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Protests are planned in Connecticut and around the country over the Obama administration mandate that employers provide workers birth control coverage.

The mandate requires employers to provide health insurance that includes birth control for workers. The plan sparked protests from faith leaders because it included most religious nonprofits such as hospitals and colleges.

Religious and civil rights organizations are holding protests today in New Haven and other cities called "stand up for religious freedom."

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Defiant and emotional, Connecticut House Speaker Christopher Donovan denies that he did anything wrong as federal investigators look into his congressional campaign's finances.

Donovan held a sidewalk news conference Sunday evening outside his campaign office in Meriden.

Federal prosecutors had announced Thursday that Donovan's campaign finance manager had been arrested for allegedly conspiring with others to hide the source of $20,000 in campaign contributions.

Connecticut public defenders hope to use the trial of a Bridgeport man as the venue to challenge the constitutionality of a new law that outlaws capital punishment in the state, but only for future crimes.

Richard Roszkowski is awaiting the penalty phase of his capital trial for the 2006 murders of his former girlfriend, her 9-year-old daughter and his former roommate.

Michael Courtney, head of the state Public Defender's Office capital defense unit, said Wednesday he plans to file a brief by August 7 in the case, challenging the state's right to seek the death penalty.

First Lady Sponsoring Future Navy Submarine

May 29, 2012

First lady Michelle Obama is sponsoring a future Navy submarine named after her home state.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The White House said Tuesday that the first lady has accepted an invitation to be the sponsor of the future USS Ilinois, a Virginia-class submarine being built in Groton, Conn., and Newport News, Va. The new attack submarine is expected to join the fleet in late 2015.

As sponsor, Mrs. Obama will be involved in the life of the submarine and establish a special link to the ship's sailors and their families.

Connecticut transportation officials have scheduled three public hearings on the plan to build a high-speed rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, Mass.

The New Haven Register reports the June hearings in Enfield, New Britain and North Haven are part of the environmental assessment of the proposed 62-mile rail line.

The state Department of Transportation has prepared a report outlining the potential impact of the project on noise levels, air quality, water quality and cultural and recreational resources along the corridor.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration has revealed an outreach effort to help more than 12,000 long-term jobless workers receive social services and job training after losing extended unemployment insurance benefits. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Less than an hour before the initiative was announced Thursday, the state Labor Department said the unemployment rate in April remained stuck at 7.7 percent.

A key Connecticut lawmaker says efforts to enact state legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified food died in the face of threatened lawsuits by food producers. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Representative Richard Roy, the House chairman of the Environment Committee, said Thursday that he unsuccessfully lobbied House Speaker Christopher Donovan and Governor Dannel P. Malloy. The legislation got no further than his committee.

Connecticut has taken the first step requiring corporations and other groups that independently spend money or run ads for political candidates to identify top donors. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

The House of Representatives approved legislation 94-to-54 on Tuesday intended to bring more transparency to political financing.

CT Lawmakers Face Final Days of Session

May 7, 2012

State lawmakers in Connecticut are entering the final days of the legislative session and still need to finish work on some key bills.

The General Assembly has yet to vote on a revised budget for the fiscal year that ends on June 30, or reach a final agreement with Governor Dannel P. Malloy on a plan to overhaul the state's public education system.

The regular legislative session ends on Wednesday at midnight.

CT State Police Begin ‘Ticket Blitz'

Apr 30, 2012

The state police union says management is carrying out another "ticket blitz," this time in the Waterbury and Danbury areas.

The union says the enforcement effort aimed at speeding and other violations with run through 11:59 today on Interstate 84 from the New York line to exit 28 and along Route 8 from exits 29 to 36. Extra troopers will also be patrolling other roads in western Connecticut.

The last "ticket blitz" was held in northeastern Connecticut on April 5.