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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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Asbestos sites abut residents
7:27 am
Wed May 14, 2014

DA investigating "multiple" asbestos dumpings

A second illegal dumping site containing asbestos found in Central Islip
Credit Gabrielle Fonrouge

Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota announced Tuesday he is investigating the possibility of more illegal dumping sites in the town of Islip that may contain hazardous materials. Spota says it’s possible the new sites are connected to the dumping at Roberto Clemente Park where 32,000 tons of asbestos-laden material was dumped.   

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Malloy says states could see hospitals close
5:31 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Malloy visits D.C. to tout Conn Obamacare enrollment and urge more states to expand Medicaid

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy addresses the House and the Senate at the end of session at the Capitol on the final day of session, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the states that refuse to expand Medicaid under Obamacare could see hospitals close. Malloy spoke on Tuesday at a liberal think tank in Washington D.C. Twenty six states hadn't expanded Medicaid as of the end of March. 

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Fence symbolically and literally divides neighbors
8:33 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New Haven starts removing controversial fence between public housing and neighboring Hamden

A front loader took down a section of the New Haven-Hamden fence on Monday
Credit Craig LeMoult

New Haven began demolishing a fence on Monday that for 50 years separated a public housing complex in the city from the town of Hamden.  For some, the fence had become a symbol of racial and economic division between two communities.

Read more about economic disparity issues in Connecticut at our State of Disparity blog.

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32,000 tons of asbestos laden waste
6:33 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Politics mount as more illegal dumping found

One of "multiple" illegal dumping sites being investigated for toxic contaminates in the town of Islip
Credit Gabrielle Fonrouge

The Long Island town of Islip said Monday that the air around Roberto Clemente park in Brentwood does not contain asbestos. Air sampling was necessary after officials found 32,000 tons of illegally dumped material there that did contain asbestos. There is now a criminal investigation underway and  the issue is also becoming political.

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