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June 27, 2016

CTNewsJunkie Turns 11: Watchdog Journalists Need Community Backing

by Matt DeRienzo | June 27, 2016 11:23 PM
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

As CTNewsJunkie celebrates 11 years in business this summer, it’s a good time to emphasize two things: Its reporting on state government and politics is needed more than ever, and its community of readers will need to rally behind it if CTNewsJunkie is going to survive in a rapidly changing media world.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Clinic Regulations

by Associated Press
Posted: Jun 27, 2016 1:10pm

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State Prepares To Tighten Prescription Monitoring

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Jun 26, 2016 11:21pm

Connecticut’s shift next month from weekly to “real-time” reporting of prescriptions for opioids and other controlled substances is an effective way to help stem opioid-related deaths, a new study suggests.

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OP-ED | Looking for the Turning Point on Guns

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jun 24, 2016 9:59am

After the heartbreak and agony of Newtown, I had just the faintest stirring of hope that we’d reached a turning point on guns. Maybe, just maybe, we could put aside the intractable cultural battle over guns for just a few moments to put into place a few very basic, common sense controls like universal background checks. I was wrong.

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OP-ED | For Katharine Wade, A Moment of Introspection Is In Order

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Jun 24, 2016 5:30am

In all the years I've been writing about government, I've never been able to answer one question: why are otherwise smart people so blind to their own conflicts of interest?

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Dateline New Haven | Romano, Lemar Duke It Out On WNHH

by New Haven Independent Staff
Posted: Jun 23, 2016 8:22pm

State GOP Chairman JR Romano and Democratic New Haven State Rep. Roland Lemar duke it out on Trump, taxes, race, and Connecticut's future.

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Senate will vote on two gun proposals on Thursday

by Politico
Posted: Jun 23, 2016 2:58pm

The Senate will vote Thursday on two competing gun proposals designed to bar terrorists from purchasing firearms, senators said.

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Yale Study: Clinicians Often Overlook Veterans’ Mental Health Disorders

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Jun 23, 2016 10:37am

Nationally, at least one in five military veterans who experience trauma are at a heightened risk for depression, suicide or substance abuse but are often overlooked in clinical settings because they don’t fit the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a Yale University-led study.

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Consumer Counsel Wants Hearings On High-Speed Internet

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jun 23, 2016 7:52am

The Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel is asking state regulators to open hearings on rules that would give ultra high-speed internet providers easier access to the 900,000 utility poles across the state.

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Medical Board Disciplines Six Doctors

by Kate Farrish
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 11:58pm

The state Medical Examining Board on Tuesday disciplined six doctors, including fining a Norwalk doctor $5,000 for prescribing high doses of opioids to a prison inmate and other patients without proper safeguards.

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OP-ED | Will Hillary Clinton Turn Her Back on Public Education if Elected President?

by Joseph Ricciotti
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 5:10pm

It would appear more than likely that Hillary Clinton will be elected as the next president of the United States come next fall.

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Wolf’s Signature Drive To Get On Republican Primary Ballot Falls Short

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 3:08pm

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Enforcement Hold Lifted, FCC Will Now Consider License Renewal Application of WTIC-AM

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 2:51pm

Just days after a federal appeals court upheld former Gov. John G. Rowland’s conviction for violating federal campaign laws, the Federal Communications Commission lifted an enforcement hold on WTIC-AM's license renewal.

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Comment Period On Insurance Commissioner Starts

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 1:44pm

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Judge Allows Evidence Gathering to Move Forward in Sandy Hook Suit Against Gun Manufacturers

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 11:05pm

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67,000 Connecticut Homes At Risk from Hurricane Storm Surges

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 11:03pm

More than 6.8 million homes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at potential risk of damage from hurricane storm surge inundation with a total reconstruction cost value of more than $1.5 trillion, according to a new analysis by CoreLogic.

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Revenue Continues to Fall As State Looks To Rainy Day Fund

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 2:01pm

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Tough Gun Limits in NY, CT Won’t Face Review

by Courthouse News Service
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 12:51pm

Gun enthusiasts opposed to bans on assault weapons in Connecticut in New York failed on Monday to have the U.S. Supreme Court take up their case — just one week after a mass killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

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Six Things To Know About Ticks And Lyme Disease

by Colleen Shaddox
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 10:02am

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OP-ED | Gun Control: The ‘Silence’ Is Deafening

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Jun 17, 2016 5:30am

After a savage attack last week in a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed more people than any mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Connecticut and America are waking up with a gun hangover. They only question is whether it'll wear off and allow the nation to return to business as usual, or whether the headache and shame are so severe as to effect a real change in lifestyle. I'm hoping for the latter.

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OP-ED | After Orlando: Pain, Fear, and Resilience

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jun 16, 2016 6:00pm

I wish I knew how to feel after Orlando. I’ve felt so many things, from shock to horror to anger to grief to a deep, worried sadness that refuses to fade, days later. I’ve seen the people around me react with fury, with political slogans, with hate, and with resignation.

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Ethics Board Agrees To Review Insurance Commissioner

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jun 16, 2016 2:40pm

The Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board unanimously agreed to take up a petition Thursday from an advocacy group to look at Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade’s alleged conflicts, if any, as it pertains to the Anthem-Cigna merger.

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Right-to-know Organization Names its New Leader

by Journal Inquirer
Posted: Jun 16, 2016 11:47am

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New Haven Looks To ‘Burbs for Lock-Up Help

by Paul Bass
Posted: Jun 16, 2016 12:34am

Anticipating that they won’t get extra time to solve a new prisoner lock-up challenge, New Haven police are looking to the suburbs for help as one of several alternatives to returning to the “prisoner management business.”

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Connecticut Economy ‘Moving Sideways’

by The Register Citizen
Posted: Jun 15, 2016 9:42am

Connecticut’s economy, as measured by the total value of goods produced and services provided in the state, during 2015 was half of what it was a year earlier, according to new data released Tuesday by the federal agency that collects economic statistics.

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OP-ED | Welcome to the Era of Incendiary Rhetoric and Unsubstantiated Finger-pointing

by Barth Keck
Posted: Jun 14, 2016 8:01pm

It took less than 12 hours from the time the first shots were fired at the Orlando nightclub for Donald Trump to tweet the following:

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June 28, 2016

Mixed Messages Sent Over Connecticut’s Exploration of A Mileage Tax

by Christine Stuart | Jun 28, 2016 10:30am
Posted to: Taxes | Transportation

Douglas Healey file photo Connecticut Republican lawmakers were surprised to read the Washington Post this weekend and learn that as a member of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, Connecticut has applied for a federal grant to launch a pilot program for a mileage tax.

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In Rematch, Incumbent Promises Not To Abuse Spirit of Clean Election Law

by Jack Kramer | Jun 28, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2016 | Branford | Guilford | Madison

Jack Kramer photo The race for the 12th District State Senate seat will be a rematch, but according to the incumbent it won’t involve as much money as it did in 2014.

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June 27, 2016

Immigration Protest Shuts Down Main Street In Hartford

by Christine Stuart | Jun 27, 2016 5:30pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | Immigration

Christine Stuart photo Immigration activists caught the Hartford Police Department by surprise Monday when they unfurled a bright orange banner across Main Street in Hartford around 4 p.m. and shut down traffic for about 45 minutes.

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Connecticut’s Interstates Among Most Congested In Country

by Christine Stuart | Jun 27, 2016 12:02pm
Posted to: Business | Economic Development | The Economy | State Budget | Taxes | Transportation

shutterstock Connecticut’s highways are among the busiest and most congested in the nation, according to a new report released by TRIP, a national transportation organization.

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Third Time Could Be The Charm For Waterbury Hospital Purchase

by Christine Stuart | Jun 27, 2016 5:29am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Labor | Legal | Waterbury

Courtesy of Waterbury Hospital It looks as if the third time might be the charm for the sale of Greater Waterbury Health Network and Waterbury Hospital to Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. for $100 million.

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June 26, 2016

ANALYSIS | As Newspapers Face Continued Losses, Journalism Hangs In the Balance

by Christine Stuart | Jun 26, 2016 10:53pm
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive

The Pew Research Center’s latest study of newspapers once again provides us with an image of an unfolding disaster. Reporting for Pew, Michael Barthel wrote that “for newspapers, 2015 might as well have been a recession year.”

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June 24, 2016

After Sit-In, Connecticut Democrats Say They Remain Committed

by Christine Stuart | Jun 24, 2016 1:34pm
Posted to: Congress | 1st CD

Christine Stuart photo U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, who was responsible for planning the 25-hour sit-in this week on the floor of the U.S. House, said it started after a chat with Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia.

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June 23, 2016

Republican Party Chairman Tries To Eliminate Trump Factor

by Christine Stuart | Jun 23, 2016 8:00pm
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Election 2016 | Election Policy

CTNewsJunkie file photo Republican Party Chairman JR Romano said he called the State Elections Enforcement Commission earlier this week to make sure Democratic lawmakers running for re-election know the rules about using a candidate for another office in their campaign materials.

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Report: Connecticut Ranks 5th Best Place For Children

by Cara Rosner | Jun 23, 2016 2:00pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | The Economy | Education | Health Care | Housing | Jobs | Nonprofits | Public Health

Courtesy of the Annie Casey Foundation Connecticut ranks as the fifth best state in the country for children, though racial disparities persist in the state, according to an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Layoffs Continue At Slow Pace

by Christine Stuart | Jun 23, 2016 10:00am
Posted to: Labor | State Budget

CTNewsJunkie file photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office said Wednesday that it has eliminated 724 positions from executive branch agencies. That’s about 12 more than were announced earlier this month.

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