Hartford, Connecticut is one of ten cities being praised by the White House this week for their progress in community policing.
Police departments that use community policing are trying to connect their officers more closely to the neighborhoods they serve. The White House said on Monday that Hartford is doing that, through a program that gives local high school students paid internships and mentors in the city police department.
Maribel Laluz is the spokesperson for Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. She says that the program is promoting public trust.
New Britain, Connecticut's minor league baseball team announced plans Wednesday to move about 15 miles north to Hartford. The move was celebrated in the capital city, which will build the team a $60 million stadium. But New Britain officials aren’t happy about the move.
Tuesday was a busy day for the Connecticut State Senate. It passed a range of bills intended to help the consumer. Those include one bill that could give police chiefs in cities and towns a say over the renewal of liquor permits and another to modernize the state's Do Not Call Registry.
State lawmakers in Connecticut have become the first in the country to pass legislation that will increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The minimum wage will rise to $10.10 by 2017. That's the same rate President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage by 2015.
Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy applauded the move and says he'll sign it on Thursday evening in New Britain, where Obama appeared to press for a $10.10 national wage.
The bill passed the state House , 87-54, and the Senate, 21-14.
Some Connecticut residents concerned about social justice issues were at the state Capitol in Hartford to learn about how to lobby their lawmakers. The activists are concerned about several bills being considered in the legislature this year.