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CDC confirms 4 cases of virus in Connecticut

September 30, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed three cases of enterovirus 68 from the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. One case was reported earlier this month at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Dr. Nicholas Bennett, CCMC’s director of infectious diseases and immunology, says doctors already had suspected the virus…

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Rocktober Fest to raise money for Fisher House

September 29, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Rocktober Fest is a family fun charity event on Sunday, Oct. 12 to support the Friends of Fisher House CT in their efforts to build a Fisher House near the VA hospital in West Haven. Southington residents Angelina Santa Maria and Todd Grosky, along with their co-chairs Kat Cole and…

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Business groups get on board bus-only route idea

September 28, 2014
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By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Business leaders along the route of the $567 million bus-only corridor in central Connecticut are stepping in to pump up support for the massive project. The Newington Chamber of Commerce organized a networking meeting Wednesday morning on a bus built for the new CTfastrak transit system,…

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Community group starts the Nellie Shepard scholarship

September 28, 2014
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Community group starts the Nellie Shepard scholarship

Nellie Shepard spent 30 years teaching physics and chemistry at Southington High School before her retirement in 1989, years she calls the most rewarding of her life. “You know, I never had children, so my students were my children – and I had just the best kids in the world,” said Nellie, a Southington native…

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Foley tax return summaries show wide income swings

September 28, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Tax return summaries released Friday by Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley show he has experienced wide swings in income. In documents provided to journalists for review, Foley, a wealthy Greenwich businessman, reported slightly more than $1 million in adjusted gross income for the 2010 tax year.…

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Malloy, Foley to meet twice in 1 week for debates

September 28, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and his Republican challenger are scheduled to meet twice in one week to debate one another. On Tuesday, Malloy and Greenwich businessman Tom Foley are expected appear in West Hartford at the University of St. Joseph for a debate that will be shown live on WFSB-TV.…

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In Enfield: Cops: Student shared pot-laced lollipops with pals

September 27, 2014
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ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A police chief in Connecticut says a girl handed out marijuana-laced lollipops to classmates at her high school, and one student was hospitalized. Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza tells the Journal Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1v89Fo9 ) that the Enfield High student acknowledged sharing the tainted lollipops, which were laced with THC, an active…

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Security stepped up along Connecticut rail lines

September 26, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s governor has ordered state police to increase their presence along rail lines and at Bradley International Airport. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he issued the order Thursday in light of events overseas and out of abundance of caution. He said there is no credible threat against Connecticut and the measures…

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Prosecutor agrees to hearing in home invasion case

September 26, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut prosecutor says newly discovered evidence related to a 2007 home invasion that killed three people warrants a court hearing in the appeal of one of two men sentenced to death for the murders. Prosecutor Marjorie Allen Dauster filed a motion Wednesday saying recordings of phone calls to Cheshire police…

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Nicole White crowned at Apple Harvest Festival gala

September 26, 2014
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Nicole White crowned at Apple Harvest Festival gala

Apple Harvest Festival Hostess Nicole White was crowned queen at the annual gala, held this year at the Aqua Turf. The gala is the unofficial kick-off to the Apple Harvest Festival. Here are a few shots from the gala. The festival is Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-13.

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