Connecticut to be featured on State Plate

Connecticut will be featured in the new season of INSP’s award-winning original culinary-travel series State Plate, hosted by former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. In State Plate, Hicks tastes his way across the United States on a quest to assemble plates that represent each state’s most historic, famous, and tastiest foods. He samples crab cakes in Maryland, chili in Texas, potatoes in Idaho, and other dishes as he travels from coast to coast visiting farms, ranches, markets, and festivals in order to uncover the stories and legends behind each state’s unique food traditions When many think of Connecticut they imagine … Read more

As flu season ends, DPH reports 119 deaths


In its final report of the season, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) said there were seven additional deaths related to the influenza virus, bringing the total number of fatalities in Connecticut to 119. “Connecticut has passed the peak of the flu season and our numbers are trending in the right direction. We still have a few more weeks of flu activity to get through, and people should continue to take precautions to avoid contracting or spreading the flu, but the worst of the season appears to be behind us,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Pino. The DPH says flu … Read more

As flu season winds down, death toll mounts in Connecticut

The flu season has peaked according to the Department of Public Health, but last week eight more people in Connecticut died from the influenza virus. That brings the state’s death toll to 105. Of those deaths, 85 victims were over 65-years-old, while three deaths were reported in individuals under the age of 18. “The positive news is that we appear to be past the peak of the flu season. This however, does not mean the season is done. We still have several more weeks to go, and I continue to urge people to take precautions to prevent contracting or spreading the … Read more

State comptroller projects $198.5-million deficit

Comptroller Kevin Lembo announced today that the state is currently on track to end Fiscal year 2018 with a deficit of $198.5 million. In a letter to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lembo said that this deficit projection is slightly higher than the Office of Policy and Management’s (OPM) projection due to a larger anticipated deficiency in the state’s Adjudicated Claims account — the account responsible for paying the ongoing SEBAC v. Rowland claims, related fees and other state settlements.  “The deficit has receded from last month through a combination of revenue adjustments and spending restraints, including ongoing savings associated with … Read more

Malloy and other governors form coalition to combat gun violence

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut, Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, and Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island today announced the formation of the new “States for Gun Safety” coalition to combat gun violence. The group issued a press release saying in the face of repeated federal inaction, the multi-state coalition will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding to better share information and tackle this devastating epidemic through a comprehensive, regional approach. The coalition will advance a multi-pronged effort focused on enhancing inter-state information sharing among law enforcement, stopping the flow of out-of-state … Read more

Weston, Easton, Redding see drop in state-issued school district grades

Weston, Easton and Redding public school districts each saw dropping grades on the state’s annual assessment of school performance, according to data released Friday, Feb. 9. The data comes from an annual report put out by Connecticut’s Department of Education. Each district earned worse grades in the 2016-17 school year than the 2015-16 school year. The Weston school district scored 82.1, down from last year, when it scored 85.4. Easton’s districtwide score is 75.8, down from 83.5 last year. Redding scored 76.6, down from 81.5 a year ago. According to the Connecticut Department of Education, the state uses a zero-to-100 … Read more

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