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Flu peaking in Connecticut

The flu continues to be widespread in Connecticut and grew by 500 cases to 3,758 this past week, but the illness overall seems to have peaked and is on a downward trend, state public health officials said Thursday. Emergency rooms, outpatient visits and hospital admissions all reported declines this past week, according to the state […]

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Comptroller reports $140M deficit, doesn’t trigger mandatory mitigation plan

State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo reported a $140 million deficit Friday in the state’s current operating budget, a gap that falls shy of the level that would compel Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to issue a second deficit-mitigation plan. Lembo’s new projection effectively matches the $139 million deficit reported last week by the legislature’s nonpartisan Office […]

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Screenings can identify depression in teens, but they are rarely used

When his office began using a questionnaire to screen adolescents for depression, Dr. Robert Dudley was skeptical. “What’s the chance these nine silly questions are going to pick something up?” he wondered. “I’ve known this kid forever. I’ll know if they’re having troubles or not.” Then he started using the questionnaire. The number of patients […]

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Malloy picks Chicago prosecutor for victim advocate

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated a Chicago prosecutor as the state victim’s advocate Friday, ending speculation over whether Michelle Cruz, an appointee of his predecessor, would win a new term after months of tension between her and the Malloy administration. Malloy’s choice is Garvin Ambrose, 35, the executive assistant state’s attorney and legislative liaison for […]

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Malloy ‘looked at opportunities’ to provide relief from car tax, but won’t disclose budget plans

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy confirmed Friday that his administration has looked for ways to provide “some level of relief” from municipal property taxes on cars, but he wouldn’t say whether it would be included in the new budget he will propose to legislators Wednesday. “I have looked at opportunities to bring some level of relief, […]