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Former CT environmental commissioner returns
6:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

EPA's McCarthy says more should be done to reduce nitrogen in LI Sound

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (left) and U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro take a look at lobster food at the Sound School in New Haven on Tuesday
Credit Craig LeMoult

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy was back in Connecticut Tuesday. McCarthy is a former Connecticut environmental commissioner. She spoke with reporters following a visit with environmental advocates and students at an aquaculture school in New Haven.

McCarthy said Connecticut has made progress in reducing the amount of nitrogen its wastewater treatment plants are releasing into Long Island Sound. Nitrogen causes low oxygen dead-zones in the Sound each summer. But McCarthy said nitrogen flowing down rivers and into the Sound remains a problem.

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Lear's sitcoms broke new ground in the '70s
6:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

A Talk with TV Iconclast Norman Lear

Norman Lear brought unexpected depth to sitcoms. He says, "Comedy always sits right next to tragedy."
Credit Alex J. Berliner / ABImages

Connecticut native Norman Lear changed the face of TV. And he did it in part by changing the faces on TV.

On his groundbreaking sitcoms, he brought us the bigoted Archie Bunker of All in the Family, a brash feminist in Maude, the upwardly mobile African-American The Jeffersons, and the struggling Black family in the projects of Good Times—and that’s just to name a very few.

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Transportation
5:08 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Norwalk, Conn. launches state's first 'smart' parking app

A close-up image of the Parker app open in an iPad.
Credit Kaomi Goetz

Norwalk, Conn. became the first city in the state Tuesday to launch a mobile app that aims to help drivers find available parking spaces. It's called Parker and officials hope it will reduce frustration over finding places to park. 

  Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling conceded it's often hard to find one of the city's 4,000 parking spaces open at a press conference Tuesday.

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Election 2014
5:33 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

National political figures coming to Conn.

In these Oct. 2, 2014 file photos, Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley, left, and incumbent Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, speak during a live televised debate at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. The two men will face off in the Nov. 4 general election.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File

A number of national political figures, including President Barack Obama, are coming to Connecticut this week to help in the state’s close race for governor. Former President Bill Clinton will make an appearance with Gov. Dannel Malloy at a rally in Hartford tonight, and Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is expected to make an appearance with Republican challenger Tom Foley on Friday.

This raises the profile of one of the closest races for governor in the country this year, according to UConn Political Science Professor Ronald Schurin.

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Private insurance may not participate
9:04 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Conn. considers pooling public & private funds for children's mental health

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut in Stamford does fundraising so it can subsidize care for privately insured patients
Credit Craig LeMoult

After the Sandy Hook shooting, the Connecticut legislature called for a report on what should be done to improve mental health care for children in the state. That report came out recently, and  it includes a proposal to significantly change the kind of care people with private insurance can get.

Dawn Schneider of Stamford says she knew early on that something was different about her son Curtis from the severity of his tantrums. By the time he was four, Curtis was having ideas about suicide.

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