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5:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Conn.'s U.S. Senators, Experts Talk Mental Health After Report on Newtown Shooter

Dr. Alice Forrester of Clifford Beers, Sen. Chris Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

Connecticut's U.S. Senators met with some of the state's mental health experts on Monday to talk about problems with mental health treatment --and potential solutions. The meeting came three days after the release of a state report, which found a series of missed opportunities in the treatment of the Newtown shooter, Adam Lanza.

The report suggested a lack of communication among Lanza's parents, educators, and mental health professionals. Senator Chris Murphy said it was evidence of a fragmented system of treatment.

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Education
7:25 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Report Points To Missed Opportunities To Treat Newtown Shooter Adam Lanza

A police cruiser sits in the driveway as crime scene tape surrounds the home of Nancy Lanza, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. Nancy Lanza was killed by her son Adam Lanza before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and opened fire, killing many others, including 20 children.
Credit AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

A report released on Friday by Connecticut’s Office of the Child Advocate traced the mental health and history of Adam Lanza, the man who committed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It draws a narrative of years of missed opportunities, saying his mother and his educational team tried to accommodate his issues, not treat them. It claims Lanza didn’t get any mental health care after 2008, and that he grew up isolated, without the kind of socialization he should have received.

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Budget
6:53 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Conn. Could Be Facing More Than $1B In Deficits Over The Next 3 Years

Despite an improving economy, Connecticut could be facing budget deficits of more than $1 billion over the next three years.

Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget office and the General Assembly’s non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis told lawmakers this on Friday.

“Employment is increasing, our income is rising, retail sales are growing, and the economy is on the rebound,” Karen Buffkin, of the governor’s budget office, explained to members of the Appropriations Committee.

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Immigration Reform
1:10 am
Fri November 21, 2014

In Conn., Mixed Reaction From Immigrants To Obama's Executive Action

About 50 people gathered at Neighbor's Link in Stamford, Conn. to watch President Obama's speech on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

Undocumented immigrants held viewing parties all over the country Thursday night to watch President Barack Obama’s address to the nation on immigration.

In Stamford, Connecticut, about fifty people gathered in the community room at a social service agency in the city. They watched intently as President Obama delivered his 10-minute speech. When it was over, there were some cries of joy, and some of pain. The agency’s director, Catarina Horak, explained why.

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Israel leaving DCCC after two terms
11:11 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Israel As DCCC Chair: "It Could Have Been Far Worse"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, listens to Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as they receive updates on election day information at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Long Island Congressman Steve Israel says it could have been worse.

The six-term incumbent from Huntington, N.Y., has finished his second term as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a job aimed at getting — and keeping — as many Democrats in Congress as possible.

As head of the DCCC, Israel had to raise money, screen candidates, decide which candidates to spend the money on, and strategize national messaging.

In addition to all that, Steve Israel found the time to write a novel.

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