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  • Coalition Urges Malloy, Foley To Consider Taxes, Tolls to Raise Transportation Money

    08/20/2014 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | August 19, 2014 | GREGORY B. HLADKY
    HARTFORD - A broad coalition of environmental, economic, regional and construction groups urged Connecticut's gubernatorial candidates Tuesday to conduct a debate focused on transportation issues, and to consider higher taxes and tolls to pay for the state's dire transportation needs. The activists put out a four-point program they said the state's next governor must consider, and expressed concern about the possibility that massive federal funding for highways and mass transit might dry up in the next few years. The coalition's key issues are: •Making certain that state revenue that is supposed to be devoted to transportation - such as gas...
  • Wccc-Fm Hartford To Be Sold(Rock Of Conn. To Rock Of Ages...)

    07/31/2014 1:51:18 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 4 replies
    Radio Insight ^ | 7/31/14 | Lance Venta
    A sale and format change are imminent at Marlin Broadcasting Classic Rock “Rock 106.9” WCCC-FM Hartford. The Hartford Courant reports that the WCCC staff were informed on Wednesday that they were out of a job as the station was being sold to a “not-for-profit organization that operates radio networks specializing in adult contemporary Christian music.” Word is EMF Broadcasting will be acquiring the station to add it to its Christian AC “K-Love” network. Outgoing morning host Jay Raven tweeted tonight that the airstaff would make their final appearances on Friday, August 1. WCCC-FM shifted from Active Rock to Classic Rock...
  • GOV. MALLOY DENIES FEDS' REQUEST TO HOUSE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CHILDREN IN CONNECTICUT

    07/16/2014 12:25:31 PM PDT · by matt04 · 38 replies
    The administration of Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-WFP) has denied a request from federal officials to temporarily house up to 2,000 illegal immigrant children from Central America at a residence in his state for individuals with intellectual disabilities. ... According to Keith Phaneuf at CT Mirror, federal officials initially contacted the administration of Malloy, who is seeking a second term as governor this year, on July 3 regarding the possibility of a short-term lease to house, feed, and provide medical care to 1,000 to 2,000 of the unaccompanied illegal children who entered the U.S. through Mexico. The GSA reportedly asked...
  • Officials: Transgender girl moved to male facility (CT)

    07/13/2014 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2014 9:07 PM EDT
    A transgender girl has been moved to Connecticut’s juvenile home for boys after she was accused of assault, the latest transfer of a troubled teenager who was sent to a psychiatric facility after supporters protested her confinement in a women’s prison without criminal charges. The Department of Children and Families said Sunday that the girl, identified only as Jane Doe, assaulted another youth and a staff member and destroyed property at the Children’s Psychiatric Center in Middletown on Saturday night. …
  • Access Health CT to make changes after security breach

    06/09/2014 3:52:28 PM PDT · by matt04 · 7 replies
    The state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange is apologizing Monday and is quickly trying to make things right after a security breach. In this age of high tech security breaches, this one was decidedly low tech. A backpack was found at a deli in downtown Hartford containing hand-written notepads with names addresses and some social security numbers and letterhead from ‘Access Health CT.’ The person that found it did not call the police. They gave it to a Republican State Rep who turned it in to the Obamacare headquarters. “Access Health CT” says the notepads and backpack belong to a call-center...
  • Free dental clinic to draw thousands in Hartford

    04/25/2014 5:57:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    MyFoxNY.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | MyFoxny.com
    More than 2,200 patients are expected to seek free dental work at an annual clinic in Connecticut. People started lining up early Thursday for the event. The seventh annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy free dental clinic is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford.
  • In Shadow Of Probe, Rowland Leaves As WTIC Talk-Show Host

    04/04/2014 8:08:21 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 8 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 4/4/14 | JON LENDER, CHRISTOPHER KEATING and EDMUND H. MAHONY
    HARTFORD — Former Gov. John G. Rowland, identified Monday in federal court as a co-conspirator in an alleged campaign financing scheme, announced Thursday that he was leaving as WTIC-AM's afternoon talk-show host. "Today will be my last show as I leave the station to take care of some personal issues," he said just before 6 p.m, at the end of his regular three-hour time slot. "We accept Mr. Rowland's decision to step down at this time," WTIC Program Director Jenneen Lee said in an email at 6:06 p.m. "Pastor Will will take over the 3 to 6 p.m. show beginning...
  • CT health exchange hopes to 200,000 enrollees(118K in Medicaid)

    04/01/2014 1:35:30 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Connecticut officials say the state's health insurance marketplace is on track to sign up about 200,000 people in health plans by the enrollment deadline, double the original goal of 100,000 individuals. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visited Access Health CT office in Hartford on Monday. He urged people without coverage to spend the final hours before the midnight deadline enrolling online, calling the hotline or getting in line at one of the two storefronts operated by the marketplace, Access Health CT, in New Britain and New Haven. Malloy said if people submit basic personal information by midnight, their applications can be...
  • Police investigate shooting(Hartford, CT)

    03/15/2014 12:12:26 PM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    Police are investigating a shooting in the area of Main and Kensington Streets. According to officials, two men suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Police said the shooting was not related to the St. Patrick's Day parade.
  • CT lawmaker proposes ban on plastic bags

    02/10/2014 4:45:34 PM PST · by matt04 · 28 replies
    One state lawmaker is now hoping more people will make the switch to cloth bags, and is calling for a tax on plastic bags. Imagine not having a ball of plastic bags in a drawer somewhere in your house. Soon, in our state, asking for a plastic bag may cost you more money. That's what environmentalists are hoping for - a ban on plastic bags in Connecticut. Close to 100 cities and counties across the country have already done it, the biggest city being Los Angeles. People in those cities told various news outlets that the ban is working fine....
  • Use Of Drone At Hartford Crash Scene

    "The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to FOX CT News Thursday they are investigating the use of a drone at a Hartford fatal crash scene Saturday. Questions about officer safety and public privacy are emerging now after the drone was spotted above a fatal car crash on Main Street. FOX CT was the only media organization to obtain the official Hartford Police Department incident report Thursday, detailing the chain of events. According to the report, officers spotted a drone flying over the scene of the crash, in which the bodies were still in the car."
  • Connecticut marketplace enrolls thousands on deadline

    12/25/2013 1:57:16 PM PST · by matt04 · 17 replies
    The CEO of Connecticut's health insurance marketplace says more than 6,700 people enrolled in insurance plans on the state's deadline for obtaining coverage that will begin Jan. 1. Kevin Counihan told The Associated Press that Monday's enrollment figures were more than double the best sign-up day for Access Health CT since open enrollment began Oct. 1. People still have until March 31 to enroll, but their insurance plans will start later. Counihan said there was some confusion about Monday's deadline after the federal government announced it was extending it through Tuesday for those using the federal website. That did not...
  • New Archbishop Charts Course For Local Catholics (Catholic Caucus)

    12/17/2013 3:11:07 AM PST · by Biggirl
    The Courant ^ | Deember 17,2013 | Denise Buffa
    HARTFORD — The Hartford archdiocese's new archbishop, the Most Rev. Leonard Paul Blair, cited three M's — memory, mission and ministry — as guiding principles while speaking to the more than 2,000 worshippers who attended his Mass of Installation on Monday afternoon at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
  • Malloy (D-CT) declines president's 'fix' on Obamacare, but extends enrollment deadline

    11/23/2013 1:22:47 PM PST · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Connecticut will not allow insurance companies to extend policies now slated to be discontinued because of the federal health law, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday. But he said that Access Health CT, the state's health insurance exchange, will extend by a week its deadline for people to get coverage that takes effect Jan. 1. People now have until Dec. 23 to sign up for an insurance plan that starts at the beginning of 2014. President Obama last week announced that insurers could extend policies that don't meet the health law's requirements if state regulators agreed to it. He was...
  • Pope Names New Archbishop Of Hartford, Catholic Cacus

    10/29/2013 4:32:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    CBS Connecticut ^ | October 28, 2013 | CBS Connecticut
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Pope Francis has appointed an Ohio bishop to lead the Hartford Archdiocese. The archdiocese announced the appointment of Bishop Leonard Paul Blair of Toledo, Ohio, on Tuesday.
  • CT extends ban on wind turbines

    09/25/2013 3:40:12 PM PDT · by matt04 · 17 replies
    The Connecticut legislature extended the two-year ban on wind turbines, striking down regulations that would have allowed for the construction of the renewable energy projects. The legislature's Regulation Review Committee on Tuesday voted 10-3 to reject the proposed wind regulations by the Connecticut Siting Council. The members were concerned about who would dismantle the structures if the owners ever went out of business. This is the third rejections of the proposed regulations since the state placed a moratorium on wind turbine development in 2011. It also marks the first rejection since June, when the legislature passed a comprehensive energy strategy...
  • Dave Chappelle -- Hartford Crowd Was Evil, White ... I Wanted to Pull a 'Reverse Kramer'

    09/04/2013 7:58:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    TMZ ^ | September 4, 2013 | TMZ Staff
    ... "I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States," Chappelle said ... "but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut." ...
  • (Hartford) PD: 1 man dead, 1 female injured after shooting

    09/01/2013 12:12:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    One man is dead and a woman in the hospital after they were both shot in a Blue Hills neighborhood in Hartford early Sunday morning. Officers received multiple calls about a double shooting in the area of 16 Durham St. around 2:30 a.m. Eyewitness News has exclusively learned that an unidentified man and woman in their 30s were shot after coming back when a night out in the city when they were confronted by the suspect outside her home. A 30-year-old man from Manchester was found dead on the scene when officers arrived, police said. The man was shot twice,...
  • Pratt & Whitney cuts 200 jobs in Connecticut

    08/13/2013 12:02:45 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Pratt & Whitney officials said the company is cutting 400 positions company-wide, with about half of them coming from the Connecticut workforce. Officials at Pratt & Whitney said it was a tough decision to make, but was necessary to remain competitive. According to Pratt & Whitney officials, those affected will receive severance pay, outplacement help, continuation of group insurance and employee scholar program benefits and other services. The job cuts are effective immediately.
  • How Did Rich Connecticut Morph Into One Of America's Worst Performing Economies?

    08/02/2013 2:21:03 PM PDT · by matt04 · 17 replies
    Connecticut has so many advantages that it might be hard to understand how it became one of America’s worst-performing state economies. As we know, Connecticut is located along an important commercial corridor between New York and Boston. It’s well-served by railroads and highways. Major airports are accessible. Connecticut has many charming towns, historic sights, stylish shops and nice beaches. CNN determined that of America’s 25 towns with the highest median family incomes, four are in Connecticut – New Canaan (#1), Darien (#2), Westport (#5) and Greenwich (#14). .... ... When investors and entrepreneurs consider important decisions like where to establish...
  • Travelers confirm 90 layoffs in Connecticut

    07/23/2013 10:38:51 AM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Officials at Travelers Insurance confirmed that 90 people will be laid off from their positions with the company in Connecticut. "Our personal insurance business is serving a changing marketplace, and prudently managing expenses is more critical than ever to remain competitive," said the company in a statement Tuesday. "We are dedicated to being a market leader." There still be 7,800 employees in Connecticut after the staff reductions, company officials said. Officials added that Travelers is still one of the largest employers in the state.
  • Average gas price in Connecticut tops $4

    07/18/2013 1:11:00 PM PDT · by matt04 · 18 replies
    It seems as though the temperatures aren't the only numbers getting higher and higher. Gas prices in Connecticut have topped $4 a gallon, making them the second-highest in the continental U.S. and the highest in New England. According to AAA's Daily Fuel Gage Report, the average prices for a gallon of regular gas reached $4.01, which is a 20-cent increase in the past week. AAA officials said the high gas prices are because of the rise in demand and not enough supply. The increased oil prices and production issues at several refineries also attribute to the high gas prices. Many...
  • Hartford school placed in lock-in due to power outage

    06/10/2013 1:32:51 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    A charter school in Hartford was placed in a lock-in after a power outage near the building Monday afternoon. Classes continued as normal at the Jumoke Academy at Milner School on Vine Street after the lock-in, however access in and out of the building was "limited," according to a spokesman for Hartford Public Schools. The lock-in is expected to continue until power is restored or when the students are dismissed at 4 p.m. According to the Connecticut Light & Power website, there are 154 customers currently without power.
  • Classes in session Friday at school where ceiling collapsed (Hartford, CT)

    06/07/2013 10:43:43 AM PDT · by matt04 · 1 replies
    Classes will resume Friday at the McDonough Expeditionary Learning School in Hartford after a section of ceiling and a light fixture collapsed. Both a seventh grader and student-teacher were injured after a light fixture fell on them in a classroom Thursday afternoon. The incident occurred inside a science classroom around 2:45 p.m., school officials told Eyewitness News. A large chunk of sheetrock, which was about 6 by 12 feet, hit both the teacher and student and sent them to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Felix Tosado, 13, was hit by the sheetrock and sustained cuts to his arm. "Painful,...
  • (CT)Background check backlog slows down gun permit applications

    05/21/2013 1:38:58 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    A sharp spike in the number of people seeking gun permits following recent changes in gun legislation has police departments inundated with applications. In some cases people have been waiting months for their permits to come through, and there are many questions about whether the process is bogged down by unnecessary steps. ... "I was told I needed to learn to be patient," said Dayna Going. Going said she has been waiting nearly five months for her permit to be approved. "You know, it was my right," she said. "I believe I was entitled to some sort of explanation." The...
  • Cellphone Video Captures Woman Tossing Baby To Passenger On Bus

    04/14/2013 7:35:25 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | April 12, 2013 | CHRISTINE DEMPSEY
    HARTFORD — Police are investigating a recorded disturbance on a bus during which a screaming woman tossed her baby into the lap of a passenger so she could fight another woman. Neither the baby — nor the woman she proceeded to fight — was believed to be injured.
  • FBI Releases Surprising, New Detail On Gardner Museum Heist

    03/19/2013 2:39:52 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 24 replies
    Hart\ford Courant ^ | March 18, 2013 | EDMUND H. MAHONY
    In a stunning development in the investigation of the world's richest art heist, law enforcement officials said Monday that they know who stole $500 million in masterworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and they disclosed a detail that suggests why they are interested in Hartford mobster Robert Gentile. "The FBI believes with a high degree of confidence that in the years after the theft, the art was transported to Connecticut and the Philadelphia region, and some of the art was taken to Philadelphia, where it was offered for sale by those responsible for the theft," said Richard...
  • Hundreds rally against proposed gun laws in Hartford (Colt employees)

    03/14/2013 3:49:05 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Hundreds of workers from Colt Manufacturers told lawmakers new gun control laws will put them out of work at a rally at the state Capitol in Hartford Thursday morning. "Save our Jobs," employees at the demonstration shouted. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is pushing for a ban on certain military-style weapons, which could affect companies such as Colt Manufacturers, Stag Arms and Ammunition Storage Components. "We are for safer Connecticut," said Mike Holmes, who is a Colt Manufacturers employee. "We have been at the table. We want to continue to be at the table." Colt Manufacturers told Eyewitness News that the...
  • Gun Owners Go To (CT) State Capitol To Protest Proposed Reforms

    03/11/2013 6:35:05 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    Busloads of gun owners went to the state Capitol complex Monday to publicly express their opposition to new gun-control measures following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But one of the state's most prominent gun-rights groups is already looking beyond the political battle and preparing for a legal one should lawmakers pass the sweeping restrictions supported by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the legislature's Democratic majority. "We would be remiss if we weren't looking at all options and all responsibilities," said Chris Duffy, events coordinator for the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a nonpartisan gun rights group with more than...
  • Connecticut 2nd Amendment Lobby Day In Hartford, CT

    03/09/2013 8:02:22 AM PST · by raybbr · 7 replies
    NRA-CCDL- ^ | 3/9/2013 | raybbr
    Hi,  Just want to remind you all about the 2nd Amendment Lobby Day scheduled for this Monday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. We have a few people (eastern CT) who have said they have room in their vehicles to bring others with them. Please let me know if you are going, need a ride, or are willing to drive others. I will also need your town, so we can connect people with drivers/cars.  Here is the pertinent info (for more please check out the Wednesday email Lobby Day – You Are Needed)  Date: Monday, March 11Time: 10:00 a.m...
  • Anti-Gun "Connecticut Against Gun Violence" skipping School Safety and Mental Health hearings

    01/24/2013 12:52:39 PM PST · by matt04 · 4 replies
    Self
    An article was recently posted on FR about CAGV and their anti-2A agenda and proposed legislation. Amongst other things, their proposed ideas include a AW ban of 1 military style feature, limit mags to 7 rounds. No grandfathering, bans possession and sale. Handguns would require a yearly background check, annual fee and three year safety inspection. I have saved their full proposal here: I had never heard of the group before, and decided to do some research. What I found was shocking, but unsurprising. First, on Dec 14, while the bodies were still warm, they posted the following in their...
  • (CT) CCM announces gun control proposals

    01/16/2013 2:05:43 PM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
    A group of mayors and first selectmen from cities and towns across the state are taking a stand on gun violence in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Newtown. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities released 13 proposals it's pushing state legislators to pass this session during a news conference at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Wednesday morning. ... The recommendations made by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities would include the following: Limiting the capacity of rifle and handgun magazines to no more than 10 bullets. Requiring a rifle permit for those purchasing any long gun such...
  • Malloy creates panel to review gun laws

    01/03/2013 4:09:48 PM PST · by matt04 · 23 replies
    Following a deadly school shooting in Newtown last month, the governor has established a commission to look at limiting and possibly preventing another tragedy from ever happening again. "It would be stupid for us not to have this conversation," said Gov. Dannel Malloy in from the State Capitol in Hartford Thursday afternoon. Malloy announced that he is setting up a Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, which will be led by Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson. "This issue touches me, I have a son whose in the first grade," said Jackson. "Right now, it's the most important thing for me to do." The...
  • A Reader Reports from the Hartford CT Gun Buyback

    12/04/2012 7:06:17 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Jesse Buchanan
    I was standing out in the cold on Saturday afternoon offering cash for guns, and I wasn’t having much luck. I was crashing someone else’s party ‑ it was a gun buy-back program in Hartford, Connecticut sponsored by some hospitals, non-profits and the local police. The newspaper had advertised that there’d be a $25 Walmart gift card for any working long guns turned in ‑ I figured if there’s going to be people getting fleeced, I want to be holding the shears. What would people say to $40 in cash on the spot? . . . I’d read about a...
  • Hartford Jewish Community Attacked - 50 Gravestones Damaged

    10/23/2012 11:18:57 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 11 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | October 22, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    Hartford Jewish Community Attacked - 50 Gravestones DamagedBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyHartford, Ct --- October 22, 2012 ... Over 40 gravestones were turned over and vandalized in a Jewish cemetery in Hartford, Ct. The cemetery, which had no security, was attacked over the weekend. The Hartford Police Department’s Major Crimes Division has begun an investigation into the vandalism at the Congregational Israel cemetery, according to Police Chief James C. Rovella. Police suspect that this was a hate crime which may very well be anti-semitism. The superintendent of the Congregation Israel cemetery located at the corner of Waverly Street and...
  • New Food Guidelines Have West Hartford, [CT] Food Services In A Pickle

    10/10/2012 4:44:56 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | October 9, 2012 | JULIE STAGIS
    WEST HARTFORD —— The beef is there, but where's the pickle? That's the question students at Hall High School have been asking on hamburger day in the cafeteria since the food services department made menu changes to meet new school lunch rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Students are "outraged over the removal of pickles and salt from the cafeteria at Hall to meet nutrition guidelines," student representative Kendall Teare told the school board last week.
  • Judge Orders New Democratic Primary Election In Deadlocked 5th House District

    09/20/2012 11:43:54 AM PDT · by verum ago · 11 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 19 September 2012 | Steven Goode
    A Superior Court judge has ordered a new election on Oct. 2 in the deadlocked Democratic primary for the 5th General Assembly District. Judge A. Susan Peck scheduled the new vote after an uncounted absentee ballot with the potential to decide the race was opened in court Wednesday afternoon — and was found to be cast for the third candidate in the race. The absentee ballot was in an envelope marked "deceased," but election officials found out Tuesday that it was cast by an elderly Windsor woman who is alive and living in a local nursing home. The uncounted ballot,...
  • Trial challenging (CT) state's death penalty to start

    09/03/2012 11:55:28 AM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    One of the most unusual trials in recent memory in Connecticut is set to begin this week, when seven of the 11 men on the state's death row will be brought into a makeshift courtroom at a prison in Somers as they challenge the fairness of the death penalty. The inmates are suing the state, alleging racial and geographic biases in how prosecutors seek the death penalty and seeking to have their death sentences overturned. After seven years of legal wrangling, the trial is scheduled to start Wednesday. "The issue is whether the death penalty in Connecticut has been administered...
  • Conn. average gas price jumps above $4

    08/26/2012 2:26:49 PM PDT · by matt04 · 24 replies
    he average price of a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline in Connecticut has jumped above $4 this weekend. That's according to Saturday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. It shows the price rose to $4.003 overnight, from $3.999 on Friday. The last time the average price went above $4 was May 16 of this year. The highest average of $4.39 per gallon was recorded on July 9, 2008. Connecticut motorists are now paying more than they were a year ago, when the statewide average price for gasoline was $3.91. Problems with refineries and...
  • July jobs numbers in Conn. seen as questionable

    08/16/2012 12:28:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    An unusual monthly jobs report for July shows that employers in Connecticut added more than 5,000 jobs even as the unemployment rate jumped sharply, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday. A business survey shows that 5,100 jobs were added in July while a household survey indicates a sharp drop in employment and a spike in the unemployment rate to 8.5 percent, up 0.4 percent from June. The discrepancy is a first in the 22 years the surveys have been conducted and forced officials to abandon any effort to draw conclusions. "The complete disagreement between our two key indicators of...
  • CTfastrak construction rolls on

    08/13/2012 2:31:29 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    Despite much criticism, the largest public transportation project in Connecticut is rolling ahead. The busway, renamed CTfastrak, is being built on existing rail lines from New Britain to Hartford, and construction has already started on 11 new bus stations. On Flatbush Avenue, the bus station there will include a bridge to bring cars and people over to the new station, in an attempt to alleviate traffic on the highway and get more people to use public transportation. The project is expected to cost more than $500 million, of which 80 percent will be paid with federal money. The project has...
  • Meeting held to discuss weekend violence in Hartford

    06/11/2012 12:02:09 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    A violent weekend in Hartford ended with two people dead, several more injured and many others looking for answers. In total, Hartford saw seven shootings and one stabbing over the weekend. In the wake of all the violence, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra met with officials at City Hall to talk about the violent weekend. Segarra and Hartford Police Chief James Rovella usually meet on Wednesdays, but the meeting was moved up to Monday morning because of the weekend violence. The two met for about 40 minutes Monday morning for an update on what took place. From the North End to...
  • (CT)Cash flow report sparks fears state may need to borrow to pay bills on time

    06/08/2012 12:52:08 PM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    A new report showing state government continues to tap into its capital project accounts to pay its operating bills sparked bipartisan fears Wednesday that Connecticut may need a loan later this year to keep its finances running smoothly. And though state Treasurer Denise L. Nappier also wrote that total available cash remains "adequate" right now, she added that pressures on the state's cash flow continue to mount. "The common cash pool balance has fallen substantially during the year," Nappier wrote June 1 in her monthly report to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. "...The common cash pool is trending downward...
  • Trial To Begin Monday In Lawsuit Over Dog Fatally Shot By Hartford Police

    05/28/2012 5:25:10 PM PDT · by Altariel · 58 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | May 17, 2012 | Christine Dempsey
    HARTFORD — — Two city police officers are being sued on a claim that they shot a family dog in front of its 12-year-old owner after entering the backyard of her Enfield Street residence without a warrant. Police claimed that a snarling St. Bernard charged at them when they went into the yard to investigate a report that guns were stashed in a vehicle there. A jury trial is scheduled to begin Monday before Judge Robert N. Chatigny in U.S. District Court in Hartford. Glen Harris, who is listed as the minor's guardian, filed the federal lawsuit in 2008 against...
  • Officials to break ground on Hartford-New Britain bus corridor project

    05/22/2012 1:12:17 PM PDT · by matt04 · 22 replies
    After years of planning, state officials are scheduled to break ground on a rebranded, half billion-dollar Hartford-to-New Britain bus-only corridor, the only one in Connecticut. Once known as the busway, the 9.4-mile route has been rebranded and is now called CTfastrak. Judd Everhart, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said busway was never the official name of the project, but was used as short hand. Everhart said the name CTfastrak describes a new type of public transit, combining fast transportation free of traffic similar to rail travel with the flexibility and direct service of a bus. The state...
  • Faltering income tax widens deficit, threatens Malloy's budget for coming year

    04/21/2012 11:08:57 AM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    Faltering state income tax revenues left Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reporting his largest budget deficit to date on Friday. And unless tax receipts reported this week by nonpartisan legislative analysts improve, Malloy's budget plan for next year -- including a state employee pension fund fix and increased education aid to towns -- could be out of balance now and headed for more than $500 million in red ink by 2013-14. The governor's budget agency, the Office of Policy and Management, reported that the general fund in this year's $20.14 billion budget is $66.9 million in deficit. Malloy needs to finish...
  • Conn. House to take up death penalty repeal bill

    04/10/2012 3:28:18 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    The Connecticut House of Representatives will be voting on the high-profile death penalty repeal bill Wednesday, a week after the bill passed in the state's Senate. Doug Whiting, spokesman for House Speaker Rep. Christopher Donovan of Meriden, told the Associated Press Tuesday that the House will take up the bill mid-afternoon Wednesday. The proposed bill would abolish the death penalty for all future cases, but would not directly affect the sentences of current 11 inmates on Connecticut's death row. The state Senate approved a repeal bill after nearly 11 hours of debate last week. If passed in the House, the...
  • A gentle evening at the Bushnell with Bill Clinton

    03/17/2012 2:23:42 PM PDT · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Bill Clinton stepped onto the Bushnell stage Friday night for the first time since Oct. 6, 1996, when he debated Bob Dole on the way to an easy victory for a second term in the White House. "We were civil, and we committed what I think would be mass heresy today," said Clinton, a guest of the 20-year-old public-speaking series, the Connecticut Forum. "We actually talked about how much we liked each other. And we still do." Clinton, 65, still has the raspy voice of man who likes to talk. It is a gift that allowed him to twice be...
  • Trinity students hold anti-violence rally

    03/08/2012 3:59:40 PM PST · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Students at Trinity College in Hartford are holding an anti-violence rally after a sophomore was attacked and brutally beaten over the weekend near the edge of campus. The incident was reported early Sunday morning on Allen Place. Officials said Chris Kenny had to undergo seven hours of reconstructive surgery after he was kicked in the face. Thursday's rally is in response to how the school is handling an increase in violence in the area. The university is also under fire from students for notifying Kenny's parents of the assault the next day. "Yes that happened, it was bad communication," said...
  • Occupy Hartford Protesters Told To Vacate Site By 6 P.M.

    12/06/2011 9:18:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    http://www.courant.com/ ^ | December 6, 2011 | Jenna Carlesso And Steven Goode
    HARTFORD —— City officials say Occupy Hartford protesters must leave their encampment at the corner of Farmington Avenue and Broad Street by 6 p.m. Tuesday. Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts said protesters camping at the area they've named Turning Point Park have been notified that they risk being arrested after the deadline passes. "I don't anticipate any trouble, but I will take appropriate corrective action," Roberts said.