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"count your fingers after you shake thier hand"
9:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The quiet war within horse racing

"You always have to count your fingers after you shake their hand," says horse trainer Rick Violette.
Credit Charles Lane

Their hooves pounding like cannon fire, dirt spraying in a blurred river of rushing legs and flying crops, that electrifying moment when the horses stretch toward the finish line heaving snout beside heaving snout. 

Most horse racing fans experience this excitement not at the race track but at off track betting parlors, like the one at Batavia Downs outside Buffalo, New York. It's a sunless maze of flashing technicolored video machines manned by dough-faced bettors just sort of passing the time on a weekday afternoon.

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Emissions at pre-1990 levels
12:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Conn. report says greenhouses gasses reduced

Connecticut has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions over the past two decades. That’s according to a new report from the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which shows emissions levels were lower in 2010 than they’ve been since 1990.

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State of Disparity
6:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Yale expert examines causes & impacts of inequality

Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker, speaking at a conference on inequality. The chart he points to depicts a correlation between wages in the financial industry, and financial deregulation
Credit Craig LeMoult

The U.S has the highest level of economic inequality of any rich democracy. As we’ve been talking about in our State of Disparity series, Connecticut’s economy is an extreme example of that. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult spoke with Jacob Hacker, the director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University.

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Government
10:45 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Blumenthal, McCain urge FCC to end sports blackout rule

File photo- Empty rows of seats are seen at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Credit (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and John McCain of Arizona are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to follow through on its proposal to end its blackout rule.

The blackout rule was implemented in 1975. It can prevent local TV broadcasts of sporting events if not enough fans show up to the game in person.

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Government
10:38 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Conn. delegation using Ukraine situation to push for Sikorsky helicopters

Members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation are using the unrest in Ukraine to push for the sale of more Connecticut-made Sikorsky helicopters. But they have competition from lawmakers using for helicopters manufactured in other states.

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