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SNAP benefits reduced
6:15 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

People who rely on federal food help getting less now

People who get assistance from the federal food stamp program will see a reduction in their monthly benefit starting Friday.

As part of the federal stimulus program in 2009, more money was provided for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or SNAP benefits. That increase expires on November 1. The size of the reduction will vary based on the income, number of family members, and expenses of each household, but for a family of three, it’s expected to be a cut of about 30 dollars a month.

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Victim Privacy vs. Public's Right to Know
10:55 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Newtown families, Danbury State's Attorney seek to block release of 911 tapes

Bill Sherlach (left), husband of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Mary Sherlach, and Nicole Hockley (right), mother of victim Dylan Hockley, speak before the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Two family members of Newtown School Shooting victims testified on Wednesday before a Connecticut task force that's exploring the public's right to information versus a victim's right to privacy following a homicide. Both family members urged the task force not to recommend releasing 911 audio tapes from the December 14th shooting.  

Meanwhile, Danbury's State's Attorney  Stephen Sedensky III  asked a Connecticut court on Wednesday to stay an order form the Freedom of Information Commission to release the 911 recordings.

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GOP challenges Moreland Commission
10:11 am
Thu October 31, 2013

NY Republicans dispute subpoenas from anti-corruption commission

Republicans in the New York Senate who are targets of subpoenas by Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption Moreland Act Commission are fighting back in court.

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Audit finds inadequate background checks
6:57 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Conn. GOP leader criticizes state health department

The leader of the GOP minority in the Connecticut House of Representatives is criticizing the state health department over an audit that finds faulty background checks on day care providers. Lawrence Cafero, a Norwalk Republican, says this raises questions about the management of the agency.

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Health care exchange
5:58 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Survey shows Conn. health exchange applicants are satisfied

Credit Access Health CT

More than 96 percent of people who voluntarily filled out a survey after signing up for Connecticut’s health care exchange said they were satisfied with the experience. Kevin Counihan is the CEO of Access Health CT. He said Wednesday that 82 percent of respondents answered they were either extremely likely or very likely to recommend the Connecticut exchange to others.

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