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With reservations, Sandy relief plan OK’d

Connecticut legislators today approved a state plan to use $72 million in federal Storm Sandy relief money primarily to rehabilitate housing that was damaged during the storm last November. But many expressed reservations, referring to the plan’s lack of detail and the delay in getting funds to those who have been waiting for months. “How soon will […]

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Lawmaker says he has ‘back-up plan’ for failed undocumented driver laws

Although four bills that would have allowed some undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses died in the General Assembly last month, new legislation is being offered for undocumented Latinos who wish to drive legally. Lawmakers are currently working on a proposal to attach new legislation to another bill to create a path for undocumented drivers […]

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U.S. House members press for background checks on guns

Although the U.S. Senate has dealt an apparently fatal blow to congressional efforts to approve gun control, some House members aren’t ready to throw in the towel. Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Peter King, R-N.Y., have released a statement saying there is “growing momentum” for their bill that would expand FBI background checks of prospective […]

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Welcome to our new website!

We are proud of our new look, and we hope you find even more to like at The Connecticut Mirror. We’re excited about the new visual possibilities the new site offers, and over the next weeks and months, we will be rolling out additional new features, too.  Keep an eye on this space and I’ll […]

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House endorses mixed martial arts

One legislator compared it to the blood sports of ancient Rome. Another called it “appalling.” But the House of Representatives voted Tuesday to legalize mixed martial arts in Connecticut, one of two states that ban the sport. Queasiness over the nearly free-form combat sport was evident during the debate, but the real threat to legalization […]

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Anita Vashi and Nurit Harari: What do the tragedy of Sandy Hook and the destruction of Hurricane Sandy have in common?

What do the tragedy of Sandy Hook and the destruction of Hurricane Sandy have in common? From a public health perspective, which measures the impact of stress on an entire community, the two Sandys have much more in common than one may realize. Both catastrophes were dubbed national disasters. Both incidents captured the nation’s heart and […]