Ann Lopez

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Connecticut House Majority Leader Matthew Ritter says state lawmakers have been anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down a federal law barring sports gambling, as it did on Monday.

The Hartford Democrat says lawmakers have been working on a bill that would create a statewide structure for sports betting.

“There is a revenue potential for the state. And so I think we want to look at these options and make sure that Connecticut is a leader in promulgating responsible yet revenue-producing sports gaming.” 

Don Pollard / Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo has signed a bill that would temporarily take away guns from people accused of domestic violence. The legislation closes a loophole in state law in order to ensure domestic abusers are required to surrender all firearms, not just handguns.

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The Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors held a forum on Monday on the impact legal marijuana would have on the state. The forum in Hartford brought together former government officials, medical professionals and tax experts from around the country.

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The New England Association of Schools and Colleges has rejected a plan to consolidate Connecticut’s twelve community colleges into one system.

The Association, which accredits schools, says combining the community colleges would create a new institution and that new school would need to apply for its own accreditation. It could not keep the current accreditation of the twelve individual community colleges. 

Courtesy of the Marcus Family and the Sharon Historical Society

The Borscht Belt was a well-known hub of summer resorts in New York’s Catskill Mountains that was very popular with Jewish vacationers from the region from the 1920s through 1970s.

You may not have heard of a similar, smaller resort hub along the northwestern Connecticut-New York border. It was called “the Gateway to the Berkshires,” and its evolution is a fascinating example of the immigrant experience in America.  

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