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Feds asked to house 2,000 kids in Southbury
6:15 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Connecticut refuses federal request to house thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children

Connecticut officials have rejected a federal request to temporarily house up to 2,000 immigrant children from Central America at a mostly-vacant facility built for developmentally disabled adults.

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State bond commission likely to approve
6:09 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Second Bridgeport train station gets state support

Governor Dannel Malloy and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch (left) at the announcement Wednesday
Credit Craig LeMoult

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced  Wednesday that nearly 3 million dollars will be included in the next State Bond Commission agenda, for the engineering and design of a new train station in Bridgeport.  That funding will almost certainly be approved.

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500 Africans are in the US for Obama's initiative
5:18 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Twenty-five of President Obama's Young African Leaders study at Yale this summer

Some members of President Obama's Young African Leaders at Yale at a block party with local residents at the Stetson Library in New Haven on Wednesday July 9, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

An app that helps doctors keep in touch with patients in Uganda, another that helps teachers keep up with technology in Zambia, and a website that tells the stories of Rwandan genocide survivors. These are just some of the businesses that have been developed by a group of young African entrepreneurs, sought out by President Obama.  The entrepreneurs are part of the president’s Young African Leaders Initiative – in which 500 hundred sub-Saharan Africans between the ages of 25 and 35 have been brought to study at US universities this summer.

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Anti-poverty
3:02 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Defunct NEON faces creditors in bankruptcy proceedings Thursday

A former embattled Fairfield County anti-poverty agency will face creditors in bankruptcy proceedings Thursday morning. The defunct agency owes upwards of $3.500,000 but only has assets of less than $500,000. Among the largest debts are nearly $950,000 to Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company and more than $600,000 to the Connecticut Department of Labor. 

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"Today we have laptops"
12:14 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Telecommuting could soften strike impact

A commuter uses the internet while waiting to board the Long Island Rail Road, something not possible 20 years ago.
Credit Charles Lane

Penn Station at rush hour is a din of train roars and the constant barking of a metallic PA system. A wall of commuters watch the boards to see what track their train comes in on. Once the train is called there is a mad rush down the stairs to find a seat.

In past strikes all 300,000 of these commuters would crowd the highways and bridges into Manhattan. Either that or risk losing their jobs. But there is a big difference between the last strike in 1994 and this week.

“Today we have laptops. So I'm working from home for the whole strike.”

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