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McCarthy heads toward Senate confirmation

The nomination of Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, cleared a procedural hurdle Thursday that nearly assures her confirmation. The Senate voted 69 to 31 to proceed to eight hours of debate and a final vote on her nomination, which will likely happen late today or early Friday. The nomination […]

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Quebec premier visits State Capitol

The premier of Quebec made a late afternoon visit Thursday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at the State Capitol, part of a tour through New England. Pauline Marois, the first woman to be the premier, was scheduled to visit Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee earlier in the day. She met […]

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A governor comes bearing gifts

Branford — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy stood under an unforgiving afternoon sun, his forehead shiny with sweat, as he announced a state grant for a long-awaited public amenity in this town’s quaint beach community of Stony Creek. Malloy is buying Branford toilets. To be precise, the governor is awarding a grant drawn from a pool […]

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Jobs grow, yet unemployment hits 8.1%

Connecticut is adding jobs at a faster clip than last year, but growth flattened last month, and the unemployment rate edged slightly higher to 8.1 percent, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday. The state added 500 nonfarm jobs in June, and the unemployment rate rose from 8 percent to 8.1 percent. The labor department’s […]

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Gina McCarthy sails through confirmation to head EPA

Washington — After a rough road, Gina McCarthy was easily confirmed Thursday as the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy, who headed Connecticut’s former Department of Environmental Protection, was confirmed on a 59-40 vote. All votes against her, except one, belonged to Republican senators. The sole Democrat to vote against her was Sen. Joe […]