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by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 27, 2017 11:15pm

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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OP-ED | Hurting Paras to Protect Hedge Funders?


by Council 4 AFSCME
Posted: Feb 27, 2017 10:30pm

Claudine Wilkins-Chambers is a paraprofessional at Conte-West Hills Magnet School in New Haven. She's got more than 40 years of service, assisting in the education of young people.

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DPH Fines Three Nursing Homes Following Lapses In Care

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Feb 27, 2017 10:20am

The state has cited and fined three nursing homes for various violations, including mismanagement of medication.

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Connecticut Considers Raising Bottle and Can Deposits to 10 Cents

by New Haven Register
Posted: Feb 27, 2017 8:22am

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Blumenthal Hits Populist Notes in New Haven Town Hall Meeting

by New Haven Register
Posted: Feb 27, 2017 12:18am

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OP-ED | Stand Against Trump’s Deportation Plans

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Feb 24, 2017 10:00am

The Trump era is a time of cruelty and fear. The president’s administration has gutted Obamacare, removed vital environmental protections, and rescinded federal protections for transgender children. The biggest targets so far, though, have been immigrants, especially undocumented persons and refugees.

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UConn Basketball Highlights Jam-packed Month of Events


by Kelly Byrnes
Posted: Feb 24, 2017 9:09am

With March Madness basketball quickly approaching, the UConn Huskies men's and women's teams are gearing up to make strong tournament runs. First up, however, is the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

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OP-ED | Manners, Empathy, and Respect for Others - What Some Call ‘Political Correctness’

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Feb 24, 2017 8:00am

This week we learned that the alleged “family values” party does actually draw the line somewhere. The Conservative Political Action Conference first invited, then dis-invited Milo Yiannopoulos after an interview emerged in which he made bizarre and revolting comments about pedophilia.

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OP-ED | Bailing Out XL Would Widen Town-City Divide

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Feb 24, 2017 5:30am

It seems like every two or three years the state of Connecticut deludes itself into thinking it'll see the return of the National Hockey League. That's probably because we're still haunted by the ghost of then-new Whalers owner Peter Karmanos, who faced with declining attendance in 1997, moved the hapless team to Raleigh, N.C.

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OP-ED | A New Way Forward for CT and its Property Taxpayers


by Joe DeLong
Posted: Feb 23, 2017 10:00pm

Despite much of the rhetoric that's out there, let's acknowledge that Connecticut is a great place to live. We have natural beauty. Many of our school systems are top notch. And it's hard to drive in any direction for more than 30 minutes without ...

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Write Your Representatives to Help Us Bring Tesla to Connecticut!


by Tesla Motors Inc.
Posted: Feb 23, 2017 9:59pm

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Malloy Clarifies Transgender Rights In Connecticut

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Feb 23, 2017 4:54pm

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OP-ED | The Ideology of Critical Thinking

by Barth Keck
Posted: Feb 23, 2017 8:00am

I've been teaching high school English in Connecticut for 26 years. It is my job, first and foremost, to help teenagers develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. In addition, I teach Journalism, Media Literacy, and Advanced Placement English, allowing me to share my passion for media and language.

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Malloy, Norwegian Air to Announce Low-Cost, Trans-Atlantic Flights from Bradley

by New Haven Register
Posted: Feb 23, 2017 7:29am

Later today Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will make the announcement.

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Pediatric Psychiatric Cases Continue Climbing, Swamping ERs

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Feb 22, 2017 10:30am

The state’s efforts to direct children in mental health crisis away from emergency rooms, to other services, have fallen short, with major hospitals reporting staggering increases in patient visits since 2013: Up 32 percent at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and 81 percent at Yale New Haven Hospital.

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Connecticut Lawmakers Aim for Post-ACA Protections

by New Haven Register
Posted: Feb 22, 2017 6:20am

Nearly one month ago, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order aimed at fulfilling one of his campaign promises: Dismantling and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

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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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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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February 27, 2017

Tribes Pick East Windsor For Third Casino Location

by Christine Stuart | Feb 27, 2017 12:01pm
Posted to: Gaming | East Windsor | Windsor Locks

ctnewsjunkie file photo The former Showcase Cinemas off I-91 in East Windsor was chosen by Connecticut’s two federally-recognized Indian tribes as the preferred location for the state’s first casino off tribal land.

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Accidental Drug Overdoses Increase 25 Percent In Connecticut

by Jack Kramer | Feb 27, 2017 11:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Public Health

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Accidental drug intoxications caused 917 deaths in the state in 2016, an increase of 188, or 25 percent, over those killed by drugs a year earlier, according to a new report issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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Toll Debate Resurrected by Future Special Transportation Fund Insolvency

by Christine Stuart | Feb 27, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Transportation

Courtesy of CT-N If lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy hadn’t decided to use a half percent of the sales tax to help support the Special Transportation Fund, things would be much worse. But even with that sales tax revenue, the Special Transportation Fund is on pace to become insolvent between 2021 and 2022, according to state transportation officials.

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February 24, 2017

Committee Hears from Car Wash Owners About Bill to Repeal Sales Tax on Their Industry

by Jack Kramer | Feb 24, 2017 3:52pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | State Budget | Taxes

CT-N
HARTFORD, CT — Car wash owners at a public hearing Friday asked that the sales tax on their work be repealed, stating that their businesses are one of the first things people go without during tough financial times.

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Norwegian Air Will Offer Bradley-to-Scotland Fares As Low As $65 Starting in June

by Dana Whalen | Feb 24, 2017 8:21am
Posted to: Business | Transportation | Aviation | BDL

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WINDSOR LOCKS, CT — Another low-cost airline is beginning nonstop service to Europe from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. Promotional fares for Norwegian Air International flights to Edinburgh, Scotland will start at $65, one-way, and regular fares will be $99 one-way.

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Connecticut Lawmakers Debate What To Do With Tax On Plastic Bags

by Jack Kramer | Feb 24, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Environment | State Budget

jack kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — A hearing this week to add a 5-cent state tax on single-use plastic and paper shopping bags wound up turning into a debate about where the estimated $20 million in revenue should go — to environmental projects or the general fund.

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February 23, 2017

Lawmakers Debate Exclusivity of Tribal Gaming Expansion

by Christine Stuart | Feb 23, 2017 2:32pm
Posted to: Gaming | State Capitol | Tribes

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie Connecticut’s two tribal casinos are looking for the legislature to give them the green light to build the state’s first commercial casino off tribal land.

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Tesla, Auto Dealers Square Off Again Over Franchise Law

by Christine Stuart | Feb 23, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Transportation | DMV

CT-N HARTFORD, CT — Tesla Motors is trying again to sell its electric vehicles directly to Connecticut consumers.

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February 22, 2017

Malloy Issues Guidelines In Response To Trump Immigration Orders

by Jack Kramer | Feb 22, 2017 7:14pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Immigration | Law Enforcement | White House

CTnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT – Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sent Connecticut school superintendents and police chiefs guidelines Wednesday on how to handle the Trump administration’s pronouncements and orders regarding undocumented immigrants.

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National Popular Vote Proponents Use Recent Election As Momentum

by Jack Kramer | Feb 22, 2017 1:30pm
Posted to: Election 2016 | White House

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — State Democratic lawmakers, surrounded by supporters, called on Connecticut to join the list of states to abandon the Electoral College to elect the president and replace it with a National Popular Vote.

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