Connecticut First en Air Force Awards Sikorsky Contract; State Insurance Rates Increasing <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The Air Force has awarded a 1.3 billion dollar contract to Stratford- based Sikorsky for the H-60 combat rescue helicopters. The Air Force has awarded a contract for 112 of the helicopters.</p><p><strong>Increasing State Health Insurance Rates</strong></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:58:20 +0000 Teri McCready 24406 at State Labor Department Receives Grant; Malloy Putting $5 Million Toward Common Core <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p><p>The Connecticut Department of Labor is getting a $3.39 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program. The funds will go toward creation of an apprentice program designed to steer workers displaced from other industries into careers in manufacturing.</p><p><strong>Malloy Pledges Millions For Common Core</strong></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:52:28 +0000 Teri McCready 24343 at Sandy Relief for Bridgeport <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p><strong>BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut -</strong>&nbsp;Bridgeport lands millions of dollars to protect the city from further damage in another wave of federal funding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It will be years before Connecticut's shoreline is restored from the immense hurricane that ripped houses from their foundations and tossed boats onto the beach.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:41:18 +0000 Christina DeFranco 24332 at Lunch Security for Connecticut Kids <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Most kids cannot wait until school lets out. However, there is a growing number of children who dread summer break, because they do not know where their next meal is coming from. In New Haven, so many students qualify for free and reduced lunch, that the entire district eats for free.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:19:59 +0000 Christina DeFranco 24331 at Bear Population on Rise in Connecticut <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Bear sightings are practically a daily occurrence in the northwest corner of Connecticut. In the past year, there have been 340 bear sightings in Avon alone, and speculation of bear dens near commercial areas, such as busy route 44.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:34:19 +0000 Christina DeFranco 24323 at Crackdown on Hospital Infections; Marijuana Symposium Held <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>A federal crackdown on hospital-acquired infections and injuries is underway. Bridgeport Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Yale-New Haven and Danbury Hospital could all be facing fines. Danbury received the worst ranking in the state according to an analysis by non-profit news service Kaiser Health News. Those performing the poorest on key patient safety measures would lose a percent of every Medicare payment for a year starting in October.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:39:52 +0000 Teri McCready 24260 at Cedar Hill Cemetery to Celebrate 150th Anniversary <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of Hartford's Crown Jewels turns 150 years old this year. Cedar Hill Cemetery is the final resting place for the city's most prominent natives, from actress Katharine Hepburn to gun maker Samuel Colt, as well as financier J.P. Morgan, and the founder of anesthesia, Horace Wells.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:39:12 +0000 Christina DeFranco 23939 at Task Force Makes Mental Health Recommendations; Governor Signs Pet Shop Legislation <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>A task force created after the Newtown school shooting is recommending state lawmakers take steps toward improvement of mental health services to children and young adults. The 20-member panel, charged with examining mental health services for people between the ages of 16 and 25 released 47 recommendations on Tuesday for the General Assembly to consider when it reconvenes in January.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:33:25 +0000 Teri McCready 23854 at Blumenthal Calls for Improved Veterans' Access to Care; Norwalk Bridge Inpsected <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Senator Richard Blumenthal is calling on Washington to improve veterans’ access to medical care. Blumenthal sponsored a bill that passed the U.S. Senate last week and now heads to the house. This comes in response to growing controversy over delays in medical care at V-A facilities around the country. Blumenthal says the measure enables our heroes to seek healthcare outside of the VA.</p><p><strong>Norwalk Walk Bridge Gets Inspection</strong></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:16:27 +0000 Teri McCready 23792 at DOT Schedules Transportation Meetings; Malloy and Foley Address AFL-CIO <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The Connecticut Department of Transportation has scheduled two meetings to provide information about improvements at railroad grade crossings. This is for a planned high-speed rail line from New Haven to Springfield via Hartford. &nbsp;The railroad grade crossings are planned for Wallingford and Meriden.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:18:51 +0000 Teri McCready 23726 at Governor Signs Revitalization Legislation; Foley Criticizes Gun Control Bill <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy was joined today by Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary and other state and local officials for a bill signing ceremony. The legislation implements a series of improvements to the state’s brownfield programs.</p><p><strong>Gubernatorial Candidate Critical of State Gun Legislation</strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:37:30 +0000 Teri McCready 23598 at Metro North Says Most 100 Day Action Steps Completed; Senate Approves Funding for West Haven VA Cent <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Metro-North Railroad has released a final report on what it has done to improve safety following a series of accidents last year. The rail line says it has completed most of its priorities. In a 100-day action plan, Metro-North said it has established an investigation unit to look into the root causes of accidents, overhauled a system safety plan, reviewed and improved employee training programs and made other changes.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:10:11 +0000 Teri McCready 23528 at Governor Announces Pre-K Slots; Officials Battle Over Transportation Funding <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy, along with Early Childhood Commissioner, Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, and local officials, have announced the allocation of about 1,000 additional School Readiness opportunities for low-income children in 46 municipalities throughout the state.</p><p><strong>Lawmakers Battle Over Bridge Repair and Transportation Funding</strong></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:55:24 +0000 Teri McCready 23446 at PURA Public Hearing Held; Navy Sub Returns After Secret Deployment <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>State regulators are giving the public one last chance to weigh in on rules governing utilities’ tree-trimming practices before issuing a final decision in the case. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority held a hearing today. A final decision by PURA is expected tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Navy Submarine Returns From European Deployment</strong></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:25:16 +0000 Teri McCready 23374 at Malloy Holds Transportation Crisis Meeting; Maximus Worker Source of Health Data Brea <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on the Coast Guard to restrict the number of times it allows a railroad swing bridge over the Norwalk River to rotate open. In a letter to the Coast Guard, Blumenthal says the bridge failed 16 times in 271 openings during 2013. Governor Malloy held a “Crisis Summit” earlier today to discuss the problem.</p><p><strong>Health Exchange Worker&nbsp;Comes Forward After Data Breach</strong></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:55:41 +0000 Teri McCready 23311 at Gas Emissions Report Unveiled; Transgender Teen May be Transferred <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions was unveiled today by Governor Dannel Malloy. &nbsp;The report stems from a 2008 law that set goals for emissions reduction.</p><p><strong>Transgender Teen May Transfer to Massachusetts Facility</strong></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:05:11 +0000 Teri McCready 23195 at New Metro North Power Substation in Service; Malloy Wants Teacher's Retirement Board to Explain Find <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>A fifth new power supply substation has been put into service on Metro-North’s New Haven rail line. Officials say it will add redundancy to help avoid electrical outages. Governor Malloy and state transportation officials toured the New Haven Rail Yard today. It’s being upgraded and expanded over several years costing $1.15 billion dollars.</p><p><strong>Governor Malloy Wants Answers Into Funds Owed from Teachers' Retirement Board</strong></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:42:24 +0000 Teri McCready 23130 at Griffin Hospital Testing Patients for Infections; State Law Creates E-book Library System <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Griffin Hospital in Derby says it has tested about 750 patients for hepatitis, HIV and other infections . This comes after an announcement last month that staff had been misusing insulin pens dating back to 2008.</p><p><strong>New State E-books System Taking Effect In July</strong></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:00:18 +0000 Teri McCready 23055 at New UConn Campus Moving to Downtown Hartford; Regulators Inspect State's Nuclear Power Plant <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>A ceremony was held today formalizing the creation of UConn’s new campus in downtown Hartford at the site of the former Hartford Times building. Governor Dannel Malloy was on hand along with other state officials signing necessary documents to complete the move. The campus would be home to about 2,300 students and about 250 faculty members.</p><p><strong>Federal Regulators Inspect Millstone Plant</strong></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:10:13 +0000 Teri McCready 22997 at Blumenthal Co-Sponsors Veterans' Bill; Connecticut Has High Rate of Patient Restraint <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>U-S Senator Richard Blumenthal announced today that he’ll co-sponsor and help lead legislation with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders , that would give veterans facing delays the ability to seek private health care outside the VA.</p><p><strong>Connecticut Has High Rate of Psychiatric Patient Restraint</strong></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:54:19 +0000 Teri McCready 22923 at Governor Malloy Signs Budget; Senator Murphy Announces Federal Gas Tax Hike Proposal <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy signed the $18.9 billion state budget plan today, which was approved by lawmakers earlier this month. Malloy also vetoed two bills. The Democratic-controlled legislature approved the bill on the final night of the legislative session in an agreement with Republicans to assure passage of another environmental bill.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:02:19 +0000 Teri McCready 22800 at State Holds Overdose Summit; Texts Added to Do Not Call Registry <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The Connecticut Overdose Prevention Summit was held on Thursday in Meriden, bringing together practitioners and policy experts from neighboring New England states, and their Connecticut counterparts, to hear about successful opioid overdose prevention programs.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:40:10 +0000 Teri McCready 22735 at Malloy Signs Early Childhood Education Bills; Bridgeport Officials Vote for Medical Marijuana Morato <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy signed two pieces of legislation today designed to improve early childhood education and increase access to pre-kindergarten in the state. The bills increase funding for early childhood education and poorer school districts and creates a kindergarten to third grade literacy pilot program.</p><p><strong>Bridgeport Votes for Medical Marijuana Yearlong Moratorium&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:30:20 +0000 Teri McCready 22658 at $4.5 Million Settlement Reached With Electric Supplier; New Courthouse Planned in Torrington <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:26:12 +0000 Teri McCready 22589 at Memorial Day <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p><strong>Memorial Day in Simsbury</strong></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 13:31:00 +0000 Christina DeFranco 22353 at Delegation Seeks VA Audit; Starwood Hotel Expands in Stamford <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Members of the state’s congressional delegation want to see the full details of audits conducted at Veterans Administration medical facilities, including clinics in Danbury, New London, Stamford, Waterbury, Willimantic and Winsted. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Congressman John Larson appeared today with veterans at a VFW Post in East Hartford to discuss a letter they are sending to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:36:16 +0000 Teri McCready 22416 at Homeland Security Secretary Addresses Coast Guard Academy; Former Gov. Wants Indictment Dismissed <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson delivered the keynote address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 133rd Commencement Exercises today in New London. The Coast Guard Academy is the smallest of the five federal service academies, and has about 875 cadets in its four-year program.</p><p><strong>Former Governor Pushing for Indictment Dismissal</strong></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:28:41 +0000 Teri McCready 22262 at Pfizer, AstraZeneca Deal Appears Unlikely; Court Upholds Dismissal of Suit Against Malloy <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Pfizer's bid for rival pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca appears likely to fail. This comes after the UK business turned down its latest offer. It's just the latest move in a courtship that's lasted several months. Pfizer offered a 15 percent increase on its previous bid -- a total of $119 billion. Central to AstraZeneca's concerns is the worry that Pfizer may strip down its research and development efforts in the UK, something it's done with previous takeovers.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:53:24 +0000 Teri McCready 22113 at Metro-North Officials Discuss Progress; Political Conventions Being Held <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>More delays this morning for Metro North commuters. The railroad’s New Haven line service was suspended between Stamford and Harrison, N.Y. as officials worked to improve railroad safety after a downed overhead catenary electric line blocked three of four tracks in the vicinity of Cos Cob. &nbsp;The incident came just hours before MTA officials and lawmakers met to discuss Metro-North’s safety and training plans.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:11:48 +0000 Teri McCready 21977 at Senators Push For Cruise Ship Records Access; Senator Opposes Efforts to Limit 911 Tapes <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 21:23:19 +0000 Teri McCready 21700 at