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December 9, 2016

To the Good, Maybe There’s A Silver Lining - More People Investing in Independent Journalism

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2016 1:23am

Disruption and transformation are a bumpy ride. But during these last several months, the transformation of the news industry seems to have been further derailed by a mutation.

The mutants — interloper propaganda sites parading as news — took over the web during the final months of the election and most certainly changed the conditions on the ground for legitimate news organizations. It’s a bigger problem than just trying to figure out a sustainable model to fund good reporting — people are apparently more apt to gravitate to nonsense.

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Malloy, Unions Come to Agreement On Plan to Alleviate Pension ‘Cliff’

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2016 2:33pm

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and a coalition representing state employees reached an agreement Friday that they say will help avoid years of steep increases in the state’s pension payment obligations leading up to a “cliff” in 2032.

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New Report Will Help Guide Connecticut Legislation On E-Cigarettes

by Jack Kramer | December 9, 2016 12:00pm

Jack Kramer photo The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General on the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes among the nation’s youth is a “call to action to take precautionary measures.”

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OP-ED | DeVos Pick Raises Disturbing Pay-to-Play and Accountability Issues

by Sarah Darer Littman | December 9, 2016 11:00am

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Anyone who believes that public education is a fundamental cornerstone of our democracy should be extremely concerned by President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint billionaire charter school advocate Betsy DeVos, of Michigan, to the post of Education Secretary.

DeVos, whose family reportedly has “has a long history of supporting anti-gay causes — including donating hundreds of thousands to ‘Focus on the Family’, a conservative Christian organization that supports so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation,” has been quoted comparing her work in education reform to a biblical battleground where she wants to “advance God’s Kingdom.”

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Listen to Today’s Morning Coffee Newscast!

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2016 9:45am

CTNewsJunkie has also launched an experiment with a new radio news partnership with WDRC AM in Hartford, Meriden, Waterbury, and Torrington. Today, Brian Scott-Smith gives you a rundown on the latest news in Connecticut politics.

The newscast airs at at 6:20 a.m., 7:20 a.m., 8:20 a.m., and 9:20 a.m. on WDRC AM, but is also available here - CLICK TO PLAY!.

You can subscribe to our feed on your mobile device through iTunes here.

OP-ED | Media Literacy Is Key to Understanding Today’s World

by Barth Keck | December 9, 2016 5:30am

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By now, you’ve heard the news: The top 20 fake stories received more “shares, reactions, and comments” than the 20 top real news stories in the final months of the presidential campaign.

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OP-ED | Gloves Come Off As Connecticut Pols Go After Trump

by Terry Cowgill | December 9, 2016 5:30am

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It didn’t take long. Connecticut is almost as blue as they come. Yet most of us sucked it up after the presidential election and vowed to keep an open mind — or as open as we could keep it after the election of Donald Trump, a man whose views and rhetoric are repugnant to the typical Connecticut voter.

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Businesses Remain Cautious According to Latest Credit Survey

by Cara Rosner | December 9, 2016 5:30am

Courtesy of CBIA Business leaders have grown less optimistic about the conditions facing their companies in Connecticut, according to a new survey.

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Connecticut Mosque Receives Threatening Mail

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2016 12:47am

CTNewsJunkie file photo The Connecticut Council on American-Islamic Relations is as asking police to step up patrols of local mosques after the Islamic Center of New Haven received a threatening letter.

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December 8, 2016

Lawmakers, Policy Experts Tackle deficit for Popular Childcare Subsidy Program

by Christine Stuart | December 8, 2016 2:47pm

Courtesy of CT-N Lawmakers, policy experts and advocates gathered Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building to see if they could find a solution to the funding deficiencies facing a popular childcare subsidy program.

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