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Government
3:29 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Poll: Cuomo's approval rating at its lowest since taking office

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday finds Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval rating is at its lowest since taking office in 2010.

Cuomo’s job approval rating stands at 50 percent, down 8 points just from last December, before the legislative session began and the governor began a more public feud with the state’s teachers unions, said Quinnipiac University spokesman Mickey Carroll.

“It’s not very good,” said Carroll. “A governor should do better than 50 percent."

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Superstorm Sandy
12:33 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

FEMA Outlines Flood Insurance Reforms

People stand next to a house that collapsed during Superstorm Sandy in East Haven, Conn. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun revealing details on how it will reform the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA oversees the program, which allows people to buy flood insurance from the federal government.  The agency contracts private insurance companies to process claims and payouts through the program.

FEMA's talk of reform follows weeks of criticism that the private insurance companies who administer the program underpaid homeowners following Superstorm Sandy.

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Government
1:11 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Tribes Make Pitch For New Casinos In Connecticut

Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Credit Bob Child / AP Photo

The tribes who operate Connecticut’s two casinos say the state will face dire economic consequences if they aren’t allowed to open an additional three casinos. They’re worried about competition from an $800 million casino scheduled to open in 2017 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

At a public safety committee meeting on Tuesday, representatives from the two tribes told lawmakers that competition from the upcoming Massachusetts casino could cost them jobs, and could cost the state revenue.

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Superstorm Sandy
11:29 am
Tue March 17, 2015

FEMA Seeks Thousands of Insurance Records

Boats lie piled up as people work to secure a fuel dock in the wake of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in West Babylon, N.Y.
Credit AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is beginning its probe into the allegedly lowballed Superstorm Sandy claims by asking flood insurance companies to turn over thousands of records by the end of the week. The data request includes the name of the engineering company and the amount of the damage that was not included in the final payout.

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Government
1:07 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Connecticut Looks At Medical Marijuana For Kids

A vial of medical marijuana.
Credit William Casey / AP Images

Andrea Rupert's 18-year-old son Holden has severe epilepsy. It's hard for him to get through the day without seizures, she says. But when he has marijuana, he's a different person.

"The medical marijuana has given my son a second chance at life," Andrea said at a public hearing of the Connecticut Legislature's Judiciary Committee Friday. Holden sat quietly at her side.

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