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May 24, 2018

Big Pharma Asks Court To Dismiss Cities’ Opioid Lawsuits

by Jack Kramer | May 24, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Courts | Health Care | Legal | Public Health | Bridgeport | New Britain | New Haven | Waterbury

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HARTFORD, CT — Lawyers for pharmaceutical opioid distributors are asking the court to throw out lawsuits filed by Connecticut cities accusing the companies of indirectly shipping “suspicious” quantities of opioids.

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January 24, 2018

Municipal Leaders Support Ending Collective Bargaining for Health and Retirement Benefits

by Christine Stuart | Jan 24, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Town News | Waterbury | Insurance | Jobs | Labor | Legal | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Leadership of the state’s largest municipal lobby told a task force Tuesday that pensions and health care benefits should not be part of collective bargaining for municipal employees.

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January 8, 2018

Connecticut Officials Confident Medical Pot Is Safe From Feds

by Jack Kramer | Jan 8, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Jobs | Law Enforcement | Legal | White House | Bethel | Branford | Bristol | Hartford | Milford | Montville | South Windsor | Waterbury

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HARTFORD, CT — While many believe states that have legalized recreational marijuana are being targeted by the Trump administration, what isn’t clear is whether states with medical pot programs, such as Connecticut, are also on the president’s radar screen.

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, an Obama-era policy that took a hands-off approach to marijuana in states where it was legal. Instead, federal prosecutors, Sessions wrote, should decide for themselves whether to crack down on marijuana businesses.

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October 3, 2017

Local Elected Officials: ‘We Need A Budget - Now!’

by Jack Kramer | Oct 3, 2017 12:25pm
Posted to: Town News | Wallingford | Waterbury | State Budget

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie WALLINGFORD, CT - Hours before the House was to vote Tuesday on overriding Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s veto, mayors, first selectman and other elected officials from scores of municipalities implored the legislature and governor to get a budget done.

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March 28, 2017

Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Works On Budget

by Christine Stuart | Mar 28, 2017 1:32pm
Posted to: State Budget | Bridgeport | Hartford | Middletown | New Haven | New London | Waterbury

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The Black and Puerto Rican caucus said Tuesday that it’s still weighing its budget priorities and is aware that its 24 members could sway debate this year.

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March 3, 2017

Family of Murder Victim To Advocate for Tougher Early Release Conditions

by Jack Kramer | Mar 3, 2017 6:34pm
Posted to: Courts | Legal | Monroe | Newtown | Oxford | Southbury | Waterbury

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HARTFORD, CT — The family of a teenager who was brutally murdered in 1984 and who just saw her killer set free will be at the state Capitol March 20 to support legislation that would make it tougher for convicted felons to get out of prison before their terms are completed.

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February 2, 2017

Malloy Says Budget Will Include Municipal Review Board

by Jack Kramer | Feb 2, 2017 5:50pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | Waterbury

Jack Kramer photo WATERBURY, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will propose creating a review board to help the state’s poorest cities and towns confront fiscal challenges.

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January 19, 2017

Committee Forwards Kane’s Nomination To General Assembly

by Christine Stuart | Jan 19, 2017 5:23pm
Posted to: Town News | Waterbury | Waterford | Jobs | Local Politics | State Capitol | Transparency

Christine Stuart photo Former Republican Sen. Rob Kane, who was nominated to fill the a $146,000-a-year job as a state auditor by Republican legislative leaders, said he doesn’t believe a misunderstanding over his child support payments should impact his ability to scrutinize state spending.

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October 19, 2016

Trump Pays Up For Police Overtime In Bridgeport

by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | Oct 19, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2016 | Law Enforcement | Public Safety | Bridgeport | Hartford | Convention Center | New Haven | Waterbury

At the end of September, Republican Donald Trump’s campaign paid a $37,000 bill for police overtime costs related to a rally he held in Bridgeport before the April 26 primary.

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September 22, 2016

Not All Opioids Are Equal

by Jack Kramer | Sep 22, 2016 8:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Health | Waterbury

Jack Kramer photo You have to have been living under a rock to not be aware that Connecticut is in the midst of a heroin and opiate crisis.

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