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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United Way to get boost from local biz

November 16, 2014
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A local business is offering a sale that will benefit the United Way of Southington. Beautiful Image of Southington has announced that for the months of November and December, residents may buy one microcurrent skin sculpting treatment and receive a second treatment free for $50. For every $50 gift certificate sold, Beautiful Image of Southington…

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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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YMCA bestows honors on community members

November 14, 2014
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YMCA bestows honors on community members

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Southington-Cheshire YMCA announced the award recipients for the Person of the Year award, the Reaching Out Award and the Unsung Hero award at a press conference on Nov. 10. Town Councilor Dawn Miceli will receive the Person of the Year award, the Southington Education Foundation will receive the Reaching…

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