Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy, Gov Malloy announces federal disaster grants totaling $31.1 million

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   Governor Dannel P. Malloy and state Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne M. Klein, today announced more than $31 million for public facilities, multi-family housing and infrastructure improvements for towns and cities affected by Superstorm Sandy in October, 2012. “Given that extreme weather events like Sandy that were considered once in a century events have […] [Read More]
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Malloy, attorney general and Consumer Protection commissioner issue report on Sandy Hook charities

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    The volume of donations nearly staggered the local charities set up after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, according to a report just issued by Gov. Malloy, Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen. The report evaluates information given by fund-raising groups, provides evaluations of their responses and offers ways […] [Read More]
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Hints on using state parks: like voting, go early and often. Hammonasset in Madison could be best bet

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Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) warned this morning that the three-day Independence Day weekend means that state parks with swimming areas may reach parking capacity early in the day. “Connecticut’s park system is spectacular with 107 state parks and 32 state forests waiting for you to explore and enjoy,” said DEEP Commissioner […] [Read More]
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Bonsai trees subject of Kellogg Center discussion next week

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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will sponsor and exploration into the art of Bonsai on Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby. This from the DEEP: ” Todd Hansen, a certified teacher of Bonsai, and Lydia Cruz from Bonsai Sanctuary in East Hartford will present the history and […] [Read More]
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Common Core-ruption? Ed Commish calls for investigation into FUSE

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Connecticut Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor today, in a classic 5 p.m. Friday news release, just called for the appointment of a “special investigator” to look into the “operations, finances, governance, and other issues” related to Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE) in Hartford and Bridgeport. The State Board of Education will act on the request […] [Read More]
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State managers due for 3-percent pay raises at cost of $10 million

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For the second consecutive year, 2,000 managers among state emplyees will get 3 percent pay hikes, effective July 1, according to Ben Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and Commissioner Don DeFronzo of the Department of Administrative Services. The managers will also get wage hikes in January, under the state’s Performance Assessment and […] [Read More]
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Death penalty appeal of Russell Peeler Jr., on Death Row for ordering 1999 Bridgeport double murder, gets pushed back a couple weeks

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  Russell Peeler Jr., the Bridgeport drug lord who ordered the 1999 twin killing of Karen Clarke and her 9-year-old son B.J. Brown in their home and sits stewing on Death Row, doesn’t want to die. But his scheduled three-hour appeal before the state Supreme Court on Monday June 30, has been postponed until Thursday, […] [Read More]
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Malloy announces 11 grants for stem cell research totaling about $10 million

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Governor Malloy this morning announced about $10 million in stem cell research grants to 18 Connecticut–based researchers, mostly Yale-affiliated entities. “These grants represent another example of Connecticut’s unprecedented investment in biomedical research,” Malloy said in a statement. “The Connecticut Stem Cell program helps to foster an environment in our state where scientists can pursue innovative […] [Read More]
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