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Posted inPolitics

CT sues DOJ over immigration conditions on policing grant money

WASHINGTON – Connecticut on Wednesday joined five other states in suing to block the Justice Department for its efforts to punish so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions by putting immigration-related conditions on federal policing grants. Connecticut would lose more than $1.7 million in Byrnes crime-fighting grants if it does not comply with the conditions.

Posted inNews

May’s storm leaves the state with multi-million dollar clean up

On the evening of May 15, dozens of children huddled in Hamden’s West Woods Elementary School as the town’s emergency responders wrestled their way through collapsed trees that blocked the entrance to the building. The students in West Woods were just a handful of the victims of the violent May storm, which killed two, injured 83, knocked out power to 182,000 residents, caused more than $13 million in damage and destroyed 25 homes statewide. The storm damage was so extensive, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy filed a request for aide with the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Trump’s trade war threatens Connecticut’s fragile economy

Today, Connecticut exports over $14 billion worth of goods to every part of the world, including transportation equipment, manufactured goods, electronic products and electrical equipment. The state’s major exporters include one of our premier companies, Pratt & Whitney, which employs more than 9,500 state residents with worldwide revenues topping $14 billion. Pratt’s commercial airplane engines currently power more than 25 percent of the world’s passenger aircraft fleet with customers in 160 countries.

Posted inHealth

More ER docs turning to non-opioids to fight overdose epidemic

Emergency department physicians across the state are using more non-opioid treatments for conditions that historically have required powerful opioids for pain management, as they try to play a lead role in the overdose epidemic that kills on average 115 Americans every day. This change, coupled with other efforts, has resulted in a significant decrease in opioids ordered at emergency departments in at least two hospitals, Norwalk and Middlesex, from 2016 to 2017.