Connecticut First
5:44 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Quinnipiac Poll Released; Staples Closing Stores

A Quinnipiac University poll released today shows Connecticut voters 61 to 32 percent support allowing doctors to legally prescribe lethal drugs to help terminally ill patients end their own lives. Voters were closely divided on whether they would ask a doctor to help them take their own life, as 39 percent say no in all cases, while 33 percent say they would if they were terminally ill.

Office superstore Staples will close up to 225 stores in North America by the end of next year. The company is seeking to trim about $500 million in costs annually by 2015.The company did not immediately announce a list of what stores would close. It has more than two dozen stores in Connecticut. 

CL&P Executive's Comments Downplayed

A spokesman for Connecticut Light & Power has downplayed a utility executive’s comment that it’s considering charging property owners who refuse tree trimming if an outage is found to have been caused by falling limbs.  Spokesman Mitch Gross said later that the Northeast Utilities subsidiary discussed the issue internally and is “nothing more.”

Sikorsky Building Air Force Helicopter

The Air Force says it is moving forward with plans to have Sikorsky build a new combat rescue helicopter-- but the program could still face major hurdles. The Air Force says it will take $430 million from other priorities to support the contract with the Stratford-based division of United Technologies.

Bill Requiring Drivers to Re-Test

The state transportation committee discussed a bill on Wednesday that would require drivers to take a test before renewing their license. The bill would take effect January 1, 2016. It states that drivers hoping to renew their licenses would be required to pass a comprehensive knowledge test involving rules of the road.