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Senior care
3:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Stamford's Smith House faces financial woes while state shifts focus

Robert Mislow is executive director of Smith House, a nursing home operated by the city of Stamford. Smith House is celebrating its 50th year providing rehabilitative and long-term care for the area's seniors.
Credit Robert Mislow

Smith House in Stamford, Connecticut is one of only two nursing homes operated by a city or town in the state. But city leaders are struggling to keep up with its rising costs. WSHU's Kaomi Goetz reports that changes in how Connecticut approaches long-term care is testing the viability of Smith House and other nursing homes across the state. 

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Education
10:49 am
Thu March 6, 2014

NY Assembly votes to delay Common Core

New York State's Assembly chamber
Credit assembly.state.ny.us

The New York State Assembly passed a bill on Wednesday to delay some of the effects of the state’s Common Core learning standards.

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Bellone eyes plan for free filtration systems
12:43 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Bellone: Nitrogen is greatest crisis in generations

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivering his State of the County address
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivered his annual State of the County address last night. He said Suffolk is stronger, safer, and resilient. Bellone spent most of his speech pressing the need for improved water quality.  

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Obama pushes for $10.10 minimum wage
9:10 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Obama visits Connecticut and calls for federal minimum wage increase

President Obama speaking at the minimum wage rally at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Wednesday March 5th, 2014. Seated on stools from left to right behind Obama are US Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Schafee, Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Credit Ebong Udoma

President Barack Obama was in Connecticut on Wednesday making a push for an increase in the federal minimum wage. The president was joined on stage by the governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut.

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Columbia, CT native competes at Paralympics
5:17 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Connecticut Paralympian competes in Sochi, on one ski

Patrick Parnell competing in the 2014 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Copper, Colorado.
Credit Joe Kusumoto

You may have seen the Olympic alpine skiers flying down an icy race course at terrifyingly high speeds in Sochi.Well, imagine doing that on just one ski. That’s what Patrick Parnell of Columbia, Connecticut will be doing in Sochi. He’s representing the United States at the Paralympic Winter Games, which begin Friday. 20-year-old Parnell was born with a condition which meant his left leg didn’t fully form.
He spoke with WSHU’s Craig LeMoult.

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