Essay contest aims to inspire young voters

Believing that democracy is not a spectator sport, the League of Women Voters of Southeastern Connecticut is sponsoring an essay contest on “Why Young People Should Vote in Local Elections.”

Army Reserve officer nominated as Veterans Affairs commissioner

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has put forward Lt. Col. Sean Connolly of Hebron as his choice to succeed Linda Schwartz as the state's Veterans Affairs commissioner. Connolly must first, however, be confirmed by the General Assembly.

Consultants present options for Groton school construction

The consultants advising Groton on new school construction outlined a new option Thursday: Demolish Carl C. Cutler and West Side middle schools and build new elementary schools on those sites.

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North Stonington outlines school project priorities

In an effort to build consensus and community support for a new school building plan, town and school officials on Thursday discussed the priorities that should be included in an eventual plan.

Norwich charter board opts to keep $800,000 city bonding limit

The Charter Revision Commission voted Thursday to retain the current $800,000 city bonding limit without needing a referendum and also will consider extending that limit to leases and lease purchases – a move aimed at preventing the City...

Crouse: More information needed to assess impact of highway tolls on Stonington

First Selectman George Crouse said Thursday that there is not enough information yet to say how proposed electronic border tolls on Interstate 95 here would impact the town.

Police say two children found at home of alleged New London drug dealer

Police seized crack cocaine and other drugs from a New London home on Friday and arrested three people as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

State police spokesman Vance to be reassigned

Lt. J. Paul Vance, the longtime spokesman for the Connecticut State Police, is being reassigned as a supervisor in the department's traffic division.

Creutz promoted to police lieutenant in Ledyard

Ledyard — Police Sgt. Kenneth Creutz was promoted to lieutenant during a swearing-in ceremony held Wednesday night at Town Hall.

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UConn Foundation says open records would hurt fundraising

Hartford (AP) — The University of Connecticut Foundation has told state lawmakers any law forcing records to be opened to the public would make it harder to raise money.

New director of problem-gambling council named

Tamara Petro, a former assistant director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, has been named its executive director.

Malloy doubts lawmakers will increase taxes in response to budget cuts

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has heard the growing complaints about his proposed spending cuts but doubts the General Assembly has the appetite to ultimately increase taxes to cover those reductions.

Hartford firefighter died after tank ran out of air

Hartford (AP) — The Connecticut medical examiner's office says a Hartford firefighter who lost his life battling a house fire in October died because his tank ran out of air.

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