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Response to FRA "deep dive" investigation
7:33 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Metro-North making safety improvements recommended by feds

Credit Craig LeMoult

Metro-North announced on Thursday that the railroad is making a series of safety reforms that had been recommended by the Federal Railroad Administration.  The FRA made the recommendations following a number of recent accidents, including 2 derailments, one of them deadly. 

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Moss is upstate NY Sheriff
6:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

NY GOP nominates first African American for NY LT Governor

Its official, Chemung County, New York, Sheriff Chris Moss will be the first African American GOP candidate to run for lieutenant governor of the state. New York Republicans nominated Moss for the post at their party convention on Thursday.   

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Largest class of judges in state history
6:45 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Malloy swears in class of 16 new Conn Superior Court judges

Governor Dannel Malloy speaking at the swearing in ceremony for 16 new Conn Superior Court judges at the state Capitol in Hartford on May 15th, 2014

Governor Dannel Malloy swore-in the largest class of new Superior Court judges in Connecticut’s history on Thursday. The sixteen member class is also among the most diverse.

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Some question if reef balls will work
10:51 am
Thu May 15, 2014

An experiment in stopping erosion in Stratford - reef balls

Reef balls just off the coast of Stratford, Conn.
Credit Jan Ellen Spiegel

There’s a peculiar looking sight off the shoreline of Stratford, Connecticut these days.  Sitting just above the low tide line are 2 rows of about 60 concrete domes with big holes in them – each one kind of like a 15-hundred-pound piece of calcified swiss cheese. These are a type of artificial reef called reef balls. Its purpose is to stop erosion. But  it comes with one big question – will it work?

Read more about the Stratford reef ball experiment on the Connecticut Mirror here.

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25% higher for credit card transactions
7:48 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Suffolk tables plan to warn of "outrageous" fees

Jay Schneiderman (I-Southampton) proposed bill after seeing stations charge 25% more for credit card transactions
Credit Charles Lane

The Suffolk County Legislature voted down a controversial measure Tuesday night. It would have required gas stations to notify motorists when there's a large disparity between cash purchases compared to credit card transactions.  

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