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1:51 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Cuomo Gets Blowback On 90 Day Email Deletion Policy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been getting some bipartisan criticism from state lawmakers over an email policy that erases all electronic correspondence of state employees after 90 days.

The policy to delete the emails of state employees after three months has been in place for some time, but is only now being enforced. It was revealed during a recent budget hearing, where Governor Cuomo’s chief Information Officer Maggie Miller testified before skeptical state lawmakers .

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Science
3:01 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Saved From Smugglers, 22 Baby Turtles Get A New Home in Stamford

Soundwaters educator Jessica Castoro brushes a baby Diamondback Terrapin.
Credit Greg Bilionis / SoundWaters

Over the winter, the SoundWaters nature education center in Stamford got an unexpected donation: 22 baby diamondback terrapins rescued from an international turtle-smuggling ring.

SoundWaters director Leigh Shemitz says the baby turtles came by overnight mail from Anchorage, Alaska. That’s where U.S. customs officials found more than 200 of them, in her words, “Stuffed into buckets and boxes and boots on their way to China.”

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Superstorm Sandy
12:26 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

FEMA Increases Oversight Over Flood Insurers

Cars lifted by floodwater are mired in several feet of sand in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, in Long Beach, N.Y. Lawyers representing about 1,800 homeowners are trying to prove that some engineering firms hired to inspect the damage issued bogus reports that led reduced insurance payouts.
Credit AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Monday it's boosting its oversight of the private insurance companies contracted by the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA manages the flood program, which allows people to buy flood insurance from the federal government. The agency hires private insurance companies to process claims and payouts in the flood program.  The insurance companies hire engineering firms to survey damage, and adjusting firms to calculate how much it will cost to repair the damage. 

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Culture
12:46 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

New Haven Looks For The Best Way To Help The Homeless

New Haven mayor Toni Harp announces the results of a study on homelessness.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU News

 The city of New Haven wants to change the way it provides services for its homeless population.

On Monday, the city released the results of a study to find out what kind of services their homeless are being offered, what they're using, and what's working (or isn't working.) A few key facts:

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Government
12:37 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Releases Its Final Report

Commission member and city of Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy holds a copy of the final report from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission after a presentation at the Legislative Office Building, Friday, March 6, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. The commission was formed to provide a of review current policy and to make recommendations in the areas of public safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention after the 2012 killings of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Credit Jessica Hill / AP

More than two years after it was convened, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has concluded its work. The commission presented its 277-page final report to Gov. Dannel Malloy Friday. Malloy formed the group in early 2013 to make recommendations for policy changes in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012.

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