Murphy leads call for VA to comply with law requiring care for bad-paper vets

"Thousands of veterans who are legally owed mental health care are unaware of their eligibility or have been denied care at VA facilities," the group of senators said in a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

Senate bill would authorize tens of billions for Connecticut's defense sector

The Virginia-class attack submarine South Dakota under construction Jan. 27, 2017, on the waterfront at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton. A bill that would authorize tens of billions of dollars for Connecticut's defense sector passed out of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, May 23, 2019,  by a vote of 25 to 2. The measure would authorize about $11 billion in funding for submarine programs, including $1.5 billion to support construction of a third attack submarine per year.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

"The bill makes major, unprecedented investments in the submarines, helicopters, and aircraft built in Connecticut — keeping our country safe and our state's economy strong," Sen. Richard Blumenthal said.

Coast Guard graduates 'worthy heirs' to a 'noble legacy'

United States Coast Guard Academy graduates William Nelson, left, and Robert Daniels, right, exchange a fist bump as the Class of 2019 processes in for the academy's 138th commencement exercises Wednesday, May 22, 2019, on Cadet Memorial Field. It is the largest class to graduate from the academy since 1976 and features the largest number of Asian American graduates in the history of the academy. National Security Adviser John Bolton delivered the commencement address.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

As threats against the U.S. grow more complex, "demand for the unique expertise and unmatched breadth of Coast Guard has never been greater," U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said to the Coast Guard Academy's Class of 2019.

Graduating cadets' leadership led to changes big and small

Cadets first class, from left, Colin Fenster, Anita Green, and Kelli Franza, pose for a photo before the join their classmates in the corps of cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in a regimental review Sunday, May 19, 2019.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

As Anita Green, Colin Fenster and Kelli Franza prepare to graduate from the Coast Guard Academy this week, they reflect on their time leading the corps of cadets over the past semester.

50 years later, Connecticut veteran recounts one of Vietnam War's most notorious episodes

Art Wiknik Jr. in March 1970, a few days before leaving Vietnam during the Vietnam War. (Courtesy of Art Wiknik Jr.)

During a 10-day span in May 1969, American troops were engaged in a deadly battle against a deeply entrenched enemy to take control of a 3,000-foot-tall hill in South Vietnam near the Laotian border.

LOCAL NEWS

Mowing on high

A state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP employee uses a gas powered string trimmer to mow the tall grass atop the ramparts at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London Thursday, May 23, 2019.  Two other DEEP employees, not visible, tend the mower's safety line. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employee mows the grass atop the ramparts at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London Thursday.

Friends and Neighbors: Local student playwrights featured in festival

From left, young playwrights Cori Diaz of Rockville High School, Faye Thompson of the Lincoln School in Rhode Island, Kayla Roy of Clark Lane Middle School, Holly Richmond of Montville High School and Dominic Brunaccioni of Waterford High School take their bows May 12. (Photo by Libby Friedman)

Montville High School’s Holly Richmond, Waterford High School’s Dominic Brunaccioni and Kayla Roy of Clark Lane Middle School in Waterford wrote plays for the festival.

Williams School senior finds her voice in music

Williams School senior Quella Gu, left, sings

For the first few years of her life, Quella Gu spoke so infrequently her parents thought she might be deaf.

Montville council overrides mayor’s veto, keeps school budget cuts

The Town Council on Tuesday night held fast to the $38.6 million spending plan it approved May 13, leaving school officials saying they’ll be forced to choose what positions or services may face elimination.

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Simmons and Somers: Confused or lying?

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New London police seek missing 16-year-old girl

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Police to increase DUI, seatbelt, speeding enforcement for Memorial Day weekend

Connecticut state police and Norwich police announced sobriety checkpoints.

Police: Norwich resident had 400 bags of fentanyl in his home

Police have charged a city resident with having 400 bags of fentanyl and $3,000 in cash in his home at 12½ Terrace Ave. in Taftville.

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‘Ethan’s Law’ wins final passage in state Senate

The state Senate voted 34-2 on Thursday for final passage of a bipartisan gun safety bill, a relative modest change in Connecticut gun laws sought by two Guilford parents in memory of a 15-year-old son accidentally killed with a neighbor’s...

Speaker unsure yet if House will vote on medical leave bill

Connecticut House Speaker is unsure whether House of Representatives will vote on family medical leave bill that cleared the Senate