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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
A broken railroad bridge that has snarled the commutes of hundreds of thousands of Connecticut commuters is now at the center of a political fight over transportation funding. State Sen. Toni Boucher, the ranking Republican senator on the legislature’s Transportation Committee, says Gov. Malloy’s administration has transferred $184 million from the special transportation fund since he took office in 2011. Malloy’s office says although the administration removed $76.5 million in 2014, it deposited nearly $381 million the same year.
Shelton Officials Ban Medical Marijuana Facilities
Shelton zoning officials have banned medical marijuana dispensaries. The Connecticut Post reports the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission amended zoning regulations on Tuesday to include the ban. Connecticut legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2012. In January, the state approved four growing sites.
State Mosquito Management Program Underway
The state health Department’s Mosquito Management Program is currently monitoring mosquitos across the state for the presence of viruses that can affect humans, including West Nile Virus and eastern equine encephalitis virus.. The mosquito trapping and testing program began on June 2 and has been coordinated by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. So far, all tests have been negative.
Harp Seal to be Released into the Ocean in Rhode Island
A seal is set to be released into the wild in Rhode Island after being nursed back to health at the Mystic Aquarium. Officials at the facility say the male harp seal named Puck will be brought to Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown tomorrow where he’ll be returned to the ocean. The seal was found stranded on in Little Compton on March 5.