Transportation

Rail Freight Due for a Revival in Connecticut

Construction to upgrade one of Connecticut’s most important freight rail lines can begin, after the state received an $8 million federal grant. The funding arrives as the issue of how we move goods around the state is coming front and center.
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Yard Goats

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As Hartford Yard Goats Stadium Steel Goes Up, Focus On Opening Day

Hartford's new minor league baseball stadium celebrated a construction milestone Tuesday. The first steel beams have been delivered and put in place. But a new report says that getting the job done in time to play in April could come at a price.
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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is leaving for the Middle East to review operations against the Islamic State.

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Commuter rail advocates say transportation officials are improving service along the fast-growing Waterbury branch line on Metro-North Railroad, but commuters are being asked to review state plans for more upgrades.

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More than a half-century ago, a small, devout band of jazz-loving members of a then obscure, but courageous group called The Hartford Jazz Society launched HJS’s first riverboat jazz cruise on the Connecticut River.

Dylan's Wings of Change

Ian and Nicole Hockley lost  their son, Dylan, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

Dylan had autism, and some problems with speech and engaging socially. After his death, his parents started a foundation called Dylan's Wings of Change to help children with similar difficulties develop fully. Their Wingman program is little different because it's for all kids.

More adults across the country are strapping on helmets and hopping on bikes to get to work. That's good news for people's hearts and waistlines, but it also means more visits to the emergency room.

Hospital admissions because of bike injuries more than doubled between 1998 and 2013, doctors reported Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association. And the rise was the biggest with bikers age 45 and over.

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A new report is out that scores doctors based on their rates of complications for elective procedures. But some physicians and critics say the effort, while helpful, is limited by the data that it uses. 

Former President Bill Clinton plans to visit UConn next month, where he will be awarded the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights.

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State wildlife officials are still on the lookout for a black bear that was videotaped licking the leg of a hiker in Burlington, Connecticut.

A flood of migrants, including refugees from Syria and Afghanistan, were stranded in Budapest after the Hungarian government closed down the city's main train terminal.

Authorities had been allowing migrants to travel to Western Europe without checking passports, but on Tuesday, the station was closed and migrants began protesting.

After a last-ditch effort to reach a settlement in the legal dispute over the NFL's four-game suspension of quarterback Tom Brady, a federal judge says he'll issue his ruling on Brady's appeal on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

On Monday morning, Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attended discussions about a possible settlement. But after it became clear that the two sides don't intend to give ground, District Judge Richard Berman held a brief hearing to announce that he'll rule on the case early this week.

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Schooner Delivers Maine Produce To Boston Harbor The Old-Fashioned Way

A 90-year-old schooner with North Shore origins is headed back home, laden with three tons of Maine-grown farm produce.The Adventure, as shes called, set sail from Portland, Maine, at first light Friday morning.The project is called Maine Sail Freight, and while its part historical re-enactment, organizers say theyre also out to make a serious point about food systems and regional economics.An Extraordinary Sailing Craft With Lots Of Cargo SpaceShortly before noon Thursday, the Adventure...
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A cantor chanted a Hebrew prayer of mourning, as the afternoon sun beat down on some one hundred people gathered for the dedication of the state’s Holocaust memorial. Local politicians and prominent members of the state’s Jewish community offered remarks on the project. Many highlighted the memorial’s significance in the light of more recent violence and genocide worldwide.The newly unveiled memorial sits at the edge of Downtown Providence, near statuary dedicated to the two World Wars.The...
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Why Connecticut Should Care About the Proposed New England Pipeline

A proposed project to upgrade and construct a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts has many spurs, one of them stretching into parts of Connecticut.
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Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

At a festival on the Danish island of Fyn, Claus Holm, a fast-talking Danish celebrity chef, is sniffing and mixing into a pot of stew an ingredient he calls "totally forbidden." It's cream, and it expires today.Danes' increasing willingness to buy and consume items like just-expired dairy products has helped make them, arguably, the world champions in the fight against food waste. According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did...
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