Gun Violence

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Senator Murphy Calls Congress "Complicit" In Mass Shootings

In the wake of the on-air shooting death earlier this week of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, two television journalists from WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is calling on Congress to act “in any way, shape or form” to reduce gun violence in America.
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Standardized Testing

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State Says Low Test Scores Reflect Expectations; Teachers Question Results

The results are in, but teachers aren’t happy. State education officials released the long-anticipated results of the new standardized test, called the SBAC, on Friday. The numbers showed that less than half of Connecticut students met the “achievement level” or above in math in grades 3 through 8, and slightly more than half met this level in reading.
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The governor of New York is reported to be courting General Electric to make a move across the state border. 

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One of two women slated to be the first ever to graduate from the U.S. Army's Ranger school is Kristen Griest, a 2007 graduate of Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge.

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The Department of Justice will extend its anti-trust review of Aetna’s proposed merger with Humana for another 30 days. The Hartford based health insurer just announced it's re-filing its notification with the department to allow for the month-long extension. 

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Connecticut's environmental commissioner has endorsed a U.S. Army Corps of Engineering plan to dump dredged materials from waterways and harbors into areas of Long Island Sound. 

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CT Transit buses throughout the state will soon be equipped with GPS devices, providing real-time bus location information to riders via smartphone.

Call it an exercise in futility. Call it a blueprint for an alternate future. Either way, Boston’s Olympics bid may be dead, but the debate lives on … at least another day.

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Just as she’s fluent and elegantly at ease in both Portuguese and English, the rising, young Brazilian-born, singer/songwriter and pianist Isabella Mendes is also much at home with her seemingly contradictory dual careers in music and engineering.

Massachusetts is joining a national movement to reexamine get-tough-on-crime policies.

Massachusetts state leaders earlier this month committed to a comprehensive review of the state’s criminal justice policies with a goal to reduce the cost of incarceration and improve public safety by reducing recidivism. 

The FBI is seeking the public’s help in solving a significant New England art theft.

The head of the Boston FBI office, Special Agent in Charge Vincent Lisi announced a $20,000 reward for the return of two N.C. Wyeth paintings stolen from a private collector in Portland, Maine.

" Anybody who has any information about these paintings, the whereabouts, or who may have stolen them can contact the FBI via our online tip line, or telephone directly," said Lisi.

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Despite an uptick in shootings in Bridgeport, Mayor Bill Finch is defending his city's public safety record.

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More News: Metcalf on Music

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Have Bass, Will Travel. Nervously

Whatever airline horror story you have about lost or mishandled luggage, I’m pretty sure Robert Black can top it. Robert, as many of you around here know, is a brilliant, nationally recognized double bass player and teacher. He is perhaps best known for being a founding member of the avant-garde music ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, a group that regularly plays all over the world. Robert has also been a faculty member at The Hartt School for many years, and is currently the chairman of the school’s string department.
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WNPR Investigation: School Safety

Many Schools in Connecticut Probably Have Toxic PCBs, But Aren’t Being Tested

Toxic PCBs have been found in over 100 Connecticut schools since 2009.

More News: Mayoral Campaigns

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Transcript: Mayor Pedro Segarra Says He Has Best Interests of City Residents in Mind

The mayoral campaign season is reaching an important milestone next month: primary day. In Hartford, incumbent Mayor Pedro Segarra, who lost the endorsement of city Democrats, will face challenger Luke Bronin. Segarra gathered the necessary signatures to petition onto the primary ballot.
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More News: Ethics

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Does the State Department of Transportation Need a Social Media Policy Training?

The state’s transit administrator admitted this week that he used a screen name other than his own to comment on The Hartford Courant website. Governor Dannel Malloy said the official shouldn’t have done it – but said he doesn’t think the state has a social media policy for its employees, either.
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Drones Cause Concern Among Firefighters Out West

A Connecticut firefighter has returned home from fighting wildfires in California and he said unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are becoming a growing concern.
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