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Med Board Fines Doc For Improper Opioid Prescribing; Another For Stealing Drugs

by Kate Farrish
Posted: Mar 22, 2017 2:18pm

 The state Medical Examining Board Tuesday disciplined a Fairfield pulmonologist for improperly prescribing opioids and a former UConn Health doctor who had stolen medication from the health center for his private practice.

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OP-ED | Proposed Husky Cuts Could Have A Devastating Impact On Patients In Need

by Craig Glover and Ludwig Spinelli
Posted: Mar 22, 2017 5:30am

As the CEOs of two local Federally Qualified Health Centers, both of which have a mission of treating every patient who comes to us regardless of ability to pay, we have grave concerns regarding Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plans to dramatically scale back coverage under the state’s HUSKY plan in this year's budget proposal.

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State Ranks High In Opioid-Related Visits To Hospitals

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Mar 21, 2017 10:00am

 In less than eight hours last June, Yale New Haven’s emergency department treated 12 patients who had overdosed on opioids. Three died; nine were saved.

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Malloy Is Pushing, Again, For Bail Reform

by Jack Kramer
Posted: Mar 20, 2017 11:59pm

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Say NO to Subsidies or Special Deals for Dominion Without Disclosure!

by AARP Connecticut
Posted: Mar 20, 2017 10:00pm

Virginia-based Dominion Resources claims their Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut is unprofitable. They want legislation to allow them to charge more for their electricity, subsidizing their profits without requiring financial disclosures to the state or ratepayers. Ask your legislators to oppose Senate Bill 106.

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Court Won’t Take Up Rowland’s Second Conviction

by Staff reports
Posted: Mar 20, 2017 9:45pm

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OP-ED | The System Isn’t Broken

by Meg Scranton
Posted: Mar 20, 2017 9:30pm

For the third year in a row, a bill is before the Connecticut legislature that will significantly impact dozens of jobs at my dealership and thousands of others around the state.

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Listen to our Monday Morning Coffee Newscast!

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Mar 19, 2017 11:00pm

Dana Whalen 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 | Let’s Give Tuesday A Break. Make Voting More Flexible

by Denise Merrill
Posted: Mar 19, 2017 9:00am

 First came a tweet asking why we don’t have early voting. Then several emails, and a few more after that, asking why voting is confined to a single Tuesday in November. It was an issue that was repeated often in the days leading to November 8-why must Americans stand in long lines to exercise their most fundamental right?

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Bring Tesla to Connecticut

by CTNewsJunkie
Posted: Mar 17, 2017 3:00pm

Today state law prevents Tesla from opening showrooms in Connecticut, losing job opportunities and millions from the local economy. Legislators are considering a bill to change that. CLICK HERE to let your local legislators know why you support bringing Tesla's vision to Connecticut.

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OP-ED | The Valley of the Casinos

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Mar 17, 2017 10:00am

This endless casino war between Springfield and Greater Hartford is being cast by supporters of an East Windsor casino as one state vying to keep jobs the other state is stealing, but it’s not that. It’s a single cohesive region of two million people gleefully shooting itself in the foot.

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OP-ED | Giving Statistics A Bad Name

by Barth Keck
Posted: Mar 17, 2017 5:30am

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week that 235,000 new jobs were added in February, the first full month of Donald Trump's presidency, the response from the White House was predictable.

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Comedy Powerhouses Heading to Connecticut

by Kelly Byrnes
Posted: Mar 17, 2017 12:30am

Prepare for gut-busting laughter when some of the biggest names in comedy perform across Connecticut in the coming weeks.

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OP-ED | Setting The Record Straight On A Special Ed Co-op

by Kate Roy
Posted: Mar 15, 2017 11:01pm

In his March 15 op-ed, “Confronting the Scheme to Gamble With Connecticut Special Education Funds,” Robert Cotto Jr. makes a number of factually inaccurate claims, and uses a “greatest hits” compilation of logical fallacies, to argue against the creation of a Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative, which will protect students, improve cost predictability, and increase equity for our state’s school districts and communities.

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals in New Haven to Lay Off 210 Employees

by New Haven Register
Posted: Mar 15, 2017 4:22pm

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Analysis Finds Connecticut Has Among Highest Tax Burden In U.S.

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Mar 15, 2017 3:23pm

 Two separate analyses of tax burdens across the nation’s 50 states have placed Connecticut in the top ten – among those with the highest state and local tax burden.

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OP-ED | Confronting the Scheme to Gamble With Connecticut Special Education Funds

by Robert Cotto Jr.
Posted: Mar 15, 2017 5:30am

As the state considers the risk of adding a new casino, Connecticut must beware of another plan to gamble with funds for students with disabilities. Based on flawed analysis of special education, the plan could be a jackpot for profiteers and charter school entrepreneurs. We must stop this scheme and consider better alternatives.

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OP-ED | Millstone Bill Really *Is* All About Rates

by John Erlingheuser
Posted: Mar 14, 2017 9:50pm

In his Op Ed piece on March 3rd, Kevin Hennessy (director of state policy for Dominion) claims Dominion is not asking for any subsidies from the state of Connecticut, its taxpayers, or ratepayers. This is simply not the case.

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DeLauro Predicts Proposed Healthcare Changes Will Be a ‘Monumental Disaster’ For Many Americans

by Mary E. O'Leary
Posted: Mar 13, 2017 11:00pm

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Connecticut Lawmaker Seeks To Ban Fracking Waste In State

by New Haven Register
Posted: Mar 13, 2017 10:55pm

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OP-ED | Of Yacht Club Members and 401(k)s

by Council 4 AFSCME
Posted: Mar 13, 2017 10:30pm

"Let me tell you about the very rich," F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in 1926...

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Clinicians, Experts Team Up for C-HIT Forum On Women’s Addiction, Recovery

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Mar 13, 2017 10:32am

Connecticut has seen a continued rise in opioid-related addiction among women, with more than 420 women dying of drug overdoses in 2015 and 2016.

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OP-ED | Are We Heading for a Showdown on Marijuana?

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Mar 10, 2017 11:00am

There’s a chance that Connecticut might legalize the recreational use of cannabis this year. And there’s an equal chance that, no matter what the legislature decides, it won’t matter.

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OP-ED | What if . . . ?

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Mar 10, 2017 9:00am

One of my favorite creative writing exercises with teens is to have them make a list of 10 current issues, technologies, or laws and then make second column where they extrapolate 50 years into the future and imagine how the things they’ve written in column one might affect society.

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OP-ED | Liquor Justice And Hail To Chief Murphy

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Mar 10, 2017 6:30am

Like Lucy pulling the football away from the place-kicking Charlie Brown, members of the General Assembly have once again rebuffed Gov. Dannel Malloy in his efforts to reform Connecticut’s miserable liquor industry.

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March 23, 2017

Survey: Connecticut Employers Believe In Second Chances

by Cara Rosner | Mar 23, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Civil Liberties | The Economy | Jobs | Labor

The vast majority of Connecticut employers support the idea of hiring individuals who have previously been incarcerated, but few are actively doing it, according to a new survey.

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March 22, 2017

Doctor’s Testimony Challenges Lawmakers Support For Legalizing Marijuana

by Christine Stuart | Mar 22, 2017 4:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Jobs | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Supporters of legalizing marijuana were put on the defensive Wednesday by almost two hours of testimony offered by Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and director of neuropsychiatry at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

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Malloy Says Trump’s Budget Would Harm The Environment

by Jack Kramer | Mar 22, 2017 2:09pm
Posted to: Energy | Environment

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT - President Donald Trump’s budget cuts government programs across the board but no agency is hurt more than the Environmental Protection Agency, which was slashed 31 percent.

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Energy Committee Would Allow Nuclear to Compete

by Christine Stuart | Mar 22, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Energy

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Lobbyists packed a hearing room on the second floor of the Legislative Office Building to watch Tuesday as the Energy and Technology Committee voted 17-7 on a bill that will impact the state’s energy markets.

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March 21, 2017

Malloy Underlines His Priorities

by Christine Stuart | Mar 21, 2017 4:52pm
Posted to: State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy invited reporters to his state Capitol office Tuesday to reiterate his goals for the legislative session and future budget negotiations.

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Police Officials Say More Education Will Reduce Connecticut’s ‘Dual Arrest’ Rates

by Jack Kramer | Mar 21, 2017 3:32pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Law Enforcement | Legal

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT - Connecticut’s “dual arrest” rate, where both the aggressor and the victim in a domestic violence incident are arrested, far exceeds the national average, but law enforcement officials said that more education and not new legislation is the answer.

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Malloy Budget Chief Continues To Use January Revenue Estimates

by Christine Stuart | Mar 21, 2017 11:30am
Posted to: State Budget

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — The Office of Policy and Management isn’t necessarily buying an argument from nonpartisan budget analysts that tax revenue will drop following the April 15 tax deadline.

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Diverse Energy Interests Battle It Out Over Connecticut’s Energy Future

by Christine Stuart | Mar 21, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Energy | Environment

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Every year the legislature debates a bill that changes how energy is bought and sold, and how it comes together is never pretty.

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March 20, 2017

Family Pushes Legislation To Make It Tougher On Convicts To Get Out Early

by Jack Kramer | Mar 20, 2017 3:05pm
Posted to: Courts | Legal

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT —  (Updated 5:08 p.m.) A few weeks after a convicted murderer walked out of a court a free man, family members of the victim made a passionate plea to make those convicted of serious crimes serve their full sentences.

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Connecticut Calls On Republicans To Hit The Pause Button On Changes To Medicaid

by Christine Stuart | Mar 20, 2017 12:00pm
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With a possible House vote this week on Republican’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Connecticut’s Medicaid providers, advocates, and consumers are making a last-ditch effort to call for changes to the American Health Care Act.

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