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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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Connecticut sees 8th month of job gains in October

November 22, 2014
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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut employers added 3,600 jobs last month, the eighth monthly gain this year as the state recovers from the worst recession in decades, the state Labor Department announced Thursday. However, the unemployment rate of 6.4 percent in October was unchanged from September. That’s higher than the national unemployment rate of 5.8…

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Malloy trims $54.6 million from state agencies

November 22, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday he is seeking to trim $54.6 million in funding from numerous state agencies to help balance Connecticut’s $20 billion budget. The list of cuts came a day before Malloy’s budget director was scheduled to brief the legislature’s budget- and tax-writing…

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Newtown shooter’s history reviewed in new report

November 22, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report on his mental health and educational history. The Office of Child Advocate investigates all child deaths in the state for lessons on prevention.…

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Thalberg robotics team ready to rumble this weekend

November 21, 2014
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Thalberg robotics team ready to rumble this weekend

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER LEGOs are more than just blocks these days. For children growing up today, LEGOs offer a whole new educational experience unlike the way they were used among previous generations. The opportunity to participate in this new educational activity has risen for 10 fifth graders at Thalberg Elementary School. The Red…

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Macy’s parade will march to Southington drummer

November 21, 2014
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Macy’s parade will march to Southington drummer

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER A recent Southington High School graduate will be participating in New York City’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Bryson Teel, a 2013 graduate, will be marching with Drum Corp International. Teel started drumming when he was 9, but really began to take marching band seriously when he joined the marching band…

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