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New Haven Provocateur Crashes New Hampshire Primary

by Lucy Gellman
Posted: Feb 10, 2016 1:58pm

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OP-ED | More Changes In Education Requirements? Been There, Done That

by Barth Keck
Posted: Feb 10, 2016 9:40am

We've passed the halfway point of the school year and that means one thing for teachers: mid-year evaluation meetings!

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Report: Shelters For Domestic Violence Victims Are Over Capacity

by Rowan Kane
Posted: Feb 9, 2016 5:30pm

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Ebola Quarantine Lawsuit Filed Against Malloy

by Dan Klau
Posted: Feb 9, 2016 1:10pm

Yale Legal Services organization filed a lawsuit in federal court charging Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut’s former public health commissioner with violating the civil rights of several individuals who were subjected to quarantine during the recent Ebola virus scare.

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Jailhouse Tasering Killed 22-Year-Old, Family Says

by Courthouse News Service
Posted: Feb 9, 2016 11:51am

A long Taser firing coupled with head trauma killed a drunken 22-year-old who lay helpless - "unarmed, virtually unclothed and vastly outnumbered by police officers," his brother claims in a federal complaint.

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Legislative Proposal Aims To Stem Suicides Of Women Vets

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Feb 9, 2016 10:56am

A study showing that women veterans commit suicide at six times the rate of civilian women has prompted U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and colleagues to propose legislation requiring the VA to develop gender-specific suicide prevention programs.

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Tribes Have Yet To Select Location for Hartford Area Casino

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 8, 2016 4:54pm

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FOIC Hearing Officer Says Ed Dept. Withheld Testing Data Illegally

by Journal Inquirer
Posted: Feb 8, 2016 2:10pm

The state Department of Education violated Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act when it withheld from the public aggregate testing data made available to school systems, an FOI Commission hearing officer determined in a report issued Tuesday.

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Connecticut Leads Nation In Preventative Care

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Feb 8, 2016 9:56am

Among the nation’s 34 most populous states, the rate of preventive health care visits was higher in Connecticut than any state in the nation.

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Vinal Tech’s LPN Program Faces Closure

by Kate Farrish
Posted: Feb 8, 2016 7:33am

The licensed practical nursing program at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown is in danger of closing because too few graduates have been passing the LPN licensing exam.

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OP-ED | Welcome to the New Austerity

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Feb 5, 2016 10:01am

The legislative session kicked off under gloomy skies as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced his plans to balance the budget through massive spending cuts and layoffs. The stage is now set for what should be a brutal battle between the governor and state employee unions, with the legislature caught in the middle.

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OP-ED | Middle Class Jobs, American Dreams Sold Out to Highest Bidders

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Feb 5, 2016 8:01am

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OP-ED | FOI Norwalk Style and No Violins For Shankar

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Feb 5, 2016 5:30am

Of all the issues that arise in national, state and municipal government, few of them raise my hackles like public officials who try to block access to information that should be available to the public.

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Wait—Is This Rubio ... Or Malloy?

by New Haven Independent Staff
Posted: Feb 4, 2016 10:00pm

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OP-ED | Lawyers Need To Talk To Their Doctors

by Matthew C. Katz
Posted: Feb 4, 2016 3:55pm

It was hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the recent op-ed from Neil Ferstand, executive director of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

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Patent Trolls Target Nearly 50 Connecticut Businesses

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Feb 4, 2016 1:50pm

Federal court in the Eastern District of Texas is the epicenter of patent troll litigation, and nearly 50 Connecticut companies are among those hauled into court there under dubious circumstances.

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A View From Trump’s Media Pen

by Lucy Gellman
Posted: Feb 4, 2016 5:30am

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Today’s Gas Prices

by GasBuddy.com
Posted: Feb 4, 2016 2:50am

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Message of Change Embraced By Some, Panned By Others

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 3, 2016 3:59pm

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Schaghticokes Denied Business Venture To Pursue A Third Casino

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 3, 2016 8:30am

The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, which is not a federally recognized tribe, did not receive the state’s permission to form a business entity to look at developing a third casino in the state.

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ConnCAN CEO Defends SBAC Tests

by New Haven Register
Posted: Feb 3, 2016 7:00am

Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now CEO Jennifer Alexander says she believes it would be a mistake to do away with the state’s Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which is a Common Core-aligned standardized test.

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DeLauro’s Moving Downtown

by Paul Bass
Posted: Feb 2, 2016 11:17pm

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Correction Commissioner Makes Changes To Controversial Risk Reduction Program

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 2, 2016 4:34pm

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Chuckles Predicts Early Spring

by Journal Inquirer
Posted: Feb 2, 2016 2:52pm

Sleepy cheers and applause met today’s prediction of an early spring as Mayor Jay Moran announced groundhog Chuckles’ prognostication at the Lutz Children’s Museum.

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Connecticut Ranks 20th in Dependence on Gun Industry, But 3rd in Firearms Output

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Feb 2, 2016 8:03am

Connecticut’s place in the ongoing national debate about guns is reflected in a new analysis which ranks the state 20th in the nation in overall dependence on the gun industry, but also ranks the state 3rd in total firearms industry output per capita and 2nd in highest average wages & benefits in the firearms industry.

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February 10, 2016

School Officials Want The State To Take The Lead On Changing School Start Times

by Jack Kramer | Feb 10, 2016 12:00pm
Posted to: Education | Labor | Local Politics | Transportation | Guilford

shutterstock Educators and officials are nearly unanimous in believing that teenage children would be better students if high school classes started later in the morning.

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Merrill Calls For Abolition Of Party Loyalty Tests

by Steve Majerus-Collins | Feb 10, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Election 2016 | Election Policy | Brookfield

CTNJ file photo A state law that allows registrars to impose a loyalty test on voters should be stripped out of the statute book, Secretary of State Denise Merrill said.

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February 9, 2016

Senator Renews Push To Let Tesla Sell Cars Directly To Connecticut Consumers

by Christine Stuart | Feb 9, 2016 12:53pm
Posted to: Consumer Protection | The Economy | State Capitol | Transportation

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 2:45 p.m) With Tesla Motors in mind, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff renewed a push for legislation that would allow electric vehicle makers open up to three retail locations in Connecticut.

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Malloy Proposes Bill To Outsource Some DMV Services

by Christine Stuart | Feb 9, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Labor | Transportation | DMV

As the Department of Motor Vehicles’ information technology systems undergo one of the biggest changes the department has seen in 40 years, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to outsource more of the department’s work. As a result, the unions aren’t happy.

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February 8, 2016

Access Health Increases Enrollment In Third Year

by Christine Stuart | Feb 8, 2016 2:51pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

Christine Stuart photo During the third year of the Affordable Care Act, 116,019 Connecticut residents signed up for plans through the exchange with four private insurance carriers.

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Merrill Seeks Automatic Voter Registration At DMV In Bid To Hike Turnout

by Steve Majerus-Collins | Feb 8, 2016 1:14pm
Posted to: Election 2016 | Election Policy | DMV

Photo contributed by the Secretary of the State's office. To boost voter registration, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is asking legislators to back a plan that would automatically add anyone doing business with the Department of Motor Vehicles to the voter rolls.

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Brookfield Woman Sues After GOP Officials Bar Her From Voting In Republican Primary

by Steve Majerus-Collins | Feb 8, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Town News | Brookfield | Legal

Contributed A former Brookfield Board of Education member is asking a federal judge to overturn a loyalty test imposed by the town’s Republican leaders that bars her from voting in the GOP’s April 26 presidential primary.

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February 5, 2016

Governor Proposes Legislation To Change Handicapped Parking Symbol

by Christine Stuart | Feb 5, 2016 5:29am
Posted to: Aging | Civil Liberties | Law Enforcement | Public Safety | Transportation

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is on board with changing the handicapped parking symbol on signs throughout the state.

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February 4, 2016

Nonprofit Community Warns of Cuts To Safety Net

by Rowan Kane | Feb 4, 2016 3:30pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Health Care | Jobs | Nonprofits | Poverty | Public Safety | State Budget

Rowan Kane photo The private nonprofit community that takes care of Connecticut’s neediest and disabled residents said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget includes the “most devastating cuts we’ve ever seen.”

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Schaghticoke Chief Says They Will Continue Casino Pursuit

by Christine Stuart | Feb 4, 2016 3:06pm
Posted to: Gaming | Tribes

Schaghitcoke Tribal Nation Chief Richard Velky is troubled by media reports regarding Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s rejection of the tribe’s new business registration.

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