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Connecticut has a list of eleven medical conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. But a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that marijuana has not been clinically proven to be an effective treatment for most of those ailments. 

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In the implementer bill passed today, the state legislature updated and expanded upon the legislation, passed last summer, that established the Connecticut Port Authority.

Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill creating the statewide Port Authority last June. The language in the implementer bill updated and expanded on the previously passed legislation.

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Beginning July 1, Connecticut residents convicted for the first time of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not only have their licenses suspended for 45 days -- they’ll also have to install a breathalyzer on the ignition of their car for at least six months.

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State and federal prosecutors in Connecticut have joined law enforcement officials, New Haven's mayor, and members of the city's clergy in issuing what they call a "statement of conscience" decrying racial violence and vowing to help prevent it. 

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Business leaders in Connecticut say the changes in the budget implementer bill that passed the General Assembly this week are only a start.

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State regulators look poised to reject a $3 billion foreign takeover of Connecticut’s second largest utility. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority issued a draft decision saying Spanish giant Iberdrola hasn’t provided measurable assurances that United Illuminating ratepayers won’t be harmed by the deal.

In particular they’re concerned that the Connecticut company could be at risk from financial problems elsewhere in Iberdrola’s international holdings. The draft ruling said that the two potential partners were in effect asking for a "leap of faith" into the unknown.

Manufacturers in Connecticut are among those who say they’ll suffer with the expiry of the federal Export-Import bank. There are more than a hundred companies in Connecticut that use the services of the federal agency, known as the Ex-Im bank.

Summer in Hartford just wouldn’t be the same without the sizzling sounds and celebratory mood generated by the Monday Night Jazz Series and the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, two free, major outdoor festivals that for decades have drawn tens of thousands to the city’s downtown Bushnell Park in July and August.  

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From her school in Greenwich, Greer sends a video to Ramish, who lives in Karachi, Pakistan. Greer tells her about dissecting a sheep heart.

“It was really cool, but the smell wasn’t so cool, but it was still awesome,” Greer said.

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A video has surfaced on social media of what appears to be a Hartford police officer holding a man from behind while another hits him repeatedly in the leg -- at least ten times -- with a stick. Police are investigating the incident, but the department's response since the incident has been praised by the local branch of the NAACP. 

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Maurice Eastwood, the organizer of a basketball game in Hartford that turned deadly this past weekend, addressed accusations of carelessness at a press conference on Tuesday.

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Oysters, lobsters, and bass were once the Long Island Sound’s  largest exports. But in recent years, changes in water temperature and pollution have triggered  a “dead zone” in the Sound --  an area where fish and other wildlife are unable to flourish. The Long Island Sound Blue Plan was passed by the state legislature this past spring to combat this challenge, among others.

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The Connecticut General Assembly returned to Hartford for a special session Monday, and while the state Senate spent the afternoon deliberating the two budget bills, the House of Representatives took up the "excessive force bill."

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Connecticut lawmakers passed two bills on Monday aimed at reforming the state's criminal justice system. 

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As Earth's climate changes, mountain-dwelling animals have typically been viewed as universal losers. Warming temperatures force a species upward, it runs out of habitable space, and it dies off. But new research is complicating that notion, suggesting some mountain animals might actually benefit in the near term from climate change. 

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New rules on the recognition of Indian tribes appear to shut the door on three Connecticut tribes who have been petitioning for federal status for years. 

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One man was killed and three others were shot at a basketball tournament at a Hartford school over the weekend. But city school officials now say the event didn't have a permit or the required security. 

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The Connecticut State Police spokesman will be leaving the position after three months to return to Troop C in Tolland.

Sgt. Shane Hassett said Monday that he requested the transfer back to Troop C last week so he can spend more time with his family. He said the 24/7 nature of the spokesman's job wasn't a good fit for him at this point in his 25-year career with state police.

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Governor Dannel Malloy has vetoed three pieces of education legislation, including a bill to increase the number of student seats on the University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees.

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The state Board of Regents approved a program that will allow community college students to earn an associate degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree after transferring into a Connecticut state college or university.

It's called the reverse transfer program. 

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As public school enrollment continues to fall in over 70 percent of Connecticut towns, expenses have actually gone up. In fact, of all the states that have declining enrollment, Connecticut’s school spending has increased the most.

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Friday's Supreme Court decision affirming a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage has been met with praise in Connecticut.

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Mayor Pedro Segarra is making his case for reelection this fall. But his fundraising emails still contain some questionable numbers. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy signed a law this week that will allow transgender individuals in Connecticut to change the sex listed on their birth certificates without undergoing gender reassignment surgery.

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The Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission is asking the Connecticut attorney general's office to enforce in court the panel's subpoena seeking records from the Democratic State Central Committee.

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Connecticut could see its job growth actually decline this year and next, according to a dire new forecast from UConn’s Center for Economic Analysis.

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Avon has decided to replace its school social workers with school psychologists. According to the district, school psychologists will better meet students' needs.

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy applauded today's Supreme Court decision upholding the part of the Affordable Care Act that allows the government to subsidize health care for the poor and middle class. 

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The EPA has issued new guidelines for underground gasoline tanks, changes the agency hopes will beef up safety standards for containers underneath gas stations and convenience stores in Connecticut.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. says it will expand its presence in research centers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, while cutting jobs in Connecticut.

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