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Bipartisan Budget Agreement Reached In Hartford

Democratic and Republican legislative leaders in Connecticut announced on Wednesday that they had reached a bipartisan budget deal. The announcement comes three weeks after Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy vetoed a Republican-backed budget.

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Hartford Father Sold His Car To Bring Sons Home From Puerto Rico

Guillermo Class just couldn’t wait any more. The reports he was getting from his two teenage sons living in Puerto Rico weren’t good. Food and water were getting to them and their mother. But not enough.

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Xi Jinping's War On Poverty Moves Millions Of Chinese Off The Farm

The bare, plaster walls of Yu Zu'en's new government-issued apartment are adorned with three decorations: An old photo from his years as a soldier, a shelf for his harmonica, and a poster featuring the busts of every Chinese Communist Party Secretary since Chairman Mao. He points to the newest one and smiles. "I wouldn't be here without Xi Jinping," he says. "Under his wise leadership, we're now taken care of. Before, we barely survived. Our village was up in the mountains. Corn didn't grow...

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Governor Cuomo joined other New York Democrats in condemning the federal tax overhaul plan in the wake of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Western New York.  

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New England electricity consumers paid billions of dollars more than necessary over a three-year period. That’s the conclusion of an academic analysis sponsored by a national environmental group that suggests that natural gas suppliers withheld fuel capacity needed for electric generation at key moments on the coldest days — to the benefit of the companies' affiliates.

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A wide variety of groups have spent over $1.3 million to urge voters to vote no on holding a constitutional convention. The opponents have far outspent a smaller number of advocates who urge a yes vote on the November ballot.  

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U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York announced that the Town of Brookhaven will receive nearly $6 million in federal funding for emergency operation upgrades.

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On Long Island, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has started a compensation program for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has released a fourth version of his state budget proposal as Connecticut remains the only state without a budget, three months into its fiscal year.

One-third of all the food produced each year for human consumption is never eaten. That adds up to about 1.3 billion tons of waste per year. That unappetizing fact is the inspiration for a new documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, which was released on Oct. 13 in theaters and on demand.

The Trump administration has made a number of changes to health policy in the past two weeks, raising questions about how consumers will be affected. Will the new rules for birth control coverage affect access to an intrauterine device? Might an association health plan help bring down costs for workers at small businesses? And if you're healthy, doesn't a short-term health plan that is cheaper than marketplace coverage make sense? Here are some answers to those questions.

In what appeared to be a thinly veiled reference to politics in the Age of Trump, Sen. John McCain on Monday warned Americans against "half-baked, spurious nationalism," calling the abandonment of U.S. global leadership "unpatriotic."

Speaking in Philadelphia, where he was being honored with the Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center, McCain did not mention the president by name, but his words appeared to be aimed at Trump and his administration.

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Several Democrats are gearing up to challenge Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin in New York’s 1st Congressional District. The East End of Long Island constituency is a swing district that has flipped back and forth between Republicans and Democrats since the 1950s.  

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