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CT high court rules UConn wrongly fired employee for getting high at work

Connecticut Supreme Court

The state’s high court has unanimously decided the University of Connecticut was not justified in firing an employee found getting high on marijuana while on the job, a case the attorneys for the state argued would have broad implications for state employees. Continue Reading →

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Eyeing revenue, UConn keeps separate Hartford business campus

100 Constitution Plaza, the location of UConn's Graduate Business Learning Center in Hartford

The University of Connecticut will keep its Hartford-based graduate business programs at Constitution Plaza, scrapping plans to consolidate at a single downtown campus next year. The decision allows the already profitable programs to continue expanding, the university said. Continue Reading →

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Amtrak favors one rail overhaul plan, Old Lyme pans another

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

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is backing an ambitious plan proposed by the Federal Railroad Administration to overhaul rail transportation in the Northeast corridor, a proposal that would cost more than $300 billion. An alternative proposal for a new line through Old Lyme and other shoreline towns drew opposition. Continue Reading →

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At UConn, management costs increase $4M over four years

The University of Connecticut's Storrs campus

The University of Connecticut has steadily increased its executive and manager ranks over the last four years – while research staff and library positions have been declining. But a comparison with eight institutions it considers its peers shows UConn in the middle of the pack. Continue Reading →

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Malloy directs agencies to save $130M to balance new CT budget

Ben Barnes, the governor's budget chief, in June after telling agency heads the state would defer raises for non-union managers.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy assigned nearly $130 million in total savings targets Thursday to dozens of state agencies to help balance the new state budget that begins Friday. Although legislators assigned limits in some cases to spread the burden out among as many agencies as possible, the cuts fell heaviest on social services and education. Continue Reading →

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

UConn's 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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Feds, UConn faculty settle conflict-of-interest case

UConn logo

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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Measure strips $1B in bonded projects off of CT’s credit card

Gampel Pavilion at UConn

The Senate voted late Thursday rebalance Connecticut’s credit card in the face of shrinking tax revenues, canceling or delaying about $1 billion in financing for a wide array of projects and programs, and to authorize $380 for municipal school construction, down significantly from recent years. Continue Reading →

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UConn Health weighing down university’s research ranking

A new research lab at the UConn Health center in Farmington

Despite big infusions of funding, UConn’s overall ability to attract outside research grants has grown at a snail’s pace over the last 10 years, and its national ranking for research has actually fallen. The results have been very different, however, at the main campus in Storrs, where research activity has risen, and at the Health Center in Farmington, where it has dropped. This is the first story in a three-part series. Continue Reading →

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1 in 10 female students report being sexually assaulted at UConn

UConn's main campus at Storrs

One in 10 female students at the University of Connecticut’s main campus in Storrs surveyed last winter by a national consortium reported that they had been sexually assaulted since enrolling in school. Among male students, one in 70 reported being victims of sexual violence. Continue Reading →

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Malloy orders more cuts as lawmakers vow to close deficit by April 1

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks to reporters as advocates argue to shield hospitals from budget cuts.

While legislators committed Wednesday to close a $220 million hole in state finances by March 31, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered $79 million in emergency cuts, two-thirds of which hit social service agencies and education. Continue Reading →

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