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Consumer advocates expected worse
11:34 am
Fri September 5, 2014

NY health premiums to rise $1 billion

Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, gave insurance companies half of what they asked for.
Credit AP/Mike Groll

New York is allowing health insurance companies to raise premiums an average of 5.7 percent for individuals, and 6.7 percent for small groups. This is, however, roughly half of what insurance companies claimed was the cost of providing health care.

Insurance companies participating in the state's health exchange asked regulators for an average increase of around 13 percent over last year.

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Elephant in the Room Boxing Club
5:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

New Haven boxing gym trains kids, in an effort to keep violence in the ring

Young boxers in the ring at Elephant in the Room Boxing Club in New Haven (CLICK PHOTO FOR SLIDESHOW)
Craig LeMoult

Life in some low-income neighborhoods is often hard and sometimes violent. One woman in New Haven is trying to prevent violence on the streets, by containing that aggression in a boxing ring.

“Ropes up! 100 revolutions! Lets go!”

Devonne Canady barks orders at about a dozen kids, who spin jumpropes around them while standing on wooden pallets in the parking lot of a boxing gym.

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Delays mean more restrictive jail settings
10:42 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Yale report and U.S. Senators criticize Danbury prison renovation delays

This aerial view shows the Danbury Conn. Federal Correctional Institute, Thursday Sept. 23, 2004. There are 2 sections shown, on the top section of the frame is called the "Inside" prison for hardened prisoners, and at lower section is called the "Camp" for lower risk prisoners.
Credit AP Photo/Douglas Healey

A new report says a delay in renovations at a federal prison in Connecticut may be affecting the welfare of some women prisoners. U.S. Senators from Connecticut and New York are calling on federal officials to speed things up.

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Temperatures returning to normal
7:12 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Cooler than usual summer? Nope.

Over the past few summers, we've had some pretty hot stretches.  But this summer, we didn't have much to complain about. 

But if you’re thinking this is an unusually mild summer, you’re wrong.

“You know, believe it or not, statistically speaking it’s going to end up being a very normal year from a statistical standpoint,” said meteorologist Brian Hurley with the National Weather Service.

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State of Disparity
7:03 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Report highlights impact of race & education on jobs & wealth in Conn.

A new report says Connecticut’s economic recovery is only benefiting the state’s wealthiest citizens.  The advocacy group Connecticut Voices for Children says only the state’s highest earners have seen their wages increase since 2000.  The report says young people, members of racial minority groups, and workers who don’t have a college education are seeing negative trends in wages and employment.

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