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MetroNorth
3:45 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Congress' 2014 appropriations bill includes $185M for rail inspectors

U-S Senators Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal announced Tuesday there’s funding in the upcoming Omnibus Appropriations bill to hire 45 additional rail inspectors nationwide. But rail commuter advocates say that's far short of the $1B needed for capital improvements on Metro-North to make it safe. 

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NY begins legislative session
10:02 am
Tue January 14, 2014

NY lawmakers urged to expand access to medical marijuana

Monday was the first full session of the New York State Legislature and supporters of medical marijuana attended an Assembly hearing in support of a limited plan put forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  However, a number of obstacles remain in front of Cuomo’s plan.

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Senator calls for limits on NSA
11:05 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Blumenthal hopeful President Obama will announce changes to NSA

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. The president is hosting a series of meetings this week with lawmakers, privacy advocates and intelligence officials as he nears a final decision on changes to the government's controversial surveillance programs.
Credit AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is optimistic President Obama is looking at ways to reign in the National Security Agency's secret surveillance programs. The Connecticut Democrat was one several senators who met with the president at the White House last week.

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Malloy doesn't point finger directly at Christie
8:56 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Malloy: 'No doubt' that crime occurred in NJ traffic scandal

File photo- From left; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, attend the closing session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington
Credit AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, a former prosecutor, says he believes a crime was committed when traffic jams were engineered in Fort Lee, New Jersey as part of a political vendetta against a Democratic mayor.

Malloy, a Democrat and former mayor, made the comment at a press conference in Hartford on Thursday about an unrelated matter.  He didn't bring up the subject but he did not hesitate to give his opinion when asked about the situation involving his Republican counterpart in New Jersey.  

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Court weighs extent of Freedom of Information law
6:57 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Conn. Supreme Court hears arguments on release of information by police

The Connecticut state Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday over how much information police are obligated to release to the public. The court is considering the reach of the state’s freedom-of-information law.

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