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July 27, 2015

CTNewsJunkie Turns 10: At the Crossroads

by Doug Hardy | July 27, 2015 11:59 PM
Posted to: Member Drive

Our story is really rare.

The news industry is in a terrible state of disruption and has been since the arrival of the Internet. For CTNewsJunkie to still be here after 10 years is very much an anomaly. Thousands of news websites and blogs have come and gone — too many to count. It’s not hard to figure out why.

Traditional news revenue mechanisms did not convert to the web very well.

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238 Organ Transplants in 2014 in CT; 1,467 on Current Waiting Lists in State

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Jul 28, 2015 3:13pm

At the beginning of this month, there were 1,467 individuals registered for organ transplants in Connecticut, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Organ Procurement and Transplant Network.

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Residents To Rally Against Potential Plans For Gun Range

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jul 27, 2015 6:16pm

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Environmental Officials Seek Public Comment on State Wildlife Plan

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jul 27, 2015 6:56am

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has the Draft 2015 Wildlife Action Plan available for public review and comment on the DEEP website, according to a release.

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OP-ED | Harper Lee Brings Older Atticus to Life Within Historical Limitations

by Jason Courtmanche
Posted: Jul 24, 2015 1:42pm

If you’ve been reading about Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, you have surely heard several disturbing things about the 72-year old Atticus Finch. He’s attended a Klan rally, he possesses racist literature, and he’s a segregationist. I’d also point out that Atticus has crippling arthritis that makes him unable to perform simple tasks like buttoning his shirt or handling kitchen utensils.

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OP-ED | DCF Must Answer for Abuses

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jul 24, 2015 8:00am

Two new reports, one from a consultant and one from the Office of the Child Advocate, paint a damning and bleak picture of life at the Department of Children and Families’ two high-security locked facilities in Middletown. DCF is failing and abusing children under its care, and this must stop.

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OP-ED | Will HUD Punish The Land Of The Haves And The Have Nots?

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Jul 24, 2015 5:30am

As longtime observers can tell you, Connecticut can be slow to respond to commands from on-high. Whether it's the court-ordered Sheff vs. O'Neill decision to end "racial isolation" in the state's public schools or the federal Fair Housing Act - both well intentioned, to be sure - we independent-minded Yankees don't especially like being told what to do.

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Don’t Soak Up The UV Rays; Skin Cancer Rates On The Rise

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Jul 23, 2015 12:10pm

As melanoma rates continue to rise nationally, particularly among young people, experts warn that skin cancer will become increasingly common unless community leaders and policy makers emphasize its prevention.

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State Creates New Agency To Focus On High-Speed Internet

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jul 23, 2015 10:07am

The state has created a new agency focused on facilitating efforts to bring widespread ultra-high-speed Internet to Connecticut.

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DMV to Shut Down For A Week In August For Computer Upgrade

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jul 22, 2015 12:58pm

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Connecticut Caregivers Provide Billions in Unpaid Care

by Madeline Stocker
Posted: Jul 21, 2015 4:59pm

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OP-ED | Republicans Would Benefit From ‘March Madness’ Debate Format In Crowded Field

by Kiernan Majerus-Collins
Posted: Jul 21, 2015 10:58am

The first debate of the 2016 presidential election is just weeks away, and I for one am looking forward to it.

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Rethinking Vacation? Some Great White Sharks Are Enjoying Cape and Islands

by ecoRI news
Posted: Jul 21, 2015 9:44am

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Key Republican Visits Connecticut to Assess Transportation Needs

by Madeline Stocker
Posted: Jul 20, 2015 9:17pm

After touring some of Connecticut’s rails and roads, a national Republican leader agreed Monday to take what he saw back to Washington to help construct a national transportation policy.

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Connecticut Adds 600 Jobs In June

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jul 20, 2015 12:56pm

Connecticut added 600 jobs and its unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percent to 5.7 percent in June, according to the Labor Department’s report released Monday.

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Malloy Agrees To Help Hartford

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jul 20, 2015 12:36am

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sent a letter to Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra Friday and let him know the state is willing to help with the increase in homicides in the capital city.

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OP-ED | Progress On The FOI Front: Sunshine Is The Best Disinfectant

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Jul 19, 2015 5:30am

While the freedom-of-information outlook has often been rather grim during the transparency-challenged Malloy administration, the General Assembly's regular session finished up with some encouraging news.

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OP-ED | Telling the Story of the Conservative Heart

by Suzanne Bates
Posted: Jul 17, 2015 2:35pm

The most underreported story of the past few decades is that during that time period, across the world one billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.25 a day.

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OP-ED | Improving Secure Programs To Give Youth A Second Chance

by Joette Katz
Posted: Jul 17, 2015 10:46am

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s “Second Chance Society” is based on a core American value that people should be allowed the opportunity to recover from mistakes once they address the factors leading to their behavior and emerge as better persons who meet their responsibilities to family and community.

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OP-ED | When Democracy Fails: Why Budget Referendums and Town Meetings Don’t Work

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jul 17, 2015 9:00am

I winced when I saw the headline about Windsor voters rejecting their town’s budget for the fourth time. Turnout for a referendum that will likely cause layoffs and school cuts was an appallingly low 20 percent. This can’t go on.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Slams GOP for Opposition to Iran Deal

by Jordan Fenster
Posted: Jul 17, 2015 8:00am

During a television appearance this week, Connecticut’s junior senator had some harsh words for his Republican colleagues who have been expressing opposition to a proposed deal with Iran.

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Another Potential Hospital Merger On Horizon

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 4:20pm

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Given Chance To Speak Publicly On Budget, Most UConn Trustees Pass

by The Courant
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 12:02pm

The Courant is filing a Freedom of Information complaint against UConn for the lack of discussion on the $1.3 billion budget, which it claims is a draft document until it's voted upon.

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OP-ED | Expertise? Some People Actually Do Know More About Certain Topics Than Others

by Barth Keck
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 5:30am

If I had known how complicated my path to teaching would be when I decided to change careers 25 years ago, I might not be a teacher today.

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Malloy Touts New Law to Curb Heroin Overdoses in Hard-Hit Eastern Connecticut

by Elizabeth Regan
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 12:21am

Gary Mendell, a father from Easton, was in New London on Wednesday to talk about the role the government can play in shifting society's response to drug addiction from shaming to saving.

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New Haven Police Investigate Human Legs Discovered Near Court Street

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jul 15, 2015 3:34pm

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July 28, 2015

Willington Residents Tell Malloy, Lawmakers They Don’t Want A Shooting Range

by Christine Stuart | Jul 28, 2015 3:04pm
Posted to: Environment | Law Enforcement | East Windsor | Willington

Christine Stuart photo Willington residents traveled to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Tuesday to make sure that lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy were aware they didn’t want the state to relocate the state police shooting range to their town.

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Bond Commission Starts Borrowing for Transportation Projects Without Constitutional Lock Box

by Christine Stuart | Jul 28, 2015 1:02pm
Posted to: Town News | Hartford | Meriden | Waterbury | Transportation | Special Session

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues to support a constitutional “lock box” for transportation funding, but was unclear Tuesday if he will call lawmakers back into a special session this fall to approve it. 

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July 27, 2015

Segarra Walks Out as Bronin Secures Mayoral Endorsement

by Madeline Stocker | Jul 27, 2015 11:19pm
Posted to: Election 2015 | Hartford

Madeline Stocker photo Greenwich native Luke Bronin may have won the Hartford Democratic Town Committee’s endorsement 49-0 on Monday, but Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra managed to take the spotlight when he rejected his own nomination and quickly walked out of the auditorium.

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Consumers Ask Regulators To Scrutinize Rate Requests

by Christine Stuart | Jul 27, 2015 4:00pm
Posted to: Business | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Legal

Christine Stuart photo A handful of individuals told Insurance Department regulators Monday that the rate increases requested by three health insurance companies were excessive.

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Fight For $15 Advocates Put Hope Into New Advisory Board

by Madeline Stocker | Jul 27, 2015 11:59am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Labor | Legal

Christine Stuart file photo After the New York Wage board unanimously approved a $15 dollar minimum wage for fast-food workers in that state, advocates throughout Connecticut are hoping it gives them a little more momentum here.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Manufacturing Remains a Focus for Connecticut Delegation

by Jordan Fenster | Jul 27, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | The Economy | Jobs | Labor

LEEROY.ca (Creative Commons License) Manufacturing, and the need to maintain and develop Connecticut’s manufacturing base, remains a primary focus for Connecticut’s congressional delegation even as industry analysts show a shifting manufacturing landscape in the state.

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July 24, 2015

Wall Street Cautiously Boosts Connecticut’s Fiscal Outlook

by Christine Stuart | Jul 24, 2015 2:21pm

CTNJ file photo Wall Street’s three rating agencies generally frown upon Connecticut’s high level of debt, but this week one them cautiously moved the state’s bond outlook from “negative” to “stable.”

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Lawmakers: Time Ran Out on Bill That Would Have Made Armed Drones Illegal

by Elizabeth Regan | Jul 24, 2015 12:00pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Law Enforcement | Public Safety | State Capitol

As four gunshots and the whir of helicopter rotors reverberate across the Internet, Connecticut law remains silent on the issue of weaponized drones.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Esty Authors Bill to Ban Discrimination for Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

by Jordan Fenster | Jul 24, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | Equality

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, said Thursday that she had co-authored a bill intended to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in publicly funded or managed venues.

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July 23, 2015

Fasano Calls For Katz’s Resignation

by Christine Stuart | Jul 23, 2015 3:30pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Legal | Public Health | Public Safety | State Capitol | Middletown | Mental Health Care

Hugh McQuaid photo Citing recent reports highlighting problems at DCF’s two locked facilities, Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano is calling on Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz to resign.

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