Capitol Police will begin security clampdown (school groups, too!?!) at end of month

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Remember when the north, south east and west entrances of the Capitol were open to the public? That all changed with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. For years, the only doors open, much to the mystification if not the consternation of visitors who often try many doors before they find the right ones, […] [Read More]
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“Ransomware” could make computer users hostages to cybercriminals

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Attorney General George Jepsen today warned state residents that an new computer virus called “ransomware” can result in extortion from cybercriminals. Here’s the release: “Once activated, ransomware viruses scan an infected computer’s drives, encrypting various files in its path. Users trying to access their files are locked out unless they pay a ransom through specified […] [Read More]
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Remember when a “hot car” was a stolen vehicle? Now they are death traps for kids

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The state Department of Transportation has given a $100,000 grant to help raise public awareness on the potential danger of leaving children to swelter in parked motor vehicles. Lieutenant Gov. Nancy Wyman will join U.S. Sens Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy on Monday, along with representatives from the Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center, the DOT, […] [Read More]
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Working Families Party will sponsor rally Friday at Hartford McDonald’s

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The Working Families Party has scheduled a rally tomorrow in the wake of a National Labor Relations Board’s announcement  Tuesday that McDonald’s plays a major role in hiring at its restaurants. Fast-food workers are planning a rally to request that McDonald’s start paying employees $15 an hour and respect their right to unionize. It is […] [Read More]
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Republican gubernatorial hopeful John McKinney this morning will unveil plan to eliminate income taxes for middle-income earners

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As the August 12 Republican gubernatorial primary inches closer, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield this morning will continue to attempt to underscore the differences between he and Tom Foley of Greenwich, during a scheduled 11 a.m. news conference in Stratford called “putting taxpayers first.” McKinney and his lieutenant governor running mate, Dave Walker […] [Read More]
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Connecticut’s General Obligation Bond ratings stay steady

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  Ben Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, who is Gov. Malloy’s budget czar, on the state’s continued ratings in the New York bond market: “The fact that all of the rating agencies reaffirmed their ratings is a good sign that the state is moving in the right direction. By contrast, some […] [Read More]
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State auditors critical of state Public Safety management

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The Auditors of Public Accounts this morning released a 40-page review of the state Department of Public Safety for the years ending in 2011.  The agency is now called the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Here are the top two of 21 recommendations: “1. The Department of Public Safety should strengthen internal controls […] [Read More]
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Do you owe money? Ha! Of course you do. But Connecticut doesn’t have it as bad as other states

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Here’s the PDF from the Urban Institute: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/413191-Delinquent-Debt-in-America.pdf   Here is the analysis from Wall Street 24/7 showing that Connecticut ranks in the bottom 10 states where people have debt problems. http://247wallst.com/economy/2014/07/29/states-where-people-have-the-fewest-debt-problems/     [Read More]
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