Connecticut's gambling future uncertain, despite federal action

In this March 5, 2018, file photo, people take pictures during a ceremony in East Windsor, Conn., marking the start of demolition of a movie theater at the site of what they hope will be a new casino that the Mashantucket Pequot and the Mohegan tribes would operate jointly. Construction has not yet started a year later. The U.S. Department of Interior may have finally given the go-ahead to the planned satellite casino at the site, but that doesn't mean the debate over gambling in Connecticut is settled. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh, File)

Connecticut's gambling future remains uncertain, despite federal approval of satellite tribal casino

New Jersey lawmakers near vote on recreational cannabis

In this Friday, March 22, 2019, photo, Heather Randazzo, a grow employee at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary, trims leaves off marijuana plants in the company's grow house in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes on a measure legalizing cannabis for Monday, March 25, though the outcome remains unclear. The votes come after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy came into office. Murphy campaigned on legalization, striking a contrast with his predecessor Republican Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana

Massachusetts state trooper convicted of rape faces sentencing

A suspended Massachusetts State Police trooper convicted of raping his former girlfriend faces sentencing

Windsor Locks repeals sex offender restrictions amid lawsuit

Residents of a Connecticut town have repealed a local ordinance that banned registered sex offenders from local parks, schools, the town library and other public places amid a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law

College in Rhode Island to open food pantry for students

A community college in Rhode Island is opening its first food pantry for its students

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Coach accused in admissions scheme resigns from URI job

The University of Rhode Island says its tennis coach implicated in a college admissions scheme has resigned

Bill would allow automatic voter registration at Conn. state agencies

Advocates pressing for bill that would allow automatic voter registration at various Connecticut state agencies

Rhode Island awarded $6.5M to fight opioid addiction

Rhode Island has been awarded $6.5 million in federal funding to fight opioid addiction

Bill advances to raise the age to buy tobacco, vape products in Connecticut

A bill banning the sale of cigarettes, other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping products to anyone under the age of 21 has cleared a legislative hurdle in Connecticut

Protests held in Pittsburgh after cop cleared in fatal shooting

Marchers move through the streets Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Pa. The group was calling for justice the day after former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld was acquitted in the homicide trial where he was charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Antwon Rose II last summer near Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The acquittal of a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager has left Pittsburgh a city on edge

New DCF commissioner strives for more than mere compliance

Vannessa Dorantes, newly appointed commissioner for the Department of Children and Families, poses for a photo Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in her Hartford office.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Vannessa L. Dorantes, commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, oversees an agency with 3,200 employees, 4,200 children in its care and a budget of approximately $800 million.

Network proposed to help LGBTQ community

The legislature’s Human Services Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would establish a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Health and Human Services Network.

Committee endorses bill to expand health coverage to undocumented youth

The legislature’s Human Services Committee on Thursday approved a measure that would expand state-sponsored health coverage to undocumented youth.

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Voila: A fire exposes the best property in Fort Trumbull

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Norwich police cancel alert for missing 12-year-old boy

Police have canceled a Silver Alert they issued late Saturday evening for a missing 12-year-old boy.

Groton Town police go live on state radio network

The town has been working with state agencies and Motorola Inc. to bring the new system live in Groton.

Police logs - March 24, 2019

Arrests by state police and local departments around the region.

Longtime but embattled New London firefighter set to retire

In this March 2012 file photo, New London firefighter Rocco Basilica investigates the scene of a section of collapsed decorative facade from the third floor of a building located at 54 State St. in New London. (Tim Martin/The Day, File)

A longtime but embattled city firefighter will retire April 1 after a 2016 injury ended his career and left him fighting substance abuse and two court cases.

LOCAL NEWS

Kindness in Real Life: LAX2LIVE series raises awareness about mental health

The locally based Brian Dagle Foundation has announced a new season of LAX2LIVE games, a program focused on suicide prevention and mental health.

My Pet Pal: Reeces and Patches

Reeces and Patches are sometimes nicknamed Thera-pigs for all the love and laughter they bring.

What’s the Deal with That Place?

The Bulkeley House, at 111 Bank St. in New London.  (Greg Smith/The Day)

As part of The Day's CuriousCT initiative, we've received quite a few questions about specific buildings in the area. Today, we're answering four readers' questions and plan on tackling more in the future.

Coleman remembered for his role in planning Coast Guard Museum

James J. Coleman Jr., a businessman, developer and philanthropist remembered for playing a major role in the development fo the proposed National Coast Guard Museum in New London, died at his New Orleans home last week.