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State senator establishes online petition against CL&P rate hike

November 26, 2014
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State Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington) has created an online petition at www.senatormarkley.com where area residents can sound off about electric rate hikes and urge state regulators to fight future hikes. Markley is also pushing for new legislation to put the legislature back into the process of deciding rate increases. “The signatures on this petition will…

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Donations sought for The Summit’s annual holiday shop

November 26, 2014
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The Summit at Plantsville, Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, managed by Athena Health Care Systems, will be holding its annual holiday shop for residents. Every resident at The Summit at Plantsville is given the opportunity to shop of holiday gifts for their loved ones. There is no charge and gift wrapping is included. The main…

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Second shift non-essential state workers told to stay home

November 26, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has ordered all second-shift state employees who are designated as nonessential to not report to work on Wednesday, Nov. 26, in response to winter storm conditions across the state. State employees are encouraged to contact their supervisors for further guidance, said a release from the governor’s office. “After…

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Gov. issues Thanksgiving message

November 26, 2014
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On the eve of Thanksgiving, Governor Dannel P. Malloy shared the following message with Connecticut residents:     It’s been nearly 400 years since the first Thanksgiving, and while there have been countless changes during that time, one aspect of the original holiday is as true today as it was back then.   Thanksgiving is…

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Panel takes on Connecticut’s ‘honeycomb’ of taxes

November 26, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A panel of accountants, former state legislators and experts in tax law, economics and finances has taken on the daunting task of reviewing Connecticut’s tax structure to come up with ways to modernize the system with an eye toward making it more fair, equitable and stable.…

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UConn law professor charged in prostitution sting

November 26, 2014
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SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ A University of Connecticut law professor was among six men arrested on charges of patronizing a prostitute. Ronald Murphy of Farmington was arrested Friday at a Southington motel. Police say he also was charged with interfering with police after he tried to flee. UConn says he’s on paid leave and his…

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Storm on menu for some Thanksgiving travelers

November 26, 2014
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By FRANK ELTMAN Associated Press MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ A nor’easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. “I would pack your patience,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. The storm, forecast to dump rain along the coast and snow…

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Take caution for holiday travel plans, gov. says

November 25, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today in a press release urged commuters and travelers to take the first significant snowstorm of the season into consideration as they make travel plans for the Thanksgiving holiday. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Watches and Warnings for most of the state from Wednesday morning through Thanksgiving morning.…

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Malloy budget adviser: State economy is improving

November 23, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A top budget adviser to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday that Connecticut’s economy is showing signs of improvement despite a projected $99.5 million revenue shortfall this year and projected $1 billion deficits in each of the next three fiscal years. Karen Buffkin, deputy secretary…

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Report questions role of wealth in Lanza’s care

November 23, 2014
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By PAT EATON-ROBB and MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A new report asks whether the race and affluence of Adam Lanza’s family influenced decisions about how to care for his mental health problems in the years before he committed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Among the findings in the report,…

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