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Labor, environmentalists oppose CL&P rate request

November 18, 2014
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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A coalition of labor, religious and environmental groups is lobbying state regulators to reject Connecticut Light & Power’s request for a higher rate intended to upgrade equipment following storms and to prevent future outages. The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday at…

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States working to fix hobbled health care websites

November 18, 2014
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By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press BOSTON (AP) _ The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude. The Massachusetts website, designed by the same contractor that worked on the troubled federal website,…

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4 benefits changes that may stem from overhaul tax

November 16, 2014
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By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Many workers will soon find that their health insurance costs more and covers less next year, and that employers have taken a sharper interest in their well-being. Experts say the impact of a health care overhaul tax that doesn’t start until 2018 is already being felt. Millions of employees…

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Malloy budget chief sticking to no tax hike pledge

November 16, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget chief said Thursday it will be difficult but he plans to adhere to his boss’s campaign promise and craft a new two-year state budget that does not increase taxes despite deficit projections. “It’s going to be an enormous challenge, but…

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State officials seek meeting for Frontier troubles

November 16, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials have asked state regulators to set a meeting for consumers to confront Frontier Communications about problems with the transition from AT&T Internet, cable and phone service. Frontier took over the landline, Internet and UVerse cable TV systems from AT&T in a $2 billion deal. The New Haven Register reports…

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Centenarian: Voting a civic duty not to be avoided

November 16, 2014
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By CHRIS GARDNER Republican-American SOUTHBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Margaret Silver’s ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. She hasn’t forgotten that sacrifice. At 105 years old, the Heritage Village woman still visits the firehouse every Election Day to fill in the ovals on her ballot. “It might stir some people up to vote if they see…

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Newtown victims’ parents say need still unmet

November 16, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ The parents of two of the 20 first-graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School say confusion and poor communication have left families of victims without services they need and unaware of resources they could tap nearly two years after the massacre. It was just a few…

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Condemned inmate on food strike over kosher diet

November 15, 2014
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By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut inmate awaiting execution for his role in the killings of a woman and her two daughters during a violent home invasion says he is refusing to eat prison food that he believes is not kosher. Steven Hayes sued the Department of Correction in August,…

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Support group listings for Nov. 14

November 14, 2014
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Support group listings for Nov. 14

TUESDAY, NOV. 18 PLAINVILLE GRANDPARENTS AND RELATIVES RAISING GRANDCHILDREN NFORMATIONAL AND SUPPORT PROGRAM. 10;30 a.m. Co-hosted by the Plainville Senior Center and Plainville Youth Services. Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville. Free. Register. (860) 747-5728, (860) 793-0221, ext. 261. ONGOING SOUTHINGTON OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS SUPPORT GROUP. Do you suspect food rules your life? Overeaters Anonymous…

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Senior listings for Nov. 14

November 14, 2014
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Senior listings for Nov. 14

FRIDAY, NOV. 14 PLAINVILLE COMPUTER HOUSEKEEPING LECTURE. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn how to use the housekeeping utilities available on your Windows operating system. Instructor Michael Hill will guide you in how to evaluate your machine‚Äôs performance and protect it against attacks. Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville. $5 per person. (860) 747-5728. NOV.…

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