Senators want wider distribution of flu vaccine

December 24, 2014
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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are urging the Centers for Disease Control and prevention to increase distribution of a certain flu vaccine manufactured in the state. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy were scheduled to appear Tuesday morning at Protein Sciences in Meriden to make their case for a wider distribution of…

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Lawmakers voice support to cap electric bill fee

December 24, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A group of Connecticut lawmakers say they support a proposal that would cap fixed residential charges imposed by the state’s largest electric utilities. Monday’s announcement comes after state regulators said Connecticut Light & Power could increase the current $16 a month charge to $19.25. The company originally sought a $25.50 charge,…

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Woman drives car through house of estranged husband

December 24, 2014
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Jennifer Luisi

A Southington woman was arrested Tuesday night after she drove her car through the Paul Heights home of her estranged husband, reported Southington police. Jennifer Luisi, 31, of Southington was charged with criminal violation of a protective Order, reckless endangerment first degree, criminal mischief first degree, breach of peace second degree, and driving under the…

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Irate customers confront Frontier over service

December 24, 2014
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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ Frontier Communications officials have told utility regulators in Connecticut that they underestimated the need for more trained customer service employees after they took over AT&T’s phone, Internet and UVerse networks in October. Kathleen Abernathy, executive vice president of regulatory and government affairs for the Stamford-based company, told the Public Utilities…

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Arrest made for bomb threat at SHS

December 24, 2014
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Benjamin Egan

The Southington Police Department announced an arrest in connection with the Dec. 22 bomb threat at Southington High School. Benjamin Egan, 18, of Southington was arrested at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23 and charged with threatening in the first degree and breach of peace in the second degree. In a press release, the Police…

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Obituaries for Dec. 26

December 24, 2014
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The following obituaries will be published in this week’s Southington Observer. For more information, look to Friday’s print or e-editions. Lawrence Voisine, 84, of Plainville, husband of Eva (Richard) Voisine, died on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Sylvia M. (Solomon) Hinchcliffe, 87, formerly of Southington, died on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at…

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Hernandez trial in January to take 6 to 10 weeks

December 23, 2014
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By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday. Hernandez was in Bristol County Superior Court for one of his final hearings before his January trial in the 2013 killing of semi-professional…

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Reminder about state services available to cope with holiday depression

December 23, 2014
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Reminder about state services available to cope with holiday depression

During this holiday season, marked by many as a time of joy and excitement, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in a press release, reminded residents that 2-1-1 is available to help during the holidays to assist with referrals for services for symptoms of depression and anxiety.  “We want to remind Connecticut residents that there are resources…

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Tobacco settlement board warns against complacency

December 23, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A board that recommends how Connecticut should spend part of its legal settlement with major tobacco companies is urging state lawmakers not to become complacent about combating smoking, insisting that declining rates don’t tell the full story. The annual report from the Tobacco and Health Trust…

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