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CT lawmakers, advocates open to new Puerto Rico bill

The flag of Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON — A rare compromise between the White House and House Republicans on how to help Puerto Rico has received cautious acceptance from Connecticut lawmakers and advocates who had rejected previous congressional efforts to help an island mired in a severe financial crisis. Continue Reading →

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Hartford school chief says budget woes will impact desegregation efforts

The Sport and Medical Sciences Academy, a Hartford magnet school.

WASHINGTON —Hartford School Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez told a national forum here Friday that city and state budget crises are affecting Hartford's public schools at a critical juncture in their fight against economic and racial segregation. Continue Reading →

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Senate would allow Amtrak to keep profits in Northeast Corridor

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

WASHINGTON — Congress will fall short of approving the $1.9 billion President Obama sought to subsidize Amtrak’s nationwide operations, but it is, for the first time, moving to rope off money for the Northeast corridor, the only profitable routes for the passenger rail line. Continue Reading →

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Murphy, Blumenthal say Supreme Court diminished by vacancy

WASHINGTON – Pressing for a vote on President Obama's stalled nomination of Merrick Garland for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. Chris Murphy said the nation may be heading for an "era” when there will be fewer than nine justices to interpret the nation’s laws. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers seek more money as House, Senate split on Zika funds

An Aedes species mosquito that transmits the Zika virus

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have split on how to fund federal efforts to fight the Zika virus, with Connecticut lawmakers playing key roles in trying to boost the amount of money that would go to states to battle the spread of the disease. Continue Reading →

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Senate defense bill holds the line on F-35s, Black Hawks

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WASHINGTON — A Senate defense panel has been far less generous to Connecticut defense programs than it’s counterpart in the House, which had boosted the number of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter planes and doubled the number of Black Hawk helicopters the Pentagon had asked for. Continue Reading →

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