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5:15 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

LI Congressman meets with Israel's Prime Minister

Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., gestures during an interview with the Associated Press in this Thursday, May 1, 2014 file photo taken in Washington.
Credit AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

Following a visit with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, Long Island Congressman Steve Israel said Netanyahu’s is hoping the temporary cease fire with Hamas will last.

His essential message to us is that Israel wants peace and quiet and hopes that Hamas also wants peace and quiet. And if in fact they do, there can be a sustainable cease fire,” he said.

The Long Island Democratic is leading a bipartisan delegation of nine members of Congress who are visiting Israel this week. They met with the Israeli prime minister in Jerusalem.

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FDA considering proposed changes
6:32 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Blumenthal & DeLauro call for more detailed food labels

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, both of Connecticut, want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to further improve the food packaging labeling rules the agency proposed earlier this year. Blumenthal gave an example of one improvement they’d like to see.

“Tell consumers how much sugar is in the product, not in grams, but in teaspoons," said Blumenthal. "Americans don’t understand what grams are. They do understand teaspoons.”

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Drug resistance a public health concern
5:56 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Advocates want reduction in antibiotics in meat; Industry says they're not the problem

Members of ConnPIRG and Dr. Nicholas Bennett of Connecticut Children's Medical Center (far right) in Hartford on Tuesday
Credit Cooper McKim

Consumer and health advocates are calling on President Obama to stop the meat industry from giving animals antibiotics when they aren't sick.  The advocates said Tuesday that the practice leads to serious public health problems.

Dr. Nick Bennett is the Co-Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  He says he’s seen the impact of the overuse of antibiotics, in his office.

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Expansion follows Malloy's energy plan
6:02 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Conn. plan to expand natural gas begins in Wilton

Thomas May, President & CEO of Northeast Utilities, in Wilton on Monday
Credit CT-N

Connecticut's plan to expand the use of natural gas is taking a first step, with plans Monday to establish gas lines in downtown Wilton. Yankee Gas says it will install a 3-and-a-half-mile underground pipeline linking natural gas to Wilton's downtown business district, municipal buildings, schools and a community center. 

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Campaigned for background check bill after Newtown
5:29 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Conn. gun control advocates say James Brady's death is a sad day for their movement

Close-up of the plaque in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. James Brady, former press secretary to Ronald Reagan who was severely wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on the President, has died, the White House said on Monday. He was 73. Following the shooting of Reagan in Washington that left Brady partially paralyzed, he became one of the nation's most prominent gun-control advocates
Credit AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Connecticut gun control advocates say the death of former Reagan White House Press Secretary James Brady is a sad day for their movement.

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