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January 8, 2017

AFA No Longer An Option For State Employee Donations

by Christine Stuart | January 8, 2017 12:21am

CTNewsJunkie file photo It’s official. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo announced that the American Family Association will no longer be an option as a charitable payroll deduction for state employees.

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January 3, 2017

Directive Causes Flap Over Counseling Methods Amidst Opioid Epidemic Rescinded

by Jack Kramer | January 3, 2017 11:30am

Christine Stuart file photo HARTFORD, CT – A controversial directive stating that alcohol and drug counselors (LADCs) are only permitted to treat abuse disorders, even when a patient has a co-occurring behavioral health diagnosis, was rescinded late last week.

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December 20, 2016

Connecticut Hospice Will Use Marijuana To Reduce Opioid Usage

by Jack Kramer | December 20, 2016 5:30am

Jack Kramer photo BRANFORD, CT — Hundreds, maybe thousands of stories have been written and told in the past few years about the impact the opioid crisis is having on young people, and their families, in the state of Connecticut.

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December 19, 2016

Anti-Gay Religious Group May Be Removed As Payroll Deduction Option

by Christine Stuart | December 19, 2016 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo The American Family Association, which has been able to receive payroll deductions from state employees for more than a decade, may be removed from the list after an exchange last week with state Comptroller Kevin Lembo.

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December 13, 2016

Water Conservation Efforts Would Be More Effective If Mandated By Municipalities

by Jack Kramer | December 13, 2016 12:41pm

Jack Kramer photo HARTFORD, CT – Taking proactive measures to battle continuing drought conditions in the state is better left to municipalities than utility companies, is what environmentalists and an audience of state officials and legislators heard from experts Tuesday.

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December 9, 2016

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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December 6, 2016

Lembo’s Office Flooded With Calls, Emails Following Inquiry Into Mississippi Group’s Policies

by Christine Stuart | December 6, 2016 4:16pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo After asking a Christian organization that’s against LGBTQ rights for more information about how it conforms with Connecticut’s nondiscrimination clause to qualify for state employee payroll deductions, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo became the group’s newest target.

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Families Offer Differing Perspectives On States Plan For Their Loved Ones

by Christine Stuart | December 6, 2016 3:16pm

Christine Stuart photo Families whose children have intellectual or developmental disabilities gathered Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building with a variety of messages for the state Department of Developmental Services.

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Mattress Recycling Program Is Working

by Cara Rosner | December 6, 2016 5:30am

Courtesy of Sad City Hartford A program intended to make it easier for Connecticut residents to recycle old mattresses diverted 150,000 mattresses from landfills in its first year, according to the nonprofit running it.

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December 1, 2016

DDS Commissioner Resigns

by Christine Stuart | December 1, 2016 10:34am

Courtesy of Malloy's office Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Morna Murray is resigning at the beginning of the new year, according to a statement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office.

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