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National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
6:02 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Schools in Conn. & Long Island receive federal "Blue Ribbon" honor

Credit The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

Several Connecticut schools and one Suffolk County school are among those called exemplary by the U.S. Department of Education Tuesday.

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Gun rights advocate says bans make us less safe
4:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Murphy & Blumenthal call on retail stores to ban guns

Connecticut’s two U.S. Senators are asking retail stores to ban people from carrying guns into their stores.  A gun rights advocate says those policies would make people less safe.

U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal made the call following the release of an FBI report last week on 160 active shooter incidents from 2000 to 2013 that killed more than a thousand victims.

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Agriculture
5:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Apple crop is down in Conn.

A photo taken at Sun High Orchards in Randolph, New Jersey on Sept. 27, 2014.
Credit flickr member Shinya Suzuki

Visitors to Connecticut’s fruit farms looking to pick apples this fall will see a smaller crop and fewer varieties. Growers blame last year’s severe winter weather for the shortfall. 

Apple pickers looking for the best bushel or peck of Honeycrisp, Macoun, and other apples will have to be less choosy this year.

That's because some growers in the state are experiencing significantly smaller crops.

Mike Bozzi is a manager at Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm in Sharon. He says his apple crop is down at least 40 percent. 

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State program still years away
4:55 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

NY asks feds to bring in out-of-state medical marijuana

Politicians and supporters celebrate after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, signed a ceremonial bill to establish a medical marijuana program in New York.
Credit AP Photo/Seth Wenig

New York’s health department is requesting permission from the federal government to import out-of-state marijuana for medical purposes until its in-state program can finish the regulatory process.

In July, New York became the 23rd state to authorize the use of medical marijuana for patients with diseases, including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy. The program requires the health department to write rules and license marijuana production companies. The department says that will take until 2016 to get the program underway.

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Economic Development
10:19 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Hamden neighborhood to get $1.5M economic development grant

Officials are set to announce that a neighborhood in Hamden, Conn., has won $1.5 million in federal money to kick start business development. The town plans to use the money to turn an abandoned school into a business space for the Newhall neighborhood.

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