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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Completes Successful Unmanned First Mission
Dec 5, 2014 11:30 am
An unmanned test flight of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft was successful this morning, flying higher than any human-rated...more »
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December 21, 2014

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by Christine Stuart | December 21, 2014 12:00 AM
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DiNardo Ends 10-Year Tenure as Democratic Party Chair

by Hugh McQuaid
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 3:05pm

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State Banking Chief Is 5th Commissioner To Leave Malloy Administration

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 2:21pm

Department of Banking Commissioner Howard Pitkin will retire in January after 40 years with the department.

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OP-ED | Torture and Police Shootings: Finding the Balance Between Liberty and Security

by Suzanne Bates
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 10:47am

Last week after the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program - more commonly called the "torture report" - former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden did the rounds on the cable and network news shows defending himself and others for the parts they played in the program in the years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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OP-ED | A Transportation Wish List for 2015

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 10:13am

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said that his big focus for 2015 is going to be transportation infrastructure. This is excellent news; our state has lagged behind in transportation for too long. We don’t yet know where he’ll focus transportation spending, so here’s a list of suggestions:

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OP-ED | Collapse Of The Tenet Deal An Ominous Sign

by Terry D. Cowgill
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 5:30am

The apparent collapse of a deal allowing a for-profit company to buy five hospitals in Connecticut could deal a devastating blow to the patients who depend on those facilities - and to the healthcare access of hundreds of thousands across the state.

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OP-ED | Health IT In Connecticut - Learning From Mistakes

by Ellen Andrews
Posted: Dec 18, 2014 5:29pm

A wise advocate once told me that if I have a problem with wasting money, I should find a different profession. The latest example of that truth is HITE-CT, a quasi-public entity created in statute to develop a system of health information exchange (HIE) for our state. HITE-CT was dissolved by the legislature this year after wasting $4.3 million in federal grants and four years without accomplishing anything.

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GAO Report: VA Provides Inconsistent Treatment To Veterans With Depression

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Dec 18, 2014 12:58pm

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides inconsistent treatment to veterans with depression and may be underestimating the number of vets who suffer from the condition, according to a government watchdog agency.

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Access Health Enrolls About 86,000 Since Nov. 15

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 17, 2014 5:12pm

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Connecticut Light & Power Rate Increase Stands, State Regulators Rule

by New Haven Register
Posted: Dec 17, 2014 4:00pm

State utility regulators issued a final ruling Wednesday in a case that will increase fixed rate charges that Connecticut Light & Power customers pay from $16 per month to $19.25 each monthly billing period.

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Two Doctors Fined $5,000 Each By Med Board

by Kate Farrish
Posted: Dec 17, 2014 5:30am

The state Medical Examining Board fined a New London obstetrician $5,000 Tuesday for mistakenly cutting ligaments on the sides of a woman’s uterus instead of the fallopian tubes during a tubal ligation.

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Pryor Nominated To Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 16, 2014 2:00pm

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Doba to Depart, Campaign Spokesman Will Replace

by Hugh McQuaid
Posted: Dec 16, 2014 11:34am

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OP-ED | High-stakes Health Care Battle In The Green Mountain State

by Wendell Potter
Posted: Dec 16, 2014 5:30am

Two weeks from now, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will describe how he thinks the country’s first state-based single payer system will be financed.

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Consumer Protection Commissioner Will Retire, Public Health, DEEP Commissioners Stay

by Kristi Allen
Posted: Dec 15, 2014 2:21pm

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Sandy Hook Victims, Lawmakers Redouble Their Efforts To Prevent Gun Violence

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 15, 2014 1:29pm

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Older Vets Make Up Most Of Unemployed, New VA Report Shows

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Dec 15, 2014 9:49am

Veterans ages 18 to 54 had similar, or slightly lower, rates of unemployment than their civilian counterparts from 2000-2013, but older veterans were more likely than their peers to be unemployed, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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OP-ED | Omnibus? Try Ominous

by Sal Luciano
Posted: Dec 14, 2014 8:00am

In case you missed it, there’s a monster lurking in our nation’s capital. It’s assumed the form of a 1,603-page, $1.1 trillion spending package written (allegedly) to avert another government shutdown.

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OP-ED | To Fix Redistricting for 2021, Legislature Must Start Now

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Dec 12, 2014 2:41pm

Back in 2011 we had an opportunity to redraw our state’s congressional and legislative districts in a way that actually made sense. We blew it.

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Malloy Shuffles Commissioners

by Hugh McQuaid
Posted: Dec 12, 2014 12:03pm

Administrative Services Commissioner Donald DeFronzo will retire in January, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced in a Friday press release. Current Motor Vehicles Commissioner Melody Currey will take over DeFronzo’s department.

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OP-ED | Rowland’s Desperate Attempt To Stay Relevant

by Terry D. Cowgill
Posted: Dec 12, 2014 5:30am

Now that the greatest Connecticut political corruption trial of my generation has concluded and will likely result in significant jail time for the convict, I can relax, listen to WTIC and wait for its former employee's sentencing, right?

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Blumenthal Bill On Reporting Deaths In Police Custody Passes Senate

by New Haven Register
Posted: Dec 11, 2014 8:59pm

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UConn, Alexion Team Up

by New Haven Register
Posted: Dec 11, 2014 2:49pm

The University of Connecticut’s Stem Cell Institute on Thursday announced a collaboration with Cheshire-based Alexion Pharmaceuticals in an effort to seek out new drug candidates for treating rare and debilitating diseases.

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Concussion Education Plan Due to School Districts on January 1

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Dec 11, 2014 10:12am

Three weeks from now, Connecticut should have in place a state concussion education plan to be used by local and regional boards of education.

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Labriola Holds On

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 10, 2014 10:46pm

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ACLU of Connecticut Names New Executive Director

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 10, 2014 3:36pm

Stephen Glassman, a former state cabinet official in Pennsylvania and a nonprofit executive, joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut as its executive director this week.

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December 20, 2014

‘Never Forgetting Ferguson’ Rally Draws About 200 to Connecticut Capitol

by Christine Stuart | Dec 20, 2014 6:40pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | State Capitol | Hartford

Doug Hardy photo HARTFORD — More than 200 people marched to the state Capitol on Saturday afternoon to make sure no one forgets about the death of Michael Brown, whose shooting by a police officer earlier this year in Ferguson, Missouri, has led to an ongoing series of demonstrations and protests throughout the country.

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December 19, 2014

Congress Offers Hope To Parents of Children With Disabilities

by Hugh McQuaid | Dec 19, 2014 2:30pm
Posted to: Congress

Hugh McQuaid Photo Connecticut’s congressional delegates and advocates for people with autism celebrated Friday’s passage of a bill creating a new tax-free savings program for people with disabilities.

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Familiar Face To Head Connecticut’s Largest Business Organization

by Christine Stuart | Dec 19, 2014 12:04pm
Posted to: Business | Economic Development | Economics | Insurance | Jobs | Labor

Courtesy of CBIA Joseph Brennan, a veteran of Connecticut’s largest business group, officially took over as president and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association last week.

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December 18, 2014

Health Insurance App Gains Popularity

by Cara Rosner | Dec 18, 2014 3:00pm
Posted to: Health Care

Courtesy of Access Health CT Need health insurance? There’s an app for that.

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State’s Economy Continues To Add Jobs

by Hugh McQuaid | Dec 18, 2014 1:09pm
Posted to: Business | Economics | Jobs | Labor

shutterstock Despite pegging Connecticut’s unemployment rate at a slightly higher 6.5 percent in November, a monthly report from Labor Department estimates the state’s economy added 4,600 jobs and boasted a third consecutive month of job growth.

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Malloy’s Second Administration Begins To Take Shape

by Christine Stuart | Dec 18, 2014 5:30am
Posted to: State Capitol

CTNJ file photo Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy isn’t starting his administration from scratch as he prepares for his second term, but there will be some changes.

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December 17, 2014

Early Legislation Focuses On Term Limits, Campaign Finance

by Hugh McQuaid | Dec 17, 2014 3:43pm
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Election Policy | State Capitol

With less than a month before the start of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers have begun filing bills on topics ranging from new term limits for public officials to changes in the state’s public-funded campaign program.

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State Wins $45M Health Innovation Grant

by Christine Stuart | Dec 17, 2014 12:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | State Capitol

Christine Stuart file photo Connecticut will receive $45 million in federal funds to help it redesign how the state pays for and delivers health care.

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Malloy Believes Busway Will Be A Success

by Hugh McQuaid | Dec 17, 2014 5:30am
Posted to: Economic Development | Transportation | Hartford | New Britain

Hugh McQuaid photo It took Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other officials about 20 minutes to travel from New Britain to Hartford on Tuesday on a tour of the 9.4-mile dedicated bus route that is scheduled to open in March.

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December 16, 2014

Local Officials Upset Over State’s Proposed Water Pollution Permit

by Christine Stuart | Dec 16, 2014 4:04pm
Posted to: Energy | Environment | Local Politics | State Budget | State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo Municipal leaders are gearing up for a fight over how often they clean their storm drains and catch basins and track illicit discharges that end up polluting Connecticut’s rivers and streams.

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