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Connecticut VA opens up vaccine eligibility to veterans of all ages

In Connecticut, any veteran, regardless of age, who is enrolled in the Veterans Affairs health care system, can now get the COVID-19 vaccine.

When more supply available, sub base prepared to administer 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day

More than 500 sailors at the Naval Submarine Base were vaccinated against COVID-19 during a clinic Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at the base's Morton Hall Gymnasium in Groton. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Supply remains the biggest obstacle to doing that, the base's emergency manager said. The base is receiving more regular shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine and is holding at least one of these mass vaccination clinics a week.

Officials back proposal to improve military spouse employment in Connecticut

Advocates for military spouses say Lamont's proposed changes to professional licensing requirements could make Connecticut a more attractive place for service members and their families.

Coast Guard Academy cadet recognized as young leader in engineering

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadet 2nd class Kat Stroh stands in one of the engineering labs Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in McAllister Hall at the academy. She was recognized as a Modern-Day Technology Leader at the annual Black Engineering of the Year Award's conference, held virtually Thursday.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Kat Stroh, recognized as a young leader in engineering, said early exposure and representation are key to increasing minority and female participation in the STEM fields.

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Not quite birds of a feather, black and turkey vultures still flock together

A large group of turkey and black vultures gathers on a house Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Norwich.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Black vultures were once very uncommon in Connecticut but in recent years their numbers have been growing.

UPDATED: Mohegans, lottery included in gaming agreement but not Mashantuckets

Gov. Ned Lamont's office announces deal with Mohegan Tribe and Connecticut Lottery Corp. that addresses the state's move to authorize sports wagering and online gaming.

Survey: Stonington parents want return to in-person instruction, teachers do not

While 60% of families here want their children to return to more in-person instruction, more than 85% of teachers want to remain in the current hybrid mode for the remainder of the school year.

Cyclists hit the trail on cold but sunny day in Groton

Emil Santos, 13, of Groton is followed by Juan Romero of Gales Ferry as they join Owen Romero, 12, not pictured, on a bike ride Tuesday, March 2, 2021, through Bluff Point State Park in Groton. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Emil Santos, 13, of Groton, his friend Owen Romero, 12, and his father, Juan Romero, of Gales Ferry hit the trails at Bluff Point State Park with their bikes.

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As AG Tong investigated $523,000 fee, Lamont's team paid it

The attorney general said he has been investigating a whistleblower complaint about a success fee...

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Norwich police say violent threats prompted search where bombs, assault weapons found

A Greeneville man allegedly had threatened to blow heads off police and a victim and threatened to burn his house down.

Pickup truck crashes into Chelsea Groton Bank building in New London; three people injured

Three people were taken to the hospital Tuesday night after a pickup truck crashed into the Chelsea Groton Bank building at Bank Street and Montauk Avenue.

New London repeals police officer staffing mandate

The ordinance has been in place since 2014, a time when overtime costs were rising, morale was low and officers were leaving the department due to concerns of layoffs.