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Deadline passes for agreement on reforms to desegregate Hartford schools

A student attending Newington Public Schools through the Open Choice Program The deadline has passed for state officials to reach an agreement on how to desegregate Hartford’s predominantly black and Hispanic public schools. “As of right now, we don’t have an agreement,” said Martha Stone, the lawyer behind the school desegregation lawsuit that led to the […]

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Guay, a flashpoint in Malloy’s struggle with watchdogs, takes new post

David L. Guay, the gubernatorial appointee who embodied the Malloy administration’s tense relationship with the state’s three major watchdog agencies, is stepping down as executive administrator of the Office of Government Accountability for a new government post. Guay will become the first executive director of the Contracting Standards Board. He starts the new job Oct. […]

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Federal shutdown, health care costs and shrinking sales tax loom over CT budget

State government’s finances are in balance early into the fiscal year — for now. But the state’s chief fiscal watchdog warned Tuesday that the federal government shutdown, continued strong demand for health care for the poor and declining sales tax receipts, could erase the budget’s black ink very quickly. Technically Kevin Lembo, the state comptroller, […]

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CT officials renew call for probe after NU confirms plans to outsource IT jobs

State officials renewed their call for a review of Northeast Utilities operations after company officials confirmed plans Tuesday to outsource about half of its 400 information technology jobs. But a company spokeswoman also said about 40 of the 200 affected workers likely would be rehired by branches in the northeastern U.S. of the two India-based companies […]

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Federal government shuts down

Washington — The federal government shut down today at 12:01 a.m. after a day of high drama on Capitol Hill and the failure to end a partisan impasse over a series of short-term spending bills. “This is a sad day for America,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Beginning today, about  7,000 federal workers in Connecticut […]

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Computer issues — and demand — hamper debut of state health insurance exchanges

Washington – One thing was predicted: Obamacare insurance exchanges would fall prey to massive computer failures on Tuesday, their opening day. But this was not predicted: An unforeseen number of Americans tried to use the websites, sometimes causing or exacerbating the technical disasters at some exchanges. New York alone had more than 2 million hits […]