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"Money was never spent," but we're paying it back
4:45 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Bellone planning to pay back water quality "raid"

Environmentalists pressuring lawmakers to remove nitrogen from ground water. From left to right: Researcher Christopher Gobler, Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito and Pine Barrens Society's RIchard Ampher
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is considering legislation that would pay back some $55 million that environmentalists say lawmakers "raided" from a water quality fund. This comes as environmentalists are ramping up public pressure on the issue. 

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regulation of e-cigarettes
4:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Malloy wants Conn. to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors

Conn. Governor Dannel Malloy announcing legislation to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors at the Trinity College Boys and Girl Club in Hartford on Wednesday. The Boys and Girls Clubs in Connecticut conduct a tobacco resistance and awareness program for teenagers funded by the Tobacco and Health Trust Fund.
Credit Sara Karl

Governor Dannel Malloy said on Wednesday he wants Connecticut to join 27 states that have banned the sale of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes to minors. E-cigarettes are currently not regulated in Connecticut.

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Developing
11:10 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Buildings collapse in Harlem: fatalities and injuries

The scene at 116th Street and Park Avenue in New York City.
Credit FDNY

7:51 am:    Seven people have been confirmed dead, and four of those bodies were found this morning.  Workers at the scene of the two destroyed apartment buildings  plan to remain at the scene through today, as they search for more people believed to be missing following yesterday morning's explosion.

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Economy
10:43 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Black-owned businesses struggling in Conn.

Jere Eaton, owner of PrintabiliTees, says black business owners lack support and mentors.

Black-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing segments of the nation's economy. In Connecticut,  economists paint a different picture. Small businesses owned by black people account for little more than 4% of all small enterprises, while black people make up 12% percent of the population. Many struggle to get established and compete in the state's economy.  But some towns with significant African American populations are trying to change that. 

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New Haven man sues ICE over shackles
10:13 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Federal judge says using shackles during immigration proceedings violates rights

A federal judge has ruled Immigrations and Customs Enforcement violated a New Haven man’s constitutional rights when he was shackled during immigration court proceedings. The federal judge’s ruling late last week does not force ICE to stop the practice. It says there should have been an assessment to determine if the shackling was necessary in the case of Mark Reid. Reid is represented by the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School.

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