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New England News
6:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Poll: Republican Ahead in Connecticut US Senate Race

A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Republican Linda McMahon has a slight lead over Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy in Connecticut's U.S. Senate race. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The survey, released Tuesday, shows 49 percent of likely voters back the former wrestling executive, while 46 percent support Murphy.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

CT GOP Chair Says State Could Swing For Romney

Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party Jerry Labriola says he's making the argument to national Republican officials that Connecticut can be a possible win for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Labriola told The Associated Press Monday that he's pointing out how President Barack Obama's popularity in the Democratic-leaning state has waned and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon is running a strong campaign.

He said "Connecticut is more and more becoming in play" and national Republicans are listening to him.

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New England News
5:47 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Governor of Connecticut Says State is Better Prepared For Storms

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut is better prepared for a natural disaster than it was a year ago when the remnants of Hurricane Irene struck the state, but some issues remain.

In an interview Friday with The Associated Press, Malloy said the state still has "a long ways to go" when it comes to reducing the number of trees that can knock down power lines and block roads. While the state and electric utilities have ramped up tree-cutting efforts, Malloy predicted it will take years to get to where the state needs to be.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

CT Sales Tax Holiday Begins on Sunday

It's back to school, and Connecticut is kicking off its annual sales tax holiday. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Beginning Sunday and ending Aug. 25, items of clothing and footwear costing less than $300 are exempt from the 6.35 percent state sales tax.

Sports equipment, specialty clothing, jewelry and accessories are not included.

The tax-free holiday covers items valued at more than $300 and discounted with sales, coupons and other promotions.

New England News
6:13 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Connecticut Officials Planning Emergency Drill

Connecticut officials are planning an emergency preparedness drill to try to improve communication between utility companies and state and local governments.

The four-day, statewide exercise begins Saturday and is designed to simulate an emergency resulting from a Category 3 hurricane.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said Tuesday that the goal is to spare residents the frustration they endured during the prolonged power outages following a snow storm last October.

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New England News
7:33 am
Thu June 28, 2012

CT Officials to Discuss Mosquito Management

Mosquito

The state of Connecticut's mosquito management team is unveiling plans for combating the pesky, and potentially harmful, insects.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Representatives from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are scheduled to discuss mosquito management strategies for the summer season during a news conference, planned for Thursday morning at Bushnell Park in Hartford, across from DEEP's headquarters. The latest techniques, strategies and equipment being used to control mosquitoes will be displayed.

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New England News
7:08 am
Tue June 26, 2012

CT State Police Leaders Face No Confidence Vote

The results of a no confidence vote against Connecticut state police leaders by state troopers are set to be announced.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Officials with the National Troopers Coalition are scheduled to count the ballots Tuesday morning and announce the results around mid-day. Ballots were mailed to more than 1,000 state police union members earlier this month and were due back Monday afternoon.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council's 3rd Annual Open Your Eyes Art Studio Tour

We speak with Amy Wynn, Executive Director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, about their 3rd Annual Open Your Eyes Art Studio Tour.

New England News
9:47 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Two Dead after Ten Shootings in Hartford

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra (pictured right)
Darlene Susco Flickr.com

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra plans to meet with the city's acting police chief to discuss a weekend of violence in which 10 people were shot and two of them killed.

Police say a 16-year-old from Windsor and a 24-year-old Hartford man were found shot to death Saturday in separate incidents.

The Hartford Courant reports the teenager was found unresponsive in the driveway of a multifamily home on Thomaston Street at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

New England News
12:45 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Rallies Planned over Birth Control Mandate

President Barack Obama signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.
(US Government photo)

Protests are planned in Connecticut and around the country over the Obama administration mandate that employers provide workers birth control coverage.

The mandate requires employers to provide health insurance that includes birth control for workers. The plan sparked protests from faith leaders because it included most religious nonprofits such as hospitals and colleges.

Religious and civil rights organizations are holding protests today in New Haven and other cities called "stand up for religious freedom."

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