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Investigative Reporter — Hartford Courant

Investigative reporter for the Hartford Courant

Two Wesleyan University students are still in the hospital after — MIDDLETOWN - Two of the 11 people hospitalized Sunday after using a party drug at Wesleyan University were still being treated Tuesday at Hartford Hospital, officials said. Police said they are continuing their investigation into the source of a "bad batch" of the party drug MDMA, known as "Molly," that sickened the students.

For Connecticut Cities And Towns: Good News May Be Bad News — The good news for municipalities in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget is that under his proposal, the state would continue to provide nearly $5 billion a year in aid to cities and towns. But that may also be the bad news for municipalities.

Malloy Releases Budget; Stage Set For Political Fight — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will unveil a proposed $40 billion budget Wednesday that trims the state sales tax, collects more revenue from businesses and hospitals, and sets the stage for a political fight over levies, campaign promises and the role of state government.

Connecticut Lottery: 43 Years, Nearly 25 Billion Dollars — Forty-three years ago, as Connecticut officials were gearing up to sell the very first tickets for the state's newly approved lottery, Gov. Thomas Meskill bullishly declared that residents' appetite for legalized gambling would put $14 million into state coffers in that first year - a figure editorial writers at the Courant eyed dubiously as "optimistic."

5 Years After Kleen Energy Blast, "Main Actor" Pays Fraction of $6.7 Million Fine — Five years after a deadly gas explosion at the Kleen Energy plant in Middletown, a company described by a federal safety official as the "main actor" responsible for the blast has paid only $35,715 toward what was originally nearly $6.7 million in fines imposed for worker-safety violations.

Ex-Military Department Supervisor Granted Accelerated Rehabilitation — ENFIELD - A former state Military Department supervisor fired for falsifying timecards, stealing state gas and ordering subordinates to do work at his home was granted accelerated rehabilitation Monday on charges that he stole hundreds of dollars worth of scrap metal from Camp Hartell where he was employed.

State Report: Ex-Military Department Supervisor Falsified Time Cards, Used Staff For Personal Work — At the Connecticut Military Department's Camp Hartell, they were known as "Jimmy Days" - work days that former Building Superintendent James Liss would take off but still get paid for. Liss, according to subordinates interviewed as part of an internal investigation, took so many Jimmy Days that it was difficult to quantify the number.

Self-proclaimed Nun Seeks Reversal Of $70,000 Judgment — Lawyers for the self-proclaimed leader of a monastery in Ashford asked the Appellate Court Thursday to overturn a jury's finding that the religious order defrauded a woman who donated money to build a chapel. Janet Wagner sued Our Lady of Mount Caritas in 2012, seeking the return of more than $200,000 she donated for the chapel and an adjoining guesthouse.

"Nun" Renounced By Church Appealing $270,000 Judgment — For more than three decades, the Rev. Mother Mary Peter has spent her days dressed in a nun's habit, ministering to a handful of women who were drawn over the years to a life of contemplation and prayer at Our Lady of Mount Caritas Benedictine Monastery in the secluded hills of Ashford.

A Transparency Advocate’s Legislative Wish List — I recently obtained an internal email in which a lawyer for a public agency laid out the agency's strategy for responding to a request for records under the Freedom of Information Act. Step One was identifying the records the agency was willing to release.
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Feb 27, 2015

TV and Internet: "This #blueandblack vs. #whiteandgold dress is the biggest story of the day." Entire rest of the world: "No. It isn't."

Feb 26, 2015

J. Paul Vance, omnipresent CT state police spokesman for the last 15 years, is being transferred to traffic division.…

Feb 23, 2015

@JeremyDBond Perhaps we should start writing: “A spokeswoman said the senator was traveling and had cut off communication with his staff.”

Feb 23, 2015

Time for political spokespeople to stop saying this (and for journalists to stop letting them).

Feb 21, 2015

Hartford parking ban goes into effect at 4 p.m. today. (Or you can pay the $192.59 ticket and tow fee.)

Feb 16, 2015

For #PresidentsDay: The Courant, 2/9/1789 - Tiny page 2 story that, oh yeah, George Washington was elected president.

Feb 13, 2015

RT @sunshineingov: RIP #DavidCarr. His 7/23/07 column on fight to strengthen #FOIA displayed his intellect, BS detector & wordcraft: http:/…

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