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Connecticut moves to address problem of rape in prison

We don't know, "said Chris Daley, the deputy executive director of Just Detention International, a national advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse in prison. The increase is detailed in a recent report that is part of the state's effort to bring Connecticut into compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. Dave McNeil, who directs the Prison Rape...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press
Northeast marinas scramble to repair damage from deep freeze

GLASTONBURY, Conn.- The deep freeze that gripped the Northeast last winter dealt a severe blow to marinas and yacht clubs: Ice snapped pilings in half, shredded wooden docks and left behind wreckage that many compare to the effects of a hurricane. The marina was destroyed, "said Mindy Kahl, co-owner of Birbarie Marine on a river in Branford, Connecticut.
Source: The Associated Press | By: By MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press
Effort to expand police mental health coverage progresses

HARTFORD, Conn.- A long-running effort to extend workers' compensation benefits to police officers who receive mental health injuries on the job cleared a key hurdle Friday after years of defeat in the General Assembly. While the bill passed the Senate 25-11, some lawmakers predicted it faces trouble in the House of Representatives because it now encompasses...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press
VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

DENVER- Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department still must find up to $830 million to finish the vastly over-budget hospital without taking services away from...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press
5 homes that sold for $100M or more in 2014

$100 million is "the new billionaire benchmark" for trophy homes, according to a report from Christie's International Real Estate.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Robert Frank
2 ex-Wesleyan students face US charges over drug overdoses

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Two former Wesleyan University students pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges they distributed synthetic party drugs that resulted in on-campus overdoses and sent 11 people to hospitals. The defendants, Zachary Kramer, 21, of Bethesda, Maryland, and Eric Lonergan, 22, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, appeared in federal court in New Haven.
Source: The Associated Press
Connecticut casino bill now faces uncertain path

HARTFORD, Conn.- Legislation creating a two-step process for possibly opening a new tribal casino in Connecticut faces a vote in the state House of Representatives, but the level of support in that chamber remains unclear. House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said Thursday that the majority Democrats, who control the House, have not taken any preliminary vote counts...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press
GOP senators advance bill to ease rules on smaller banks

WASHINGTON- Republican senators advanced legislation Thursday that would ease rules on smaller banks and other requirements of the landmark law reining in Wall Street and the financial industry after the 2008 crisis. But it received no support from Democrats, making its chances of Senate passage slim. Now tables have been turned by last November's...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer
CNG begins largest natural gas expansion project in 30 years

EAST HAMPTON, Conn.- Connecticut Natural Gas announced Thursday it has begun construction on a 10- mile natural gas expansion project in East Hampton, the company's largest such project in 30 years. The gas main will serve nine East Hampton schools and municipal buildings, will reach major businesses and make natural gas an option for more than 400 residential...
Source: The Associated Press
Newtown must pay long-term disability to cop after massacre

HARTFORD, Conn.- A Connecticut state board has ruled that Newtown must pay long-term disability to a police officer who developed anxiety and depression after responding to the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Hartford Courant reports the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration ruled Monday that the police contract requires the...
Source: The Associated Press