Government

Raises and work rules at issue
5:47 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

LIRR and unions return to arbitration

Long Island Rail Road trains sit idle during 1994 labor strike
Credit AP Photo/Luc Novovitch

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has agreed to more arbitration talks with the main labor unions for the Long Island Rail Road.  The move essentially postpones a looming strike until mid summer.  

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Unsanitary conditions at West Haven VA hospital
4:56 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Blumenthal vows to hold officials acountable for fixing problems at the VA Hospital in West Haven

US Senator Richard Blumenthal talking to the media after his visit to the VA Healthcare System hospital in West Haven on Friday Feb. 21, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

US Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut visited the VA Healthcare System hospital in West Haven on Friday to demand officials implement an aggressive program to correct unsanitary conditions at the hospital. Blumenthal is responding to a VA Inspector General’s report released on Tuesday that pointed out the unsanitary conditions.  

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FBI investigating Conn. House GOP
6:36 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Conn. House GOP chief of staff resigns amid FBI probe

The head of the House Republicans in the Connecticut General Assembly announced on Thursday that FBI agents were at the state legislative office building in Hartford on Wednesday interviewing members of his caucus. 

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Removal of mandate on public notices considered
7:22 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Newspaper publishers push back against municipalities

Connecticut newspaper publishers are pushing back against a proposal to remove a state requirement that municipalities place public notices in newspapers. The proposal is part of the Democrats legislative agenda to cut the cost of government.  A legislative committee held a public hearing on the proposal in Hartford on Wednesday.

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Conn. snow emergency request denied
12:49 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

FEMA denies Conn. request for a snow emergency declaration

US Rep. Rosa DeLauro at a meeting with mayors and first selectmen in her district in North Haven on Tuesday Feb 18, 2014
Credit Ebong Udoma

The federal government has turned down a request to help Connecticut cities and towns replenish their snow removal budgets. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro announced this to mayors and first selectmen in her Congressional district on Tuesday. 

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