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Gov. announces launch of digital COVID vaccine card option in Conn.

People in Connecticut can now store their COVID-19 vaccine cards on their phones. Governor Ned Lamont announced the launch of a digital option Monday afternoon. → Read More

Pawliday Lights event back at Lake Compounce this weekend

Lake Compounce is bringing back its popular Pawliday Lights event this Saturday, Dec. 5. It is being held on the second weekend of Holiday Lights in the Park. → Read More

CTDOT offers $10 Uber discount code during holiday season

With traffic fatalities on the rise across Connecticut, the state Department of Transportation is offering a $10 discount code to deter potentially impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel over the holiday season. → Read More

New Haven PD working with ATF to get outlawed ‘ghost guns’ off CT streets

On the street, they’re known as “ghost guns” and law enforcement is seeing them more and more across the country and the state. → Read More

New improvements coming to Union Station in New Haven

New Haven’s Union Station is 101 years old now, having been renovated in 1985. Now there’s a deal In place for an upgrade. → Read More

Several new laws go into effect on Oct. 1

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Many new laws will take will go into effect on Friday, October 1. Passed as part of legalizing recreational marijuana, patients who use medical cannabis can start growing their own at home. Only residents who are prescribed marijuana can grow up to six plants. Recreational cannabis users have to wait until […] → Read More

‘Save the Children’, IRIS helping families in Afghanistan, those fleeing as Taliban takes back control

More than ever, there is concern for the children of Afghanistan. That's why the work of organizations like "Save the Children" is critical. → Read More

‘POTENTIAL SPAM’: CT AG Tong urging FCC to take further action to prevent scam, robocalls

Are you getting inundated with those annoying robocalls? Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is urging the FCC to take action. Not only are those calls annoying, but they could be costly. → Read More

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’: Hartford local Aswad Thomas pens story on surviving gun violence

It’s an idiom that you’ve heard forever: "Don’t judge a book by it’s cover". It comes to mind when you meet or speak with Aswad Thomas. → Read More

Two Connecticut residents test positive for Powassan virus

You’ve been hearing health experts warn not to let your guard down. The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued the same warning. They’re talking about a virus, although not the Coronavirus. → Read More

CT lawmakers to consider Jennifers’ Law in State House Friday

With the legislative session winding down, what is the status of SB 1091, the bill known as Jennifers' Law? → Read More

Gov. Lamont announces $1K signing bonus as incentive for people to get back to work

Most remaining COVID business restrictions will be lifted Wednesday, May 19, making a big week for Connecticut. That means no more masks for fully vaccinated people in most places. No more curfew for businesses, and more. → Read More

Governor Lamont: People in CT 45-years-old and older nearing COVID herd immunity

Herd immunity happens when a large portion of a community becomes immune to a disease which helps intercept the spread of that disease from person to person. → Read More

Gov. Lamont announces federal grants to 27 CT health departments to promote COVID vaccine equity

Connecticut will distribute federal COVID-19 relief funding to 27 towns and health departments across the state, splitting $13 million amongst them. → Read More

Police respond to active shooter at Oneida Casino

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A spokesperson for a Wisconsin casino says an undetermined number of people have been shot at the casino. The Oneida Casino in Green Bay tweeted Saturday there was an active shooter at the casino. Bobbi Webster, a spokesperson, said Saturday evening that she didn’t have information on how many were […] → Read More

CT to begin rollback of COVID restrictions for businesses, restaurants Saturday

This weekend marks the next big step for Connecticut toward getting back to a new normal. Saturday, the state will roll back COVID-19 restrictions a little more than a week ago. → Read More

‘Drinks on Us’: Participating CT restaurants and bars offering free drinks with proof of vaccination

As part of an incentive to getting a COVID-19 vaccine, the state created a deal with participating restaurants and bars in Connecticut to provide free drinks. → Read More

State looks into giving incentives to businesses to get employees vaccinated

State officials have been predicting that supply will start to outweigh demand by late April, so, they’re getting creative. → Read More

‘Back to our new normal’: Gov. Lamont announces COVID restriction rollbacks to be in place by May 19

Governor Ned Lamont announced the further easing of some COVID-19-related safety restrictions for businesses in the state Monday. → Read More

Gov Lamont: Growing number of COVID hospitalizations seen in younger, unvaccinated groups

It's important to take a closer look at just who is being hospitalized with COVID-19 right now. During Thursday's COVID briefing, Governor Ned Lamont said it's not the older people they are seeing hospitalized, but the younger crowd and those who are not vaccinated. → Read More