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Ex-Conn. Governor Faces More Prison Time

John G. Rowland charged in alleged campaign scheme

(Newser) - Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned 10 years ago in a corruption scandal that sent him to prison, was indicted yesterday on charges he tried to hide his role in two congressional campaigns. Former Republican congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband pleaded guilty March 31 to a scheme... More »

First State in America Opts for $10.10 Minimum Wage

Connecticut to reach Obama's preferred rate by 2017

(Newser) - Several states, including Maryland, Massachusetts, and Hawaii, are considering raising the minimum wage to $10.10—a number President Obama has pushed for on a federal level —but Connecticut is the first to make it happen. The bill was passed with back-to-back votes yesterday, mostly along predictable partisan lines,... More »

Conn. Pastor Admits Affair, Drops Dead

Bishop Bobby Davis collapsed as parishioner shouted

(Newser) - A Connecticut pastor managed to get a long-ago infidelity off his chest before he died—but only just. Parishioners say Bishop Bobby Davis asked them to stay behind after a Sunday service at Bridgeport's Miracle Faith World Outreach church so he could confess something to them. After he came... More »

Prohibition May Finally End in One Connecticut Town

Sleepy Bridgewater will put it to a vote on Tuesday

(Newser) - Connecticut's last dry town is on the verge of a historic decision: whether to allow two local developers to open restaurants that serve alcohol, the AP reports. As it stands, the upscale bedroom community of Bridgewater is on the sleepy side, with 1,700 people, an average age above... More »

Guy Allegedly Shot by Aaron Hernandez Gets Shot Again

Alexander Bradley in nightclub altercation

(Newser) - A man who alleges he was shot in the face by former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in Florida was shot again, this time outside a Connecticut nightclub, where he then opened fire, police say. Alexander Bradley was shot multiple times in the right thigh last night outside... More »

For 26th Year, Police Remember Abandoned Baby

Connecticut department chipped in to pay for his burial in 1988

(Newser) - It's a 26-year tradition now in Meriden, Conn., and one with a somber start: On Jan. 2, 1988, police found a newborn boy frozen to death outside. He had been wrapped in a blanket, but the full-term baby with blond hair and blue eyes stood no chance in the... More »

Newtown: No Anniversary Visits, Please

Town won't hold public memorial

(Newser) - December 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings—but there will be no public memorial. Newtown, Conn., doesn't want another media onslaught, and officials are calling on local institutions to keep crews from parking in their lots. "All of these children, they need a... More »

Gunman Near Connecticut Campus Had Assault Rifle

Cops found clippings about mass shootings

(Newser) - More school-gun jitters for Connecticut: Police have charged a 22-year-old man with a slew of weapons charges after he prompted a lockdown of the University of New Haven campus yesterday, reports the Hartford Courant . Police say William Dong, 22, was armed with two handguns and had an assault rifle in... More »

1 in Custody After Report of Gunman at Conn. University

New Haven college has a scare

(Newser) - A suspect was taken into custody today following a report of a man near the University of New Haven campus with what appeared to be a rifle, the school said. After the report came in, the Connecticut university urged students and staff to stay inside. The university said that police... More »

Lawyers Discover Teacher Quietly Held $6M Fortune

It took lawyers 2 years to learn extent of Kathleen Magowan's wealth

(Newser) - Kathleen Magowan lived a humble life until her death at 87 in 2011: She taught elementary school for 35 years in Simsbury, Connecticut; lived in a 100-year-old house that eventually sold for $250,000; and told lawyers a few years ago that she guessed her estate was worth about $40,... More »

Dead Yale Prof Linked to Escort Services

Sam See had a presence on at least 4 escort sites

(Newser) - A Yale professor who was arrested last weekend and died in his jail cell apparently led a secret life on at least four male escort websites, the New Haven Register reports. Samuel See, 34—who was considered a gifted English prof at Yale—had his phone number listed on all... More »

Black Thursday Banned in 3 States

No Thanksgiving Day shopping in Mass., RI, Maine

(Newser) - The spread of Thanksgiving Day shopping has created a lot of fuss this year, but it's not a big issue in Rhode Island, Maine, or Massachusetts—because it's illegal. The three New England states have "blue laws" dating back to colonial times that ban shopping on Thanksgiving... More »

In Today's Sandy Hook Report: 'Disturbing' Details

State defends secrecy surrounding probe

(Newser) - After repeated delays and criticism of excessive secrecy, Connecticut prosecutors plan to release a report at 3pm today on the probe of last year's Newtown school massacre. The report, which comes almost a year after gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults inside Sandy Hook Elementary School... More »

Parents Have Their Party-Throwing Kids Arrested

Mom, dad come home a day early, you know what happens next

(Newser) - It was just like something out of a TV show, at least at first: Two Connecticut parents returned home from a trip a day early to find their teenage daughters hosting a party at their Glastonbury house last Sunday. But here's where it diverges a bit from the script:... More »

Are Horses 'Vicious'? Court to Decide

Upholding the classification could jeopardize Connecticut's equine industry

(Newser) - After a horse named Scuppy bit a boy in the face, a Connecticut court came to a conclusion that threw animal lovers: Horses are a naturally vicious species. Now, horse owners and farmers are mobilizing as the state Supreme Court hears an appeal in the case today. Such a classification—... More »

12 Conn. Kids Hurt When Ride Breaks

Swing ride suddenly lost power

(Newser) - A dozen children were hospitalized yesterday after a swing ride malfunctioned at a festival in Connecticut, sending children crashing into each other and the center of the ride in front of their horrified parents. One adult was also injured as the ride at Norwalk's Oyster Festival lost power, the... More »

Plane in Conn. Crash Was Inverted, Speeding

NTSB preliminary report includes witness accounts

(Newser) - Before crashing into a home in East Haven, Conn., the aircraft in the fatal crash was upside-down in what sounds like a nightmare scenario. According to a preliminary NTSB report, a witness "saw the airplane at the end of a right roll. The airplane was inverted and traveling at... More »

Nothing Wrong With Plane in Conn. Crash: Investigator

Victims' identities confirmed

(Newser) - It could be months before a full investigation of Friday's propeller plane crash in East Haven, Conn., is completed. In the meantime, the identities of the victims have been officially confirmed as Bill Henningsgaard, 54, a former Microsoft VP; his 17-year-old son, Maxwell; and two children in the house... More »

Former Microsoft Exec Was Pilot in Connecticut Crash

Bill Henningsgaard, his son, and 2 kids in house were killed

(Newser) - Four bodies have been recovered from the scene of yesterday's plane crash into a house in East Haven, Connecticut, reports the Hartford Courant . Though official confirmation is pending, it now appears all but certain that the small plane's pilot was a former Microsoft VP named Bill Henningsgaard, reports... More »

2 Connecticut Kids Missing as Plane Hits House

Pilot also unaccounted for in East Haven

(Newser) - A small plane crashed into a neighborhood in East Haven, Connecticut, this morning, and heavily damaged at least two homes, reports WTNH . At least three people are missing—the pilot and two children, ages 13 and 1, who were in the house that took the brunt of the hit, reports... More »

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