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New gallery opens featuring Close & kids
8:12 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Artist Chuck Close mentors Bridgeport elementary school students

Chuck Close speaks to the crowd in Bridgeport Thursday evening, as students Chunjang Bruynder (left) and Stella Alexander listen, standing in front of a Close self portrait
Craig LeMoult

An unusual art exhibit opened in Bridgeport, Connecticut last night. It features the work of world-renowned painter Chuck Close. And next to his paintings hang the work of Bridgeport elementary school students. The exhibit comes out of a collaboration Close has had with a Bridgeport school, as part of a the national Turnaround Arts Initiative to bring art to disadvantaged kids.

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Remembering Newtown victims
11:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Playgrounds honor the memory of Sandy Hook victims

Volunteers dig holes for the supports for the new playground in honor of Allison Wyatt
Craig LeMoult

Hundreds of volunteers are gathered Thursday at a small park in South Norwalk to build a playground in honor of six year old Allison Wyatt. The playground is one of 26 being built by the program The Sandy Ground: Where Angels Play, in memory of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Health Insurance Storefront opens in New Britain
5:06 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Conn. opens first in the nation health insurance storefront

Gildred Ortiz, center and Julio Colon, right, receive help from outreach worker for Access Health CT, Cristela Solorio Ruiz during a grand opening for Connecticut's health insurance exchange's first insurance store, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in New Britain, Conn. The site, where people can visit to sign up for health coverage, is the first in the nation.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

On Thursday Connecticut opened the first storefront in the nation to help people sign-up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The storefront is in New Britain.

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Government
6:25 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Suffolk County passes controversial budget

The Suffolk County legislature passed its 2014 budget Wednesday. The budget raises property taxes in the five western towns, puts more law enforcement on the streets, and borrows some $90 million dollars to cover pension costs.  The spending plan brought intense last-minute criticism from environmental advocates who say it “pillages” $33 million intended for water quality protection

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Metro-North NTSB hearing
6:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Metro-North official testifies railroad behind in maintenance

NTSB Board members Deborah Hersman, Robert Sumwalt, and Christopher Hart listen to presentations during the NTSB investigative hearing into recent Metro-North accidents.
Credit NTSB website

A Metro-North Railroad official told federal regulators on Wednesday that the commuter line is behind schedule on some of its maintenance and has not updated certain standards in years.

On May 17 in Bridgeport, an eastbound train derailed and was struck by a westbound train, injuring 76 people. Eleven days later, a track worker was struck and killed by a train in West Haven.

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