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CT fighting move to give Long Island Sound waters to New York, Rhode Island

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WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s lawmakers and state officials are trying to derail a bill would take about 150 square miles of Long Island Sound waters from federal government control and give that authority to New York and Rhode Island, a move that could hurt the state's fishermen. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut getting $54 million in ‘disaster resilience’ money

Bridgeport and the new administration of Mayor Joe Ganim appear to be the biggest beneficiaries of $54.2 million in federal funds awarded Thursday to Connecticut to help Fairfield and New Haven counties better prepare for coastal flooding and climate change. Continue Reading →

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Massive rail plan leaves Connecticut hopeful but mystified

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Proposals to reinvent the Northeast Corridor rail system could impact Connecticut more than any other state. But a lack of detail in the plans is causing exasperation even among those who have been pushing for rail improvements for decades, and it has environmentalists worrying whether losses will outweigh the benefits. Continue Reading →

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EPA’s Gina McCarthy stops by with a Paris postcard

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Gina McCarthy, the EPA administrator, charging and electric car in Hartford.

Gina McCarthy, the environmental regulator who worked in New England for Govs. Mitt Romney and M. Jodi Rell before leading the charge for President Obama on climate change, returned to Hartford on Friday for a post-Paris curtain call. She said the deal will create markets for clean energy. Continue Reading →

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Winter power, gas supplies, new pipelines – a volatile mix in CT

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Another winter, another warning from the folks who run the power grid that natural gas shortages could cause power problems. The warning once again focuses all eyes on natural gas pipelines – viewed as either a big answer to the region’s power difficulties or a big problem, depending on whom you talk to. Continue Reading →

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Bridgeport election sparks anxiety over big environmental plans

Incoming Mayor Joseph P. Ganim on election night.

BRIDGEPORT — With Mayor Bill Finch leaving office soon, there is concern for the incomplete environmental projects in his BGreeen 2020 initiative. Some worry that Mayor-elect Joseph P. Ganim, who campaigned on cutting taxes, could choose to pull the plug on some of the projects – especially those that involve city money. Continue Reading →

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Democrats: Suspend public financing of elections, cut transportation and local aid

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The leaders of the legislature's Democratic majority Monday recommended suspending the state's public-financing of elections for 2016, cutting social services and retreating from two major initiatives on transportation and municipal aid. Continue Reading →

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New federal study proposes overhaul of CT railroads — at a cost

An Amtrak Acela train bound for Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON – To tackle congestion in the Northeast Corridor, the Federal Railroad Administration has released an environmental study on ambitious proposals to overhaul Connecticut’s railroad system – possibly adding new routes, high-speed rails and a rail tunnel under Long Island Sound. Continue Reading →

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Herbicide finding intensifies battle over GMO labeling

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More than two years after passing the nation’s first law requiring labels on most foods containing genetically engineered components, there are still no labels for Genetically Modified Organisms – GMOs – in Connecticut or anywhere else in the U.S. But GMO labeling advocates now have some new ammunition for a counter-offensive. Continue Reading →

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CT’s repeat flood damage dilemma: move out or rebuild?

An elevated home on Milford's Cooper Avenue.

Thousands of Connecticut homes have been repeatedly damaged by flooding due to storms. costing the government millions in insurance claims. The losses are now causing some to question the wisdom of policies that encourage rebuilding. They say that with climate change, those properties will grow more vulnerable and money would be better spent moving people out. So far, however, few homeowners are interested. Continue Reading →

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