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Music listings for Jan. 30

January 30, 2015
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FRIDAY, JAN. 30 PLAINVILLE SPIRIT SHAKER. Red Zone, 54 West Main St., Plainville. BRISTOL EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL BANDS AND CHOIRS. 6 p.m. Part of Sweet Sounds-Music and Desserts fund raiser to support the band’s and choir’s trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. In Florida, they will perform and compete against bands and choirs from…

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Observations: When the news reporter becomes the news

January 30, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Monday is a “hell or high water” day at the Observer. It’s the day before we go to press. I’m pushing myself to get the paper ready to hit the presses bright and early on Tuesday. I tell everyone I will not leave my desk for hell or high water.…

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WIC available for eligible residents

January 30, 2015
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State residents who meet certain income and other requirements can obtain nutritious food and nutrition education through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program of Bristol Hospital. More than 5,000 people in 20 area towns currently participate in this Bristol Hospital program. Women who are pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding, infants under 1 year of age,…

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Court: Media don’t have to delete stories when charges nixed

January 30, 2015
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By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) _ A Connecticut woman’s claims that media outlets libeled her by refusing to delete stories about her arrest after charges were dismissed were rejected by a federal appeals court Wednesday. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan pertained to the August 2010…

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Local dancer has, indeed, gotten ‘Nice Work…’

January 30, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Next week, Kevin Raponey, an actor from Bristol, will come full circle when he steps onto the stage of The Bushnell as part of the national tour of “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Raponey, who graduated Bristol Eastern High School in 2005 and trained at local dance studios,…

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Connecticut population decreases for 1st time since 2008

January 29, 2015
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s population decreased slightly from July 2013 to July 2014 as about 26,000 more people moved out of state than moved in, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The overall population drop of 2,664 people during that period, which includes births, deaths and international migration, was the first time Connecticut’s population…

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‘State children’s flower’ to honor victim of home invasion

January 29, 2015
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Document Viewer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A flower favored by the youngest victim of the 2007 deadly home invasion in Cheshire would become Connecticut’s official children’s state flower in proposed state legislation. The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/1C5Qd0m0 Republican state Rep. Al Adinolfi of Cheshire is sponsoring legislation that would designate four-o’clocks the official “children’s state…

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Report: Employers in state added 4,800 jobs in December

January 29, 2015
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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut employers added 4,800 jobs in December, helping push down the unemployment rate a notch, to 6.4 percent, the state Department of Labor announced Monday. Connecticut’s employment increased by 26,700 jobs since December 2013, to nearly 1.7 million. And the unemployment rate ticked down from 6.5 percent in November. The jobless…

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Travel ban lifts at 2 p.m. today; implemented last night at 9 p.m. as storm loomed

January 27, 2015
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced this afternoon that he has lifted the statewide travel ban as of 2 p.m. today, according to a press release from his office. “I want to thank the residents of Connecticut for heeding the warnings and staying off the road.  We were able to reduce accidents on the highways and…

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Gov. declare state of emergency; roads shut down 9 p.m. tonight

January 26, 2015
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Governor Dannel P. Malloy has declared a State of Emergency in preparation for the coming blizzard, which is anticipated to heavily impact the state tonight through Tuesday.  In addition, the Governor announced that a travel ban for all roads is in effect beginning at 9 p.m. tonight.   “People need to take this storm seriously,”…

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