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October 17, 2017

Trump Tweets That Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws

by Jack Kramer | October 17, 2017 12:07pm

Courtesy of his Instagram page WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s pick to be the nation’s drug czar withdrew his name Tuesday morning, in the wake of reports that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to penalize large drug companies.

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October 6, 2017

Blumenthal, Murphy, DeLauro Join New Haven Police Chief to Talk About Tougher Gun Laws

by Jack Kramer | October 6, 2017 3:50pm

Jack Kramer / CTNewsJunkie NEW HAVEN, CT — With supporters including relatives of children murdered in Sandy Hook cheering them on, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro Friday said the Las Vegas massacre will rebuild momentum to pass tougher gun legislation in Congress.

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September 21, 2017

OP-ED | Put Smartphones on Pause

by Gerry Navarra | September 21, 2017 10:00pm

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As a teacher of nearly 20 years, I gave up the notion of being able to control educational policy writ large a long time ago. Often telling my students, “If I were king of the world, things would be different,” I have been content to control what happened in the sanctuary of my classroom. However, recent societal trends snapped me out of my apathy and, rather than challenge policy makers, I want to appeal to parents.

So, to the moms and dads out there — please — do not buy your children smartphones.

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OP-ED | The Bridgeport Casino Plan is for Suckers

by Susan Bigelow | September 21, 2017 5:00pm

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I feel like I keep making the same argument over and over. No, a casino won’t save your town. No, casinos don’t do much for local businesses. Yes, the casino companies are promising things they can’t possibly deliver. And yet people keep falling for it.

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September 5, 2017

Dozens of Communities Consider Joining Opioid Lawsuit

by Cyrus dos Santos | September 5, 2017 5:30am

shutterstock WATERBURY, CT — Waterbury and possibly dozens of other Connecticut cities and towns are taking 11 pharmaceutical companies and three doctors to court for using deceptive practices in promoting opioids as a treatment for chronic pain.

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August 31, 2017

OP-ED | A Question For Us All - How Much Pain Is Too Much?

by Tia Murphy | August 31, 2017 3:00pm

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Connecticut’s older residents have been hit with cuts to services that help them live independently in their own home on a yearly basis: new co-pays and co-pay increases to the CT Home Care Program for Elders, cuts to services that prevent short-term institutionalization and family respite, a new enrollment freeze on the CT Home Care Program for Elders that denies seniors access to critical care at home, and more.

Now, they must brace for another series of cuts.

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August 21, 2017

Physicians Board Seeks To Broaden Medical Marijuana

by Jack Kramer | August 21, 2017 11:30am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The state Board of Physicians last week recommended adding two debilitating conditions to Connecticut’s growing medical marijuana program, and also re-categorizing two others.

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August 14, 2017

OP-ED | Connecticut’s Medicaid Future Looks Bleak

by Ellen Andrews | August 14, 2017 5:30am

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Things are good in Connecticut’s Medicaid program now, but it wasn’t always this way.

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August 10, 2017

Connecticut Would Save Planned Parenthood If Congress Defunds It

by Christine Stuart | August 10, 2017 12:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie ENFIELD, CT — The threat to defund Planned Parenthood is always lingering, and that’s why Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said Wednesday that Connecticut has a backup plan.

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Surge In Ticks Continues

by Jack Kramer | August 10, 2017 5:30am

shutterstock NEW HAVEN, CT — Tick-borne diseases, in the words of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, “are becoming an epidemic” in the state of Connecticut.

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