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12:55 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Conn. House Leaders Pass $40B Budget After Pulling All-nighter

File Photo- The Connecticut State Capitol Building
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut's House of Representatives passed a $40 billion, two-year state budget Wednesday morning after Democratic leaders worked through the night to secure enough votes.

The bill, which needed the support of 72 lawmakers, was approved 73-70 after about five hours of debate.

The tax and spending package was sent to the Senate, which by law must act on the package by midnight when the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn for the summer. If it is not passed, lawmakers would need to convene a special session before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

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Ethics Reform
3:30 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

NY Legislative Session Beset By Corruption Likely To End With No Reforms

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Despite the arrest of the leaders of both houses of the legislature on corruption charges, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York state lawmakers said they have no plans to pass any additional ethics reforms this session.

It appears likely that a legislative session in which the Speaker of the Assembly and President of the Senate were both indicted will not end with any significant reforms. 

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Community Policing
11:58 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Hartford Deputy Police Chief Says More Officers May Not Be The Answer

There have been five murders in the past two weeks in Hartford, Connecticut. Hartford’s deputy police chief, Brian Foley, said Thursday that the department has historically responded to an uptick in crime by flooding the neighborhood where the crime happened with more police.  He also said that may not be the best long term solution.

Foley said reassigning officers to a neighborhood after a murder can lead to more people in that neighborhood getting arrested for low-level crimes, and that can lead to members of the neighborhood having a negative view of police.

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Superstorm Sandy recovery
11:16 am
Wed May 27, 2015

FEMA To Allow Superstorm Sandy Victims To Review Flood Claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is allowing more than 140,000 victims to review claims if they feel insurance companies shortchanged them.

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Culture
11:32 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Pleasure Beach Rekindles Memories In Bridgeport

Sarah Vena Masso at Bridgeport's Pleasure Beach.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

 

For the first Memorial Day weekend in nearly 20 years, Pleasure Beach was open for business in Bridgeport, Connecticut. On Saturday, sightseers started taking the city-operated ferry boats to the peninsula. Some had their own memories of Pleasure Beach.

“It was the Disneyland in our days," said 85-year-old Sarah Vena Masso, who rode on one of the first ferries Saturday morning. She remembers buying peanuts at the penny arcade and riding the roller coaster at the amusement park as a girl.

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