Dan Katz

WSHU News Director

Dan began his career in public radio at WUFT-FM in Gainesville while attending the University of Florida. As host and producer of the Front Page Edition of All Things Considered, he interviewed several key political figures as well as some controversial personalities. He has been recognized by the Florida Associated Press and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists for his feature reporting.

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A new report from the American Automobile Association (AAA) finds that hands-free technologies can mentally distract drivers even if their eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel.

Fran Mayko is a spokesperson for AAA in Connecticut. Mayko said the report shows that after a driver uses voice-activated systems to make a call, text, or select music, a driver can still be distracted for up to 27 seconds after finishing that task.

AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Republican lawmakers in the Connecticut General Assembly are calling for a special legislative session to address Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy's mid-year budget cuts. In September, Malloy announced more than $100 million in cuts to hospitals and human services programs.

Republicans responded in September by calling for a special session. On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano again urged lawmakers who disagree with Malloy's cuts to "rethink this budget to prevent a health care crisis.''

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health Compensation Act, a law that provides medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders, expired midnight Thursday because Congress didn't act.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary accident report on a fatal plane crash on Long Island earlier this month.

The pilot was Joseph Milo, 59, of Westhampton Beach. Milo was killed when his single-engine aircraft crashed into a Long Island Rail Road crossing in Hicksville. A passenger was seriously injured.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has begun making new payments to victims of Superstorm Sandy after allegations that thousands of homeowners in New York and New Jersey were not paid what they were due from the National Flood Insurance Program.

The deadline for Superstorm Sandy victims to apply for their flood insurance claims to be reviewed is about a month away.

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