Lawmakers ask for more than approved 2 years ago
6:32 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Appropriations Committee adds $12 million to Malloy's budget proposal

The Appropriations Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly approved a revised state budget on Thursday that spends $12 million more than was recommended by Governor Dannel Malloy. The plan was approved by a vote of 26 to 19.

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Lawmakers not "thrilled" with dorms
5:05 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

15 years and FBI raid, dorm bill finally gets attention

Credit courtesy of NY Senate

News this week that the FBI raided the offices of yet another New York State lawmaker has pushed into the limelight a little known piece of legislation authored by a Long Island senator. Babylon Republican Phil Boyle has, for the last 15 years, wanted lawmakers to live in a dorm.   

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Slight job boost in Conn.; Dip on Long Island
4:40 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Winter weather plays the villain in Conn. & Long Island labor reports

Labor numbers out Thursday show a slight increase in employment in Connecticut, and a dip on Long Island.  Labor economists on both sides of the Sound say the weather is playing a key role.

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Gov. Malloy to sign bill into law
11:28 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Conn. lawmakers approve bill to increase minimum wage

Credit cga.ct.gov

State lawmakers in Connecticut have become the first in the country to pass legislation that will increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.  The minimum wage will rise to $10.10 by 2017.  That's the same rate President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage by 2015.

Democratic Governor  Dannel Malloy applauded the move and says he'll sign it on Thursday evening in New Britain, where Obama appeared to press for a $10.10 national wage.

The bill passed the state House , 87-54, and the Senate, 21-14.

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Offices raided, accusations denied
6:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

NY lawmakers draw attention of FBI

New York lawmakers in both the Assembly and the Senate are coming under scrutiny from the FBI. The State Capitol offices of an Assemblyman were raided, and a State Senator gave a tour of her home property in an attempt to debunk accusations from federal investigators that she engaged in an illegal land deal. 

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Moratorium possible on Common Core test results
6:25 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

NY lawmakers consider delaying effects of Common Core testing

New York lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.

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New Haven architect says nature will be a theme
5:22 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Architect presents design for new Sandy Hook Elementary School

A display in Newtown on Tuesday night of designs for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School
Credit Davis Dunavin

Officials in Newtown heard design plans for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School at a town meeting Tuesday. Residents voted last fall to tear down the building where 20 students and 6 teachers were shot in 2012. The school construction is being paid for with a $50 million state grant. 

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Drills funded by FEMA grant
10:46 am
Wed March 26, 2014

New Haven emergency workers practice disaster response

File photo of New Haven Harbor
Credit AP Photo/Bob Child

Emergency workers in New Haven have been participating in a drill, where they practice responding to a staged disaster.  New Haven is one of 12 major cities in the U.S. to be given a grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency to hold these drills. 

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Conn. DEEP investigates wolf-dog hybrids
9:57 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Attack of the hybrid wolf-dogs?

In this photo released by Wolf Park, is a wolf-dog hybrid in Indiana. The Connecticut DEEP is investigating an incident involving hybrid wolf-dogs in Ledyard, Conn.
Credit (AP Photo/Wolf Park, Monty Sloan)

The headline sounds a bit like a plot from a horror movie – hybrid wolf-dogs menacing a community in Southeastern Connecticut. But the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says these animals really exist, and they’re looking into the report of a Ledyard resident who claimed a pack of hybrid wolf-dogs running loose threatened him. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult spoke with Bill Hyatt, chief of the Bureau of Natural Resources for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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Grant sends experts to LI
7:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

IBM helps Suffolk figure out sewer problems

At his State of the County Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone called nitrogen the biggest threat to Suffolk
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County has received a grant from the technology company IBM to help solve what many see as Long Island's biggest looming crisis: poor water quality. Planners and environmentalists say they’re "thrilled" with the announcement.

    

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