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Himes sole CT lawmaker to vote for NSA surveillance bill

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Himes was the only House member from Connecticut on Thursday to vote for a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to intercept without warrants calls or emails from suspected foreign terrorists outside the United States. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal slams Trump for failing to commit to a Mueller interview

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday slammed President Trump for declining to say whether he would grant an interview to special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, who are investigating any possible collusion between Russian and the Trump campaign. Blumenthal said, “The president has a moral and legal duty to cooperate.” Continue Reading →

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Expelled students can no longer be sent home with homework and no plan

State law requires local education officials to provide expelled students with an “alternative educational opportunity during the period of expulsion,” but has been silent on what the quality of that education must be. This week, school districts were given standards for the programs they must offer students. Continue Reading →

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Whiting Forensic Division to separate from Connecticut Valley Hospital

Months after a patient-abuse case that led to the arrest of ten employees and the disciplining of dozens more, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an executive order that separates the maximum security Whiting Forensic Division from Connecticut Valley Hospital. Continue Reading →

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Controversy surrounds closure of juvenile prison

The state’s lone prison for young males convicted of offenses not serious enough to land them in an adult prison ceased admissions last week as the state moves forward with plans to shutter it by July. The decision to stop admissions now has caused a rift between the governor and legislative leaders from both parties, and concerns from stakeholders about what will happen without a locked facility for juvenile offenders. Here’s what the closure could mean for youths going forward. Continue Reading →

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Trump: Never thought of dropping Gorsuch because of his comments to Blumenthal

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted as “FAKE NEWS” a report that he considered pulling the nomination of then-Supreme Court candidate Neil Gorsuch because the judge criticized the president’s escalating attacks on the federal judiciary to Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Continue Reading →

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DCF to hire 120 social workers to meet ‘Juan F.’ goals

The Department of Children and Families will be hiring 120 social workers to comply with an updated consent decree in the long-running Juan F. case, and the Malloy administration already has warned legislators it will need to spend $10 million more on the agency than is budgeted, the state’s top budget official said Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Immigrant youth press CT senators to become ‘dream heroes’

WASHINGTON —  Undocumented youth in Connecticut are asking the state’s U.S. senators to reject any federal budget bill that does not contain protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – or DACA program recipients. Both Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy support permanent protection for these youth, but they have not promised to reject a budget bill that would not provide that help. Continue Reading →

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Federal judge upholds law barring Ganim from public financing

A federal judge delivered a significant blow Wednesday to the gubernatorial ambitions of Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim by upholding a state law that bars Ganim, as a felon convicted of public corruption, from obtaining public campaign financing. He did not rule out an appeal — or running without public funds. Continue Reading →

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Days after protest, state poised to help police buy body cameras

Two days after a protest over the police shooting of a Bridgeport youth, the state Bond Commission is poised to approve $1.8 million to reimburse 14 police departments for the cost of body cameras and video storage devices as part of a state effort to improve police transparency and community confidence. Continue Reading →

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