Government

Region braces for winter storm
9:38 am
Thu January 2, 2014

CT, NY governors urge commuters to stay off roads as storm approaches

A pedestrian walks through morning snow, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Snow and bone-chilling temperatures are greeting morning commuters across the region on the first work day of 2014, with some areas expected to get more than a foot of snow by the weekend
Credit AP Photo/Mike Grol

A winter storm is approaching the region with the potential to drop more than a foot of snow.
 
 Winter storm warnings and watches are in effect for the entire region, with the
storm promising to make travel messy on the first work day of the new year.
 
 The worst of the storm is expected to hit later on Thursday with bitterly cold
temperatures. Parts of Connecticut could see 10 inches of snow before the storm
moves on. Already, light snow is falling across much of the region with wind
chills hovering around 10-above.
 

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Government
7:22 am
Wed January 1, 2014

LI Senator Charles Fuschillo resigns

Merrick, NY Republican State Senator Charles Fuschillo
Credit AP

New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo resigned effective midnight Tuesday.  In a surprise statement posted to his web site, the 7-term Republican from Merrick says he will become CEO of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.  Fuschillo's departure leaves both the state senate and Long Island in a precarious situation.

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minimum wage workers get a pay raise
4:25 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Conn. minimum wage goes up on January 1st

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Conn. legislative leaders at the Dec. 30th 2013 news conference at the state Capitol in Hartford
Credit Governor Malloy's office

The minimum wage goes up in Connecticut on January 1st.  The increase is from $8.25 an hour to $8.70 an hour. Governor Dannel Malloy and the Democratic leaders of the state General Assembly celebrated the increase at a news conference in Hartford on Monday.   

 

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Anti-discrimination extended to health care
7:10 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Conn. praised for being 2nd state in region to insist on insurance coverage for gender transition

GLAD says it is urging all six New England states to cover all medical treatments related to gender dsyphoria.

A New England gay rights organization is praising Connecticut's Department of Insurance for issuing a bulletin to the state’s insurers. The bulletin is an order that tells insurers they have to pay for gender transition treatments. WSHU’s Mark Herz reports it’s the second state in New England to issue such a bulletin.

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Conn. gun registration deadline is Dec. 31
4:27 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Long lines as Conn. assault weapon registration deadline nears

Credit AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File

Connecticut state police are reporting long lines at their headquarters as state residents attempt to register assault weapons and large capacity magazines before a December 31st deadline. The deadline is part of tough new gun laws passed in Connecticut following last December’s school shooting in Newtown. (A large capacity magazine is defined as any firearm magazine or other device that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition.)

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