Connecticut courts rank highest for access

November 19, 2014
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By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s court system scored highest among state judiciaries in serving poor, disabled and other disadvantaged members of the public, while Oklahoma’s overall score is the lowest in the country, according new rankings. Connecticut led all states with a score of 73.4 out of 100 and was…

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Overdue books? Library has solution that helps those in need

November 18, 2014
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Southington Library’s Annual “Food for Fines” Collection to help Southington Community Service stock their shelves will be held Monday, Nov. 24 through Wednesday, Dec. 31. The “Food for Fines” collection is a time when Southington patrons may offset their overdue fines with non-perishable food items. All donations go to help Southington Community Services restock their…

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Police target ATV riders without chasing them

November 18, 2014
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By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Popping wheelies and running stop lights, ATV street riders who buzz through Connecticut cities in packs have long frustrated police, who are prohibited from chasing the riders through congested urban neighborhoods. Police are now pursuing more creative ways to stop them, setting up a hotline in…

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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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