft Consequences

Waterbury police Chief Fernando Spagnolo has been talking to anyone who will listen about the cycle of juvenile car theft for at least three years, and it’s only gotten worse. From Jan. 1 to July 22, there were 385 car thefts in the city. During the same period in 2020, there were 280. Spagnolo said…

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Governor: Summer Enrichment Providing ‘Season to Hit the Ground Running’

More than one-third of the 30 children enrolled in the “123 Read with Me” at the Family Resource Center at Charter Oak International Academy in West Hartford did not attend school in person last year, and others attended only briefly, but state officials and early childhood education advocates are optimistic that the free program, which…

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Fingerprinting Deadline Looms For Nursing Home Workers

Connecticut’s three-day delay of a deadline for the fingerprinting of nursing home workers hired during the pandemic may not be long enough for potentially hundreds of employees to save their jobs, the president of their union said Thursday. The Public Health Department announced this week a brief extension of a Tuesday deadline for around 630…

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Police Accountability Taking Shape One Year Later

By the time Gov. Ned Lamont signed the 2020 police accountability law on July 31, the New Britain Police Department had already adopted many of its reforms as part of an extensive policy review and rewrite years earlier, said Chief Christopher Chute. “We had already banned chokeholds and almost all of the changes in the…

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