Government

Most guns seized from men
5:59 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Gun seizures in Conn. mostly out of concern of harm to self

Police in Connecticut have made 764 gun seizures in the last 14 years or so, since the state’s gun seizure law was passed. The law allows guns to be taken away from people who are viewed as a risk to themselves or others. That’s according to data from a research study released Thursday.

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Connecticut Legislature
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Dying Oregon woman's campaign for 'Death With Dignity' laws stoking Conn. movement

This undated photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard. The terminally ill California woman moved to Portland, Ore., to take advantage of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, which was established in the 1990s. Maynard wants to pass a similar law in California and has turned to advocacy in her final days.
Credit AP Photo/Maynard Family

A bill to allow mentally competent, terminally ill Connecticut residents to take their own life hasn't seen a lot of momentum in Hartford. But supporters say an online video of an Oregon woman who is scheduled to die this weekend is helping to draw attention to their cause. 

There is soft piano music, then Brittany Maynard speaks. 

"So after getting married is when I first started experiencing the headaches, and they were quite severe," she says. "I didn't understand them because I never had anything like them before."

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Metro-North derailment
7:13 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

NTSB issues official report on Dec. 2013 Bronx derailment

U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, with State Rep. Charles Clemons of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut at a news conference on the NTSB report at the Bridgeport train station on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

On Tuesday, Federal regulators announced their conclusions on the cause of the Metro-North derailment that killed four people in the Bronx last December.

A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls to cause the derailment of the Metro-North Hudson Line commuter train, the NTSB report finds.

The train engineer’s sleepiness was due to a combination of an undiagnosed sleep apnea and a drastic shift in his work schedule, it said.

A system that would have applied the brakes automatically would have prevented the crash, according to the report.

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Election 2014
6:23 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Malloy and Foley bring in national surrogates to help close the deal

The campaign for governor in Connecticut is now in its final week and a number of national political figures are expected to come to Connecticut to help the candidates close the deal. Last night Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and his Republican challenger Tom Foley sought votes on opposite sides of state on Monday.

Foley campaigned in southeastern Connecticut with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie helped rally Republican Party faithful at a café in Groton.

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Government
6:07 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

In debate, Himes & Debicella claim mantle of bipartisanship, paint each other as partisan

Republican Dan Debicella (left) and Democrat Jim Himes at a debate at the Norwalk Inn on Tuesday.
Credit Craig LeMoult

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim Himes of Connecticut’s Fourth District and Republican Challenger Dan Debicella debated in Norwalk Tuesday.  The candidates both bragged of their own bipartisanship, while trying to paint each other as partisan extremists.

From his first answer, Debicella sought to establish himself as the alternative to what he called incumbent politicians who put their party above country.

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