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OP-ED | All ‘Independent Practice’ for APRNs is Not Created Equal

by Robert M. McLean
Posted: Apr 21, 2014 5:30am

As Connecticut legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy seem intent on passing a bill to allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to “practice independently,” I would urge some caution.

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OP-ED | Are Wall Street Values Right for Schools?

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 9:00am

Last week on a flight back from England, I read Michael Lewis’ latest book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. I found myself highlighting passages, struck by parallels with the corporate education reform movement. It’s not surprising as both industries involve players from high tech and hedge funds  --  and, of course, the politicians who enable them.

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OP-ED | An Open Letter to ‘Jane Doe,’ The Transgender Girl in an Adult Prison

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 7:00am

Dear "Jane,"

I feel like we all failed you, and I’m sorry. As I write this, you’re sitting in solitary in York, the adult women’s prison in Niantic. Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz has said there was no other choice. Apparently you got into a fight with staff at your last placement; your lawyers and Katz disagree about how serious that was. But that is why you’re in an adult prison, according to Katz.

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OP-ED | Republicans Should Beware Of Rowland’s Stench

by Terry D. Cowgill
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 5:30am

Could this be the end of the road for former Gov. John G. Rowland? If once again convicted of political and financial malfeasance, will he ever be taken seriously when he's released from prison a second time? And moreover, will his legal troubles drag down Republican candidates, especially the six running for the privilege of unseating Gov. Dannel P. Malloy?

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House Approves Tax Credits for UTC

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Apr 17, 2014 5:43pm

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Unemployment Remains Steady As State Adds Jobs In March

by Brian Woodman Jr.
Posted: Apr 17, 2014 4:10pm

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OP-ED | Easing Restrictions on Nurse Practitioners Will Improve Access

by Nora Duncan, State Director, AARP CT
Posted: Apr 17, 2014 11:38am

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid, more Connecticut residents than ever before have access to some form of health insurance.

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Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Purchase of Gaylord Sleep Center To Be Aired

by New Haven Register
Posted: Apr 17, 2014 9:06am

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DCF Commissioner Defends Transfer of Transgender Juvenile

by WNPR
Posted: Apr 16, 2014 3:39pm

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McKinney Tells Tea Party He Would Support Gun Control Repeal

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Apr 16, 2014 2:46pm

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Advocates Mobilize Against Fracking Waste

by Hugh McQuaid
Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:26pm

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Boughton ‘Wishes’ He Could Return Wilson-Foley Money

by New Haven Register
Posted: Apr 16, 2014 8:56am

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No More Hungry Nights For Shabazz

by CT Talking
Posted: Apr 16, 2014 7:09am

UConn senior Shabazz Napier may have scored another one, even after he helped lead the Huskies to a men’s basketball NCAA national championship.

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Boughton Calls On Candidates To Release Their Tax Returns

by Staff Report
Posted: Apr 15, 2014 10:57pm

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UConn Coach Joins Colleagues In Pay Hike

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Apr 15, 2014 4:49pm

In the aftermath of UConn’s national championship, coach Kevin Ollie’s “relatively low” salary compared to his peers, became the focus of some media attention.

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OP-ED | The Troubles

by The Waterbury Observer
Posted: Apr 15, 2014 12:15pm

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OP-ED | A Day Everyone Loves To Hate

by Wade Gibson
Posted: Apr 15, 2014 5:30am

Everyone loves to hate taxes. Too high. Too low. Too complicated. The reason for this is simple: our tendency to focus only on what we pay, not how we benefit.

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OP-ED | American-style Health Care System Pushed In Canada

by Wendell Potter
Posted: Apr 14, 2014 1:09pm

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - During the year leading up to the 2008 presidential primaries, my insurance industry colleagues and I were working hard to influence the debate on health care reform.

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Autism Treatment For Under-Threes Is Key, But Diagnosis Is Tough

by Karen Weintraub
Posted: Apr 14, 2014 9:22am

Most children with autism are well past their fourth birthday by the time they’re diagnosed with the condition, according to new government data.

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OP-ED | The Search for Sustainability

by Brian O'Shaughnessy
Posted: Apr 14, 2014 5:30am

Financially inefficient markets are not sustainable. They crash. In 1929, stock brokers asked people without money to pay for stocks with no worth. The stock market was wildly inefficient because at the core there was no value.

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WNPR | Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community

by WNPR
Posted: Apr 13, 2014 3:27pm

A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.

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Five of the Six Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Apr 11, 2014 3:46pm

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OP-ED | Peeling The Assessment Onion

by Margaret Cibes
Posted: Apr 11, 2014 10:00am

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is the focus of much controversy to date about the testing’s potential effects on state/local governments, with respect to their budgets, on schools/districts, with respect to their curricula, and on teachers, with respect to their salaries.

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OP-ED | Do Women Need Wage Equality Or More Support For The Choices They Make?

by Suzanne Bates
Posted: Apr 11, 2014 8:00am

President Obama earned two Pinnochios from the Washington Post this week for using the oft-cited but misleading statistic that women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. The issue is a favorite for U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who gave the high-five heard ‘round the country at this year’s State of the Union address when President Obama brought up the wage gap.

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OP-ED | Historic Championships Won: Now Pay the Players

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Apr 11, 2014 8:00am

It’s been an amazing year for Connecticut basketball. Both the men and women won national championships, making our little state the center of the basketball world. The tournaments were incredibly lucrative for everyone involved - except the actual players.

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April 21, 2014

UConn Graduate Assistants Vote To Form Union

by Christine Stuart | Apr 21, 2014 5:29am
Posted to: Education | Labor | Mansfield-Storrs

Photo courtesy of http://www.uconngradunion.org/ More than 2,100 graduate assistants working at the University of Connecticut have won the right to form what will be the largest bargaining group at the school.

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April 18, 2014

Boost In Legal Aid Funding Sought

by Christine Stuart | Apr 18, 2014 2:36pm
Posted to: Courts | Legal | New Haven

Christine Stuart photo NEW HAVEN—Debbie Diaz was in tears in a New Haven courthouse when she learned she was being evicted because the apartment she rented was being foreclosed on by the bank.

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Nursing Home Disclosure Bill: Transparency Or Intrusion?

by C-HIT Staff | Apr 18, 2014 12:54pm
Posted to: Health Care | Transparency

The state’s nursing homes call it excessive and intrusive. The Malloy administration calls it a move towards transparency.

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Leaders Try To Put Grass Seed Debate Behind Them

by Christine Stuart | Apr 18, 2014 7:17am
Posted to: Agriculture | Environment | State Capitol

Hugh McQuaid file photo (Updated 1:28 p.m.) It’s been a week since the House, in a rare move, defeated a bill that would have banned genetically modified grass seed just one day after the Senate passed it.

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April 17, 2014

Republicans Release A Budget, But Will Anyone Take Notice?

by Christine Stuart | Apr 17, 2014 2:29pm
Posted to: Election 2014 | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo Republican legislative leaders in the House and Senate unveiled an alternative budget that nonpartisan fiscal analysts say will slightly decrease the deficit in future years.

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Bill To Give Adult Adoptees Access To Their Birth Certificate Advances

by Hugh McQuaid | Apr 17, 2014 12:09pm
Posted to: Health Care | Legal

Hugh McQuaid Photo Rep. David Alexander stood outside the House chamber Thursday morning and listened as his colleagues debated whether he should be permitted access to his original birth records.

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Attorney General’s Report on Hospital Facility Fees Encourages Legislative Action

by Christine Stuart | Apr 17, 2014 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Health Care | Transparency

CTNJ file photo According to a report from Attorney General George Jepsen, 22 of the state’s 29 hospitals are now charging separate facility and professional fees along with services at their newly acquired outpatient departments or clinics.

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April 16, 2014

Schriro Completes Consolidation Review, Releases Plan

by Hugh McQuaid | Apr 16, 2014 4:44pm
Posted to: Public Safety

Hugh McQuaid Photo MIDDLETOWN — Emergency 911 calls will continue to be handled at consolidated dispatch centers under an Emergency Services and Public Protection Department plan that also shifts administrative calls back to regional state police barracks.

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McKinney Returns Donations, Promises Change

by Christine Stuart | Apr 16, 2014 11:36am
Posted to: Election 2014 | Election Policy

Christine Stuart file photo Sen. John McKinney, who is running for governor, was recently forced to refund $500 in donations from five state contractors or prospective contractors who are banned from giving donations.

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The Rowlands’ Political Paper Trail Includes Republicans & Democrats

by Christine Stuart | Apr 16, 2014 5:29am
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Courts | Election 2012 | Equality | Ethics | Waterbury | Watertown

Douglas Healey photo Campaign finance records show that in the years following his incarceration, former Gov. John G. Rowland and his wife, Patricia, made several donations to both Democratic and Republican candidates and town committees.

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