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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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New England News
7:01 am
Mon June 4, 2012

CT House Speaker: No One Bought My Influence

Christopher Donovan
Wikimedia Commons

Defiant and emotional, Connecticut House Speaker Christopher Donovan denies that he did anything wrong as federal investigators look into his congressional campaign's finances.

Donovan held a sidewalk news conference Sunday evening outside his campaign office in Meriden.

Federal prosecutors had announced Thursday that Donovan's campaign finance manager had been arrested for allegedly conspiring with others to hide the source of $20,000 in campaign contributions.

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New England News
7:19 am
Fri June 1, 2012

CT Public Defenders to File Death-Row Challenge

Connecticut public defenders hope to use the trial of a Bridgeport man as the venue to challenge the constitutionality of a new law that outlaws capital punishment in the state, but only for future crimes.

Richard Roszkowski is awaiting the penalty phase of his capital trial for the 2006 murders of his former girlfriend, her 9-year-old daughter and his former roommate.

Michael Courtney, head of the state Public Defender's Office capital defense unit, said Wednesday he plans to file a brief by August 7 in the case, challenging the state's right to seek the death penalty.

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New England News
8:03 am
Tue May 29, 2012

First Lady Sponsoring Future Navy Submarine

Barack & Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama is sponsoring a future Navy submarine named after her home state.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The White House said Tuesday that the first lady has accepted an invitation to be the sponsor of the future USS Ilinois, a Virginia-class submarine being built in Groton, Conn., and Newport News, Va. The new attack submarine is expected to join the fleet in late 2015.

As sponsor, Mrs. Obama will be involved in the life of the submarine and establish a special link to the ship's sailors and their families.

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