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The story of the 'Working Group'
4:45 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Why NY gets $800 million, Conn. gets nothing in Bank of America settlement

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, speaks at the Justice Department in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, after Holder announced the formation of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group.
Credit AP/Cliff Owen

Bank of America, the second largest U.S. bank, reached a record-breaking settlement totaling more than $16 billion dollars with federal and state prosecutors over alleged fraud that led to the financial collapse in 2008. The settlement was the work of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group.

Back in 2012, President Obama said the State of the Union was getting stronger, the country was getting a foothold in the economic recovery, and he announced what would later be called the Residential Mortgage-backed Securities Working Group.

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Pryor and Governor Show unity
6:40 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Malloy says he didn't ask education commissioner to leave

Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor (left) and Governor Dannel Malloy in New Britain on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Credit CT-N

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy rejected suggestions on Thursday that he asked his education commissioner to step down. The Governor and Commissioner Stefan Pryor appeared unified at an event announcing funding for struggling school districts.

Pryor announced last week he would not seek a second term if Malloy wins re-election. Malloy says it was not because Pryor was asked not to.

“It was a decision that he reached," Malloy said. "We did have the opportunity to talk about it. I did receive his letter on Monday. And as you note, I appear alongside my friend today.”

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Election 2014
6:15 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Conn. GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley might be pulled to the right by gun rights advocate

Petitioning candidate for governor Joe Visconti, right, and volunteer Jessica Chiong, left, at the Connecticut Republican Convention, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn.
Credit (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Now that gun rights advocate Joseph Visconti has qualified to be on the ballot for Connecticut governor in November, Republican Tom Foley may be facing some competition for voters concerned with that issue.

According to UConn political scientist Ron Schurin, Visconti now being in the race may force Foley to reach out to the right to keep gun rights voters from going to Visconti. This is something Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy might be able to exploit, Schurin said.

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Pedestrian and bike safety among goals
10:20 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Touring Stamford's downtown with an eye for safety

City planners and community advocates tour downtown Stamford on Wednesday
Credit Craig LeMoult

Stamford is the fastest developing city in Connecticut, but some are concerned its becoming too dangerous for pedestrians. Three pedestrians have been killed by cars in recent months. City planners and advocates were out on Wednesday to gather ideas on how to make the city’s streets safer.

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Neighboring houses burned
7:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Fire at former Remington plant highlights danger of abandoned buildings

The former Remington Arms factory was the site of a fire on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.
Credit Craig LeMoult

Two buildings at what was once the largest munitions plant in the country caught fire Tuesday in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  It’s the latest fire in a city full of vulnerable, abandoned buildings.

John Cardoba lives across the street and several houses down from the old abandoned Remington Arms factory in Bridgeport.

“You could see the fire starting from the top of the building, and then you start seeing just this black and white smoke just as far as you can see in the sky,” Cardoba said.

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