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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., praises Amtrak for installing engineer cams.

Amtrak will install cameras to check up on engineers

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Amtrak says it will install inward-facing cameras in the engines of all Northeast Regional trains running between Washington D.C. and Boston. The order for cameras to check on train engineers came in the wake of the Amtrak crash May 12 in Philadelphia that took the lives of eight passengers.   “This step is a significant […] [Read More]
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Former Gov. John G. Rowland, sentenced in March to 30 months in prison, could avoid prison indefinitely while a planned appeal of his campaign fraud conviction languishes in the federal courts.

BREAKING: Rowland avoids prison — for now

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Former Gov. John Rowland will not have to report to prison next month. A federal judge on Thursday granted the disgraced Republican bond while Rowland appeals his 30-month sentence for campaign fraud, which would be Rowland’s second prison stint since resigning as governor in 2004 for accepting bribes from state contractors. Judge Janet Bond Arterton, […] [Read More]
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From the White House press pool, POTUS lands in CT

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This from Washington newsman Mark Knoller, of CBS: “POTUS landed in Groton/New London at 10:29 a.m.  He disembarked with Jeh Johnson at his side, then broke away to shake hands at a rope line across the tarmac. He shook hands with several kids, high-fived one little boy and pinched the cheeks of one very chubby […] [Read More]
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Gridlock alert issued for Obama’s visit

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   Update, 3:30 p.m. WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A punctual President Barack Obama touched down 10 minutes early in Air Force One at Westchester County Airport Wednesday, en route to a VIP reception for the Democratic National Committee in Stamford. Obama bounded down the stairs of the C-32 — the Air Force model of a […] [Read More]
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton holds up a newspaper as she speaks to small business owners, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Bike Tech cycling shop in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Hillary Clinton to hit fundraising trail in Greenwich

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Hillary Clinton is harvesting campaign cash in her backyard — Bush family roots be damned. The prohibitive favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination will hit the fundraising trail June 5 in Greenwich, huddling with deep-pocketed contributors at a $29.7 million Roman villa in the hometown of Bush family patriarch Prescott Bush Sr., Hearst Connecticut Media […] [Read More]
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Murphy wants $555.8 million directed at NE corridor rail safety.

Murphy looks to bolster sagging rail infrastructure

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Call it “The Bridges of Fairfield County.’’ It’s a tale not of romantic covered bridges but workhorse structures that have carried commuter trains and freight over rivers for more than a century.   And they’re crumbling, each in varying degrees an accident waiting to happen. Although there’s money in the pipeline to fix or replace […] [Read More]
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Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland leaves federal court in New Haven, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Rowland was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a political consulting scheme on Wednesday, exactly one decade after he was ordered behind bars in an earlier scandal that forced him from office. FILE PHOTO/AP Jessica Hill

Defense: no attempt to cover-up by Rowland

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The defense for John Rowland, who is less than a month away from reporting to prison for a second time since resigning as governor in 2004, is disputing that the disgraced Republican attempted to cover-up his role as a shadow campaign operative. Rowland had no knowledge of a scheme to throw off election officials by […] [Read More]
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President Barack Obama and Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy thanks the crowd after speaking at Central High School in Bridgeport, Conn. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.  President Obama visited Bridgeport to rally the heavily Democratic city in an effort to re-elect Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November's midterm election. FILE PHOTO

Obama to Stamford: $33K for audience with the POTUS

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President Barack Obama is giving new meaning to the term Coast Guard buoy. After giving the commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, the president will zip down the Connecticut coast for a swank fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Stamford, Hearst Connecticut Media has learned. Some of those on […] [Read More]
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