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New England News
12:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Connecticut Receives Funds to Hire Workers for Sandy Cleanup

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The Connecticut Department of Labor is set to receive more than $1.8 million in federal funding to hire dislocated workers to help with cleanup and recovery efforts stemming from Superstorm Sandy.

The state's congressional delegation announced Friday the National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will help create about 120 temporary jobs.

Initially, more than $610,000 will be released.

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New England News
12:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Conn. Cities and Towns Seeking More Funding for Education

The largest association of Connecticut cities and towns is calling on a state task force to recommend increased funding for public education, despite a continuing drop in state revenues.

James Finley, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, said Tuesday the Education Cost Sharing grant, the largest pool of state aid for local education, is underfunded by more than $763 million. That means local property taxpayers cover the difference.

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New England News
12:03 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Connecticut State Police Lieutenant J. Paul Vance

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Connecticut State Police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance for an update on what Connecticut emergency officials are doing to prepare for Sandy’s imminent landfall and what they are advising for the public over the next 24 to 48 hours.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Gov. Malloy Launches Jobs Program in Connecticut

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is launching a key component of last year's bipartisan jobs legislation that attempts to help entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground.

The Democrat said Thursday that four "hubs" have been approved for Hartford, Stamford, New Haven and Storrs, where participants are provided with everything from financial, professional and mentoring resources to a collaborative workspace.

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New England News
4:56 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

President of Connecticut Regents Board Resigns

The embattled president of Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education has announced his resignation following an outcry over unauthorized pay hikes for staff members totaling $250,000.

Board President Robert A. Kennedy says the controversy had become a distraction from the board's work.

Republican and Democratic leaders of the General Assembly's Higher Education Committee had called for Kennedy's resignation.

Governor Dannel Malloy says Kennedy's decision is "the right one."

New England News
4:34 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Connecticut to Make Applications for Medical Marijuana Available Oct. 1

Connecticut patients suffering from certain debilitating medical conditions will soon be able to apply to receive medical marijuana.

Starting Monday, the state Department of Consumer Protection will have an application available online. To qualify, a patient must be at least 18 years old and a state resident. A physician must initiate the registration process and certify their patient meets the medical prerequisites.

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Elections
5:25 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Connecticut Supreme Court Sides With GOP on Ballot Line Issue

The Connecticut Supreme Court has sided with state Republicans, agreeing their candidates should appear on the top line of the November election ballot.

In a unanimous decision posted Wednesday, the justices agreed state law requires Republican candidates to be placed on the top line.

The GOP took Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to court after she denied their request to change the order of the ballot.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

New London, CT Runs Risk of Bankruptcy

The finance director of New London, Connecticut says the city could run out of money in the coming year because it has no financial cushion. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

According to The Day of New London, Finance Director Jeffrey Smith says no department may overspend its budget and New London must collect all the revenue it expects in the current budget year that ends next June.

New London has $312,000 in its fund balance.

Smith says city departments had overspent the budget and the city collected less revenue than it estimated.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

CT Labor Officials Say Companies More Reluctant to Pay Unpaid Wages Due to Economy

Connecticut labor officials say the weak economy is making it harder to force companies to pay unpaid wages.

The Department of Labor says it recovered more than $5.5 million in unpaid wages for workers in Connecticut in the year that ended June 30. Officials responded to 3,800 complaints about unpaid wages.

That's down from $6.1 million recovered last year in response to 3,682 claims.

Gary Pechie, director of the wage and workplace standards division, said Friday that businesses are fighting state officials and refusing to pay. Other companies are out of business.

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New England News
5:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

CT House Speaker Withdraws from Congressional Race

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Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan is withdrawing as a third party candidate for the state’s 5th Congressional District.

After losing the Democratic primary on Aug. 14 to former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Donovan could have remained in the race because he was cross-endorsed by the Connecticut Working Families Party.

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