Monthly Archives: March 2018

Boughton, blaming seizure on dehydration, to resume campaign

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton told CT Mirror on Friday his seizure at a campaign event the previous night was caused by severe dehydration and, most likely, his failure to take a precautionary anti-seizure medication prescribed after surgery last summer to remove a lemon-sized cyst from his brain. He intends to resume campaigning Monday.
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Mark Boughton stable after seizure at campaign event

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, a prominent Republican candidate for governor who underwent surgery last summer to remove a benign, lemon-sized tumor from his brain, collapsed Thursday night at a crowded campaign event in Avon from an apparent seizure. His campaign reported he was resting comfortably at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. Continue Reading →

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AG: Initial step to MGM casino would not jeopardize tribal deal

Attorney General George Jepsen advised legislators Thursday that the state could take a tentative step toward testing the market for opening Connecticut to commercial casinos without immediately jeopardizing $260 million in slots revenue the state expects to collect this year under an exclusivity deal with the tribal owners of Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Mohegan Sun. Continue Reading →

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Despite snowstorms, town road grants remained stalled

After facing Connecticut’s third nor’easter in less than two weeks, municipalities are reminding state officials that strained local snow removal budgets badly need overdue state aid. But the prospects for immediate release of the stalled $30 million in Town Aid Road grants seem dim. Continue Reading →

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Trump names Kudlow to top White House economic job

Television economic commentator Larry Kudlow, who lives in Redding, said he had just finished playing tennis Sunday when he received a phone call from President Donald Trump, the first of a number of 30- or 40-minute calls that led to Kudlow’s appointment as Trump’s chief economics adviser. Continue Reading →

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A secret, public-private campaign lures Infosys to Hartford

Infosys, an India-based information technology company undergoing a major expansion in the U.S., named Hartford on Wednesday as one of its new technology-and-innovation hubs, promising an estimated 1,000 new jobs to a city struggling to broaden its employment base and a morale boost to a state intent on drawing a share of the next generation of technology jobs. The selection came with a great back story. Continue Reading →

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CT students join nationwide protest, demand end to gun violence

Updated at 8:45 p.m.
Students in Newtown capped a day of protest Wednesday as thousands of Connecticut students joined youths across the nation to protest gun violence and call on Congress to act on gun control measures. Meanwhile in Washington, thousands of students from schools across the nation, including Connecticut, gathered on the U.S. Capitol grounds and in front of the White House. Continue Reading →

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A debate over how government should identify our ethnicity

Claire Liao, a 10 year old from Fairfield, with Ming Li, a mother of two from South Windsor.

Using more detailed ethnic categories in student and health data could allow policymakers to better serve small populations, but some people in those small populations are anxious about extra scrutiny, the possibility of discrimination and being labeled as other than American. Continue Reading →

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CCM backs plan to revitalize CT — despite risk to local aid

Despite a proposal that could jeopardize state aid in the coming years, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities has endorsed the full report of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, arguing it offers more long-term benefits for the state and its communities. Continue Reading →

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Himes: Intelligence panel badly hurt by Russia probe conduct

WASHINGTON — Although it boosted his visibility, Rep. Jim Himes says the House Intelligence Committee’s newly concluded Russia probe has left him disappointed and left the important oversight panel “relatively toothless” to tackle similar missions. Nevertheless, the five-term Democrat says he’s sticking with the job of overseeing the nation’s spy agencies, whose actions are sometimes “scary.” Continue Reading →

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Report: Overhaul needed to avoid ‘untimely’ health care for inmates

The state system of providing healthcare to nearly 14,000 inmates in state prisons is on a path to “inadequate staffing” and “untimely healthcare,” according to consultants hired by the state Department of Correction. The consultants recommend a transition to a “hybrid” model of care that relies more heavily on private providers. Continue Reading →

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Murphy to Trump: Don’t pick secretaries of state with no diplomatic experience

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy, who as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vet the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to head the State Department, said he willing to consider the candidate’s qualifications, but slammed President Donald Trump for failing to choose someone with diplomatic experience for the job. Continue Reading →

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Charters try ‘expeditions’ to help students reinvent themselves

New Haven’s Elm City College Prep and two other schools in its charter network are adding learning experiences called “expeditions” to encourage curiosity and passion in kids. These are not field trips. They are two-week intensive courses that take children outside the classroom and beyond traditional subjects. Continue Reading →

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