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  • Connecticut Ranks 43rd In Ranking Of Business Climate

    07/13/2016 2:26:23 PM PDT · by matt04 · 31 replies
    Connecticut dropped 10 slots in a yearly CNBC ranking of the nation's top states for businesses. The state ranked 43rd this year, just behind Oklahoma. The rankings are measured by categories such as the cost of doing businesses, access to capital, business friendliness and the quality of life. The top five ranked states are Utah, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota and North Carolina. Connecticut ranked higher than two other New England states — Maine, ranked 46th, and Rhode Island, ranked 50th. "It's disappointing, but frankly not surprising we saw this drop," said Joe Brennan, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business and...
  • Gov. Malloy’s (D-CT) public approval rating hits new low

    06/08/2016 11:25:53 AM PDT · by matt04 · 19 replies
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s popularity rating has hit a new low, with a majority of registered voters disapproving of how the Democrat has managed the state’s economy, jobs, budget and taxes. A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows just 24 percent of registered voters approve of how Malloy is handling his job, while 68 percent disapprove. It’s a drop from Malloy’s prior lowest rating of 32 percent in October. Poll director Doug Schwartz says Malloy’s numbers appear to be linked to the state’s economy. Eighty percent of those surveyed say the state’s economy is “not so good” or...
  • Video of possible "knockout game" attack leads to arrest

    05/12/2016 6:14:05 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 18 replies
    cbsnews ^ | 05/12/2016 | crimesiderstaff
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- A teenage boy in Hartford, Connecticut, has been arrested after a video circulated around his high school, appearing to show the teen attacking a 66-year-old man from behind, reports CBS affiliate WFSB.
  • Democrats Won't Meet With Malloy About Budget

    04/19/2016 11:15:16 AM PDT · by matt04 · 11 replies
    With two weeks left in the legislative session – and Connecticut facing a potential $922 million deficit next year -- the state budget talks have hit a stalemate as Democrats are refusing to meet with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy over personal and policy clashes. Democrats have harshly criticized Malloy's revised budget, which calls for deep cuts in educational cost-sharing funds and even no educational funding for wealthy communities like Greenwich and Madison. Some consider Malloy's cuts on education and the hospitals to be dead on arrival because they lack support from both Democrats and Republicans. Communities like West Hartford and...
  • Malloy Proposes Deep Cuts in School Funding, With 28 Districts Losing All Money

    04/18/2016 8:43:21 AM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal this week to eliminate education cost-sharing grants for 28 of the state's wealthiest school districts and to reduce funding significantly for many others was intensely criticized Wednesday by some school officials and key legislators. Malloy's plan calls for protecting the education funds in the state's 30 lowest-performing school districts. "To take a district like mine … and completely eliminate the funding is entirely irresponsible," Madison Superintendent Thomas Scarice said. The district stands to lose $1.57 million. Taken together with the state's "countless unfunded mandates" for districts, Scarice said, Malloy's proposal is "nothing less than unspeakable."...
  • 2 LIVE Trump rallies today! Plattsburgh, NY @ 3pm EDT and Hartford, CT @7pm EDT

    04/15/2016 3:33:20 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 677 replies
    Plattsburgh, NY Friday, April 15, 2016: LIVE Stream of the Donald J. Trump for President Rally in Plattsburgh, NY at the Crete Civic Center beginning at 3:00 PM EDT. Plattsburgh is a city in and the county seat of Clinton County, New York, in the United States. The population was 19,989 at the 2010 census. Plattsburgh was founded by Zephaniah Platt in 1785 after he was granted the land by George Clinton. In granting land to Zephaniah Platt of Poughkeepsie, New York - who went on to establish the new city of Plattsburgh to buffer emerging American interests in the...
  • Hartford (CT) Might Ask State for Financial Help: Sources

    03/10/2016 6:11:50 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters have learned Hartford city leaders are looking into the possibility of asking the state for help dealing with their troubled finances. Multiple sources familiar with the Hartford's financial situation tell the Troubleshooters that legislation could be finalized as soon as today that would open the door for state oversight. Those sources told the Troubleshooters, a meeting is set for tonight in the mayor's office to review a draft oversight board statute that would then be submitted to the Connecticut General Assembly. Over the past couple of weeks, Mayor Luke Bronin has said that every option is...
  • Budget Deficit For Coming Year Hits $900 Million As Economic Woes Worsen (CT)

    02/29/2016 12:23:20 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    <p>The state budget deficit will hit $900 million next year, according to new numbers released Thursday, generating alarm among lawmakers of both parties and intensifying language on the part of Republican leaders.</p> <p>"Those are just incredible numbers. What's happening is really shocking,'' said Senate Republican leader Len Fasano of North Haven. "People should be scared."</p>
  • Carjackers Beat Driver Stopped at Red Light in Hartford, Steal Car: Police (CT)

    01/17/2016 10:15:59 AM PST · by matt04 · 36 replies
    A group of masked men attacked a driver stopped at a red light and stole his car in a carjacking in Hartford Saturday afternoon. The victim told police he was stopped at a red light when about five men in black hooded sweatshirts and ski masks approached his vehicle and dragged him out of the car. They hit him multiple times and then drove off in his car, police said.
  • Malloy to ban gun sales to those on ‘watch lists’

    12/11/2015 12:08:03 PM PST · by matt04 · 18 replies
    Gov. Malloy wants Connecticut to become the first state in the nation to ban sales of guns and ammunition to anyone on the federal government’s terror watch lists. He says he will do it by Executive Order and does not need the approval of the State Legislature. The announcement was seen live on News 8 and wtnh.com this afternoon. The Governor said he does not know if anyone in Connecticut is on the ‘watch list’ but is working directly with the White House to gain access, saying that if Congress won’t act, then the states will. According to some reports,...
  • Mayors Of Eighteen U.S. Cities Tell Obama They Are Ready To Take More Syrian Refugees

    09/26/2015 6:08:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 118 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/24/15 | Kerry Picket
    Mayors from eighteen U.S. cities signed a letter to President Obama saying they are willing to take even more refugees than what has been proposed by the administration. “We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities,” wrote the mayors, all of whom are part of the Cities United for Immigration Action coalition. “Indeed, we are writing to say that we stand ready to work with your Administration to do much more and to urge you to increase still further the number of Syrian refugees the United States will accept for resettlement.” “This is...
  • WPOP Hartford Makes Long Awaited Talk Flip (Carr, Levin etc)

    08/17/2015 7:03:36 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 36 replies
    RadioInsight ^ | 8/17/15 | Lance Venta
    WPOP [AM 1410 Hartford CT] made the flip to News/Talk today billed as “News Radio 1410” utilizing some programs originating elsewhere in the region and syndication. The new lineup will feature Vinnie Penn from sister 960 WELI New Haven in mornings from 6-10am, the WRKO Boston based “Financial Exchange” hosted by Barry Armstrong from 10am-12pm, Bloomberg Radio from 12-3pm, Howie Carr from 3-6pm, Mark Levin 6-9pm, and American Now with Meghan McCain from 9pm-12am. The previous Fox Sports Radio programming will remain in overnights and weekends. INSTANT INSIGHT: Bloomberg from 12-3pm? Sure looks like a placeholder for someone else. How...
  • WPOP To Bring Another Talker To Hartford

    06/26/2015 12:44:51 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 15 replies
    radioinsight ^ | 6/26/15 | Lance Venta
    iHeartMedia is flipping Sports “Fox Sports 1410” WPOP Hartford to News/Talk. iHeart has registered 1410WPOP.com, NewsRadio1410.com, NewsRadio1410WPOP.com, NewsRadioWPOP.com, and WPOP1410.com. The flip will eliminate one of two Sports stations in the iHeart Hartford cluster as the company also owns “ESPN 97.9” WUCS. The station will become the third Talk station in the market joining Connoisseur’s “Talk of Connecticut” 610 WDRC and CBS’s 1080 WTIC. iHeart will likely duplicate the lineup of sister 960 WELI New Haven, which includes the syndicated Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity who do not have clearances in the Hartford market. The big question could be whether...
  • Black Pastor to Al Sharpton: 'You're Nothing But a Pimp!'

    06/09/2015 10:50:29 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 25 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 9, 2015 | By DR. SUSAN BERRY, Breitbart News
    At a Hartford, Connecticut rally supposedly called to protest five homicides of young people in the city over the past two weeks – four of them shootings – Rev. Al Sharpton was challenged Saturday by a black pastor for asking every preacher present to donate $100 to Sharpton’s civil rights organization, National Action Network (NAN). Pastor Marcus Mosiah Jarvis of Christ the Cornerstone Praise and Western Tabernacle, however, shouted at Sharpton as he strode down the center aisle of the crowded church, “How dare you ask the people of Hartford to give you their money! You’re nothing but a pimp!”
  • 17 Arrested After Blocking Hartford Road During Rush Hour

    06/09/2015 8:03:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | June 9,2015 | David Owens,Nicholas Rondinone
    HARTFORD — Police arrested 17 protesters who blocked Central Row during rush hour Monday afternoon as part of a Moral Monday demonstration. The protest began at 4 p.m. as protesters locked arms and stood in the street. Many held signs saying "Black Lives Matter."
  • The Hartford Way: Keep Raising Taxes In Connecticut

    06/06/2015 7:47:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    IBD ^ | June 5,2015 | EDITORIAL
    So now several of the largest corporations in the state, including Yankee mainstays such as insurance giants Aetna and Travelers, as well as General Electric, are threatening to leave and get out of this abusive relationship. GE's CEO Jeff Immelt told his thousands of Connecticut-based employees that he has put together a team to evaluate a move to another state with "a more pro-business environment." He says the company's state taxes have increased five times since 2011 and the new hike would impose "significant and retroactive tax increases for businesses." Aetna complained that it already pays $65 million a year...
  • Hartford Police: Pastor's Shooting Might Be Hate Crime

    05/27/2015 3:36:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | May 27, 2015 | Christine Dempsey,Vanessa de la Torre
    HARTFORD — City police said Tuesday they are investigating the possibility that the shooting of a pastor outside his church on Sunday was a hate crime. "The church is very accepting of and open to the LGBT community," Deputy Chief Brian Foley said. He said the attack on the minister is "obviously troubling to the police department and the city."
  • Pastor Shot Outside Hartford Church

    05/25/2015 11:50:48 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 43 replies
    courant.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Mara Lee and Jordan Otero
    HARTFORD —The Rev. Dr. Augustus Sealy, who leads the First Church of the Nazarene on Capitol Avenue, was injured at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday in a drive-by shooting, police said. Sealy, 54, was planting small flags in the church's lawn at 932 Capitol Ave. in honor of Memorial Day. He was shot in the leg and shoulder. A witness identified a black car traveling west on Capitol Avenue, slowing as it passed the victim, and heard five gunshots. Seven shell casings were found on the scene, police said.
  • Unions Cap Charter School Growth

    02/12/2015 6:07:40 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 11, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Charter school growth has exploded over the last two decades and so have the waiting lists to get in them. “Today there are charter school laws in 42 states and the District of Columbia,” Nina Rees, president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools said Monday in a conference on Capitol Hill. “Close to 50 percent of D. C. public schools are charter schools.” Rees spoke at a forum assembled by the American Federation of Children (AFC) and hosted by Senator Tim Scott, R-South Carolina. “In Louisiana we’ve doubled the number of charter schools and 90 percent of New...
  • Hartford state rep. apologizes for parking in handicapped space

    01/19/2015 4:43:18 PM PST · by matt04 · 56 replies
    A state representative from Hartford is taking some heat for parking in a handicapped space. An iWitness snapped a photo of the personal car driven by Rep. Brandon McGee with his state-issued license plate parked in the spot at a Dunkin' Donuts on Capitol Avenue, across the street from the State Capitol. The picture was taken Friday. McGee said he issued an apology on his Facebook page. "Thank you for holding me accountable. The other day (Friday to be exact) I made my usual run to D&D and was in a hurry... parked in a handicap parking space... Major no-no....
  • Happy New Year!

    01/02/2015 6:46:05 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 1, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    My old alma mater—the University of Scranton—recently made the news with a year-old study on New Year’s resolutions. Richard Asa reported in the Chicago Tribune on December 16, 2014 that “a 2013 University of Scranton study found that 8 percent of people achieve their New Year's goals. Part of the reason: Resolutions are often not accompanied by an achievable or realistic plan, says Carrie Krawiec, executive director of the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a practicing therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy, Mich.” “When it comes to children, ‘parents can start by helping (them) set reasonable...
  • Judge Extends Voting Hours at 2 Hartford Polls

    11/04/2014 2:36:59 PM PST · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | November 4,2014 | NBC Connecticut
    A Hartford judge has decided to extend voting hours to 8:30 p.m. at two city polls hampered by delays and missing registration lists early Tuesday morning.
  • 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...