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Annual homeless count
9:30 am
Thu January 30, 2014

On night of annual homeless count, a shelter is crowded

Roger Hines works at the Pacific House, an emergency shelter location for The Shelter for the Homeless in Stamford
Credit Craig LeMoult

Wednesday night, at about 70 shelters around Connecticut, workers counted up how many homeless people checked in for the night. Each year, shelters and homeless advocates participate in this national count to understand the extent of the homeless problem. Last year's count found more than 45 hundred homeless people in the state. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult visited a shelter in Stamford and spoke with some of the people there.

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Nurses: 32-year-old regulations outdated
9:17 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Conn. school nurses call for changes to regulations

Peggy Schoen, the school nurse for the K-8 Wintergreen Magnet School in Hamden, at her medicine cabinet.
Credit Alison Freeland

School nurses in Connecticut still operate under regulations established in 1982.  But the world of student health has grown increasingly complicated, and school nurses think it’s time the regulations catch up with their roles.

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Conn. responds to teacher evaluation complaints
6:15 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Conn. delays implementation of stricter teacher evaluations

On Wednesday Connecticut officials announced they are delaying the implementation of stricter performance evaluations for public school teachers. The state is also establishing a task force to study the implementation of the Common Core standards that were adopted four years ago.

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Waiting for health study
5:46 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

NY environmental commissioner: Fracking likely delayed for at least a year

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on the environment on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Martens says his agency has “absolutely no plans” to issue permits for shale gas drilling and fracking in the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Credit AP/Mike Groll

One day after President Obama touted the hydro fracking of natural gas as a “bridge fuel,” New York's   environmental commissioner says it’s “extremely unlikely” that permits for drilling wells will be issued in the next year.  

 

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Healthcare
11:35 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Connecticut awards first licenses for medical marijuana producers

Credit AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

  Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection announced the state’s first four licenses for growing medical marijuana Tuesday. 

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