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NTSB says Amtrak engineer not talking, texting before Philly crash

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The engineer driving the Amtrak train that derailed May 12 in Philadelphia was neither talking on his phone nor texting in the moments before the crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The board is still investigating the causes of the accident, in which eight died and about 200 were injured. But NTSB Vice […] [Read More]
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Rep. Esty comments on federal rail safety advisory.

Feds to railroads: Slow down at the curves

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Federal railroad authorities on Tuesday urged passenger trains to slow down on approaches to curves and have a second engineer aboard if an excessive-speed warning system is not in place. The Federal Railroad Administration issued its safety advisory in the wake of the Amtrak crash May 12 in Philadelphia resulted in eight lives lost and […] [Read More]
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Rep. Jim Himes' support of trade fast track might have won him a ride on AF1.

Himes travels on AF1 to G7 Summit in wake of fast-track decision

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The week after pledging his vote to President Obama on fast-track consideration of an upcoming trade deal, Rep. Jim Himes is drawing heat from organized labor in Connecticut for tagging along on Air Force One to the G7 summit at a posh resort in the Bavarian Alps. Himes is one of four Democrats who sided […] [Read More]
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Malloy endorses Hillary for president

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HARTFORD – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Sunday endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, two days after Clinton raised a quick $200,000 for her campaign in Greenwich. “This is a critical election for the future of our country,” Malloy said in a statement. “I believe that Hillary Clinton has the right set of skills and experience […] [Read More]
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Hillary Clinton gestures during a Greenwich fundraising reception for her presidential campaign Friday, June 5, 2015. Contributed photo.

Hillary Clinton rakes in $200K at Greenwich fundraiser

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GREENWICH — Hillary Clinton covered the waterfront Friday in Greenwich — not just rhetorically. Heavy on domestic and foreign policy talking points — some aligning her with President Barack Obama (the Affordable Care Act) and others distancing her (the Middle East) — Clinton huddled with an elite network of contributors to her presidential campaign at […] [Read More]
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This map of Bridgeport, Connecticut's most populous city, shows the clustering of school zones where penalties for drug possession and sales are stiffer. Source: State of Connecticut

Malloy looks to salvage second chance society reform in special session

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A push to reduce the penalty for personal possession of illegal drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor — a legislative priority of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy — sputtered in the House before the stroke of midnight Thursday. The chamber’s 151 members were unable to reach a consensus on language in a second chance society […] [Read More]
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Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, left, and Trumbull GOP First Selectman Tim Herbst, right.

Trumbull’s Herbst orchestrates no-confidence vote against Malloy

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Republican Tim Herbst is trying to disprove the maxim that all politics is local. The brash, young Republican first selectman of Trumbull is engineering a no-confidence vote against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and leaders of the Democratic legislative majority by the town council to protest an impending tax hike by the cash-strapped state. The unprecedented […] [Read More]
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Rep. Jim Himes voted again to support President Obama on trade fast track.

Himes to vote for trade deal fast-track

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Rep. Jim Himes said he will support President Obama’s bid for fast-track authority to negotiate a new trade deal, a controversial decision that puts the fourth-term lawmaker at odds with the progressive and labor union elements in Fairfield County. As one of a handful of undecided House Democrats crucial to passage of fast-track _ Trade […] [Read More]
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