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Mother-son Bonds Over Guns Link Oregon, Connecticut School Shootings

by Associated Press
Posted: Oct 7, 2015 12:56pm

The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012.

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Podiatrist Pleads Guilty To Submitting False Medicare Claims

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Oct 7, 2015 9:55am

A Stamford-based podiatrist faces hefty fines and prison time after she pleaded guilty this week to submitting fraudulent Medicare claims.

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State, Tribes Ink Keno Revenue Share

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Oct 6, 2015 4:07pm

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Connecticut Firm Backed Up Clinton’s Server, Might Still Have Personal Emails

by McClatchy
Posted: Oct 6, 2015 3:51pm

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Medicare Advantage Plans Need Tougher Oversight, GAO Says

by Susan Jaffe
Posted: Oct 6, 2015 5:29am

Federal investigators have found that Medicare officials rarely enforce rules for private insurance plans intended to make sure beneficiaries will be able to see a doctor when they need care.

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As Syria Crisis Continues, Blumenthal Proposes Expanding and Improving Refugee Intake Process

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Oct 5, 2015 7:06pm

Refugees seeking to enter the United States would undergo a streamlined and expedited process to do so under a plan announced Monday by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.

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State Residents Not Using Free Preventive Care, Worried About Costs, Survey Finds

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Oct 5, 2015 7:25am

Kathy Navaroli, 50, of Windsor, hadn’t seen a primary care doctor in years when she decided to go for a physical this summer.

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ANALYSIS | Deficit Déjà Vu: Connecticut’s Budget Crisis Could Continue Into the Next Decade

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Oct 2, 2015 10:00am

The great Yogi Berra, who died this week, once said “It’s like déjà vu all over again!” He probably wasn’t talking about Connecticut’s budget, sadly, but the sentiment absolutely applies.

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OP-ED | Connecticut Must Have The Courage To Change Its Juvenile Justice Strategy

by Susan Storey
Posted: Oct 2, 2015 9:00am

It’s time for Connecticut to stop relying on past juvenile justice reform success and have the courage to acknowledge that we are failing our most troubled and traumatized children in the juvenile justice system by continuing to incarcerate them.

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OP-ED | CT GOP, the Lesson Isn’t ‘Be More Conservative’

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Oct 2, 2015 8:30am

Last week, the Courant’s Kevin Rennie opined that the results of the Democratic primaries, in which three incumbent Mayors were ousted in Hartford, Bridgeport, and New London, "hold an important lesson for Republicans."

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OP-ED | Kings of Torts Unite To Honor Shrine

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Oct 2, 2015 5:30am

In a nation populated by phony public figures and demagogic academics, it was refreshing last Saturday to see an honest group of them unite for the common cause of justice for the deserving.

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OP-ED | Ignoring Small Life Lessons Now Leads to Problems For Kids Later

by Barth Keck
Posted: Oct 1, 2015 11:00am

During a recent junior varsity football game, a player from the opposing team took his helmet off while on the field during a timeout. In such an instance, according to the rules, "the player must leave the game for at least one down."

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List of New Laws That Take Effect Oct.1

by Staff Report
Posted: Oct 1, 2015 10:30am

Check out the new laws going into effect today.

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Yale: Cancer-Screening Guidelines May Play Role In Decline In Screening Rates

by Jennifer Larue Huget
Posted: Sep 30, 2015 9:40am

Declines in several key cancer-screening procedures among the elderly can be linked to shifts in screening guidelines issued by major public health organizations, according to recently released findings by Yale researchers.

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Connecticut’s ‘Locally Grown’ Law to Take Effect Thursday

by New Haven Register
Posted: Sep 29, 2015 11:51pm

Stacia Monahan, who owns Stone Gardens Farm in Shelton with her husband, Fred, will breath a sigh of relief when the calendar changes from September to October on Thursday.

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Finch Endorses Foster

Posted: Sep 29, 2015 10:55pm

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Finch Drops Out, Endorses Foster

by CT Post
Posted: Sep 29, 2015 5:22pm

Putting aside their mutual animosity, allies-turned-rivals Mayor Bill Finch and Mary-Jane Foster united Tuesday in an effort to block disgraced ex-Mayor Joseph Ganim’s return to City Hall.

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Finch Expected To Drop Out of Bridgeport Mayor’s Race

by Only In Bridgeport
Posted: Sep 29, 2015 1:36pm

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is expected to drop out of the race and endorse Mary-Jane Foster.

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Doctors, Clinicians, Team Up For C-HIT Forum On Preventive Care, Oct. 7

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Sep 29, 2015 9:00am

Doctors and clinicians from a wide array of specialties will offer their insights about the importance of preventive care at an upcoming community health forum in Hartford, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Jewel Mullen, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

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Ralph Nader’s American Museum of Tort Law Opens in Winsted

by The Register Citizen
Posted: Sep 28, 2015 3:19pm

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Reporting Of Pharma Payments To APRNs To Start In 2017

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Sep 28, 2015 12:19pm

A state initiative that would have required drug companies and device manufacturers to start reporting their payments to advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) this year has been delayed to 2017.

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reSET Grand Opening Set for Monday at 5

by reSET
Posted: Sep 27, 2015 3:10pm

reSET, the Social Enterprise Trust's co-working space, has been in its new Parkville location for a few months now and it’s finally starting to feel like home! Whether you’re an entrepreneur who co-works out of our office everyday, reSET program alumni, or you just want to toast the Greater Hartford area’s thriving impact ecosystem and meet its movers and shakers, we want you there. Hors d’oeuvres & drinks will be served.

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With Jury Selection Scheduled for Monday, Ayala Pleads Guilty in Bridgeport

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Sep 25, 2015 3:06pm

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OP-ED | We Still Need Jobs; State Lawmakers Shouldn’t Stick Their Heads In the Sand

by Suzanne Bates
Posted: Sep 25, 2015 11:00am

After a rather rosy presenta- tion on the state’s economy at the first meeting of the new “Commission on Economic Competitive- ness,” Joe Brennan, CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, said he didn’t want to be a “skunk at the garden party,” but he also felt compelled to speak honestly.

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OP-ED | Casinos in Northern CT? Don’t Bet On It

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Sep 25, 2015 10:46am

Suddenly, the prospect of a glut of casinos along I-91 seems much less certain. This is bad news for governments who were banking on increased tourism and tax revenue, but good news for everyone else.

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October 7, 2015

Healthcare Advocates Win Small Victory With Delay of Payment Reform

by Christine Stuart | Oct 7, 2015 2:22pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Legal | Public Health | Taxes

CTNJ file photo More than 20 health care advocates are claiming victory after a committee looking at how to revise payment methods for Medicaid patients put the brakes on a proposal.

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Advocates Hope California Aid-In-Dying Law Will Spur Action in Connecticut

by Elizabeth Regan | Oct 7, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Aging | Civil Liberties | Health Care | Public Health | State Capitol

Hugh McQuaid File Photo Advocates for aid-in-dying legislation are hoping the passage of a new law in California will bolster efforts across the country to give people with terminal illnesses the option to end their suffering on their own terms.

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October 6, 2015

Auditors Criticize Insurance Exchange’s Handling of Potential Data Breach

by Christine Stuart | Oct 6, 2015 3:00pm
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | FOIA | Health Care | Insurance | Legal | Public Health | Transparency

Access Health CT's website It wasn’t until state auditors were about to finalize their report that Connecticut’s health insurance exchange presented them with the corrective action plan for a potential security breach that happened in June 2014.

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Jepsen Joins Colleagues In Urging Passage of Legislation to Help Combat Opioid Abuse

by Cara Rosner | Oct 6, 2015 12:37pm
Posted to: Business | Congress | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Insurance | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety

CTNJ file photo Connecticut has joined a growing chorus urging federal lawmakers to pass legislation that would help states combat heroin and opioid abuse.

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Tourism Up 3 Percent In 2015

by Christine Stuart | Oct 6, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Arts | The Economy | State Budget | Transportation

Christine Stuart photo Connecticut tourism has come a long way since it got knocked off a map of New England when state officials failed to pay dues to an organization that markets the region.

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October 5, 2015

Malloy Stands His Ground On Budget Cuts, Transportation & Hospitals

by Christine Stuart | Oct 5, 2015 2:24pm
Posted to: Health Care | Jobs | State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation | Colchester

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy didn’t give any ground Monday when asked about Democratic criticism of his mid-September emergency budget cuts.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Blumenthal Co-Sponsors Bill to Strengthen Iran Oversight

by Jordan Fenster | Oct 5, 2015 11:30am
Posted to: Congress | Foreign Policy | International Trade | White House

U.S. Department of State
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is among a group of senate Democrats pushing a bill that would increase oversight of Iran’s nuclear development program and increase military assistance to Israel.

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DCF Staffers Say Allegations of Abuse Are Wrong

by Elizabeth Regan | Oct 5, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Courts | Health Care | Jobs | Juvenile Justice | Public Safety | State Capitol | Transparency | Middletown

Elizabeth Regan photo It’s all about the kids.

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October 2, 2015

Blumenthal, Murphy Call Congress Complicit in Mass Slaughter

by Elizabeth Regan | Oct 2, 2015 3:42pm
Posted to: Congress | Public Safety | State Capitol

Elizabeth Regan U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy called the U.S. Congress an accomplice Friday following Thursday’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college because of its failure to act on gun control legislation.

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State Remains Vigilant As Forecasters Show Joaquin Staying Offshore

by Christine Stuart | Oct 2, 2015 11:33am
Posted to: Public Safety | Weather

Connecticut officials said they will remain vigilant even though most computer models show Hurricane Joaquin turning to the east and staying out at sea.

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