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

by Joe DeLong
Posted: Feb 22, 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 22, 2017 10:50am

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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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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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February 23, 2017

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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Report Finds Immigrants Are A Powerful Economic Force In Connecticut

by Jack Kramer | Feb 22, 2017 11:30am
Posted to: Agriculture | Business | The Economy | Immigration | Jobs | Labor

Courtesy of the New American Economy HARTFORD, CT – A new report shows that immigrant-lead households in Connecticut earned $18.9 billion in 2014 – 13.9 percent of all income earned by everyone in the state that year.

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Solitary Confinement Cell Makes Its Way To The State Capitol

by Christine Stuart | Feb 22, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Ethics | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie He was just one of many Tuesday left by themselves under a fluorescent light in a small cell with a bunk, but unlike the estimated 80,000 inmates nationwide in solitary confinement, Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, was able to leave after two hours.

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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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