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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Hey CT forecasters, CL&P’s main source for weather is…

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Telvent. That’s the company, according to Connecticut Light & Power spokesman Mitch Gross, the utility pays for weather forecasts, although it also monitors a variety of free national and local sources. CL&P and some of Connecticut’s weather professionals have been at odds this week over the accuracy of the details of last weekend’s snow storm […] [Read More]
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Legislators have plenty of ideas for keeping the lights on, punishing utilities

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As is to be expected when angry constituents are left for days without power, various elected officials are calling for legislation they hope will avoid future crises. It started yesterday with House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, who, along with state Rep. Vicki Nardello, D-Prospect, announced a plan to establish storm response benchmarks and fine utilities should they fail […] [Read More]
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Some Fairfield County Republicans back Jackson

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It was a party line, Democrat versus Republican vote in the Senate, but when the House of Representatives Wednesday night backed spending $291 million to bring Jackson Labs to Connecticut, eight members of the GOP joined the Democrats in saying, “Welcome.” And five of them were from Fairfield County – Reps. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, Terrie […] [Read More]
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Who will speak for the mice?

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At the start of Wednesday’s debate in the state Senate on spending $291 million to bring Jackson Laboratories to Connecticut, Sen. Gary LeBeau, D-East Hartford, made a blunt remark about the mice used by the non-profit that could trouble animal lovers. Jackson is on the cutting edge of something called “personalized medicine” and, according to […] [Read More]
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Maybe legislators should stop fooling around with the buttons…

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Sharp-eyed Hearst colleague Ken Dixon reports on his blog that state officials want to spend $800,000 on new electronic voting boards for the House of Representatives. Maybe lawmakers should consider extending the life of the equipment by not changing their votes as often as they do. Our report from 2007, when a couple of GOP […] [Read More]
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Will parched throats silence state courtrooms?

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Last week we reported on cuts to some Judicial Branch employees’ hours in order to help balance the budget. Now we’ve learned the Judicial Branch has decided to terminate a contract for bottled water with Stamford-based Nestle Waters North America. According to the internal memo, executive branch agencies don’t have this perk and court officials believe it’s time […] [Read More]
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Malloy gives technical school proponents reasons to be hopeful

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There were times over the past year when it appeared to supporters of the state’s vocational technical high schools that Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy did not appreciate the system’s value. He does now. [Read More]
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HP kills touch pads, so of course CT government may buy some for state employees

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Schools around the United States are beginning to use iPads in the classroom, including here in Connecticut. These recent reports got me wondering whether our state government – infamously behind the eight ball when it comes to technology – has yet embraced the iPad. No.  But according to the Department of Administrative Services, Connecticut officials may […] [Read More]
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