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Conversation With Wally Lamb
8:07 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Historic Conn. flood central to new novel

We are Water by Wally Lamb

Fifty years ago, a massive flood devastated the city of Norwich, Connecticut.

In March of 1963, a dam at the city’s largest park collapsed and millions of gallons of water flooded the area, causing several deaths. 

Author Wally Lamb grew up in Norwich. He's used the flood as a jumping off point for his latest novel, We Are Water. It's  set in the fictional town of Three Rivers,  based on Norwich and nearby New London and Willimantic

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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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