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Key laws face uncertain fate, more female state troopers top weekend news

May 6, 2019

Here are some of the weekend’s top stories:

Pot, tolls, gambling, taxes: Here’s where they stand

Tolls, pot, gambling, debt and taxes are among the most contentious issues in what has been an intriguing first legislative session with Ned Lamont as governor. But with five weeks left in the session, Democratic lawmakers have yet to vote on the top policy changes that they and Lamont have proposed.

Trauma from violence, including police shootings, spans generations, experts say

Entire communities are suffering trauma, individually and collectively. An epidemic of gun violence here and nationwide, racial bias and cultures of police brutality have inflicted trauma on communities of color that seem difficult to heal from, experts and community members say.

Connecticut State Police hope to bolster ranks of female troopers

When Detective Rachael Van Ness joined the State Police 18 years ago, she was hard pressed to find another woman at the training sessions. She’s now one of several at these events. Women now account for about 9.3 percent of the 920 or so sworn personnel in the department. They are spread out fairly evenly between the state’s 11 troops and are assigned based on where they live. That percentage was 7.9 percent five years ago and 6.9 percent 10 years ago.

Shooting range bill not expected to help Connecticut gun owners

A bill President Donald Trump will likely sign to increase federal funding for public shooting ranges is good news if you hunt or target shoot. But not if you live in Connecticut. The state has no plans to expand public shooting ranges or build new ones as a result of the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, which passed the House and the Senate last week.

UConn-Stamford continues growth by offering students ‘total package’

The University of Connecticut is not taking over Stamford Town Center — but it is quickly expanding elsewhere downtown. While UConn officials have dismissed rumors of wanting to buy the mall for more student housing, they embrace the university’s growing prominence in Stamford. That profile is shaped by surging enrollment, burgeoning programming and the opening of on-campus residence halls.

Bridgeport targets overdue parking tickets

Do you have an unpaid parking ticket from the city of Bridgeport sitting forgotten or ignored in your car’s glove compartment or a drawer at home? You are part of a $10 million problem that Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration is trying to solve — $10 million worth of unpaid violations for parking at an expired meter, in a loading zone or handicapped space, or by a fire hydrant that have accumulated over seven years.

Stamford board examines high executive salaries at city-backed nonprofits

After Stamford Mayor David Martin presented his spending plan for the coming fiscal year, members of the Board of Finance combed through it, looking for savings. They discovered the leaders of city-supported nonprofit agencies were making as much as $300,000 a year.

Norwalk school’s plan for year-round classes raises concerns

Norwalk school administrators say a new year-round schedule for Kendall Elementary School could improve test scores and help to close the achievement gap. But many parents and teachers are wondering at what costs those developments might come.

Greenwich woman’s long quest leads to her birth parents

In Hartford, lawmakers have been discussing whether people were adopted as infants should have full access to their birth certificates and the names of their birth parents — part of a long-running debate in the state capital. To Terri Vanech, it’s a topic she has been pondering most of her life. Vanech, an adoptee who found her birth parents later in life, has been advocating for a full-access bill. She has also become an expert on the topic, interviewing more than 100 people who grew up in adoptive families for a book she recently completed.