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11:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

NTSB: More Attention Needs To Be Paid To Sleep Disorders

An Amtrak train, top, traveling on an unaffected track, passes a derailed Metro North commuter train, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York.
Credit AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

In December of 2013, an engineer fell asleep while driving a Metro-North train in the Bronx.  It derailed, killing 4 people. 

The NTSB released a report on Wednesday with safety recommendations.  Among those recommendations is that railroads should routinely screen employees who perform "safety-sensitive" functions for sleep disorders.

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart says they've made the recommendation to regulators of all transportation industries. He says, for example, it’s been helpful for the trucking industry.

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crime
1:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

In New Canaan, Police Get A Life-Saving Tool For Overdoses

Norwalk Hospital's Jim Brubaker demonstrates on a CPR dummy.
Credit Davis Dunavin

In much of New York and New Jersey, police have been using an antidote called Narcan to treat heroin overdoses for the past two years — officials in Suffolk County say it's saved 360 lives there. And, while most local departments in Connecticut don't use the drug, that's starting to change.

In New Canaan, police are getting training in administering Narcan to people who have overdosed and stopped breathing. It just takes two squirts up the nose. But, in the field, it could save a life.

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Electricity rate hike
2:19 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Conn. Electricity Rates Set For January Hike

Most electricity consumers in Connecticut are getting a rate increase on Jan. 1. That’s because state regulators approved higher rates for Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating today.

The reason for the increase is because the cost of getting natural gas to electricity power plants has been rising due to limited pipeline capacity, said Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the Public Utility Regulatory Authority.

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"unprincipled practices may be widespread"
4:33 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

FEMA Called On To Investigate Sandy Claims

United States flags are displayed on flood-damaged homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Credit AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

U.S. Senators in New York and New Jersey are calling on FEMA to investigate how insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy were secretly rewritten to favor insurance companies at the expense of homeowners.

It was only by chance Deborah Ramey, of Long Beach, N.Y., discovered an engineering report about her home was rewritten to say that it wasn't Sandy that damaged her home and, thus, the damage was not covered by insurance.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

In Greenwich, A Future For The American Chestnut Tree

Kendra Gurney demonstrates planting a chestnut tree seedling.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

A hundred years ago, one in four trees in the eastern United States was an American Chestnut. But, in the early 20th century, the tree was nearly wiped out by one of the first invasive species to hit America. Now, a plot of land in Greenwich, Connecticut is just one of 300 groves from Maine to Georgia where chestnuts are being reintroduced. Dozens of volunteers planted nearly 400 trees here over the weekend.

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