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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House, Senate have a way, but no will to override eight Malloy vetoes

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They are usually called “tech sessions,” but today’s brief gavel-in, technical recitation of pro forma legislative language, and gavel-out, was the sum and substance of the constitutionally required veto session of the General Assembly. It allowed retiring House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, R-Norwalk, to ask questions of majority Democrats in the near-empty House chamber. “Do […] [Read More]
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“Misuse of state resources,” including porn-surfing on a state computer, found in auditors report on the Department of Information Technology

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  This is from the new audit of the former DOIT (boldface is the Blogster’s) for the years 2008 through 2011: “Misuse of State Resources: Criteria: Section 4-33a of the General Statutes provides that state agencies shall promptly notify the Auditors of Public Accounts and the Comptroller of any unauthorized, illegal, irregular or unsafe handling […] [Read More]
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Signed earlier this week, pet-shop legislation is focus of Gov. Malloy’s mock bill-signing in Greenwich; takes effect October 1

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  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today held a bill-signing event at the Greenwich Animal Shelter to underscore a new law to increase standards of care and breeding in Connecticut pet shops. He signed the bill earlier in the week, so today’s event was ceremonial. This from Malloy’s office: “Public Act 14-77, An Act Concerning Certain Recommendations […] [Read More]
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Gov. Malloy, banking on second term(?), sells Stamford house for a cool $1.3 million

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The governor’s Ocean Drive East house has been sold for $1.3 million. The target of a state Dept of Criminal Justice probe into work done on the home that cleared Malloy of any wrongdoing, it was briefly rekindled as an issue in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Last summer, the four-bedroom, 2,893 square foot Shippan manse […] [Read More]
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President Obama, a basketball player, demands his jersey from UConn’s NCAA-winning men’s and women’s teams

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Here’s the transcript from the White House, during this afternoon’s visit from the UConn men and women:   REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT HONORING NCAA CHAMPIONS THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT HUSKIES East Room 4:24 P.M. EDT   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  (Applause.)  Everybody, have a seat, have a seat.  I’ve just got a few things […] [Read More]
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