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COVID-19 vaccine mandates, masks in Connecticut schools at stake as Gov. Lamont seeks to extend emergency authority until February 2022

More than 18 months after COVID-19 began spreading throughout Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont asked the state legislature Wednesday for the sixth extension of his extraordinary powers to govern during the pandemic. After consulting with lawmakers, Lamont wants to push the extension to Feb. 15 — nearly a week after the next regular legislative session begins. If approved by the ...
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Eyewitness News

Florida man travels to CT for life-saving COVID treatment

HARTFORD, CT. (WFSB) - A Florida man is alive due to a life-saving treatment he received at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. Robby Walker said if he could turn back time he would have gotten the COVID vaccine. "Hindsight. 100% I would do it." The Walkers believe Robby, a father...
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WWLP 22News

How The Big E is enforcing the indoor mask mandate

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Eastern States Exposition has been in charge of imposing West Springfield’s indoor mask mandate to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at The Big E. Despite some ignoring the policy, workers in the Connecticut building say for the most the part, people have been respectful...
New Britain Herald

Bomb scare at Newington High School forces evacuation

NEWINGTON - A bomb scare at Newington High School was resolved quickly Wednesday and students were able to return to classes by noon, according to district officials. “The threat was made known to us by a student who received it through an online posting,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maureen Brummett told the Herald.
Eyewitness News

West Nile virus reported in Hartford

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - West Nile virus was discovered in Hartford, the city confirmed on Wednesday. City officials said two mosquitos trapped at Keney Park on Sept. 14 had the virus. “Until we get the first frost, we should all take basic steps to prevent mosquito bites,” said Mayor Luke...
Daily Hampshire Gazette

Where Sullivan, Garcia captured votes in Holyoke’s preliminary election

HOLYOKE — The race for mayor of Holyoke has been narrowed down to two candidates who managed to capture a plurality of the vote in different parts of the city: At-large City Councilor Michael Sullivan and Blandford Town Administrator Joshua Garcia. In total, 5,152 voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s preliminary...

Conservative Republicans under fire for flouting mask requirement at the state Capitol complex during forum on vaccination mandates

Signs posted outside the state Capitol complex said masks are required for entry, but inside Wednesday’s public forum on COVID-19 vaccination mandates, most of the Republican lawmakers and members of the public were unmasked. The decision by the overwhelming majority of the legislature’s Conservative Caucus to forego and flout public health guidelines coverings drew a stern denunciation from ...

Lamont Outlines Plan for Extension of Powers Until Feb. 15

The special session next week will focus only on the governor’s executive orders, not the Transportation Climate Initiative Program, youth crime, or any other topics. In a seven-page document released Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont asked legislative leaders to extend his emergency powers until Feb. 15 and outlined the executive orders he planned to continue in an effort to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Connecticut Day at the Big E, a fair with more flair

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — After a two year wait, the Big E has returned to the fairgrounds in West Springfield, and Connecticut Day is being celebrated once again. When you add up the numbers, Connecticut residents make their mark each year from an attendance standpoint at the Big E. “Connecticut...

Coventry council adopts resolution denouncing racism

COVENTRY — The Town Council Monday adopted a resolution that denounces racism and recognizes both past and present racial injustices and that structural racism has existed for generations. The resolution also states that the council recognizes the need to fight systemic racism and that the town will continue to eliminate...
WWLP 22News

Road closure in Southampton Thursday

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Hillside Meadow Drive will be closed for several hours on Thursday due to construction. According to the Southampton Police Department, the road will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow crews to work on the road. If you’re traveling in...
WWLP 22News

Healy calls on U.S. Supreme Court to affirm 2nd Amendment as gun sales increase

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More people are buying guns, which means gun permit applications are up across the country and in Massachusetts. But the Commonwealth has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and Attorney General Maura Healy wants to keep it that way. Massachusetts prides itself on being a leader in enforcing strict gun regulations. Wednesday night, 22News spoke with Springfield Police to get an idea of what the permit process is like.
WWLP 22News

Temporary certificate of occupancy issued for Longmeadow Adult Center

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Big strides have been made for the town of Longmeadow’s Adult Center community, as the new Longmeadow Adult Center was issued a temporary certificate of occupancy, marking a milestone for the facility on Wednesday. This certificate of occupancy is the first step in getting staff into...