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Some closing of racial achievement gap
6:13 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Conn. high school seniors get high marks in federal reading & math assessment

A new federal assessment gave Connecticut high schoolers high marks in reading and math. The state still sees a performance gap based on race, but the new results show some improvements in that area.

Click here for a summary of Connecticut's math performance.

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Unions oppose bill saying it wasn't fully vetted
4:40 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Bill to professionalize Suffolk PD called 'flawed'

Robert Trotta (R-Smithtown) wants Suffolk cops to have same requirements as police in region
Credit Charles Lane

A bill coming before the Suffolk County legislature would require county police, among other things, to get a college degree if they want a promotion above the rank of captain. But the bill will likely hit stiff resistance from police unions.  

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Project completion should mean improved service
5:35 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Metro North power lines upgraded between Southport & Bridgeport

Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy announcing the Metro-North upgrades at New Haven’s Union Square Station
Credit Davis Dunavin

It’s been a rocky year for Metro-North Railroad. But Connecticut officials say scheduling improvements are on the way because of upgrades that are almost complete on a busy stretch of the New Haven line.

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Growth stymied without more commuter options
4:57 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Third track could bring $68B to LI

Long Island Rail Road employees work at the ticket counter in Penn Station.
Credit AP/Mary Altaffer

A coalition of Long Island business leaders, developers, educators, and commuter advocates announced a report Tuesday that tallied the economic benefits of building a third track on the Long Island Rail Road. But despite what many say is a win for Long Island, a third track is still not on the planning boards.

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Increased rainfall, sea level rise and more
4:54 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

National Climate Assessment says Northeast already seeing climate change impact

Flooding in East Haven, Conn. following Superstorm Sandy. The National Climate Assessment says the Northeast saw a 70 percent increase in precipitation in major events between 1958 and 2010.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

A national assessment of climate change released today by the White House includes a range of warnings about changes we can expect to see in the Northeast.  It also details a number of impacts the region has already seen.

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