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The economic benefits of paid sick days - Ct Post
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Friday, 20 May 2011
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The economic benefits of paid sick days
Ct Post
... minimize layoffs, promote work-life integration, enhance economic security for working families, and create a level playing field among employers. Please protect and promote the health of Connecticut's workers, businesses and economy and vote to ...

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As Boomers swell Medicare rolls, Congress debates program's future - The Connecticut Mirror
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Friday, 20 May 2011
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As Boomers swell Medicare rolls, Congress debates program's future
The Connecticut Mirror
Connecticut's Democratic House members have collectively held more than a half-dozen town hall meetings on the issue in recent days, mostly to blast the controversial Republican proposal that would essentially privatize the program. ...

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Diversity/Quality of Life Award: A Healthy Approach To Building A Staff - Connecticut Law Tribune
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Friday, 20 May 2011
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Diversity/Quality of Life Award: A Healthy Approach To Building A Staff
Connecticut Law Tribune
(The company, Connecticut's largest health care provider, runs hospitals in New Haven, Bridgeport and Greenwich, and is the second-largest employer in New Haven after Yale University.) Assistant General Counsel Lisa Fay, who is also the company's
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Medicare, SustiNet and health care's future - Ct Post
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Thursday, 19 May 2011
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Medicare, SustiNet and health care's future
Ct Post
New proposals about Medicare have kept health care issues in the headlines. The national discussion about health reform is crucial to our health and economy. It is heartening to see that Connecticut is again on a path to be a leader in reforming how ...

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HHS Releases New Rule Governing Health Insurance Rate Hikes - Hartford Courant (blog)
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Thursday, 19 May 2011
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Los Angeles Times

HHS Releases New Rule Governing Health Insurance Rate Hikes
Hartford Courant (blog)
Health insurance rates are regulated by state insurance officials, such as the Connecticut Insurance Department. The new ruling by Health and Human Services requires that any proposed increase of 10 percent or more for health plans sold to
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Lead paint linked to lower test scores - Boston Globe
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Thursday, 19 May 2011
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Lead paint linked to lower test scores
Boston Globe
Educators worry that factor might be among many contributing to Connecticut's status as the state with the largest achievement gap between the races. Education and public health officials called the Duke study a stark reminder that although lead ...

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Malloy Wants Swift Legislative OK On Health Center Plan - Hartford Courant
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Deseret News

Malloy Wants Swift Legislative OK On Health Center Plan
Hartford Courant
Dannel P. Malloy wants the legislature to take up his proposed transformation of the University of Connecticut Health Center as soon as possible, either during the current legislative session or, if necessary, during a special session. ...
From late Monday: Malloy
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Drug-Resistant Germ Scare Lures Biotechs to Antibiotics Drugmakers Ignore - Bloomberg
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Drug-Resistant Germ Scare Lures Biotechs to Antibiotics Drugmakers Ignore
Bloomberg
US sales of the top five antibiotics were a combined $6 billion in 2010, according to IMS Health Inc., a Norwalk, Connecticut-based research company. Pfizer Inc. (PFE)'s cholesterol pill Lipitor, designed to cut the chances of a heart attack, ...

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Unions concede, purchasing decisions, CGA busy legislating - Connectcut Plus (blog)
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Unions concede, purchasing decisions, CGA busy legislating
Connectcut Plus (blog)
The Connecticut Insurance Department announced on its website that it is pending a decision on Aetna Health, Inc.'s request, filed on May 6, 2011 to “decrease rates by an average of 10 percent on individual health policies,” which, the CID announced, ...

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Paid Sick Leave Bill supported by state academics - Torrington Register Citizen
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Paid Sick Leave Bill supported by state academics
Torrington Register Citizen
Please protect and promote the health of Connecticut's workers, businesses and economy and vote to pass Bill No. 913. An Act Mandating Employers Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees. Carol Clark, Professor of Economics, Trinity College Continued. ...
State Leading Way
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Highlights of Connecticut labor savings deal - Norwich Bulletin
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Highlights of Connecticut labor savings deal
Norwich Bulletin
Increase employee contribution to 3 percent for retiree health care, affecting all employees. Phased in beginning July 1, 2013. — Imposes $35 emergency room co-pay; preauthorization needed for some procedures. — Provides new, value-based health and ...

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Connecticut Union Heads Agree To Revolutionary Health Reform - Connecticut Watchdog
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Connecticut Union Heads Agree To Revolutionary Health Reform
Connecticut Watchdog
In an enormously significant development, a handful of government officials and union leaders around the negotiating table have accomplished what politicians, civic leaders and health authorities have failed to do over the long years: They're putting ...

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Playing Wii Fit may ease COPD symptoms - ConsumerReports.org
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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MedIndia

Playing Wii Fit may ease COPD symptoms
ConsumerReports.org
“Finding an exercise routine that patients enjoy may help motivate them to exercise regularly,” said Jeffrey Albores, MD, of the University of Connecticut Health Center. For this study, patients used Wii Fit to run in place, step in place, ...
COPD patients benefit from Wii
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Sex Offender Doctor Can Treat Patients Again - NBC Connecticut
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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New Haven Independent

Sex Offender Doctor Can Treat Patients Again
NBC Connecticut
The Connecticut Medical Examining Board has decided to allow the gastroenterologist and internal medicine doctor to resume practicing medicine in Connecticut, Health I-Team reports. “It bothered me and it bothered other people on the board” Anne ...
Sex offender,
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SustiNet backers, Malloy administration reach agreement - The Connecticut Mirror
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Monday, 16 May 2011
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Kaiser Health News

SustiNet backers, Malloy administration reach agreement
The Connecticut Mirror
Keith Stover, a lobbyist for the Connecticut Association of Health Plans, which opposed SustiNet, said the agreement seems to rightly focus on planning for and implementing federal health reform. As for the evaluation of alternative insurance models,
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Wii Fit Exercises May Help COPD Patients - WebMD
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Monday, 16 May 2011
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Wii Fit Exercises May Help COPD Patients
WebMD
... during three to five minutes of specified Wii Fit exercises, indicating the Wii Fit may be a reasonable home-based exercise regimen for COPD patients,” Jeffrey Albores, MD, of the University of Connecticut Health Center, says in a news release. ...
COPD patients may breathe easier, thanks to the
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Region 15 Banning Sale of Unhealthy Foods - Patch.com
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011
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Region 15 Banning Sale of Unhealthy Foods
Patch.com
Region 15, along with the state of Connecticut, is cracking down on the quality of food served on school grounds and limiting students' choices to healthy foods. At a meeting Monday night the Board of Education voted on, and unanimously adopted, ...

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Economy Promising, Regulations Stifling, Small Businesses Say - Patch.com
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011
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Economy Promising, Regulations Stifling, Small Businesses Say
Patch.com
Connecticut Department of Labor economist Patrick J. Flaherty said small businesses in north central Connecticut have driven job growth statewide Travelers Institute, the public policy arm of Travelers Cos. Inc., whose operations span north central ...

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California hits 25B pothole - Politico
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011
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Politico

California hits 25B pothole
Politico
And the state is one of just a few, alongside Minnesota and Connecticut, to expand its Medicaid program voluntarily in advance of the required expansion in 2014. But the slowing of California's health reform implementation has some concerned about ...

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US health linkup is urged - Worcester Telegram
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011
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US health linkup is urged
Worcester Telegram
“If you're from Nashua and you have a medical emergency in Connecticut, you need treatment in Connecticut. And sometimes, it's in the nature of emergencies that treatment is time-sensitive. You have to be able to access that information simply and ...

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Backus nurses will hold union vote Wednesday - Norwich Bulletin
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Backus nurses will hold union vote Wednesday
Norwich Bulletin
AFT, which represents nurses at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London and Windham Hospital in Willimantic, views itself as an agent of positive change in Connecticut health care. “The right to form a union is a fundamental right of workers in ...

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Lyme Disease - My Fox 8
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Milwaukee News Buzz

Lyme Disease
My Fox 8
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever cases are more prevalent in North Carolina than almost anywhere in the nation, said Dr. Ward Robinson with the Guilford County Health Department. Lyme Disease is named after Lyme, Connecticut, the town where the disease was ...
New concerns over Lyme disease in Conn.Hartford
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Paid Sick Leave Bill Narrowly Passes House Committee
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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A controversial bill that would mandate paid sick leave won the narrow approval of the budget-writing appropriations committee Monday.
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UConn, Area Hospitals Make Breakthroughs Together - Hartford Courant
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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UConn, Area Hospitals Make Breakthroughs Together
Hartford Courant
A specialist in infectious diseases at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Dr. Juan Salazar has collaborated regularly with researchers at the University of Connecticut Health Center. ...

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Hookah lounge ban narrowly passes Conn. committee - NECN
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Hookah lounge ban narrowly passes Conn. committee
NECN
(AP) — A bill that would ban smoking in Connecticut hookah lounges, except those establishments that opened last year or earlier, has narrowly cleared a key legislative committee. The Planning and Development Committee passed the bill Monday on an ...
Hookah lounge ban narrowly passes Conn.
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Healthy happenings - Danbury News Times
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Healthy happenings
Danbury News Times
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP: For family members, the group meets first and third Thursdays at 5 pm, Western Connecticut Mental Health Network, 78 Triangle St., Danbury. Call Paula Zigman at 203-448-3149 or 203-448-3200. ALZHEIMER'S/DEMENTIA SUPPORT ...

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Canton dancers benefit Connecticut Children's Medical Center - Foothills Media Group
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Canton dancers benefit Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Foothills Media Group
Proceeds from the event went directly to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, a full-service hospital that facilitates research and education of children's health issues. This is one of the few times all of the students of Canton's branch of Fred
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Any Conn. labor deal needs rank-and-file support - Forbes
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Any Conn. labor deal needs rank-and-file support
Forbes
Dannel P. Malloy's labor negotiators have been meeting privately with the leaders of 15 state employee unions, trying to come up with $2 billion in labor savings over two years to help balance Connecticut's budget. But a deal with the State Employees ...
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Despite Threats, States Moving Forward with Medical Marijuana - Opposing Views
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Sunday, 08 May 2011
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Opposing Views

Despite Threats, States Moving Forward with Medical Marijuana
Opposing Views
Connecticut: Members of the Joint Standing Committee on Public Health on Tuesday decided in favor of Governor's Bill 1015, which amends state law to “authorize an individual to use marijuana for medical purposes as directed by a physician. ...

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More than 1000 people finish Connecticut Race for Cancer - TopNews United States
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Sunday, 08 May 2011
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More than 1000 people finish Connecticut Race for Cancer
TopNews United States
The race – which benefits the CT Breast Health Initiative as well as provides funds for in-state research and support for breast cancer - had 414 finishers in the men's event and 786 finishers in the women's event. In addition, there were thousands of
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CT Watchdog: Beware improper use of credit cards - TheDay.com
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Sunday, 08 May 2011
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CT Watchdog: Beware improper use of credit cards
TheDay.com
Please check out his site, www.ctwatchdog.com, for comprehensive consumer, health, finance, nutrition, Connecticut grown food, elderly issues, media, Internet, computer, travel and education tips.

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YMCA promotes Healthy Kids - Torrington Register Citizen
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Sunday, 08 May 2011
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YMCA promotes Healthy Kids
Torrington Register Citizen
Hubschman, the aquatics, camp and physical education director for the Northwest Connecticut YMCA's Torrington branch, said that he hoped for more of a turnout next year; Saturday was his first year running the event. The YMCA's Family Health Snapshot ...

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Honoring The Nightingales - Patch.com
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Sunday, 08 May 2011
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Honoring The Nightingales
Patch.com
The annual event began 10 years ago in New Havan by the Visiting Nurses Association of South Central Connecticut and grew to include Stamford, Hartford and New London-Norwich in 2003. The award is open to nurses in all health care settings.

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Rules and Reality Test Chefs Who Think Locally - New York Times
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Saturday, 07 May 2011
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New York Times

Rules and Reality Test Chefs Who Think Locally
New York Times
But, she said, it sometimes seems that the Connecticut Department of Public Health, which oversees food protection and designates approved and unapproved food sources for restaurants, would rather see her cooking processed food than local farm stuff. ...

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Background checks on health aides not always foolproof - Ct Post
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Saturday, 07 May 2011
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Background checks on health aides not always foolproof
Ct Post
In Connecticut, such checks aren't required for workers in most sectors of long-term care, including nursing homes and home health aides. Many agencies, like Home Choice, do their own checks. Last year, the state received $1.9 million from the US ...

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Bill regulating Conn. hookah lounges faces legislative committee vote - The Republic
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Saturday, 07 May 2011
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Bill regulating Conn. hookah lounges faces legislative committee vote
The Republic
A bill that prohibits smoking in Connecticut hookah lounges, except those open before the end of last year, is facing a key legislative vote. The General Assembly's Planning and Development committee is meeting Monday to vote on the legislation, ...

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Disparities In Minorities' Health Care Is Focus Of Seminar - TMC Net
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Saturday, 07 May 2011
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Disparities In Minorities' Health Care Is Focus Of Seminar
TMC Net
In Connecticut, the state medical society has been given a $400000 grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation to train 1200 doctors in cultural awareness. The foundation gave the medical society another $100000 to provide training for residents and ...

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Former Milford assistant city attorney gets pension, full health benefits - Ct Post
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Friday, 06 May 2011
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Former Milford assistant city attorney gets pension, full health benefits
Ct Post
The Connecticut Post received a copy of the agreement Friday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The document prohibits the parties from making public comments. When she was fired, the reason given was she had "raised her voice" to ...

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Around the County: Deadline for Job-Saving Concessions and More
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Sunny this morning...then partly sunny with a chance of showers this afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s.
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Video: Cause of Attic Fire Remains Under Investigation
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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The homeowners of 3 Saint Andrews Dr. heard a noise in the attic. When they looked into the attic, they saw smoke, so they called the Avon Volunteer Fire Department at about 10:50 p.m., according to Avon Fire Marshal James DiPace.
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UPDATE 1-Magellan Health Services Q1 beats on higher segment profit
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Magellan Health Services Inc posted a quarterly profit that beat market expectations, helped by higher segment profit, and raised its full-year profit outlook.
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Conn. Police Collecting Unused Prescription Drugs
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Connecticut state police and federal agents will be collecting unused prescription drugs in an effort to prevent pill abuse, theft and potential health hazards.
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Fire Damages Home In Avon
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Emergency crews responded to a fire in Avon Thursday night. Fire was reported at 3 St.
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Fire Heavily Damages Avon Home
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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AVON Fire heavily damaged a home at 3 St. Andrews Drive Thursday night. The two adults and two children in the home at the time of the fire escaped without injury, fire officials said.
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Supreme Court: State can cut medical benefits to legal noncitizens
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April 8, 2011

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the state can cut off medical assistance to legal noncitizens who have been in the country fewer than five years, clearing the way to implement a 2009

 

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