State's public health lab approved to test for coronavirus

New capability will save critical time in the diagnosis and treatment of any COVID-19 patients.

U.N. expert criticizes Connecticut's use of solitary confinement

A torture expert with the United Nations is calling out the use of solitary confinement in Connecticut prisons as punishment and equating the practice to psychological torture

Lamont's chief of staff, architect of toll plan, resigns

Gov. Ned Lamont's chief of staff, who helped develop the governor's ill-fated trucks-only toll plan, has resigned

Court dismisses appeal of gag order in missing mom case

The Connecticut Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal of a gag order that a judge imposed in the case of a man accused of killing his estranged wife

Prosecutor: Stamford man in police custody died from heart disease

Connecticut's top prosecutor says a man who lost consciousness after being taken into police custody on his 23rd birthday died from coronary artery disease and his death was natural

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Man pleads guilty to defrauding New Haven nonprofit of $240,000

A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to stealing $240,000 from the nonprofit he worked for as well as some of the organization's clients

Rhode Island activist Christopher Young dies in car crash

A frequent Rhode Island political candidate and activist died in a car crash that occurred after he had a likely heart attack while he was driving home from testifying at the State House

Utility to pay $53M for blasts that damaged homes, killed 1

FILE - In this Sep. 21, 2018, file photo, fire investigators pause while searching the debris at a home which exploded following a gas line failure in Lawrence, Mass. The U.S. Attorney's office in Boston announced Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, that Columbia Gas Columbia agreed to plead guilty to violating the Pipeline Safety Act following an investigation into the catastrophic gas explosions. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Officials say a utility company will pay $53 million for breaking pipeline safety laws and causing a series of natural gas explosions that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes

Worcester approves about $30M more for new ballpark

The Worcester City Council has approved a revised financing plan to address about $30 million in increased costs for a new baseball stadium in the city being built for the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate

Connecticut among states leading vaping investigation

In this June 17, 2019, file photo, a cashier displays a packet of tobacco-flavored Juul pods at a store in San Francisco. Investigators from 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Juul released a statement saying it has halted television, print and digital advertising and eliminated most flavors in response to concerns by government officials and others.  (AP Photo/Samantha Maldonado, File)

A lecturer at Harvard Law School says an investigation by 39 states leaves Juul Labs with little choice but to change its marketing practices

Serial armed robber gets 21 years in prison

A Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to committing a series of violent armed robberies during which two people were shot has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison

A year after correction officer's suicide, family urges expansion of mental health coverage

Correction Officer Jeramie Dewaine's family, from left, wife Rebecca, son Michael, Jeramie and daughter Kara, on Thanksgiving Day 2018. Jeramie Dewaine died by suicide in February 2019. (Courtesy of the Dewaine family)

Family of correction officer Jeramie Dewaine, who died by suicide exactly one year ago, testifies in support of workers compensation benefits for correctional staff.

Connecticut lawmakers, advocates call for end to solitary confinement

Advocates and state lawmakers are calling for the end of solitary confinement in Connecticut's prisons and jails

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Ledyard man issued ticket after 'Hate has no home here' signs run over, stolen

Lawn signs with the message

A Ledyard man has been issued a ticket in connection with the vandalism of lawn signs with the message “Hate has no home here” this week in Ledyard.

Man charged 2 months after brother found dead in Plainfield camper

A Plainfield man has been charged with manslaughter more than two months after his brother was found dead in a camper in Plainfield, police said.

'Hate has no home here' signs run over, stolen in Ledyard

Lawn signs with the message

The signs were repeatedly run over this week before being stolen Thursday in Ledyard. The vandalism came after a swastika was spray-painted over a homemade pro-Trump sign in the town earlier this month.

Woman wanted in wallet theft at Norwich Walmart

Police released this surveillance photo of a woman who allegedly stole a wallet Feb. 15, 2020, from Walmart in Norwich. (Courtesy of Norwich Police Department)

A woman is wanted for stealing another person's wallet from Walmart in Norwich, police said.

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Low snowfall hurts plow drivers, store sales; cities saving money

A jogger runs along a path at sunset Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, amid unseasonably mild conditions at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Snow plow companies are taking a hit, stores have started stocking for spring and cities are saving money due to historically low measurements of snowfall this month.

Fun, volunteerism served up with Lenten fish fry in Preston

Volunteer Ray Tessier, second from right, chats with Brad Currier, left, of North Stonington, David Berens, second from left, and James Wall, right, both of Norwich, during the 55th annual Lenten Fish and Chips Fellowship Dinner on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at St. James Episcopal Church in Preston.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The Lenten fish fries of southeastern Connecticut have begun.

Norwich to hear update Monday on plans for Route 82 roundabouts

City business leaders are concerned that the planned major reconstruction of the busy commercial strip will hurt businesses.

How local kids and adults with February 29 birthdays are celebrating leap day

Johanna Ocasio-Heil sports her leap day T-shirt Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at her Groton home. Ocasio-Heil was born on Feb. 29th, 1976, and will be celebrating her 11th official birthday on Saturday.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

People turning 8, 12 and 44 share their thoughts on their birthday and how they're celebrating this year.