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Senate panel approves COVID-induced voting changes

CONCORD — Voting will be different this year with the coronavirus pandemic and state officials are taking steps to protect the health of voters and election workers. The Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee Thursday agreed 4-1 to temporarily change state law to expand absentee ...

Connecticut officials unveil plans to reopen schools in fall

Connecticut officials on Thursday unveiled plans to have students in grades K-12 return to their classrooms this fall, but with safety measures that range from mandatory face masks for students and teachers to the recommended "cohorting" of students with one teacher to reduce the potential ...

Gerrymandering takes a narrow hit at Senate committee

CONCORD — An independent commission to redraw the state’s political boundaries was supported at a Senate committee meeting Thursday. Although similar to a bill last year that was recommended unanimously by the Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee, this year a partisan 3-2 ...

Pandemic forces some patients to phone in doctor visits

Video telemedicine took off earlier this year as the coronavirus paused in-person doctor visits. Earl Egner missed that trend. The 84-year-old diabetic and cancer survivor has no computer or cellphone. Instead, he relies on a form of communication older than himself — the telephone — to ...

Kuster condemns Trump Administration

WASHINGTON – Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) ), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, condemned the Trump Administration's reckless decision to file a brief with the Supreme Court asking the justices to strike down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A new report ...

7 new cases; Inmate at St. Albans prison tests positive

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is reexamining its intake policy for new inmates after several have recently tested positive for COVID-19 at state prisons, said Secretary of Human Services Mike Smith. A new inmate at the St. Albans prison has tested positive and has been quarantined, he said ...

Officials urge safety after multiple Vermont water deaths

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Three apparent drownings in two separate incidents on Lake Champlain in two days is highlighting the need for swimming and boating safety during the hot months of summer, a top state official said. The Wednesday comments by Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling ...

Rhode Island police chiefs pledge commitment to reform

Police chiefs from across Rhode Island on Thursday announced a list of 20 promises they say will ensure transparency and maintain human rights in an era when the killing of George Floyd has led to nationwide protests demanding racial justice and police reform. The Rhode Island Police Chiefs' ...

Rhode Island adds jobs, unemployment rate drops to 16.3%

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After shedding tens of thousands of jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, Rhode Island added jobs and saw a decrease in its unemployment rate last month, the state Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday. The state added more than 13,000 nonfarm jobs in ...

Maine senators want Juneteenth to be a federal holiday

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators are joining a push to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in America and takes place on June 19. Independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Sen. Susan Collins said the holiday, which is observed by 47 ...

Man who hit trooper with car in jail after leaving hospital

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Caribou man who struck a state trooper with his car during a chase left the hospital and entered the jail on Thursday. Robert Belmain, 53, was taken into custody upon discharge from Central Maine Medical Center. He faces numerous charges including elevated aggravated ...

Commissioner: No ‘spying’ by so-called fusion center

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A secretive state police unit gathered information on Maine citizens involved in legal activities but insisted they "we're not spying on people," Maine Public Safety Commissioner Michael Saushuck told lawmakers. Legislators on the Judiciary, and Criminal Justice and ...