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  • U.S. funding bills provide $4.2M for Norwalk

    U.S. funding bills provide $4.2M for Norwalk

    WASHINGTON – Connecticut got an additional boost of federal funding following the final passage of government funding bills over the weekend, bringing the total for local projects across the state to about $174 million. Norwalk’s share of that total was nearly $4.2 million. Congress took the final step early Saturday to approve funding for the…

  • Anti-abortion advocates oppose CT constitutional amendment

    Anti-abortion advocates oppose CT constitutional amendment

    HARTFORD – More than 1,500 anti-abortion activists marched on the Connecticut Capitol grounds in Hartford on Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to halt a proposal before the General Assembly that would enshrine reproductive rights in the state’s Constitution.  The third annual March for Life drew religious leaders, Catholic school students and other advocates, including state lawmakers…

  • CT Medicaid underpays health care providers, study finds

    CT Medicaid underpays health care providers, study finds

    Connecticut’s Medicaid program pays providers less for specialist physician and behavioral health services compared to peer states, a report released by the Department of Social Services found. The study analyzed Medicaid reimbursement rates for more than 11,000 physician specialist, dental and behavioral health services. The findings reveal that Connecticut paid less than a peer state…

  • Nuvance hospital system to merge with Northwell Health, pending state and federal approvals

    Nuvance hospital system to merge with Northwell Health, pending state and federal approvals

    Nuvance Health, which owns Norwalk Hospital plus three other hospitals in Connecticut and three in New York, will merge with Northwell Health to form a larger regional health system across two states. Together, the companies will own 28 hospitals and more than 1,000 sites of care and employ 14,500 providers. “By joining forces with Northwell…

  • UConn team part of International Space Station research

    UConn team part of International Space Station research

    A team from the University of Connecticut is conducting research with the International Space Station to investigate regenerative tissue growth in micro-gravity, which could aid in future osteoarthritis treatments and space travel. Associate professor of bioengineering at the University of Connecticut, Professor Yupeng Chen, has made headlines in recent months for the research he and…

  • CT’s holiday message: Enjoy tax cuts in ’24, but maybe not in ’25

    CT’s holiday message: Enjoy tax cuts in ’24, but maybe not in ’25

    Swaddled in bipartisanship and holiday wishes, the cheerful year-end assessment Wednesday of Connecticut’s finances by Gov. Ned Lamont still had an overtly political mission: Dampening expectations of significant new spending or tax cuts in 2024. Lamont, who is finishing the first year of his second term as the most popular Democratic governor in the U.S.,…

  • Four Corners no more: CT turning some intersections into roundabouts

    Four Corners no more: CT turning some intersections into roundabouts

    The intersection of Routes 82 and 85 in Salem, sometimes called the Four Corners, used to have a lot of crashes, many of them serious. Now it doesn’t. The reason for the welcome decline is deceptively simple: the state changed the geometry of the crossroads. In 2012, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) installed a…

  • Revenue losses from electric vehicle switch triple DEEP estimates, according to OFA

    Revenue losses from electric vehicle switch triple DEEP estimates, according to OFA

    The nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Accountability (OFA) released its estimated fiscal impact for the proposed regulation to phase out the sale of gasoline powered cars in favor of electric vehicles between 2027 and 2035, estimating the loss of tax revenue to the Special Transportation Fund (STF) will be at least double what the Department of…

  • CT towns, desperate to fill technical jobs, scramble for workers

    CT towns, desperate to fill technical jobs, scramble for workers

    Vernon’s municipal workforce was raided twice last year. The town lost a building official to Coventry and a planning specialist to Tolland. This caused Vernon to examine and enhance its overall salary and benefit structure, said town administrator Michael Purcaro, which included implementing the increasingly popular four-day work week. The changes enticed both workers to…

  • It was a good election for CT Democrats, but hardly a wave

    It was a good election for CT Democrats, but hardly a wave

    Control of the top offices in two dozen city and town halls will change parties in Connecticut as a consequence of Tuesday’s elections, with 16 mayoral or first selectman seats flipping to Democrats and eight to Republicans. By and large, both parties are shying from claiming to see broader meaning in the results, a temptation…

  • Charting CT: How does 2023 voter turnout compare to previous years?

    Charting CT: How does 2023 voter turnout compare to previous years?

    About 709,000 of 2.1 million Connecticut registered voters cast a ballot in this year’s municipal elections, bringing the turnout rate to 33.29% with almost all precincts reporting, according to preliminary data submitted by towns to the Secretary of the State’s Office. Last time Connecticut had municipal elections in 2021, the turnout rate was 32.1%, and it’s hovered…

  • Violent crime, motor vehicle theft drop again in CT, report finds

    Violent crime, motor vehicle theft drop again in CT, report finds

    Violent crime in Connecticut continued a downward trend in 2022, according to a new report, contradicting some Republicans’ claims during the most recent general election that violence was spiraling out of control. Connecticut saw a 13% decrease in violent crime between 2021 and 2022 — from 6,272 offenses to 5,464, according to the state’s annual crime…

  • Lamont, DOT chief pledge CT will get more projects underway

    Lamont, DOT chief pledge CT will get more projects underway

    State Bond Commission approves more than $1.1 billion in financing for transportation projects While the State Bond Commission approved $1.1 billion in new financing Friday to rebuild Connecticut’s aging infrastructure, Gov. Ned Lamont and his transportation commissioner pledged the administration was adding staff to ensure more projects can be launched each year. “We’re continuing to…

  • $5M CIF grant to upgrade wastewater infrastructure in two Norwalk neighborhoods

    $5M CIF grant to upgrade wastewater infrastructure in two Norwalk neighborhoods

    A State Committee voted Tuesday to award Norwalk a $5.14 million grant.

  • Charting CT: Recreational weed sales are getting higher

    Charting CT: Recreational weed sales are getting higher

    Since recreational marijuana sales started in January, $68,979,910 worth of products have been sold, an average of about $9.8 million per month.

  • CT promises discounts on drug prescriptions

    CT promises discounts on drug prescriptions

    Connecticut, home to some of the biggest actors in industries blamed for the opaque practices that shape prescription drug prices, is about to take a small step towards transparency and lower prices. On Oct. 2, Connecticut will become the first eastern state to partner with Navitus Health, the pharmacy benefit manager behind the free ArrayRX…