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Report: 89% of Conn. long-term care workers fully vaccinated

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Newly released data show 89% of the more than 61,000 long-term care workers in Connecticut required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 under Gov. Ned Lamont's executive order were fully vaccinated as of Oct. 8. The state's Department of Public Health said Friday that 7% of those employees subject to the Democrat's mandate are partially vaccinated. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities across the state reported around 2,850 workers were unvaccinated because they had medical or religious exemptions or they were unvaccinated for other reasons. Meanwhile, the state health department said depending on final federal approval, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots could be ready to begin as soon as Oct. 22.


Biden on hand to rededicate The Dodd Center for Human Rights

The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut has been officially rededicated as The Dodd Center for Human Rights. It honors both the late U.S. senator and Nuremberg prosecutor as well as his son, former U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd. President Joe Biden headlined Friday's rededication ceremony. It was held 26 years after the center first opened as a library and archival repository for the late Dodd's papers. Since then, the archives have grown into a major research center that's now home to UConn's human rights programs. Those include The Human Rights Institute, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.
 


Jury orders police officer in fatal shooting to pay $350K

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A civil jury has ordered a former Bridgeport, Connecticut police officer to pay $350,000 after finding he wrongfully shot and killed a man eight years ago who had dropped his weapon. The federal jury found Friday that Christopher Borona violated the constitutional right to life of Bryan Stukes when he shot him in the back as he ran from Borona. Borona previously was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing following an investigation by a state prosecutor. A federal lawsuit filed by Stukes' mother claimed Borona used excessive force. A city attorney says the officer had to make a split-second decision and called the verdict disappointing.


Bridgeport officer suspended for hitting teen with a gun

BRIDGEPORT, Conn (AP) - A Bridgeport police officer has been suspended for 20 days for an incident caught on video in which he struck a 17-year-old in the head with his gun. Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia issued the suspension to Officer Gianni Capozziello after an investigation found he used excessive force during the Aug. 16, 2019 arrest of the teen, who was stopped in a stolen car, the Connecticut Post reported Thursday. Capozziello reported he used his service weapon as "an emergency impact weapon" because he feared the suspect, who was pulling away from him, was reaching for a gun.
 


Connecticut's quasi-public lottery says sales remain robust

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) - The state's quasi-public Connecticut Lottery Corporation is reporting its best first quarter in the lottery's history from a sales perspective. The robust sales are driven in part by large jackpots in Powerball and other multi-state games, as well as superstitious players who picked the numbers 9-1-1 on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attack. The lottery's chief operating officer said during Thursday's board of directors meeting that sales of all lottery games totaled $371.4 million from July through September, exceeding estimates by nearly $25 million. The news comes as the lottery is rolling out its sports betting offerings.
 


GOP lawmakers lead lawsuits against Connecticut COVID rules

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two politically conservative state legislators have become the go-to team of lawyers in Connecticut for groups seeking to sue the state over hot-button issues amid the coronavirus pandemic. Reps. Doug Dubitsky and Craig Fishbein have filed about a half dozen lawsuits over the school mask mandate and other aspects of the governor's emergency executive orders. The arrangement has brought criticism from some Democrats, but ethics officials who have reviewed it say it does not violate state laws. They say as long as being a legislator is part-time work in Connecticut, officials are entitled to have other jobs to pay their bills.


Online sports betting soft launch going well, CT agency says

A spokesperson for the Department of Consumer Protection says the limited rollout of online wagering in Connecticut is going well so far. Barring any issues, the state is on track to allow online gambling statewide on Oct. 19. Kaitlyn Krasselt, a spokesperson for the agency, said Wednesday the department's team has been working with the three operators, the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes and the Connecticut Lottery Corp. and their vendors, to make sure their platforms are working properly and there are no glitches in the security infrastructure and limitations on where people can place bests, who can sign up to play and how.


Judge: Purdue Pharma can resume groundwork on its settlement

A federal judge says OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma can resume laying the groundwork to carry out its $10 billion settlement plan. Judge Linda McMahon's ruling Wednesday denies the U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee's request for a long pause in the plan. The office within the Justice Department asked for the settlement to be put on hold while it appealed. The office argued that otherwise Purdue eventually could claim that it's too far along to stop. McMahon said she would let Purdue put the plan into action only when it and the other entities that had agreed to the settlement pledged not to make that claim.


About 214,500 households to receive extra food benefits

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - More than 214,000 households across Connecticut will receive at least $95 in extra monthly food benefits beginning Friday. The state Department of Social Services announced on Tuesday that the additional benefits provided under the Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP are expected to be ongoing, contingent on the continuation of the declared state and federal public health emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households will receive the extra food aid on their EBT cards. Those already receiving the maximum amount will get the additional $95 while those not receiving the maximum amount may receive an average of $155 more.


Biden to visit UConn for dedication of Dodd Center

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - President Joe Biden plans to visit UConn on Friday for the dedication of a human rights center named after former U.S. Senators Thomas and Christopher Dodd. The Dodd Center for Human Rights serves as an umbrella home for the school's human rights programs. It had been known as The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center since its opening in 1995 and was named for the late senator who also was a lead prosecutor for the Nuremberg trials after World War II. UConn's Board of Trustees voted in August to change the name to the Dodd Center for Human Rights to recognize the work of both senators and their family.


Nearly 150 group home workers go on strike, others settle

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Nearly 150 unionized group home workers who serve more than 160 individuals with disabilities across Connecticut are striking. The employees at Sunrise Inc., which operates 28 group homes and day programs in the state, walked off the job at 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Meanwhile, another 100 employees have reached an agreement with their employer, Alternative Services of Connecticut or ASI, have called off their threatened strike. So far, nearly 1,000 union workers have signed new wage and benefit agreements with their group home and day program agencies in recent weeks that rely on more than $184 million in additional state funding.


Matt Amodio's history-making run on TV's 'Jeopardy!' ends

NEW YORK (AP) - All good things must come to an end and Matt Amodio's historic run on "Jeopardy!" did just that Monday, leaving the Yale doctoral student with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize money. Amodio failed to answer the Final Jeopardy! clue correctly and came in third on Monday's show, his streak cut short by new champion Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida. Amodio finished No. 2 on the all-time consecutive wins list behind only Ken Jennings with 74 wins. His $1,518,601 win total puts him third on the all-time non-tournament cash winnings list behind James Holzhauer and Jennings.
 


Former tobacco field where MLK Jr worked to be preserved

SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) - A plot of land in Connecticut that was once a thriving tobacco farm where Martin Luther King Jr. worked as a college student in the 1940s is being protected for its historic and cultural significance to the state's civil rights history. The finalized sale of the property was announced on Friday. The nonprofit Trust for Public Land and the town of Simsbury will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 16 for the Meadowood site, which includes both recreational lands and farmland. There will also be exhibits on King's experiences in the 1940s in Connecticut, which historians believe influenced his decision to become a preacher and civil rights leader.


Mayor: potential fraud in spending of COVID relief funds

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut mayor has asked for a forensic investigation into the city's spending of federal pandemic relief money after coming across issues she says make her suspect fraud. West Haven Mayor Nancy Rossi, who is also a certified public accountant, said in a video posted on the city's YouTube page that she came across several large expenditures that might be fraudulent. An FBI spokesperson says agents visited City Hall on Friday but would not confirm whether an investigation was underway. The state Office of Policy and Management says West Haven's share of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act has been more than $1.15 million so far.


Connecticut set for limited launch of online gambling

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Online gambling is coming to Connecticut, on a limited basis. The state on Friday approved a seven-day "soft launch" beginning Tuesday. Sept. 30 marked the first day of the state's long-awaited rollout of legalized sports and internet wagering, when Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods held events to mark the grand opening of temporary sports betting venues. In addition to the two tribal casinos, the state's quasi-public lottery will offer online sports wagering and retail sports betting at 15 locations. The soft launch of online gambling will allow the three operators to open accounts for several hundred people to wager for a seven-day period.


Lawmaker standing by comments comparing Lamont to Hitler

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut lawmaker is standing by comments that compared Gov. Ned Lamont and his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic to Adolf Hitler. Republican state Rep. Anne Dauphinais initially posted a comment on Facebook Thursday night that called the Democrat "King Lamont aka Hitler." Dauphinais posted a longer comment on her Facebook page Friday night that mentioned Nazi concentration camps, book burnings and other actions under Hitler. In reference to Lamont she wrote, "this dictatorial madness must stop." Lamont's communications director called the comments "disgusting, repulsive and disrespectful to the history and memory of victims of the Holocaust." A message was left with Dauphinais Sunday.


12 state employees lose jobs after not complying with order

A dozen newly hired Connecticut state employees have lost their jobs after refusing to comply with Gov. Ned Lamont's order to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing. The Democratic governor's spokesperson said Friday that number is expected to grow. He said the administration "has been clear about the consequences" of not complying with Lamont's mandate announced on Aug. 19, stressing that the the governor did not want to see people face termination. The 12 staff members were still in their six-month probationary period. Therefore, they didn't have the same job protections as more veteran state employees who are intentionally non-compliant with Lamont's order.


Noncompliant state workers face unpaid leave on Friday

Connecticut officials say 671 state employees or 2.2% of executive branch workers remain noncomplaint with Gov. Ned Lamont's vaccination and testing mandate. Some of those workers could be placed on unpaid leave as soon as Friday. Lamont said the number of executive branch workers who've proven they're vaccinated for COVID-19 or have submitted a weekly test has been increasing daily. He said people have to be held accountable at some point if they're not responding. The Department of Education and Connecticut Technical Education and Career System has the highest noncompliance rate at 7%, while the Department of Correction has the lowest vaccination rate at 57%.


4 northeastern states team up to share gun crime information

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The governors of four northeastern states are agreeing to share information about firearms purchases to help detect and investigate straw buyers and other gun crimes. Governors in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania signed an agreement Thursday to exchange gun crime data for use only by law enforcement. The agreement includes provisions governing security and mandated notice if the information is misused. The four Democratic governors say the initiative will help target gun networks that cross state lines. The states plan to share details they get from federal government reports that show who first bought and sold guns recovered during criminal investigations.


Chicago beats Connecticut 79-69, heads to WNBA Finals

CHICAGO (AP) Courtney Vandersloot scored 19 points and Kahleah Copper added 18 to help the Chicago Sky beat the top-seeded Connecticut Sun 79-69 and advance to the WNBA Finals. Chicago is back in the finals for the first time since 2014 despite finishing the regular season with a .500 record. Candace Parker, who returned home to Chicago this season, finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Jonquel Jones led the way for the Sun with 25 points and 11 rebounds.


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