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Judge's ruling supports new fuel economy standards

A decision by a federal judge this week could force automakers to increase fuel economy standards for cars. WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports although the ruling upheld a California law, it has implications for Connecticut.

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Dec 14, 2007
Problems for disabled voters discussed

Advocates for disabled residents gathered for a post election meeting with Secretary of State, Susan Bysiewicz Wednesday afternoon. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports

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Dec 13, 2007
Fire destroys businesses in New Haven

A three-alarm fire in downtown New Haven Wednesday destroyed several businesses and forced the evacuation of nearly 100 residential units. WNPR's Diane Orson reports.

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Dec 13, 2007
Yale offers online courses

Yale University began offering some of its most popular courses online this past Tuesday.

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Dec 13, 2007
A Christmas Bird Count in Connecticut

This coming weekend dedicated birders will make a contribution to science by spending a day identifying and counting birds. As WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports the Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count, which runs on weekends in the state until December 30th, helps scientists keep track of threatened bird species.

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Dec 10, 2007
Town officials fight FAA flight plans

Towns officials in southwest Connecticut are continuing to fight plans by a federal agency to route more flights over Fairfield County.

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Dec 10, 2007
Connecticut led shareholder lawsuit settled

Former UnitedHealth Group CEO William McGuire has agreed to surrender more than 400 million dollars to settle federal government claims and a Connecticut led shareholder lawsuit related to a stock-options backdating scandal.

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Dec 10, 2007
Reinsurance industry buoyant with no major hurricanes

The reinsurance industry looks poised to benefit from a second year with no major hurricane damage in the US. Hedge funds which have invested heavily in the industry will also be counting the profits. WNPR's Harriet Jones reports.

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Dec 07, 2007
Lawmakers make time to address violent crimes

Connecticut lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a resolution today that allows them to go into special session in January to adopt tougher penalties for violent crimes. WNPR's Av Harris reports.

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Dec 07, 2007
Ethics reform bills follow DeLuca resignation

Recent improprieties involving two state senators are shining a brighter light on the need for Connecticut lawmakers to enact serious ethics reform. WNPR's Av Harris reports.

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Dec 07, 2007
Electric Boat hints at potential layoffs

The President of Electric Boat says employment at the shipyard could still fall next year, despite extra cash being made available for the Virginia class submarine program. WNPR's Harriet Jones reports.

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Dec 07, 2007
CT representative pushes for stricter driving laws

State Representative John Mazurek wants the legislature to pass stricter laws to prevent teenage reckless driving. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports.

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Dec 07, 2007
State's budget surplus projection increased

State Comptroller Nancy Wyman has increased her projection for the state's year-end budget surplus. But she says she has concerns about the direction of Connecticut's economy next year.

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Dec 06, 2007
State accuses cigarette maker of ad violation

Connecticut and seven other states are suing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, saying it has violated a nine year-old ban on the use of cartoons in cigarette advertising. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports.

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Dec 05, 2007
Sentencing for shipping company's chief engineer

The chief engineer on a tanker managed by a Greek shipping company was sentenced this week in federal court for violating environmental laws. WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports.

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Dec 05, 2007
Rell pledges to combat recent racism

Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell is vowing to use the full power of state law enforcement to stop the recent rash of racist incidents involving nooses. WNPR's Av Harris reports.

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Dec 05, 2007
Attorneys General file papers to block nuclear plant

The attorneys general from Connecticut and New York filed papers today to intervene in the re-licensing of the Indian Point Nuclear Generating Plant. They say the plant shouldn't be re-licensed unless security and environmental concerns are addressed.

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Dec 04, 2007
Casino files objections to union vote

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, the owners of Foxwoods Casino, has filed a series of objections to a ballot held by the National Labor Relations Board. In that election, table game dealers at the casino voted by a convincing majority to form a union.

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Dec 04, 2007
Congressman Murphy leads mental illness discussion

Connecticut 5th District Congressman Chris Murphy was joined by his colleague from Rhode Island Patrick Kennedy on Monday as they led a roundtable discussion on getting equal coverage for mental illness.

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Dec 04, 2007
World AIDS Day in Connecticut

December 1st is World AIDS Day and advocacy groups in Connecticut say the disease doesn't discriminate. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports.

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Dec 03, 2007
New contract signed at Pratt & Whitney

Machinists at jet-engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney have ratified a new three-year contract. The company held the line on increasing healthcare costs, but gave concessions to workers over job security. WNPR's Harriet Jones reports.

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Dec 03, 2007
Night shift work linked with cancer

A program of The World Health Organization will release an announcement tomorrow classifying "night shift" work as a probable human carcinogen. WNPR's John Dankosky reports that the research has its roots in Connecticut.

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Dec 03, 2007
Citizen patrol to lay down arms

A neighborhood watch group in New Haven that's been patrolling its community carrying concealed weapons will disarm. WNPR's Diane Orson reports.

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Dec 03, 2007
Nursing home report card

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a list of the country's poor-performing nursing homes. 54 nursing facilities from 33 states are on the list, including one in Connecticut. WNPR's George Goodrich reports.

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Nov 30, 2007
Service Employees Union rejects offer

Union official representing almost two thousand office cleaners in the Hartford area have rejected the employers' latest contract proposal. WNPR's Harriet Jones reports.

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Nov 30, 2007
Pfizer to move jobs abroad

Drug maker Pfizer says its considering outsourcing as much as 30 percent of its manufacturing as it continues to cut costs. WNPR's Harriet Jones reports.

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Nov 30, 2007
Respects paid to former governor Bill O'Neill

Former Connecticut Governor William O'Neill was laid to rest Thursday following a funeral ceremony in his hometown of East Hampton. WNPR's Av Harris reports.

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Nov 30, 2007
UTC signs contract with Spanish shipbuilder

Fuel cell maker UTC Power has signed a lucrative new contract with a Spanish shipbuilder. The Connecticut company will supply a fuel cell to power a Spanish navy submarine.

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Nov 29, 2007
Environmental groups issue report card

Six years ago New England and Eastern Canada hammered out an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions down to 1990 levels by 2010. Today environmental groups issued a climate change report card to evaluate whether the region is progressing on its goals.

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Nov 29, 2007
Meetings held on dredging Long Island Sound

The US Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are holding a series of public meetings this week in New York and Connecticut to discuss plans to dredge Long Island Sound.

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Nov 29, 2007