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3/4 of a million tickets in 2011
5:39 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Red light cameras reducing accidents 40%

Credit AP

A lot of Long Islanders have gotten tickets for ignoring red lights.   

There were nearly 740,000 citations in 2011, the last year for which data is available.  That's one in three drivers. 

The cameras have resulted in some $30 million dollars a year in revenue for both Suffolk and Nassau counties. Connecticut has flirted with the idea of installing red light cameras, but none so far.  

WSHU recently had a looked at the data behind the cameras on Long Island and reports that,  though people may resent paying the fine, they do make intersections safer.  

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Environmental scorecard
5:31 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Environmentalists rate Conn. lawmakers; One pushes back

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters issued a report card Tuesday, grading Connecticut lawmakers on environmental issues. The report says the League is happy with new bond funding for sewage treatment upgrades and open space acquisition.  But the report says the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection remains “dangerously underfunded.” 

Kirsten Griebel of the League says one area of energy policy needs attention.

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Veterans Day commemorated
6:21 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Malloy signs new laws to help Conn. veterans

Sen. Richard Blumenthal with Lisa Waldo, daughter of the late Joseph DelGrande, a World War II veteran from Bridgeport, who's lost medals were presented to the family by Blumenthal.
Credit Ebong Udoma

Connecticut Vietnam era veterans who left high school early to join the military will now receive honorary diplomas. That's because of one of two new state laws signed on Monday by Governor Dannel Malloy in commemoration of Veteran’s Day.

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Typhoon in Philippines
3:42 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Connecticut-based humanitarian groups responding to Philippines after typhoon

Survivors move past the damages caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Authorities said at least 2 million people in 41 provinces had been affected by Friday's disaster and at least 23,000 houses had been damaged or destroyed.
Credit AP Photo/Aaron Favila

Disaster relief organizations based in Connecticut are mobilizing to help the people of the Philippines following the devastating typhoon that tore through the region late last week. Gary Shay is the senior director for humanitarian operations at Westport, Connecticut-based Save the Children. He says more than 400 staff members were already working in the Philippines before the storm.

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Conn. wants to keep 911 tapes secret
5:44 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Conn. judge wants to listen to Sandy Hook 911 tapes before deciding whether they should be released

A Connecticut judge said on Friday he wants to hear the 9-1-1 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting before ruling whether they can remain secret. Prosecutors and the town of Newtown are fighting to keep the recordings from being released to the media.

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