Monthly Archives: March 2016

After contract storm at state universities, relative calm in community college talks

CSCU President Mark Ojakian works his way through a protest outside a meeting in December.

The Board of Regents is seeking cost savings from community college faculty and staff, whose response has been notably less confrontational than that of faculty at the regional Connecticut state universities when asked for givebacks last November. Continue Reading →

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Malloy hears from homeowners with crumbling basements

Tim Heim and Bob Tofolowsky, at right, of the Connecticut Coalition Against Crumbling Basements.

ENFIELD — The good news Wednesday night was that at least a dozen of the people waiting to question Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had minimal interest in Connecticut’s intractable budget problems. The bad news: They came to talk about their crumbling basements, a problem that may affect thousands. Continue Reading →

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Tiny opioid patients need help easing into life

Doctors are now trying to slowly wean two-week-old Lexi from her dependence on methadone. Under a doctor's advice, her mom took the opioid while pregnant, to help her kick a heroin habit.

Swaddled in soft hospital blankets, Lexi is two weeks old and weighs six pounds. She’s been at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, since she was born, and is experiencing symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Her mother took methadone to wean herself from heroin when she got pregnant, just as doctors advised. But now the hospital team has to wean newborn Lexi from the methadone. Continue Reading →

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Legislature adopts bipartisan plan to close this year’s modest deficit

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, surrounded by Republican and Democratic legislators, announcing budget deal

The General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a bipartisan plan Tuesday afternoon to close most or all of the current budget deficit, immediately shifting the legislature’s focus to a far larger projected shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
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