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Thu March 6, 2014
Presidential Visit; Arguments Over License Plate Database
President Barack Obama visited Connecticut today where he spoke at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. The President highlighted his plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. He was joined by Governor Dannel Malloy, along with the governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The length of time law enforcement agencies could retain license plate information was the center of arguments on Tuesday before the legislative Public Safety and Security Committee. Local police chiefs want to retain the information for five years or more, because they say it's an important crime-fighting tool.
Dispute Over Yale Honorary Degree
Victims of asbestos poisoning in Italy along with U.S. alumni and faculty are urging Yale University to rescind an honorary degree to a Swiss man convicted over contamination in Italy. Stephan Schmidheiny, former owner of a construction company, was convicted in 2012 by an Italian court. He was sentenced to 16 years for his role in the contamination of sites in northern Italy. The New Haven Register reports that Yale awarded Schmidheiny an honorary degree in 1996, citing him as an environmentally conscious business leader .
Possible Plan to Limit Decibel Levels in Movie Theatres
The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee is considering a bill that would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels. A decibel is a unit used to explain the intensity of a sound wave. But some lawmakers are concerned the government could be stepping on artistic licenses by regulating how loud the soundtracks in theaters should be.