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Murphy: Muslim Ban, Trump’s Coziness With Russia Discussed At Length During Security Conference

by Jack Kramer
Posted: Feb 21, 2017 3:42pm

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OP-ED | Keep Your Eyes on the CEO, Not the Public Employee


by Sal Luciano
Posted: Feb 20, 2017 10:00pm

Back in the heyday of the Tea Party, the "12 cookies" joke made the rounds. It went like this:

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Listen to our Tuesday Morning Coffee Newscast!

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 20, 2017 7:30pm

Brian Scott-Smith has the scoop airing here or at 5:27 a.m., 6:27 a.m., 7:27 a.m., and 8:27 a.m. on WDRC AM in Hartford, Meriden, Waterbury, and Torrington. LISTEN here and you can subscribe to the podcast version on your mobile device here.

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Labor Committee To Vote On Minimum Wage Hike Tuesday

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 20, 2017 12:40pm

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VIDEO: Malloy Explains Proposal To Upgrade XL Center

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 2:47pm

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OP-ED | The Little Special Election That Could? Windsor Republican May Tip Senate to GOP

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 5:30am

As the nation weighs the seismic impact of life under a Trump administration whose wheels seem to be coming off, we could soon witness earth-moving changes in Connecticut's political landscape as well.

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OP-ED | When the Russians Come Calling

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Feb 15, 2017 8:03pm

It suddenly feels like the bad old days of the Cold War around here, and for good reason. Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, is constantly and aggressively testing the strength and resolve of the NATO alliance. But unlike the 1980s, the United States has no clear policy on Russia, has weak and vacillating leadership, and is entirely unpredictable.

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Inadequate Body Storage, Staff Levels Costs Chief Medical Examiner its National Accreditation

by New Haven Register
Posted: Feb 15, 2017 4:18pm

Lack of storage space for bodies and shorthanded medical examiners have cost the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner its full national accreditation due to deficiencies largely rooted in a spike of fatal drug overdoses in the state.

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Connecticut Lawmakers Tell Trump To Act After Russian Spy Ship Is Spotted Off Connecticut Coast

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 15, 2017 2:08pm

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Health Consultants Can Improve Health of Preschoolers

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Feb 15, 2017 10:59am

Research shows that the presence of a health consultant, usually a nurse by training, in child care centers leads to positive outcomes including improved nutrition, better sanitation and infection control, increases in access to preventive health care, specialty health care, mental health care, and oral health services.

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Hartford Gets $2.35M To Fight Opioids

by Jack Kramer
Posted: Feb 14, 2017 4:17pm

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Connecticut DEEP Publishes Green Plan of Land Preservation Goals

by New Haven Register
Posted: Feb 14, 2017 2:49pm

HARTFORD - In continuance with plans to preserve land and open space, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection published a new “Green Plan” Tuesday to help reach goals of preserving 21 percent of Connecticut’s land by 2023.

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Menopause Puts Women At Higher Risk Of Fall-Related Injuries

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Feb 13, 2017 12:27pm

A growing number of women are getting hurt by falling, and they are much more likely to suffer fall-related injuries than men, data show.

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Report: Hedge Clippers for the Hedge Funders?


by Stronger Together: The Council 4 AFSCME Blog
Posted: Feb 12, 2017 9:59pm

Last week, Gov. Malloy issued his proposed budget for the 2018-19 biennium. It's a document that's already been attacked from all sides, but its underlying message is disturbing, no matter the outcome of the legislative debate that will take place over the next few months.

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OP-ED | Tesla Needs to Come Clean With Consumers About ‘Full Self-Driving’


by Jim Fleming
Posted: Feb 12, 2017 9:59pm

The fusion of technology and innovation in our automobiles have given consumers options and features beyond their wildest dreams. However, with such innovation, there can be great risks to the safety and protection of consumers.

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Yale Will Rename Calhoun College to Honor ‘Trailblazing’ Alum Grace Murray Hopper

by New Haven Register
Posted: Feb 12, 2017 4:57pm

Yale University’s Calhoun College will be renamed to honor Grace Murray Hopper, a Yale alumna who was a “trailblazing computer scientist, brilliant mathematician and teacher, and dedicated public servant,” Yale President Peter Salovey announced Saturday.

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OP-ED | Governor, It’s Time to Stop Dropping Bombs and Start Constructive Conversations

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Feb 10, 2017 12:01pm

This week, Betsy DeVos, despite her terrifying ignorance of the fact that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a federal law that it will be her job to enforce, was confirmed as Secretary of Education thanks to the tie-breaking vote of Vice-President Mike Pence.

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OP-ED | Groundhog Day: Budget Edition

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Feb 10, 2017 9:00am

Guess what? Your property taxes are going up  --  probably by a lot!

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OP-ED | Malloy’s Dizzying Budget Storm Targets Towns

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Feb 10, 2017 5:30am

As I write this on Thursday morning, an awesome white cloud is swirling around the mountains and valleys of the Northwest Corner. The ivory blitz is proceeding at a pace so blinding that I can scarcely track the inches of accumulation. Come to think of it, that's an apt metaphor for the dizzying array of budgetary pronouncements that have come out of the Malloy administration just in the last 10 days or so.

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OP-ED | Orwellian? Relegating Animal Farm to Secondary Reading List

by Barth Keck
Posted: Feb 9, 2017 9:01pm

The recent controversy at Mystic Middle School surrounding the novel Animal Farm is as instructive as it is timely.

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Inpatient Mental Health Coverage Rare For State Insurance Plans

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Feb 9, 2017 11:42am

The state’s top insurers were more likely to approve claims for mental health services in 2015 than the year before, but rates of rejection for residential care remained high, a new state report shows.

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Malloy Declares A Snow Day for State Employees

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 8, 2017 11:15pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is asking first and second-shift state employees to stay home Thursday due to the expected snow storm.

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Malloy Asks Gun Owners to Pay More

by Jack Kramer
Posted: Feb 8, 2017 2:25pm

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Connecticut’s ACA Enrollment Dips In 2017

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 7, 2017 11:46pm

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Proposed Bill Would End ‘Custody For Care’

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Feb 7, 2017 10:14pm

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February 21, 2017

One of Two Minimum Wage Bills Squeaks Through Committee

by Christine Stuart | Feb 21, 2017 4:36pm
Posted to: Jobs | Labor | Poverty

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie A Senate bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 failed on a split vote, but the House bill passed the Labor and Public Employees Committee by a slim one vote margin after an hour of debate.

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Connecticut Officials Say Congressional Action Jeopardizes Retirement Savings Law

by Cara Rosner | Feb 21, 2017 12:19pm
Posted to: Business | Congress | Poverty | Social Security

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie State officials are worried that a retirement savings plan created last year by the General Assembly — intended to help the roughly 600,000 residents who lack such a plan — will be in jeopardy if Congressional Republicans get their way.

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Lembo Again Seeks The Legislature’s Help in Monitoring Economic Incentives

by Christine Stuart | Feb 21, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Economic Development | Jobs | Transparency

ctnewsjunkie file photo He was able to convince the legislature, but State Comptroller Kevin Lembo was unable to convince Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy last year to sign a bill that would allow for the examination of certain business tax credits and economic incentives.

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February 20, 2017

Labor Unions Unite Against Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

by Christine Stuart | Feb 20, 2017 3:30pm
Posted to: Labor | State Budget | Pensions

ctnewsjunkie file photo Under attack for decades of bad decisions regarding their pensions, Connecticut’s labor unions are uniting to fight back against a bill that would exempt retirement benefits from collective bargaining.

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Lack of Trust Between Hospitals & Administration Continues

by Christine Stuart | Feb 20, 2017 12:20pm
Posted to: Town News | Health Care | Insurance | State Budget | Taxes | Leisure & Hospital Sector

Courtesy of CT-N The Connecticut Hospital Association says it doesn’t believe the governor’s proposal to change how hospitals are funded will result in more money for hospitals, even though Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has included more money for hospitals in its budget.

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In Connecticut, Calling for Help Carries Risks for Victims of Domestic Violence

by Sarah Smith, ProPublica | Feb 20, 2017 5:26am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | Reprinted With Permission From ProPublica | Torrington

David “Dee” Delgado for ProPublica Two days after she had fled because of a beating at the hands of her husband, Sanna Dilawar was back at her home in Torrington, Connecticut. She needed to retrieve her breast pump, and she had her 11-week-old daughter with her.

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February 17, 2017

Gun Owners Pressure Malloy Over Pistol Permit Fee Hike Proposal

by Jack Kramer | Feb 17, 2017 3:07pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | Taxes | State Capitol

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gun owners and legislators from both parties Friday criticized Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to increase the state portion of the pistol permit fee from $70 to $300 and the initial 5-year pistol permit fee from $140 to $370.

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Closure of UConn Health Center Fire Department May Have Broader Implications

by Christine Stuart | Feb 17, 2017 12:10pm
Posted to: Jobs | Labor | Public Safety | State Budget | Farmington

Wikipedia image / Creative commons HARTFORD, CT—The decision by the University of Connecticut Health Center to shutter its fire department in June may have broader implications for the state than just the closure of a 16-member fire department.

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Lawmakers Renew Debate Over Workers’ Comp Coverage For PTSD

by Jack Kramer | Feb 17, 2017 5:29am
Posted to: Town News | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Local Politics | Public Safety

Courtesy of CTN HARTFORD, CT — Municipal officials told legislators Thursday that towns cannot afford the cost of legislation that would mandate workers’ compensation coverage for cops, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of witnessing a death.

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February 16, 2017

Democratic Lawmakers, Advocates Seek Minimum Wage Hike

by Christine Stuart | Feb 16, 2017 3:42pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Equality | Housing | Jobs | Labor | Poverty

ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT—He wouldn’t handicap the chances of the General Assembly approving an increase in the minimum wage this year, but Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said he wouldn’t give up the fight because “it’s the right thing to do.”

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