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May 27, 2016

Medical Examiner to Towns: Any ‘Unclaimed’ Body Is Your Responsibility

by Christine Stuart | May 27, 2016 5:30am

ct.gov Two weeks ago, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill warned that his office could lose accreditation due to budget cuts and an increase in overdose deaths. On Thursday, Gill sent a letter to municipalities to tell them that any “unclaimed” dead person will now be their responsibility.

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May 15, 2016

Sharkey Won’t Seek Re-election

by Christine Stuart | May 15, 2016 8:43pm

Christine Stuart file photo Speaker Brendan Sharkey will not seek re-election to the House next year, making him the 22nd lawmaker and the most powerful to opt out of seeking another term in 2016.

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May 13, 2016

Prison Gerrymandering Bill Falls Flat

by Jack Kramer | May 13, 2016 11:14am

Christine Stuart file photo Despite a ruling from a federal court in Florida calling the practice unconstitutional, Connecticut’s General Assembly failed to pass a bill last month to end prison gerrymandering in the Nutmeg State.

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April 19, 2016

Senate Approves Bill Aimed At Addressing Concerns Over Bottling Company

by Jack Kramer | April 19, 2016 7:54pm

Christine Stuart photo The Senate voted 24-11 Tuesday in favor of a bill that prioritizes residential water customers over commercial bottling companies during a drought.

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April 15, 2016

Municipalities Say Malloy’s Supplemental Budget Will Result In Tax Increases

by Christine Stuart | April 15, 2016 2:26pm

Christine Stuart file photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s second budget proposal released earlier this week would not only reduce education funding for 139 towns, but it would eliminate most of the money lawmakers set aside last year to reduce local property taxes.

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April 13, 2016

Malloy’s Budget Proposal Eliminates or Reduces Education Funds for 139 Towns

by Christine Stuart | April 13, 2016 3:00pm

shutterstock Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s revised budget zeroes out funding for 28 school districts in Fairfield County and along the shoreline, and reduces funding for another 111 other towns throughout the state.

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March 25, 2016

OP-ED | Rob Simmons: Standing Up For Peripatetic Pups

by Terry Cowgill | March 25, 2016 5:30am

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It’s been a long march for Rob Simmons. And as a former colonel in the U.S. Army, Simmons knows something about marching — and expecting the unexpected. But there is little Simmons’ time as a CIA officer, or his five terms in Congress, could have done to prepare the man for what awaited him as First Selectman of Stonington.

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March 18, 2016

Committee Passes Two Bills Related to Controversial MDC-Niagra Deal

by Christine Stuart | March 18, 2016 6:08pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo The legislature’s Planning and Development Committee on Friday approved a bill that prioritizes residential water customers over commercial bottling companies during a drought, and also another bill to make the local tax abatement process for developers more transparent for taxpayers.

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March 15, 2016

Stalled Green Energy Projects May Jolt Legislators

by Steve Majerus-Collins | March 15, 2016 5:30am

Doug Hardy file photo A handful of Connecticut municipalities are pushing legislators to give them the go-ahead to participate in a green energy program that left them out.

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March 7, 2016

Lawmakers Debate Use Of Test Scores In Teacher Evaluations

by Steve Majerus-Collins | March 7, 2016 5:32pm

Christine Stuart photo Connecticut teachers urged lawmakers Monday to erase standardized test scores from teacher evaluations.

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