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Courtney, students at Capitol to testify on student loan interest rates

June 17, 2013 Areawide, Business, Local News Comments Off
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The current fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized student loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is 3.4 percent, but that rate will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless Congress takes action. Photo: Connecticut State Capitol building, Hartford, CT – file photo.

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Congressman Joe Courtney, Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa Núñez and a delegation of students and advocates from ConnPIRG (Public Interest Research Group) will be at the Capitol in Hartford, CT today (June 17) to ask Congress to keep student loan interest rates from doubling.

With only 13 days until the deadline, they hope to prevent the hike from taking effect on July 1.

The current fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is 3.4 percent, but that rate will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless Congress takes action.

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Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge nets town more than $4,500

June 17, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off

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Storrs-Mansfield and Windham-Willimantic town leaders, and representatives from Northeast Utilities will gather in two ceremonies to celebrate the success of The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a three-year community energy savings program that helped local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy.

Over three years, Neighbor to Neighbor engaged residents in 14 towns, including Windham and Mansfield, helping them reduce their energy use by 20 percent.

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Statewide property tax pitched for funding CT schools

June 15, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
Economist Stan McMillen said that for the last five fiscal years, Connecticut has underfunded its share of education funding to municipalities required by statute.  He said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall totals around $1.09 billion. Photo by Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

Economist Stan McMillen said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall in Connecticut’s aid to municipalities totals around $1.09 billion. Photo by Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

By Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

Economists at the University of Connecticut are suggesting that a statewide property tax might close a more than $1 billion funding gap in the state’s education cost sharing (ECS) formula.

They pitched that idea in their quarterly “Connecticut Economy” report released Thursday (June 13) at the Connecticut Education Association’s (CEA) Hartford offices.

Stan McMillen, a contributing economist, said that for the last five fiscal years, the state has underfunded its share of education funding to municipalities required by statute.

He said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall totals around $1.09 billion.

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CT Dept of Ag to crack down on misuse of Connecticut Grown label

May 28, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
The Connecticut Weekly Agricultural Report announcement cites a 2005 case in which a company paid the state $70,075 for falsely using the Connecticut Grown logo on its egg cartons and deceptively using the word “farm” in its trade name.

The Connecticut Weekly Agricultural Report announcement cites a 2005 case in which a company paid the state $70,075 for falsely using the Connecticut Grown logo on its egg cartons and deceptively using the word “farm” in its trade name.

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Today (May 28), Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky announced that the Connecticut Department of Agriculture has ramped up inspection and enforcement concerning the use of the Connecticut Grown slogan, logo and label.

“It is essential that consumers who purchase agricultural products labeled ‘Connecticut Grown’ be confident those products were, in fact, grown and produced here in Connecticut,” said Commissioner Reviczky. “It is also critical that products marked ‘local,’ and/or ‘native’ are what their sellers claim them to be. Connecticut laws are very clear about the definition of these terms with respect to farm products.”

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Wal-Mart fined $81 million for illegal disposal of toxic substances

May 28, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
André Birotte Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California said, “Retailers like Wal-Mart that generate hazardous waste have a duty to legally and safely dispose of that hazardous waste, and dumping it down the sink was neither legal nor safe. The case against Wal-Mart is designed to ensure compliance with our nation’s environmental laws now and in the future.”

André Birotte Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California said, “Retailers like Wal-Mart that generate hazardous waste have a duty to legally and safely dispose of that hazardous waste, and dumping it down the sink was neither legal nor safe. The case against Wal-Mart is designed to ensure compliance with our nation’s environmental laws now and in the future.”

Press Release issued by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

According to a statement released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty today (May 28) in cases filed by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and disposing of hazardous materials at its retail stores across the United States.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based company also pleaded guilty today in Kansas City, Mo., to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by failing to properly handle pesticides that had been returned by customers at its stores across the country.

As a result of the three criminal cases brought by the Justice Department, as well as a related civil case filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Wal-Mart will pay approximately $81.6 million for its unlawful conduct.

Coupled with previous actions brought by the states of California and Missouri for the same conduct, Wal-Mart will pay a combined total of more than $110 million to resolve cases alleging violations of federal and state environmental laws.

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Want to be an extra at a Storrs Center photo shoot?

May 16, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
The Storrs Center development team is having some professional photos taken on Thursday, May 16 – throughout the day – to be used on websites, marketing materials and other promotional uses. Image source: publicdomainpictures.net

The Storrs Center development team is having some professional photos taken on Thursday, May 16 – throughout the day – to be used on websites, marketing materials and other promotional uses. Image source: publicdomainpictures.net

The Storrs Center development team is having some professional photos taken on Thursday, May 16 – throughout the day – to be used on websites, marketing materials and for other promotional uses.

If you’d like to be a part of this, all you have to do is, as the Beatles said, “act naturally.”

According to an email sent by the Storrs Center team:

“Now that the first buildings are completed, trees and sidewalks are installed and businesses and restaurants are open, we’d like to capture the spirit of Storrs Center with new photography.

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Paving Storrs Road – Route 195 in Mansfield

May 15, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
Milling and paving of Storrs Road (Route 195) – part of improvements being made to this main roadway associated with the Storrs Center development – is expected to begin on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Milling and paving of Storrs Road (Route 195) – part of improvements being made to this main roadway associated with the Storrs Center development – is expected to begin on Friday, May 17, 2013.

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Milling and paving of Storrs Road (Route 195) – part of improvements being made to this main roadway associated with the Storrs Center development – is expected to begin on Friday, May 17, 2013.

During this work, traffic will be restricted at times to alternating one-lane patterns.

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Malloy proclaims National Teacher Day in CT

May 7, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
As a social studies teacher at Berlin High School, David Bosso has been able to enrich his teaching about world history and cultures with trips to Ghana, China, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Egypt.  On his blog, Global Wanderings, Bosso writes, "I have a keen desire to not only educate my students about the world around them, but also to learn as much as possible to better inform my own knowledge base."

Social studies teacher at Berlin High School, David Bosso is 2012 Connecticut Teacher of the Year. (See video) He has enriched his teaching about world history and cultures with trips to Ghana, China, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Egypt. On his blog, Global Wanderings, Bosso writes, “I have a keen desire to not only educate my students about the world around them, but also to learn as much as possible to better inform my own knowledge base.”

Press Release

Gov Dannel P. Malloy has proclaimed Tuesday, May 7, 2013 as National Teacher Day in the State of Connecticut.

National Teacher Day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is celebrated May 6-10, 2013.

“While today is National Teacher Day, the fact is that the work our teachers do is something that deserves celebration every day,” said Gov. Malloy.

“Improving our public schools is a top priority of my administration, and that includes getting more and better resources and quality professional development to our teachers, so they can prepare the next generation for success in the 21st Century,” Gov. Malloy said.

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Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get additional funding

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Press Release Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Oct. 30 that nine towns that are part of a pilot microgrid program, including Windham and Storrs, are eligible for additional funding. The …

In Mansfield, Get a jump on toy shopping

Over the Rainbow Toys in the East Brook Mall on the Mansfield/Willimantic town line is closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, according to an e-blast sent to its customers today.

And between now and Nov. 2, shoppers will receive a 30 percent discount on all in-stock merchandise at the mall location – excluding Lego and Bruder toys.

UConn President responds to accusations school failed to act on sexual assault complaints

UConn President Susan Hebst. File photo.

There are circumstances under which the university should notify a student that another student who may have been suspended or expelled from campus will be returning, if they are returning. It is my understanding that this notification did not take place in a case that occurred three years ago and it should have. This process was corrected. – UConn President Susan Herbst

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