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4:58 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Air Force Awards Sikorsky Contract; State Insurance Rates Increasing

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.

Increasing State Health Insurance Rates

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Connecticut First
5:52 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Labor Department Receives Grant; Malloy Putting $5 Million Toward Common Core

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.

Malloy Pledges Millions For Common Core

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Connecticut First
12:41 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Sandy Relief for Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut - 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.

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Connecticut First
12:19 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Lunch Security for Connecticut Kids

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.

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Connecticut First
11:34 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Bear Population on Rise in Connecticut

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.

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Connecticut First
5:39 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Crackdown on Hospital Infections; Marijuana Symposium Held

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.

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Connecticut First
4:39 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Cedar Hill Cemetery to Celebrate 150th Anniversary

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.

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Connecticut First
5:33 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Task Force Makes Mental Health Recommendations; Governor Signs Pet Shop Legislation

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.

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Connecticut First
5:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Blumenthal Calls for Improved Veterans' Access to Care; Norwalk Bridge Inpsected

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.

Norwalk Walk Bridge Gets Inspection

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Connecticut First
4:18 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

DOT Schedules Transportation Meetings; Malloy and Foley Address AFL-CIO

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.  The railroad grade crossings are planned for Wallingford and Meriden.

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Connecticut First
5:37 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Governor Signs Revitalization Legislation; Foley Criticizes Gun Control Bill

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.

Gubernatorial Candidate Critical of State Gun Legislation

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Connecticut First
5:10 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Metro North Says Most 100 Day Action Steps Completed; Senate Approves Funding for West Haven VA Cent

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.

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Connecticut First
4:55 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Governor Announces Pre-K Slots; Officials Battle Over Transportation Funding

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.

Lawmakers Battle Over Bridge Repair and Transportation Funding

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Connecticut First
5:25 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

PURA Public Hearing Held; Navy Sub Returns After Secret Deployment

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.

Navy Submarine Returns From European Deployment

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Connecticut First
5:55 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Malloy Holds Transportation Crisis Meeting; Maximus Worker Source of Health Data Brea

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.

Health Exchange Worker Comes Forward After Data Breach

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Connecticut First
5:05 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Gas Emissions Report Unveiled; Transgender Teen May be Transferred

s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions was unveiled today by Governor Dannel Malloy.  The report stems from a 2008 law that set goals for emissions reduction.

Transgender Teen May Transfer to Massachusetts Facility

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Connecticut First
4:42 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

New Metro North Power Substation in Service; Malloy Wants Teacher's Retirement Board to Explain Find

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.

Governor Malloy Wants Answers Into Funds Owed from Teachers' Retirement Board

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Connecticut First
5:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Griffin Hospital Testing Patients for Infections; State Law Creates E-book Library System

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.

New State E-books System Taking Effect In July

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Connecticut First
5:10 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

New UConn Campus Moving to Downtown Hartford; Regulators Inspect State's Nuclear Power Plant

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.

Federal Regulators Inspect Millstone Plant

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Connecticut First
4:54 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Blumenthal Co-Sponsors Veterans' Bill; Connecticut Has High Rate of Patient Restraint

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.

Connecticut Has High Rate of Psychiatric Patient Restraint

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Connecticut First
5:02 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Governor Malloy Signs Budget; Senator Murphy Announces Federal Gas Tax Hike Proposal

Governor Dannel 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.

Senator Announces Proposed Federal Gas Tax Increase

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Connecticut First
4:40 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

State Holds Overdose Summit; Texts Added to Do Not Call Registry

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.

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Connecticut First
5:30 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Malloy Signs Early Childhood Education Bills; Bridgeport Officials Vote for Medical Marijuana Morato

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.

Bridgeport Votes for Medical Marijuana Yearlong Moratorium 

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Connecticut First
9:31 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Memorial Day in Simsbury

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Connecticut First
2:36 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Delegation Seeks VA Audit; Starwood Hotel Expands in Stamford

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.

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Connecticut First
5:28 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Addresses Coast Guard Academy; Former Gov. Wants Indictment Dismissed

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.

Former Governor Pushing for Indictment Dismissal

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Connecticut First
6:11 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Metro-North Officials Discuss Progress; Political Conventions Being Held

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.  The incident came just hours before MTA officials and lawmakers met to discuss Metro-North’s safety and training plans.

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