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Foley calls for cap on Connecticut car taxes

September 25, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley says there should be a cap on local taxes paid for vehicles, a component of his proposed urban agenda. Appearing Wednesday in New Britain, the Greenwich businessman said he would push to limit the tax to 30 mills. One mill is equal to $1 for every…

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Dogs help fight cancer with Bark for Life

September 25, 2014
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Dogs help fight cancer with Bark for Life

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Dog owners have the opportunity to include their pets in the fight against cancer through the Southington Bark for Life event, which supports cancer research, on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Southington Drive In. Three years ago, the American Cancer Society invited Southington’s Relay for Life group to establish a…

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Plantsville’s The Sawtelles perform in benefit Saturday

September 25, 2014
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Plantsville’s The Sawtelles perform in benefit Saturday

A Common Ground Community Center For Art and Dance is proud to welcome The Sawtelles, from Plantsville, as the featured performers at its monthly benefit coffeehouse on Saturday, Sept. 27. Husband and wife duo the Sawtelles are a balance of four elements, alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop…

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In the state: 7 hospitals join Conn. alliance to coordinate care

September 25, 2014
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In the state: 7 hospitals join Conn. alliance to coordinate care

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Five health care systems that operate seven hospitals in Connecticut are forming an alliance intended to help coordinate care, improve efficiency and reduce costs. The Value Care Alliance includes Danbury, New Milford and Norwalk hospitals and Griffin Hospital in Derby, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, Middlesex Hospital in Middletown…

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US TV reporter quits on air to promote marijuana

September 25, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on the air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night’s broadcast, KTVA’s Charlo Greene identified herself as the business’s owner and said she…

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Prepare for your wedding and help women survive breast cancer

September 25, 2014
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Prepare for your wedding and help women survive breast cancer

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Brides to be on a budget, who also want to help in the fight against breast cancer, have an opportunity this weekend to fulfill both desires. Brides Against Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit that tours the country selling donated wedding gowns— with the proceeds directly going towards programs and services…

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Students weigh in on new tech policy

September 25, 2014
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Students weigh in on new tech policy

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Southington High School student representatives shared the student body’s satisfaction with the Board of Education regarding the new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. The new technology policy, implemented at the high school this year, allows students to use their own electronic devices in the cafeteria and in the library.…

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Christie: Connecticut 1 of top 2 races for GOP

September 25, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said Tuesday that Connecticut is one of the top two gubernatorial races in the country and GOP candidate Tom Foley needs to keep focusing on growing jobs and the state’s economy to win in November.…

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Drugstores, retailers dive deeper into vaccines

September 24, 2014
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Drugstores, retailers dive deeper into vaccines

By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles. CVS doled out more than 5 million, or double its total from a few years ago. And Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, offers flu shots at more than 4,200 of its…

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Hernandez cousin to plead guilty to contempt

September 24, 2014
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BOSTON (AP) _ A cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is expected to plead guilty to a contempt charge for refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez in the 2012 killings of two Boston men. A change-of-plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled for Tanya Singleton in Suffolk Superior Court…

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