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Metro-North safety
9:47 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Conn. lawmakers suggest looking elsewhere for rail operator

Commuters stand in the doorway of a Stamford bound train at Grand Central Terminal in this file photo.
Credit AP Photo/John Minchillo

Issues facing Metro-North railroad were the focus of a public hearing on Wednesday.  Members of the Connecticut General Assembly's Transportation Committee voiced concern about recent incidents, including two derailments, a power failure, and the death of a track foreman.

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30 years of leaky fuel tanks
5:15 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Suffolk Settles $2 million environmental lawsuit

Suffolk County settled another lawsuit with the US Attorney's office Wednesday.  This latest one will cost tax payers $2-million for environmental violations stemming from underground storage tanks owned by the county.

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Settlement caps 5 year investigation
11:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Suffolk approves settlement between county police and US Justice Department

In this Nov. 19, 2008 file photo, men carry the coffin of slain Ecuadoran citizen Marcelo Lucero in Gualaceo, Ecuador. Lucero, who lived in the U.S., was killed on Nov. 8, 2008 during an attack on Long Island.
Credit AP Photo, File

The Suffolk County Legislature approved a settlement on Tuesday between the county police department and the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations of discriminatory policing. 

The agreement comes after a five-year federal investigation into the murder of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in 2008.  The Justice Department concluded that police discouraged Latinos from reporting crimes and improperly classified hate crimes. 

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Railroad outlines safety practices
9:51 am
Wed December 18, 2013

At governor's request, Metro-North provides report

James Redeker, Connecticut Transportation Commissioner, right, stands by as Governor Dannel Malloy, second from right, speaks about a Metro-North service disruption at a press conference at Grand Central Terminal in this September 26th file photo.
Credit AP Photo/Tina Fineberg

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says he's received a report from Metro-North on actions its taking to address concerns about its safety practices and infrastructure. The governor had asked for the report earlier this month following train derailments in Connecticut and New York, as well as a power failure and the death of a track foreman in West Haven.

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5,300 jobs added in Q3
5:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Report says Conn. economy improving, but D.C. dysfunction could hurt

A new economic report by the University of Connecticut says the state gained 53 hundred jobs in the last quarter.  The report says things might have been even better if it weren’t for political brinksmanship in Washington.

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