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Journey to the center of the news universe

One story was the gravitational center of the news universe last week and will likely continue to be a political lightening rod: the Trump Administration's separation of immigrant children from their undocumented parents at the border.

Published on 24 June 2018 | 9:00 am

DeVos has scuttled more than 1,200 civil rights probes

A ProPublica analysis of data on more than 40,000 civil rights cases has found that, under Secretary Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Department of Education has closed more than 1,200 civil rights investigations that were begun under the Obama administration and lasted at least six months. The cases were closed without any findings of wrongdoing or corrective action, often due to insufficient evidence.

Published on 24 June 2018 | 9:00 am

CT Dems ‘shocked’ about condition of immigrant detentions at border

WASHINGTON -- Connecticut lawmakers at the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend said they were moved, and even shocked, by what they saw up close as the effect of  the Trump administration’s immigration policy. “It was worse than we ever thought,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District.

Published on 24 June 2018 | 12:22 am

Reuniting immigrant kids with parents? Not so easy.

WASHINGTON – After a day visiting immigration facilities at the Texas border Friday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said  “there is no plan, there is no strategy” to reunify immigrant kids who have been separated from their undocumented parents. Others say it will be difficult, for a number of reasons, for migrant kids to rejoin their parents.

Published on 22 June 2018 | 10:37 pm

AFL-CIO endorses Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, Jahana Hayes

The state AFL-CIO rejected convention-endorsed Democrats in two high-profile primaries Friday by backing political newcomers with strong union ties: Eva Bermudez Zimmerman for lieutenant governor and Jahana Hayes for the open 5th Congressional District seat.

Published on 22 June 2018 | 7:32 pm

Fasano’s pet project: Banning the leasing of dogs and cats

State Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano has a pet legislative project -- literally.  He wants Connecticut to ban the practice of leasing, rather than selling, dogs and cats.

Published on 22 June 2018 | 4:00 pm

Connecticut rental housing is among nation’s least affordable

Connecticut renters face one of the least affordable housing markets in the country, a new report says, and the state's low-income renters face an especially difficult challenge in affording a place to live.

Published on 22 June 2018 | 9:00 am

U.S. House bill cuts thousands from Connecticut’s free school lunch program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House on Thursday narrowly approved a massive farm bill that would cut thousands of children from free school meals in Connecticut. That bill, opposed by every House Democrat, would curb eligibility for food stamps, too.

Published on 21 June 2018 | 11:34 pm

On city dime, Ganim pops up in Texas for immigration protest

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim reminded Democrats on Thursday he knows how to stay in the public eye without cost to his campaign for governor: Ganim was among the U.S. mayors protesting outside a temporary immigration detention center in Tornillo, Texas that has become a political touchstone.

Published on 21 June 2018 | 9:29 pm

CT Dems to travel to border as Congress stumbles on immigration

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal is the latest Connecticut lawmaker to announce plans to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend to visit with immigrant children who have been forcibly separated from their undocumented parents. Meanwhile, a hardline immigration bill failed in the U.S. House Wednesday and GOP leaders postponed a vote on another immigration bill.

Published on 21 June 2018 | 9:14 pm

Ruling enables CT to capture millions in taxes from online sales

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday opening the door for states to capture sales tax receipts for online and other remote transactions could help Connecticut capture more than $100 million annually in new revenues.

Published on 21 June 2018 | 8:07 pm

Regents approve plan to consolidate community colleges in 2023

The governing board of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges voted Thursday to move forward with implementing a new plan to merge the schools into a single accredited institution — but this time in five years.

Published on 21 June 2018 | 7:34 pm

Opposition softens toward revised community college merger

As the governing board of the state’s 12 community colleges meets on Thursday to vote on a revised version of a plan intended to merge the schools into a single accredited institution, some faculty and former officials remain opposed -- while slightly softening their disapproval.

Published on 21 June 2018 | 9:00 am

CT Dems pan Trump’s move to end separations, but keep immigrant kids in detention

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s reversal of his administration’s policy of separating immigrant families at the border was panned Wednesday by Connecticut Democrats and immigration advocates in the state. “Family separation cannot be replaced by family incarceration and imprisonment," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Published on 20 June 2018 | 11:01 pm

Medicaid transportation firm fined for long wait-times for pick-ups

Veyo, Connecticut's non-emergency medical transportation contractor, has been fined $4,000 for having Medicaid patients waiting over an hour for pick-ups, a violation of its contract with the state.

Published on 20 June 2018 | 9:55 pm

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