by Christine Stuart and Peter Urban | Mar 30, 2018 1:00am
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U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty issued an apology Thursday for failing to act sooner in 2016 when Tony Baker, her former chief of staff, was accused of harassing, threatening, and punching a female former staffer, Hearst reported Thursday.
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by Christine Stuart | Mar 8, 2018 12:00pm
Posted to: Jobs | Law Enforcement | Mental Health Care
HARTFORD, CT — Four. That’s the number of police officers in Connecticut who have taken their own lives over the past seven months.
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by Peter Urban | Feb 23, 2018 6:31am
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The mass shooting at a high school in Florida has renewed calls for government action against gun violence and once again put a spotlight on families who lost children five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Two of them — Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden — were at the White House this week participating in a “listening session” that President Donald Trump held to learn from those who have lived through such tragedies.
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by Christine Stuart | Feb 19, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | Mental Health Care
HARTFORD, CT — A Connecticut lawmaker who helped draft the 1999 “risk warrant” legislation suggested Friday that states like Florida would benefit from a law that allows officials to remove a firearm from a home if a court finds the person at a high risk of violence or self-harm.
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by Peter Urban | Feb 16, 2018 8:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | New Britain | Mental Health Care
WASHINGTON — The Senate this week failed to reach agreement on immigration reform, leaving in doubt the future for about 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and could face deportation.
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by Jack Kramer | Feb 12, 2018 12:13pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Public Health | White House | Guilford
NEW YORK, NY — A Guilford mother who lost her son to a drug overdose and has been one of Connecticut’s leading spokespeople in the fight against the epidemic made an emotional plea on national television Monday for more focus on the crisis that killed over 1,000 people in Connecticut in 2017.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 15, 2018 6:29am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Federal Budget | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Labor | Legal | Public Health | Disability Care | Poverty | Transportation
(UPDATED Monday, 1:15 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — Michelle Chase uses the state’s non-emergency medical transportation service to get her developmentally disabled 3-year-old to her doctor appointments. But since Jan. 1, she’s had to wait two or three hours for the state’s new transportation contractor, Veyo, to arrange her rides.
She’s not the only one.
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by Ellen Andrews | Sep 21, 2017 7:21pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Congress | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | State Budget | White House
In good news, U.S. Census data finds that Connecticut’s uninsured rate continues to drop. Last year 4.9 percent of Connecticut residents didn’t have coverage. While that’s still 179,000 people and far too high, it is down by almost half from 2013. The bad news is that all that progress is at risk with a vote in Congress next week. Despite what you’ve heard, efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid are alive and well.
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by Susan Bigelow | Sep 21, 2017 5:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Gaming | Jobs | Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Tribes | Bridgeport | Mental Health Care
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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by Peter Urban | Sep 21, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday he is “deeply concerned” Senate Republicans will rush ahead next week with legislation replacing the Affordable Care Act with an alternative plan that will do far greater harm to the nation’s health care system than earlier GOP proposals.
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