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Legislative leaders call UConn ‘tone deaf’ over raises for top staff

Storrs campus

Legislative leaders Thursday blasted hefty pay increases University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst awarded to four senior staff members as the state and public university grapple with big budget cuts. Continue Reading →

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Court: UConn can withhold names of animal researchers, for now

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The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a trial judge used the wrong legal standard when he ordered the University of Connecticut to give an animal-rights group the names of researchers who had violated animal-research protocols. The university withheld the names to protect the researchers from potential abuse by animal-rights activists. Continue Reading →

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Barnes: Obstacles abound to closing state’s juvenile jail by 2018

A bedroom in the intake area of the state-run jail for boys in Middletown

Citing a minefield of obstacles to closing the state's controversial jail for juvenile offenders, the governor's budget and policy director said Thursday that previously announced plans to close the Connecticut Juvenile Training School by July 2018 may have to be pushed back significantly. Continue Reading →

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State official says federal policy changes cut 6,100 from subsidized day care

Connecticut Early Childhood Commissioner Myra Jones-Taylor testifies before Congress Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — The move to improve a child care subsidy program that helps low-and-moderate income families has also made it more expensive and forced Connecticut to cut 6,100 children from the rolls, a state official told a Senate panel Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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A stalemate in desegregating Hartford schools

A sign directed Hartford-area parents to a school choice fair last weekend, where they could enter their child in the lottery to attend a magnet or suburban school.

A Superior Court judge Friday gave the state another year to figure out how to desegregate the schools thousands of Hartford children attend, though Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said later in the afternoon the state is under no obligation to move much beyond currently required levels of integration – 47.5 percent of Hartford's students. Continue Reading →

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Feds, UConn faculty settle conflict-of-interest case

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A handful of professors at the University of Connecticut have agreed to pay $400,000 to settle claims that they inappropriately used federal research grants for a tech company three of them owned while not accurately disclosing their role in the company. The professors did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement. Continue Reading →

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