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Environmental regulations
1:45 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Conn. Municipalities Oppose Storm Water Regulation Draft

About a third of Connecticut’s cities and towns are rejecting proposed state regulations for dealing with storm water runoff.

Leaders of the municipalities are denouncing the draft regulations.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities represents most of Connecticut’s towns and cities. It says the new draft regulations by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection dictate the frequency of street sweeping and the cleaning of storm water drainage systems that run into municipal sewers. And this imposes costs that towns and cities simply cannot afford. 

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Culture
5:28 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Two Years Later, A Movement Of Kindness In Newtown

Sunday marks two years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Over the past two years, thousands of people around the country have responded with acts of kindness. That includes many different groups and some who have decided to act on their own.

Ashley Petersen, a Sandy Hook native, created a Facebook event called “26 Days of Kindness,” in which each day leading up to Dec. 14 is dedicated to a victim of the shooting.

Petersen’s Facebook event has inspired more than 3,000 people to join.

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Sandy Hook School Shooting
2:40 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Conn.'s U.S. Senators Renew Call For Gun Control Legislation

Connecticut's U.S. Senators marked the upcoming two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting this week by giving speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

In April of last year, a gun control bill that was supported by both senators failed to pass. On Wednesday, both Senators called on their colleagues to pass gun control legislation.

In his speech, Sen. Chris Murphy criticized his colleagues for not taking action even though there have been more shootings at schools across the country since the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown.

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Unemployment Tax
7:32 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Klarides: Conn. Employers Will Pay Highest Unemployment Tax In Country

Incoming Connecticut House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.
Credit Conn. House Republicans

The incoming Republican leader of the Connecticut House is concerned the state labor department is not doing enough to reduce unemployment taxes for businesses.

By January, Connecticut companies will be paying the highest federal unemployment taxes in the country, said Rep. Themis Klarides of Derby.

Connecticut has not obtained a waiver that would have given the state an extension on repaying federal loans it used to pay unemployment benefits during the recession, she said. That’s why she’s written to the state labor commissioner seeking an explanation.

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Development
10:07 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Small Conn. Town Has Big Plans For Development Along Thames

Preston Riverwalk site along the Thames River.
Credit Rhonda Miller

Nearly 400 acres of prime real estate along the Thames River in Preston, Connecticut, was once the site of Norwich State Hospital,  which closed in 1996. Since then, the property has attracted several proposals for development.  None of them have worked out.

Five years ago, the little town of Preston took a big leap and bought the property, that's now envisioned as Preston Riverwalk.

Bulldozers and scrap sorting machines are working on the rubble of one of 57 structures being demolished on the Preston Riverwalk site.

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