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5:24 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Blumenthal Talks Rail Safety; Protecting Children from Toxic Chemicals

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut discussed his priorities for rail safety today in Hartford, in his first hearing as chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation in Washington. Blumenthal stressed the importance of renewed investment in rail infrastructure and strong federal oversight.

Connecticut lawmakers are looking at ways to protect children from toxic chemicals. At a hearing on Thursday, parents joined lawmakers and members of the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut  to drum up support on a bill to authorize the state to study and identify chemicals that could make children sick.

Attorney General Discusses Hospital Facility Fees

Connecticut attorney general was at a hearing on Thursday talking about hospital facility fees. The fees are something new and can cost patients hundreds of dollars, which are often not covered by insurance. Connecticut could be the first in the country to pass legislation to address the controversial medical billing practice.

Malloy Touts Waste Management Plan

State lawmakers met today to discuss a recycling bill proposed by Governor Dannel Malloy. The bill addresses several goals including a new solid waste management plan  and setting a timeline to “repurpose” the Hartford incinerator.

JetBlue Between Bradley and Reagan National Airports

JetBlue Airways has announced that it will begin offering daily flights between Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington DC. The airline says there will be two daily flights beginning on June 19. 

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