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Posted inHealth

Senate passes bill increasing oversight to stem abuse at Whiting

More than a year after the repeated, cruel abuse of a Whiting Forensic patient was captured on videotape, the state Senate approved a bill that would create an independent task force to oversee the maximum security psychiatric facility and would make staff there and other state behavioral health facilities subject to fines or even criminal charges if they fail to report abuse.

Posted inEnergy & Environment, Politics

Trump review of national monuments includes New England Coral Canyons

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s latest executive order threatens newly won protections for an underwater national monument located 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. The president ordered a review of “national monuments,” including the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts area, an ecosystem in the deep waters for the Atlantic Ocean.

Posted inPolitics

Trump, Murphy agree federal agencies should ‘buy American’

WASHINGTON — There’s at least one thing Sen. Chris Murphy, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, sees eye to eye on with the president – the need to close loopholes in laws that requires government agencies to “buy American.” Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that encourages government agencies to give priority to American companies when awarding contracts.

Posted inPolitics

Malloy, advocates react to Trump immigrant crackdown

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants has ratcheted up fear in that community and prompted Gov. Dannel Malloy to issue guidance to the state’s schools and law enforcement agencies on how to handle the new directives from Washington. “We’ve gotten a ton of calls from worried clients,” said Aleksandr Troyb, the chairman of the Connecticut chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.