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August 1, 2018

Federal Judge Steps In To Prevent Release of Gun Blueprints

by Christine Stuart | Aug 1, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

HARTFORD, CT — A federal judge in Washington granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday that will prevent the public release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns on Aug. 1.

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July 30, 2018

Groups Ask Jepsen to Stop Texas Nonprofit From Publishing Instructions For ‘3D Printer’ Guns

by Christine Stuart | Jul 30, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Public Health | Public Safety | SCOTUS | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut Against Gun Violence is asking Attorney General George Jepsen to stop a Texas nonprofit from releasing to the public its blueprints for 3D printing guns on Aug. 1.

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July 23, 2018

Prisoner Sues For Access To Expensive Hep C Drugs

by Christine Stuart | Jul 23, 2018 3:59am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Health Care | Public Health | State Budget | Criminal Justice

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HARTFORD, CT — An inmate being held in a Connecticut prison is suing the Correction Department because he wants prison officials to give him access to expensive medication that would cure his hepatitis C.

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July 20, 2018

Blumenthal Backs FDA Efforts to Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes

by Peter Urban | Jul 20, 2018 12:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Public Health

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, offered his support this week for efforts by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive or minimally-addictive levels.

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July 13, 2018

DSS Reduces Average Wait To One And A Half Hours

by Christine Stuart | Jul 13, 2018 1:58pm
Posted to: Equality | Health Care | Labor | Legal | Public Health | Elderly Care | Poverty | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — The Department of Social Services average wait time for its call center improved slightly in June to 85 minutes, at the same time as the call abandonment rate increased from 57 to 58 percent.

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July 5, 2018

Connecticut Joins Effort to Combat Opioid Abuse

by Jack Kramer | Jul 5, 2018 12:18pm
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Health Care | Public Health

HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut is one of the first two states to join a new effort to combat the opioid crisis by educating people about online pharmacies and how to dispose of prescription drugs.

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June 29, 2018

DSS Wait Times Near 2 Hours In Some Cases

by Christine Stuart | Jun 29, 2018 12:57pm
Posted to: Aging | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Labor | Legal | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4 p.m.) Telephone wait times for low-income residents seeking to verify their Medicaid, food stamps or other benefits has ballooned to an average of 96 minutes.

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Blue Water Bill Passes

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 4:20am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Ethics | Federal Budget | Health Care | Military Spending | Public Health | Veterans Affairs

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The House easily approved legislation that will broaden the list of veterans and family eligible for V.A. benefits who suffer from diseases associated with exposure to herbicides like Agent Orange during the Vietnam War as well as those who served in the Korean DMZ.

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SCOTUS Term Ends Big

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 4:15am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Immigration | Labor | National Security | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term this week with a bang as Justice Anthony Kennedy — known as a swing vote between the four conservative and four liberal justices — announced his retirement.

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June 26, 2018

Physicians Board Refuses To Add Opioid Use Disorder To Medical Marijuana Program

by Jack Kramer | Jun 26, 2018 10:00am
Posted to: Agriculture | Health Care | Insurance | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT—The Board of Physicians Monday voted not to add opioid use disorder and opiate withdrawal to the list of conditions eligible for medical marijuana in Connecticut.

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