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Conn. 5th District & NY 1st District also picked
6:59 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

National GOP says Conn. 4th Congressional District race competitive

Jim Himes (left) and Dan Debicella debate during their 2012 race
Credit Craig LeMoult

Republican Dan Debicella, who is challenging Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes in the upcoming election, has reached the highest level of the national GOP’s so-called “Young Guns” program.

Debicella says his designation as a “young gun” means the national GOP decided his race against Himes was worth paying attention to.

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Election 2014
6:51 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Malloy administration pushes back on GOP criticism of its prisoner release program

Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration is pushing back on Republican criticism that its prisoner early release program is making the state unsafe. GOP candidates campaigning for governor had accused Democratic incumbent Malloy of letting violent felons out to "roam our streets" under the Risk Reduction Earned Credits program for inmates. Malloy’s criminal justice advisor Mike Lawlor said this is not the case.

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Still thousands of contaminated sites in CT
6:22 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

EPA awards funds to help brownfield cleanups

The former Progressive Plating company, which was abandoned in 2001 (click for more photos)
Craig LeMoult

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $1.6 million on Thursday in Connecticut to help clean up abandoned and contaminated properties, known as brownfields.

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Extreme weather
5:22 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Cleanup continues on LI after heavy rains caused record flooding

Vehicles attempt to maneuver down a flooded Montauk Highway in Babylon, N.Y., Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Frank Eltman

Torrential rains across Long Island broke a New York state record on Wednesday with over thirteen inches in less than twenty four hours.  That's the highest amount of rainfall since Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said on Wednesday that in just four hours, Long Island’s infrastructure became inundated with water.

“The drainage systems in the county and you find similar numbers throughout the municipal systems are designed to sustain a 5 inch storm over a 24 hour period," Bellone said. "This was 13 inches within several hours.”

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Voters see the economy as being in bad shape
6:32 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Conn campaign for governor is expected to focus on the state's sluggish economic recovery

Conn Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley with supporters at the Villa Rosa Pontelandolfo Club in Waterbury celebrating his win over state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney on primary night Aug. 12th 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

With Connecticut Republicans now having chosen their gubernatorial candidate, political analysts say the state’s sluggish economy will likely be the dominant issue in this year's rematch between Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican businessman Tom Foley.

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