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Metro-North power failure
5:05 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Conn. senators say Metro-North and ConEdison are not doing enough to prevent future power failures

Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal at the U.S. Senate field hearing on the Metro-North power failure at Bridgeport City Hall, on Oct. 28 2013.
Credit Ebong Udoma

Connecticut’s two US Senators say Metro-North Railroad and New York utility ConEdison are not doing enough to prevent power problems like the one that disrupted service along the busy commuter rail line last month. The senators heard from the top officials at the two companies on Monday. 

 

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OPCW equipment
10:35 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Chemical weapons disposal tool used in Syria made in NY

In this file image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, members of a chemical weapons investigation team take samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria.
Credit AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video, File

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The team is on the ground in Syria trying to dispose of the country’s chemical weapons stockpile.  One of the tools in the OPCW’s arsenal is made in New York.

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New Haven Line infrastructure
10:07 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Conn. DOT: $3 billion in upgrades needed for Metro-North to go faster

Commuters stand in the doorway of a Stamford bound train at Grand Central Terminal (File Photo)
Credit AP Photo/John Minchillo

Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker says it would cost at least $3 billion to upgrade infrastructure needed before trains on Metro-North railroad can go faster.  Politicians and business leaders argue the investment would help the state's economy and ease traffic woes.

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Ballot Referendum
9:53 am
Mon October 28, 2013

No consensus on amendment to raise NY judge retirement age to 80

Appellate Courthouse at 27 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
Credit NYC.gov

A proposal on the November ballot in New York State to allow some judges to serve until they are 80 years old is not drawing a lot of support, and one court expert says that’s a shame.

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Prepping for the next Sandy
10:16 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Lawmakers race to keep ahead of house lifting boom

A Westhampton Beach home in the process of being permanently elevated.
Credit Charles Lane

After Superstorm Sandy communities high and dry for as long as anyone can remember suddenly found themselves under eight feet of water.  Post Sandy, a booming business in New York and New Jersey is house lifting.  Picking a house up and setting it on stilts or a higher foundation to protect it from a future storm surge.  But the rush to lift houses has regulators scurrying to catch up.  

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