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Average cost of child care in CT as much as in-state tuition

School for young child in West Hartford

WASHINGTON — Child care in Connecticut is of good quality and widely available, but it can easily cost more than in-state college tuition. A report released this week by Washington, D.C., think tank New America, determined the average cost of in-home, or “nanny care” in Connecticut was $31,162 a year and the average cost of a day care center was $11,456 per child per year. Continue Reading →

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Clinton out-raises Trump in CT defense-industry campaign cash

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — Following a national trend, Connecticut’s defense workers and their bosses overwhelmingly gave to the campaign of Hillary Clinton while slighting that of Donald Trump. According to a Connecticut Mirror analysis, as of the end of August, the Clinton campaign raised more than $56,000 from individuals who work for the state’s defense industry, while the Trump campaign raised only $3,094. Continue Reading →

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CT reviewing its relationship with Wells Fargo

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WASHINGTON — Connecticut is reviewing its relationship with Wells Fargo after the bank admitted opening potentially millions of bogus accounts to collect fees from unwitting customers.The state is among the first to take action in response to the scandal. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers defy Obama with override of veto on terrorism lawsuit bill

Connecticut U.S. Sens. Christopher Murphy, right, and Richard Blumenthal

Updated at 4:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Every member of Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation voted Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of of legislation allowing lawsuits against foreign sponsors of terrorism. It is the first override of an Obama veto. Continue Reading →

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CT beat out S.C., Florida, others for billions in helicopter work

Sikorsky's new heavy lift helicopter in flight testing.

WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin was considering South Carolina, Florida and other states as places to build Sikorsky’s new CH-53K King Stallion helicopter – a Defense Department program expected to cost at least $25 billion – when the company and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck a deal to keep the work in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Barred from debate, Johnson and Stein will still win votes in CT

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein

WASHINGTON — They won’t be on the stage for the presidential debates tonight, but Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein will be on the Connecticut ballot in November’s election, and are likely to pull votes from both major part candidates, especially Hillary Clinton. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy, DeLauro seek to override Obama veto of terrorism lawsuit bill

President Obama addresses the nation.

Updated at 8:20 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Rep. Rosa DeLauro are at the forefront of an effort to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would help the families of the victims of the September 11th attacks sue Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading →

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Senators press fight with Aetna over quitting ACA exchanges

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini

Updated at 5:12 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A group of liberal senators and Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini continued their battle Friday, with the lawmakers accusing the insurance executive of avoiding their questions about Aetna’s decision to quit 11 health insurance exchanges. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut has baby bust, slow growth and aging population

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WASHINGTON — Connecticut women are having fewer children than those in most other states, its population continues to age and growth is lagging. The census bureau said that in 2015 Connecticut women ranked 49th among the states as far fertility. The census also determined that Connecticut is one of the slowest-growing states. Continue Reading →

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Congress lambastes company CEO over EpiPen price hike

Mylan chief executive Heather Bresch testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Wednesday.

WASINGTION — There was a bipartisan bashing of Mylan CEO Heather Bresch Wednesday over her company’s huge price increases on EpiPen, the auto-injector that delivers a drug that counters the effects of a potentially fatal allergic reaction. Continue Reading →

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AMA says Anthem-Cigna deal would shrink insurer choices in CT

Cigna headquarters in Bloomfield

WASHINGTON — The American Medical Association, strongly opposed to the merger of Anthem and Cigna, said the deal would greatly limit competition in Connecticut and nine other states, leading to premium increases and fewer choices of doctors and hospitals for the state’s patients. Continue Reading →

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Nation’s income gains strong, but Connecticut’s lag far behind

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Census Bureau’s good news that median income rose significantly in the United States last year wasn’t as cheerful for Connecticut. The state was among a dozen with the smallest rate of household median income growth in the nation, which had a robust increase of 5.2 percent. And not everybody benefited from Connecticut’s modest 1.8 percent income growth. Continue Reading →

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