Community activists and law enforcement officials in New Haven met with U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy today to discuss efforts to reduce gun violence in the city. The city saw 20 homicides and 67 shootings in 2013.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy presented a revised $19 billion budget proposal to state lawmakers today on the first day of their new legislative session. The proposal includes a $55 gas and sales tax refund to taxpayers, and tax breaks for retired teachers, as well as the expansion of rental subsidies for seniors, housing for homeless veterans and an expansion of early childhood education. WSHU’s Ebong Udoma was in Harford for the Governor's speech, and spoke live from there with Mark Herz.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the state has not had an issue keeping up with the amount of salt it needs to treat the roads after several snowstorms and another expected this weekend.
Meanwhile, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities says most cities and towns in the state have used more than half of their snow removal budgets, while others have already used their entire budget for snow removal.
Two New York hospitals say they still have not yet reached deals with insurance companies participating the state's new health insurance exchange. But one of them, Stony Brook University Hospital, says a deal is imminent. Much of the struggle is over low reimbursement rates.
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has given final approval to a program to convert 280,000 homes and businesses to natural gas heat over the next 10 years.
It’s part of the state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy to lower costs and pollution by taking advantage of natural gas.
Natural gas is cleaner than other fossil fuels and cheaper at the moment due to increased production in North America. But the big question is how to get people to make the financial investment to switch.