Lamont: Choice is on the Ballot

HARTFORD, CT — A morning press conference to announce the launch of a new reproductive rights hotline veered into campaign territory Friday as Gov. Ned Lamont named U.S. Senate candidate Leora Levy and by extension his Republican opponent as threats to abortion rights nationwide.

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Disability Rights Advocates Sue The Federal Government

Three individuals in Connecticut with serious medical conditions have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its interpretation of the Medicaid rules under the Coronavirus Response Act.  All three individuals have been told their full Medicaid coverage was terminated at the end of March 2020 because they no…

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Trump Surprises Levy With Endorsement

Former President Donald Trump surprised Leora Levy, one of the three candidates vying to challenge U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, with an endorsement Thursday. The endorsement comes as the party decides what role the former president should play within the party. In a statement, Trump through his Save America PAC, said Levy “will work hard to Grow the Economy, Secure the Border, Fight for Energy Independence,…

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EPA Releases Funding for School Districts to Replace Diesel Buses

Every school district in Connecticut has until August 19 to apply for federal funding to replace diesel school buses with zero-emission and low-emission school buses, officials have announced.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made $500 million in rebates available as a first round for this initiative, which is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law…

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Podcast | How Safe Is Your Car?

The Connecticut East podcast visits Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center, where the magazine’s auto safety and performance experts put new vehicles through their paces to help consumers make good purchasing decisions. Plus, we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.

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Lamont Extends Extreme Hot Weather Protocol

With sweltering temperatures showing no signs of letting up on Thursday, Gov. Ned Lamont extended Connecticut’s extreme hot weather protocol, leaving additional protections for vulnerable residents in place through the beginning of next week.

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OP-ED | A Change In Viewpoint

On my pedal-powered bicycle travels I have seen how other cities and towns create opportunities from things Hartford and our state departments too often treat like liabilities. For instance, I have biked past and through several capped landfills converted to passive-use parks. The North Hartford capped landfill, managed by CT DEEP, is surrounded by a tall fence and no trespassing signs. Residents and riverfront park…

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OP-ED | Climate Change Looks Grim, But Maybe Not Hopeless

There’s this idea in science called the Fermi Paradox. Basically, the paradox goes like this: because the universe is so vast and old, life in the universe must be common. Given enough time, intelligent life will appear that could eventually travel the galaxy. So the question is, why haven’t they visited Earth yet?

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OP-ED | Will Connecticut Republicans Choose Head, Heart, or LOLs?

Next week Republican voters go to the polls to choose their candidate to run against US Sen. Richard Blumenthal in the fall election. They are choosing between a good but probably doomed candidate, a consistent but absolutely doomed candidate, and total disaster. What they choose in the primary next week will tell us a lot about whether that very endangered species, the moderate Connecticut Republican, can…

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UI Asks For Rate Increase

United Illuminating asked regulators Monday if they could raise rates as much as 8% over the next three years.  The new rates, if approved, would take effect after September 2023.  A spokesman for the utility said UI’s last distribution rate case was in 2016 and UI’s customers’ distribution rates have not increased since January 1, 2019, and since this time inflation rates — the cost…

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New COVID Education Guidance Aims to Keep Students in Classrooms

State COVID guidance to local school districts released Tuesday prioritizes keeping students in classrooms by encouraging parents to mask children with minor symptoms and send them to school so long as they test negative for COVID-19.  During a Hartford press conference, Connecticut education and public health officials said that 2.5 million test kits purchased by…

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Child Tax Credit Program Officially Closed

The Department of Revenue Services received 238,668 applications for the child tax rebate as of midnight last night.  Those applications represent 369,863 dependents.  The one-time tax credit, adopted this year as part of the state budget, applies to Connecticut parents in certain income brackets who claimed at least one minor dependent child on their 2021 tax returns. The rebate applies to single parents who made…

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Vaccine Mandates Become Campaign Issue

Connecticut Democrats sought Tuesday to highlight Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski’s participation in a Friday night meet-and-greet with a group of Connecticut parents opposed to vaccine mandates. Stefanowski, a Madison businessman running against Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, was one of several Republican candidates who joined the group Connecticut Residents Against Medical Mandates for a private…

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OP-ED | Credit Where It’s Due: Blumenthal Is Right To Take On MLB’s Monopoly

One hundred years ago in May, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld a decision by the federal Court of Appeals that the Sherman Antitrust Act did not apply to what is now known as Major League Baseball. The high court ruled that the league was a “state affair,” not interstate commerce and therefore did not fall under the Sherman Act. It was a…

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American Lung Association Raises Awareness

An estimated 2,760 people in Connecticut will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2022 with nearly half potentially dying from the disease, according to the American Lung Association.  Yet survey data, released Monday- World Lung Cancer Day -, shows that only 40% of Americans are even worried they will get lung cancer with only 1…

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Increased Tax Collections Boost Connecticut’s Bottom Line

Connecticut’s budget surplus has grown by $231 million due mostly to increased tax collections, according to the latest monthly report from state Comptroller Natalie Braswell.  Connecticut’s tax collections and other revenue grew by $157.8 million driven by a strong labor market, and a $73.3 million reduction in budgeted net expenditures. But that doesn’t mean there’s…

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