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Liberty vs Health
8:24 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Suffolk bans tobacco sales to those under 21

Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County Health Commissioner, says raising the tobacco age will keep youth from smoking
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County has increased the minimum age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes from 19 to 21 years old.  The bill, passed Tuesday evening, was pushed by health advocates who say it will reduce youth’s access to cigarettes.

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E.U. trade negotiations to address cheese names
7:02 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Would you buy feta if they couldn't call it feta?

Cows like this one produce milk for feta cheese at Sankow's Beaver Brook Farm in Lyme.
Credit Craig LeMoult

Would a cheese by any other name smell as… stinky? It turns out that’s a question that U.S. trade negotiators are facing. And U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut is pressing for them to keep feta: “feta.” Murphy says in current trade negotiations, Europe wants to ensure feta cheese produced in Connecticut couldn’t be called that because it’s produced in the U.S. The same holds true for other cheeses named after European places.

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how to talk to lawmakers
6:41 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Activists learn how to lobby in Hartford

Some Connecticut residents concerned about social justice issues were at the state Capitol in Hartford  to learn about how to lobby their lawmakers. The activists are concerned about several bills being considered in the legislature this year.

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Lost by one vote
6:24 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

NY Dream Act supporters vow to fight on

Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up”, when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote.

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Bill scales back utility tree trimming
6:07 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Bill to roll-back aggressive tree trimming by Conn. utilities passes key legislative committee

A bill that would force electric utilities in Connecticut to roll back an aggressive tree trimming program received the approval of a key state legislative committee on Tuesday. There’s been some recent public outcry against aggressive tree trimming by the utilities.

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