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Although cases of murder and manslaughter rose by more than 30 percent in Connecticut last year, the state experienced an overall decrease in violent crime.

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Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland has reported to a federal prison in New York to begin serving a 2 ½-year sentence for campaign fraud.

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A Connecticut Superior Court judge ruled on Wednesday that the state's public education funding system is irrational and unconstitutional.

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Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will appear on Connecticut's general election ballot in November.

Petitions were still being counted Thursday. But Merrill says the third party had "crossed the 7,500 threshold to get on the ballot in November." That's referring to the number of signatures from "qualified electors," or registered voters, needed to place a presidential candidate's name on the state's presidential ballot.

A simple plastic cup of beer has made history by being the first alcoholic drink sold in a small Connecticut town in 81 years.

The affluent bedroom community of Bridgewater had been the last dry town in the state until residents approved alcohol sales in 2014.

The News-Times reports that the first booze sold in town since 1935 was a cup of beer purchased Friday at the Bridgewater Country Fair.