Chris Murphy

Mental health
5:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Conn.'s U.S. Senators, Experts Talk Mental Health After Report On Newtown Shooter

Dr. Alice Forrester of Clifford Beers, Sen. Chris Murphy, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

Connecticut's U.S. Senators met with some of the state's mental health experts on Monday to talk about problems with mental health treatment — and potential solutions. The meeting came three days after the release of a state report, which found a series of missed opportunities in the treatment of the Newtown shooter, Adam Lanza.

The report suggested a lack of communication among Lanza's parents, educators, and mental health professionals. Senator Chris Murphy said it was evidence of a fragmented system of treatment.

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Metro-North derailment
7:13 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

NTSB issues official report on Dec. 2013 Bronx derailment

U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, with State Rep. Charles Clemons of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut at a news conference on the NTSB report at the Bridgeport train station on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

On Tuesday, Federal regulators announced their conclusions on the cause of the Metro-North derailment that killed four people in the Bronx last December.

A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls to cause the derailment of the Metro-North Hudson Line commuter train, the NTSB report finds.

The train engineer’s sleepiness was due to a combination of an undiagnosed sleep apnea and a drastic shift in his work schedule, it said.

A system that would have applied the brakes automatically would have prevented the crash, according to the report.

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Gun rights advocate says bans make us less safe
4:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Murphy & Blumenthal call on retail stores to ban guns

Connecticut’s two U.S. Senators are asking retail stores to ban people from carrying guns into their stores.  A gun rights advocate says those policies would make people less safe.

U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal made the call following the release of an FBI report last week on 160 active shooter incidents from 2000 to 2013 that killed more than a thousand victims.

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Loan guarantees, bonds, & gas tax increase
6:08 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Murphy proposes new methods for funding rail infrastructure

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, speaking with business leaders in Stamford on Thursday about funding rail infrastructure.
Credit Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says he plans to introduce legislation in September to create two new programs to help fund improvements to the passenger rail system. Murphy shared his ideas with business leaders in Stamford on Thursday.

Murphy is proposing the creation of a program to allow the federal government to guarantee the debt issued by states or rail authorities to pay for large rail infrastructure projects.

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Lawmakers send a letter to retail industry
5:48 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Conn lawmakers want the retail industry to back gun control

Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are urging national retailers to voluntarily take steps to reduce gun violence by barring guns from their establishments. The lawmakers made the call on Friday at the state Capitol in Hartford. 

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