Richard Blumenthal

Lawmakers oppose CL&P rate hike

Aug 26, 2014

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.

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.

EPA awards funds to help brownfield cleanups

Aug 14, 2014
Craig LeMoult

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $1.6 million on Thursday in Connecticut to help clean up abandoned and contaminated properties, known as brownfields.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, both of Connecticut, want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to further improve the food packaging labeling rules the agency proposed earlier this year. Blumenthal gave an example of one improvement they’d like to see.

“Tell consumers how much sugar is in the product, not in grams, but in teaspoons," said Blumenthal. "Americans don’t understand what grams are. They do understand teaspoons.”

AP Photo/Skip Peterson

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is warning states of the danger of letting a federal fund for road and bridge repairs run out of money.  Unless Congress acts, the Highway Trust Fund, used to reimburse states for highway and transit projects, is set to become insolvent later this summer. Foxx met with Governor Dannel Malloy and members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation in Hartford today on Thursday.