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Malloy Push For Second Chance 2.0 Continues

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 23, 2016 5:04pm

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Male Students at New Haven’s Hillhouse High School Holding Feminine Products Drive

by New Haven Register
Posted: May 23, 2016 11:36am

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Stubborn Deficit Remains In This Year’s Budget

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 20, 2016 3:53pm

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Judicial Branch Announces 61 More Layoffs

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 20, 2016 12:02pm

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OP-ED | Not All Teachers Are So Disconsolate

by Barth Keck
Posted: May 20, 2016 10:00am

Teaching is a career that offers intrinsic rewards not often found in other professions. Helping kids learn and watching them succeed is an immensely gratifying experience. So why are some teachers steering people away from the career?

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Brookes Declines To Primary Novak

by Jack Kramer
Posted: May 20, 2016 8:25am

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OP-ED | Florida Bound: The Puzzling Popularity of Jodi Rell

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: May 20, 2016 5:30am

As a recovering English teacher, one of best things about covering politics is it's rich with irony - which coincidentally happens to be my favorite literary device. Within days of each other last week, we learned two things: lawmakers in Hartford had passed what state Rep. Roberta Willis described as an "unpleasant" budget that closed a nearly $1 billion deficit. And they did so without major tax increases.

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Layoffs Hit Watchdog Agencies

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 19, 2016 11:47pm

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Three College Registered Nursing Programs Placed On Conditional Status

by Kate Farrish
Posted: May 19, 2016 12:50pm

The state Board of Examiners for Nursing on Wednesday placed the registered nursing programs at three colleges on conditional status for one year because too many students have failed the R.N. licensing exam.

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Metro-North Delays Continue Thursday

by New Haven Register
Posted: May 19, 2016 10:27am

Metro-North will operate on an “enhanced” Saturday schedule Thursday as crews work to make repairs after after a serious fire Tuesday in New York damaged railroad infrastructure along the New Haven Line.

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Report Finds School Segregation On The Rise

by Courthouse News Service
Posted: May 18, 2016 3:02pm

More than six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, a nonpartisan watchdog agency found that K-12 public schools are increasingly segregated by race and class.

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State Hospital Inspection Reports Now Available On C-HIT

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: May 18, 2016 7:38am

Lapses in cleanliness, infection-control procedures and in the treatment of patients with behavioral health problems were among the most common violations found in Connecticut hospitals inspected by the state health department in 2015, reports collected by C-HIT show.

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Small Fire Causes Legislative Building To Close For The Day

by Kristi Allen
Posted: May 17, 2016 1:36pm

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Democrat Hopefuls Likely Face Primary to Replace Sharkey

by New Haven Register
Posted: May 17, 2016 12:06am

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Blumenthal Calls For Airlines To Help Reduce Long Lines At Security Checkpoints

by Steve Majerus-Collins
Posted: May 16, 2016 4:15pm

To reduce sometimes lengthy lines at airport security checkpoints, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday that America’s airlines need to drop their baggage fees this summer.

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DeLauro, Esty Announce Bill To Help Protect Children From Lead Paint

by Jenifer Frank
Posted: May 16, 2016 11:44am

Noting that 60,000 Connecticut children have been exposed to the toxin lead – and that more than 2,000 have levels high enough that they are lead-poisoned -- U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty unveiled a bill Monday to help homeowners make their homes safer and better protect children.

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OP-ED | Garbage In, Garbage Out: A Reminder for PEAC and the State Board of Education

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: May 13, 2016 1:00pm

In computer programming 101 they teach the term, “Garbage In, Garbage Out,” and it’s commonly known as “GIGO.” In other words, no matter how great the logic in your program, if you input poor data, you’re going to get a bad result.

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OP-ED | Connecticut’s Fiscal Crisis Has Reached a Middle

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: May 13, 2016 10:16am

What, you thought our fight with deficits was almost over? Think again. We tried ignoring Connecticut’s financial problems. Then, when that didn’t work, we tried shared sacrifice and raising taxes. Now we’re trying austerity and bitter agony on for size, and the good news is that should this latest budget proposal be passed, the budget deficit for this coming year will be fixed. The bad news? . . .

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Report: Private Insurers Deny More Claims For Mental Health Care

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: May 13, 2016 9:30am

The rate of denials by the state's largest managed care insurers of requests for mental health services rose nearly 70 percent between 2013 and 2014, with an average of about one in 12 requests for prescribed treatment initially rejected, a new state report shows.

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OP-ED | GOP Media Stumbles and Lysol For The UConn Foundation

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: May 13, 2016 5:30am

Having been largely shut out of the government since M. Jodi Rell left 990 Prospect Avenue six years ago, the Republicans in the state of Connecticut are easy to make fun of. Despite modest gains in recent years, they still don't have any seats in Congress, and they control neither legislative house in Hartford and none of the six constitutional offices. Heck, even deep-blue Massachusetts now has a Republican governor again.

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State Gives Up Revenue To Hartford and New Britain

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 13, 2016 12:04am

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Senate Candidate Goes After Minority Leader On Social Media

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 12, 2016 10:55pm

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Poll: Malloy Second-Least Popular Governor In U.S.

by Kristi Allen
Posted: May 12, 2016 1:04pm

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Six Nursing Homes Fined Following Resident’s Death, Lapses In Care

by Kate Farrish
Posted: May 12, 2016 12:05pm

Six nursing homes have been fined in connection with one resident who was physically abused, one who broke a leg and one who was hospitalized with severe dehydration and later died.

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Financial Services Corp. Warns Against Changes to Public Retirement Program

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 12, 2016 7:37am

A Fortune 100 financial services organization warned top lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Tuesday that the revisions proposed to a state-run retirement program could end up costing individuals who participate in the plan.

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May 24, 2016

State To Give Hedge Fund Money for Expansion, Job Creation

by Christine Stuart | May 24, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Financial Sector | Norwalk | Westport | Wilton

Courtesy of the DECD Plans to build a new waterfront headquarters in Stamford were scuttled, but the world’s largest hedge fund regrouped and will still receive money from the state to expand its footprint in Westport.

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May 23, 2016

ANALYSIS | Sullivan, Rating Agencies Signal Little Room For Error in CT’s Budget

by Christine Stuart | May 23, 2016 2:05pm
Posted to: Analysis | State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol

CTNewsJunkie file photo Lawmakers passed a $19.76 billion budget for 2017 last week, mostly along party lines, that included no tax increases and more than $820 million in spending cuts.

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Labor Sends A Message to Connecticut’s Democrats

by Christine Stuart | May 23, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2016 | Jobs | Labor | State Budget

ctnewsjunke file photo Feeling betrayed by Democrats who supported a state budget that includes thousands of layoffs for their members, a coalition of Connecticut’s unions say they are now raising money to fund other candidates who support labor.

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May 20, 2016

Malloy Pushes For Second Look At Second Chance

by Christine Stuart | May 20, 2016 12:37pm

Christine Stuart file photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is hoping the legislature gives his criminal justice initiative a second look next week, but as of Friday there’s been no date scheduled.

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Lawmaker Tells Advocates Not To Give Up On Pushing Paid Leave

by Jack Kramer | May 20, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Aging | Business | The Economy | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Labor

Jack Kramer photo Those fighting for Connecticut to adopt a paid family leave law, regardless of the size of the company workers are employed by, got some blunt advice from a lawmaker Thursday on how to kickstart their stalled initiative.

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May 19, 2016

Two Wall Street Firms Downgrade Connecticut Bonds

by Christine Stuart | May 19, 2016 3:17pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Financial Sector | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol | Wall Street

Two of the four Wall Street rating agencies lowered Connecticut’s credit rating one notch prior to an upcoming bond sale.

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DOL: Connecticut Adds Jobs In April; March Data Revised Upward

by Christine Stuart | May 19, 2016 11:46am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Labor

shutterstock Connecticut added 3,500 jobs in April and estimates for March were revised upward from 300 jobs to 1,000 jobs, according to the Connecticut Labor Department.

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More Than 45,000 Connecticut Workers Could Benefit From Labor Rule Change

by Kristi Allen | May 19, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Equality | Jobs | Labor

CTNewsJunkie file photo U.S. Rep. Rosa Delauro and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy welcomed the U.S. Department of Labor ruling that could increase overtime pay for more than 45,000 Connecticut workers.

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May 18, 2016

Families Are Urged Not To Wait To Bring A Foster Child Into Their Home

by Jack Kramer | May 18, 2016 2:08pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | New Haven

Jack Kramer photo As someone who recently became a foster parent, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo had a simple but strong message to other adults on Wednesday: “Don’t wait.’’

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New Online Tool Makes Business Registration In Connecticut Easier

by Christine Stuart | May 18, 2016 10:29am
Posted to: Business

Christine Stuart photo “In the time it takes to order a cup of coffee, you’ll now be able to submit your application to form a business in Connecticut,” Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Tuesday.

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