Richard Blumenthal

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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Utility wants to raise $232M in rate hike
6:52 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Lawmakers oppose CL&P rate hike

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, speaking against the proposed CL&P rate increase in Hartford on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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Consumer advocates and Connecticut officials are lining up against a request by the state’s largest utility to raise $232 million from a rate increase.

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Advocates say more training & resources needed
6:08 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Conn. DCF: 250 reports of child sex trafficking in state since 2008

Jim Ehrman of Love 146 (left) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal in New Haven on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.
Credit Craig LeMoult

Advocates and law enforcement officials say child sex trafficking is a real problem in Connecticut, and more resources and awareness are needed to fight the problem. That was the topic of a roundtable discussion in New Haven Monday.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families reports that the department has received 250 referrals of potential child sex trafficking cases over the last six years. Tammy Sneed of the DCF says most of them are girls from Connecticut between the ages of 11 and 18.

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