Connecticut lawmakers have voted to take steps to protect people from the state’s growing bear population. But they have stopped far short of a bear hunt and restrictions on people unintentionally feeding the hungry animals. The legislation cleared the House of Representatives on a 115-32 vote on Friday after passing the Senate and now heads to the governor's desk. It explicitly allows someone to use deadly force to kill a bear if they reasonably believe it’s inflicting or about to inflict great bodily harm to a person, a pet or is entering an occupied building. Reports of bears interacting with humans have become commonplace in Connecticut.

Connecticut lawmakers are still grieving the death of a fellow legislator killed in a wrong-way crash in January. They have given final legislative approval to a bill that attempts to address the large increase in wrong-way crashes on the state’s roads. It cleared the Senate unanimously on Friday. The bill previously passed the House of Representatives. It now heads to Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk. The vote comes about six months after 39-year-old Rep. Quentin William’s death and as wrong-way crashes have become more prevalent and deadly. Williams died in a wrong-way crash as he returned home from the governor’s inaugural ball.

A slate of gun control measures is headed to Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk. The state Senate debated through the night and voted early Saturday to approve the state’s most wide-ranging gun legislation since the laws that followed the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. The Democratic governor plans to sign the measure. Among other things, the changes would ban openly carrying firearms and prohibit selling more than three handguns within 30 days to any one person, with some exceptions for instructors and others. Other provisions include imposing new safe-storage rules and stiffening penalties for possession of large-capacity magazines.

A building under construction in New Haven, Connecticut, partially collapsed during a concrete pour, injuring eight construction workers, including two critically. But officials say there were no fatalities in Friday's collapse. Officials say firefighters pulled six people from the building, including three who were partially buried, and two others made it out on their own. Fire Chief John Alston Jr. says the injuries include broken bones. Officials say a portion of second floor collapsed through the first floor and into the basement. Workers told officials the concrete was being poured faster than they could spread it, and it pooled too much and caused the collapse. Federal officials are investigating.

A 43-year-old Connecticut man with a history of writing threats to public officials, including a U.S. president and Supreme Court justice, has been convicted for a fourth time after prosecutors say he mailed more than 100 additional threatening letters. Garrett Santillo pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to a single count of mailing threatening communications to a United States judge. Prosecutors say that between December 2021 and June 2022, Santillo mailed letters to politicians, journalists, and judges, including a U.S. Supreme Court justice, that included threats such as, “You will die. You will all be killed.”  Under a plea agreement he is expected to be sentenced to up to 33 months in prison.

    The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has distributed 2023 grants to the local organizations:  W.A.R.M. Center, $5,000 to provide critical resources to individuals in financial crisis in several southeastern Connecticut towns; Stand Up For Animals, $5,000 for medical care for pets …

    A hungry bear barged into the garage of a Connecticut bakery, scared several employees and helped itself to 60 cupcakes before ambling away. Workers at Taste by Spellbound in Avon were loading cakes into a van for delivery to another location on Wednesday when the bear showed up. Bakery owner Miriam Stephens wrote in an Instagram post that she heard employee Maureen Williams “screaming bloody murder” and yelling that there was a bear in the garage. The bear grabbed a container of cupcakes and ate 60 of them. It was gone by the time police arrived.

    Connecticut lawmakers have advanced the most wide-ranging package of gun safety measures since the legislation passed after the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre. The House of Representatives, controlled by Democrats, passed the bill on a 96-51 vote Thursday. It now awaits Senate action. The bill, which bars openly carrying firearms, among other changes, comes almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense. It also comes as Republican-controlled states are loosening guns laws amid a record-setting pace for mass killings in the United States.

    A nominee to Connecticut’s highest court has withdrawn her name from consideration. Friday's announcement came after some state lawmakers expressed concern about a letter she signed in 2017 supporting Amy Coney Barrett for a federal appeals court position. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont released a statement saying Sandra Slack Glover had notified him of her decision to withdraw. The announcement came four days after Glover appeared at a confirmation hearing before the Democratic controlled Judiciary Committee, which had held off from voting on her confirmation.

    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Friday he’s planning to meet with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman about the possibility of moving the Arizona Coyotes to Hartford. Lamont told reporters during a news availability that he hopes the meeting can take place sometime next week. He said Hartford provides a passionate market and a government that would be a willing partner with the team.  Talk of a relocation for the Coyotes has taken on steam since voters in Tempe, Arizona this week rejected referendum for an $2.3 billion entertainment district that would allow the franchise to build a new arena there.

    Connecticut lawmakers, shaken by the death of a colleague killed this year in a wrong-way crash, have unanimously approved a bill that seeks to curtail the growing problem of wrong-way drivers. The legislation that passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday calls for the installation of detection and notification systems on at least 120 high-risk highway exit ramps statewide — and a new public education campaign. It now moves to the state Senate, where passage is also expected. Democratic Rep. Quentin Williams died Jan. 5 as he returned home from Gov. Ned Lamont’s inaugural ball. Williams' car burst into flames after it was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver.

    The former board chairperson of a Connecticut energy cooperative and estranged husband of a California congresswoman has been sentenced to six months in prison. Prosecutors say James Sullivan used public funds to pay for trips to the Kentucky Derby and a luxury golf resort. The one-time congressional candidate in Connecticut was sentenced Wednesday. He has been accused of helping to plan lavish trips in 2015 and 2016 for dozens of top staff, board members, family members totaling $800,000. Prosecutors say the trips were unrelated to the business of the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative. The cooperative receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

    HARTFORD — A nominee to the Connecticut Supreme Court told state lawmakers Monday that she would not have signed a 2017 letter supporting Amy Coney Barrett for a federal appeals court position if she knew Barrett would later vote to overturn Roe v. Wade abortion protections as a member of th…

      WESTERLY — The Westerly College Club is now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year. Applicants must reside in Westerly, Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton, Stonington or North Stonington and be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year at an accredited four…

      NORTH STONINGTON — There were little fishies on the floor and a flounder on the stage at the Wheeler High School gymnatorium Tuesday evening, along with a large, red, life-size crab.

      A coalition of attorneys general from 16 states including both Rhode Island and Connecticut have joined together in an effort to “sound the alarm” on failing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policies allowing excessive microfiber plastic emissions into the world’s oceans.

      WESTERLY — Betty-Jo Cugini-Greene was caught off-guard last Tuesday afternoon, a rare occurrence for the well-known WBLQ radio host who artfully juggles her responsibilities as supervisor of new media at the University of Rhode Island with her consulting and media-training work, her video pr…

      NORTH STONINGTON — The North Stonington Lions Warren Bishop scholarships are accepting applications from college-bound seniors who are North Stonington residents. Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 each.

      First came the good news. After taking classes at a community college, Ricki Korba was admitted to California State University, Bakersfield, as a transfer student. But when she logged on to her student account, she got a gut punch: Most of her previous classes wouldn’t count.

      Paramedics summoned to an Arizona retirement community last summer found an 80-year-old woman slumped inside her mobile home, enveloped in the suffocating 99-degree heat she suffered for days after her air conditioner broke down. Efforts to revive her failed, and her death was ruled environm…

      SALAMANCA, N.Y. — The profile of a Native American man, a braid trailing down and feather jutting up, is tiled into a high school hallway, dyed into the weight room carpet and laid into the turf of the football field at Salamanca city schools.

      At age 93, struggling with the effects of a stroke, heart failure and recurrent cancer, Teri Sheridan was ready to end her life using New Jersey’s law that allows medically assisted suicide — but she was bedbound, too sick to travel.

      NORTH STONINGTON — With a drastic rise in trash hauling and disposal fees casting an expensive shadow on southeastern Connecticut, town officials are putting in motion a plan to make its transfer station operations more self-sufficient and better prepared for the eventual closing of the bulk…

      WESTERLY — The Westerly Hospital will hold a wellness program on colon cancer on Wednesday, March 29, at 5 p.m., at the Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St. Gastroenterologist Dr. Daniel Pievsky will discuss the new guidelines, screening options and ways to prevent colon cancer.

        NORTH STONINGTON — The North Stonington Education Foundation will induct Wheeler High graduates Cheryl (Lord) Hasse and Wayne Coats as Distinguished Alumni at the foundation’s annual dinner fundraiser, North Stonington Unleashed.

          STONINGTON — The Stonington Community Center is accepting applications for its 2023 scholarships. The scholarships are open to Stonington residents enrolled in college and high school seniors pursuing higher education.