Navy ships in deadly crashes had lengthy training lapses

Two US Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions this year -- the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald -- had lengthy records of expired training certifications and some requirements had lapsed for more than two years, according to a new report obtained by CNN. New data submitted by the Government Accountability Office in response to questions from Rep. Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat, confirmed CNN's previous reporting that both the McCain and Fitzgerald failed to fulfill key training qualifications ahead of the incidents that occurred this summer.

Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods enlist senators in casino fight

Connecticut's two U.S. senators are urging the Department of Interior to clarify that a joint casino venture between the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequot tribes planned north of Hartford complies with a gambling compact with the state. The agency hasn't ruled one way or another on the legality of the project, creating a degree of uncertainty for the tribal owners of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods as they look to build a casino in East Windsor to compete with an MGM resort that is scheduled to open next year in Springfield, Mass.

Coin to raise funds for Coast Guard museum considered

Following the inclusion of $5 million for the National Coast Guard Museum in the federal spending bill working its way through Congress, several of Connecticut's congressional delegates are reviving a bill to create a commemorative coin that would help to raise money for the museum. U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, on Wednesday reintroduced the United States Coast Guard Commemorative Coin Act, which would require the U.S. Treasury to create new $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins and half-dollar coins.

House bill targeting employees’ genetics, medical history progresses

The bill - H.R. 1313 , called the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act - would allow employers to seek the genetic and family health information of their employees and would allow employers to penalize employees who keep their information private, according to Stat , a health-oriented news site produced by Boston Globe Media. The measure was approved by the Education and Workforce Committee with a 22-17 vote as a part of two other proposals.

Thompson Bill Seeks to Help Young Farmers

U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson has introduced a bill that will invest in the next generation of farmers and help them pay back their student loans through an existing program geared toward public service. H.R. 1060, the Young Farmer Success Act, is a bipartisan bill sponsored by Thompson, Rep. Joe Courtney and Rep. John Faso in an effort to preserve America's agricultural economy and the security of its national food supply.

Trump calls for more submarines – for less money

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: The Virginia-class attack submarine South Dakota is under construction on the waterfront at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. President Donald J. Trump commented in an interview on Fox News that he supports construction of more submarines but wants them to cost less.

Connecticut Caravan Arrives for Women’s March on Washington

Hundreds of charter buses filled the parking lots at RFK Stadium by 8:30 a.m. Saturday as thousands of people from across the country descended on the city for the Women's March on Washington. On the morning after President Donald Trump was inaugurated, a procession of women and men made their way to a nearby Metro station to take the train to the start of the march.

Navy formally announces naming of Columbia-class submarines

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: The Navy formally announced Wednesday that the first in a new class of ballistic missile submarines will be named the USS Columbia in honor of the District of Columbia. The Navy plans to build 12 submarines to make up the new class, which will be known as the Columbia class, to replace the current Ohio-class fleet of 14 ballistic missile submarines built in the 1980s and '90s.

Stonington looks to take over historic stone wharf from feds

A historic wharf in Connecticut that was used as a gangway for wagons to unload 19th-century schooners is moving closer toward having a new, more modern purpose. The U.S. Senate on Friday was expected to consider legislation that transfers control of the massive stone wharf from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the town of Stonington.

Connecticut Sets Voter Record, But How Was Turnout In Weston, Westport?

The most voters ever cast ballots this November in Connecticut. But how was the voter turnout in your town in the hotly contested 2016 presidential race between Republican Donald Trump, who won the national race, and Hillary Clinton, who posted a victory in Connecticut? The final figures reveal that 1,675,955 people cast ballots out of an all-time high 2,178,169 registered voters, amounting to a turnout of just under 77 percent.

FEMA Letter Latest Setback For Homeowners With Failing Foundations

In the latest roadblock for homeowners with failing foundations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Gov. Dannel P. Malloy 's request for assistance, for a second time. In a Nov. 8 letter, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said the agency could not provide funding or open a field office in north central Connecticut, as Malloy had requested for homeowners, but will make a senior liaison available to facilitate the state's options with other federal agencies.

If You Oppose the Proposed High-Speed Rail Route, Join…

SECoast , the non-profit group actively and constructively opposing the proposed high-speed rail line through Old Lyme and southeast Connecticut, is holding a fundraiser at the Bee and Thistle Inn on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. SECoast.org is a locally-directed special project of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Since publicly breaking news of the proposed bypass in January, SECoast.org has been working tirelessly as an effective advocate for Old Lyme and the local area by catalyzing growing regional opposition to the bypass.

Blumenthal, Murphy, Larson, Courtney, DeLauro announce more than $1…

On Friday, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal , Chris Murphy , along with U.S. Representatives John Larson , Joe Courtney , and Rosa DeLauro announced a more than $1 billion contract from the Air Force to Pratt & Whitney to develop next generation military fighter engine technology. As part of the Air Force's Adaptive Engine Transition Program , Pratt & Whitney will design, develop, fabricate, and test complete adaptive engines.

Rebellious Democrats disrupt House, stage protest over guns

This photo provided by Rep.Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore. shows Democrat members of Congress, including, from left, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.,participating in sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington.