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December 9, 2016

To the Good, Maybe There’s A Silver Lining - More People Investing in Independent Journalism

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2016 1:23 AM
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Social Enterprises | Election 2016 | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

Disruption and transformation are a bumpy ride. But during these last several months, the transformation of the news industry seems to have been further derailed by a mutation.

The mutants — interloper propaganda sites parading as news — took over the web during the final months of the election and most certainly changed the conditions on the ground for legitimate news organizations. It’s a bigger problem than just trying to figure out a sustainable model to fund good reporting — people are apparently more apt to gravitate to nonsense.

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Extra Extra! & Op-Ed

OP-ED | DeVos Pick Raises Disturbing Pay-to-Play and Accountability Issues

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Dec 9, 2016 11:00am

Anyone who believes that public education is a fundamental cornerstone of our democracy should be extremely concerned by President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint billionaire charter school advocate Betsy DeVos, of Michigan, to the post of Education Secretary.

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Listen to Today’s Morning Coffee Newscast!

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 9, 2016 9:45am

Listen to today's Morning Coffee newscast with Brian Scott-Smith!

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OP-ED | Media Literacy Is Key to Understanding Today’s World

by Barth Keck
Posted: Dec 9, 2016 9:00am

By now, you've heard the news: The top 20 fake stories received more "shares, reactions, and comments" than the 20 top real news stories in the final months of the presidential campaign.

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OP-ED | Gloves Come Off As Connecticut Pols Go After Trump

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Dec 9, 2016 5:30am

It didn't take long. Connecticut is almost as blue as they come. Yet most of us sucked it up after the presidential election and vowed to keep an open mind  --  or as open as we could keep it after the election of Donald Trump, a man whose views and rhetoric are repugnant to the typical Connecticut voter.

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Connecticut Mosque Receives Hate Mail

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 9, 2016 12:53am

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Top Managers Of Pharma Co. Tied To Derby Nurse Charged With Racketeering

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Dec 8, 2016 3:43pm

Six top pharmaceutical executives and managers, formerly employed by Insys Therapeutics, Inc., were arrested Thursday on charges that they led a nationwide conspiracy to bribe medical practitioners, including a nurse at a pain clinic in Derby.

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Overdoses Fuel Increase In ‘Preventable’ Accidental Deaths

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Dec 8, 2016 10:30am

Connecticut saw one of the highest increases in the nation in preventable deaths from unintentional injuries from 2010 to 2014, mainly because of a spike in opioid overdoses, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Trump Nominates McMahon to Head Small Business Administration

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 7, 2016 11:31pm

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Senate Sends Mental Health, Medical Innovation Bill To President

by Jack Kramer
Posted: Dec 7, 2016 5:31pm

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Changes On The Way For New Haven Media Coverage

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Dec 7, 2016 12:42pm

The news media focused on New Haven is undergoing some changes, as one publication ends, a new electronic weekly business news round-up is about to begin, and a longtime local business paper is changing its subscription system, reducing the number of non-paying subscribers.

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Lembo’s Office Flooded With Calls, Emails Following Inquiry Into Mississippi Group’s Policies

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 6, 2016 4:43pm

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CT Unemployment Rate in Construction Industry Improving, But Remains Among Highest in US

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Dec 6, 2016 1:00pm

Connecticut’s unemployment rate in the construction industry remained among the highest in the U.S., ranked 39th among the 50 states in October, although the year-over-year change was the 12th best in the country.

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Malloy to Serve 2nd Term As DGA Chairman

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 5, 2016 4:59pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was elected Monday at the Democratic Governors Association meeting in Louisiana to serve a second term as chairman of the organization.

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Trinity College President Ranks 9th Nationally on List of Top Earners

by New Haven Register
Posted: Dec 5, 2016 10:00am

The former president of Trinity College in Hartford, James F. Jones Jr., was the ninth-highest-earning private college president in the country in 2014 with a total annual compensation of $1.66 million, and was one of 39 private college presidents paid more than $1 million that year, according to a report released Sunday by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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EpiPen in Connecticut: Costs Vary, Concerns Continue; New Congressional Hearing Possible

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Dec 5, 2016 6:51am

Obscured in recent months by the intense presidential campaign, the furor over the price of pharmaceutical company Mylan’s life-saving EpiPen may be moving back to center stage in Washington as questions continue about Connecticut’s policy and the varying impact on school districts across the state.

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Record Number of Voters Cast Their Ballots

by Jack Kramer
Posted: Dec 2, 2016 2:21pm

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OP-ED | The One Thing I Agree With Donald Trump On

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Dec 2, 2016 10:00am

Let’s get this out of the way: President-elect Donald Trump is a serial liar, a con man, and an egotistical misogynist who rode to the presidency on a national wave of populist self-delusion. But there is one thing that I think he gets right. Mostly.

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OP-ED | ‘Health’ Of Small Towns Threatened By DPH Proposal

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Dec 2, 2016 5:30am

“We didn’t ask for it; there’s no need for it,” Goshen First Selectman Bob Valentine told the Northwest Hills Council of Governments in October. “It’s a solution looking for a problem.”

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Connecticut Supremes Take Up Sandy Hook Case

by Courthouse News Service
Posted: Dec 2, 2016 1:01am

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Mental Health, Medical Innovation Bill Clears First Congressional Hurdle

by Jack Kramer
Posted: Dec 1, 2016 11:48am

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DDS Commissioner Resigns

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 1, 2016 10:37am

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OP-ED | How Should Connecticut Invest in Youth? Listen to the Experts

by Toni E. Walker
Posted: Nov 30, 2016 11:24pm

As co-chair of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, I have a central role to play in forming our state’s budget. Yet I have never been totally happy with the result.

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Frontier customers may lose WTNH if deal not reached

by Luther Turmelle
Posted: Nov 30, 2016 10:18pm

If you subscribe to Frontier Communications’ cable television service and plan watch WTNH on Wednesday night, you may want to rethink your plans.

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JOB LISTING: AARP CT Volunteer State President


by Nora Duncan
Posted: Nov 30, 2016 10:00pm

AARP CT is seeking a new Volunteer State President to help guide our work, act as an ambassador for AARP locally and lead our corps of dedicated volunteers. With the State Director and in collaboration with other volunteers and staff, the State President is a partner in the AARP CT strategic state plan.

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OP-ED | Raising the Minimum Wage: Good for Working People, Good for the Economy

by James Bhandary-Alexander
Posted: Nov 30, 2016 2:00pm

Connecticut legislators will return to Hartford this January facing a grim budget situation and difficult choices about how much austerity their constituents can bear. Yet lawmakers do not face only bad options. They also have a clear opportunity to improve the lives of struggling Connecticut workers and save the state money—by raising the minimum wage.

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December 9, 2016

Malloy, Unions Come to Agreement On Plan to Alleviate Pension ‘Cliff’

by Christine Stuart | Dec 9, 2016 2:33pm
Posted to: Labor | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and a coalition representing state employees reached an agreement Friday that they say will help avoid years of steep increases in the state’s pension payment obligations leading up to a “cliff” in 2032.

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New Report Will Help Guide Connecticut Legislation On E-Cigarettes

by Jack Kramer | Dec 9, 2016 12:00pm
Posted to: Education | Health Care | Nonprofits | Public Health

Jack Kramer photo The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General on the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes among the nation’s youth is a “call to action to take precautionary measures.”

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Businesses Remain Cautious According to Latest Credit Survey

by Cara Rosner | Dec 9, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Labor

Courtesy of CBIA Business leaders have grown less optimistic about the conditions facing their companies in Connecticut, according to a new survey.

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December 8, 2016

Lawmakers, Policy Experts Tackle deficit for Popular Childcare Subsidy Program

by Christine Stuart | Dec 8, 2016 2:47pm

Courtesy of CT-N Lawmakers, policy experts and advocates gathered Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building to see if they could find a solution to the funding deficiencies facing a popular childcare subsidy program.

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Think Tanks Debate State Employee Compensation In Dueling Reports

by Cara Rosner | Dec 8, 2016 12:20pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Labor | State Budget


A nonpartisan think tank is slamming a year-old report published by the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, sparking a contentious debate about public-sector versus private-sector compensation in the state.

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Board Members to Officials: Stop Sugarcoating Bad Test Results

by Jack Kramer | Dec 8, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Education

Courtesy of CT-N HARTFORD, CT — State Board of Education member Malia K. Sieve listened for close to an hour Wednesday as her fellow board members and professionals in the field discussed Connecticut’s disappointing results on a well-known nationwide science test.

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December 7, 2016

Malloy Mothballs Part of Prison As Population Declines

by Christine Stuart | Dec 7, 2016 5:04pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Safety | Somers

Christine Stuart photo SOMERS, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined Correction Department Commissioner Scott Semple at the Osborn Correctional Institute in Somers on Wednesday to tout his administration’s success in reducing crime and the prison population.

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Himes Wants Congress To Reclaim War Power

by Jack Kramer | Dec 7, 2016 12:00pm
Posted to: Congress | 4th CD | Foreign Policy | White House

CTNewsJunkie file photo Connecticut U.S. Rep. Jim Himes is worried that “we’ll have foreign policy by Twitter” under President-elect Donald Trump, that’s why he introduced the Reclamation of War Powers Act, a bill he claims would return the power to wage war back to Congress.

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Herbst Stops Short Of Declaring UConn A Sanctuary Campus

by Kimberly Armstrong | Dec 7, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Education | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Mansfield-Storrs

CTNewsJunkie file photo University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst stopped short of declaring UConn a sanctuary campus Tuesday in a university wide email to students.

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December 6, 2016

Families Offer Differing Perspectives On States Plan For Their Loved Ones

by Christine Stuart | Dec 6, 2016 3:16pm
Posted to: Aging | Equality | Health Care | Housing | Jobs | Labor | Legal | Nonprofits | State Budget | State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo Families whose children have intellectual or developmental disabilities gathered Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building with a variety of messages for the state Department of Developmental Services.

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