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Incumbent Democratic Lawmakers Face Challenges in Connecticut

by Associated Press
Voting Sign.

Ellen Fitzsimons, Flickr

Eight incumbent Democratic state lawmakers in Connecticut will be among the candidates facing primary challenges next week.

   They include a couple General Assembly veterans. The issues ranging from how they voted on the state's 2013 gun control legislation to their stances on local political issues.

   Registered Democrats and Republicans will vote Tuesday in 10 other legislative primaries as well. Several in heavily Democratic cities are expected to be more hotly contested than the November general election.

Connecticut Matching Immigrant Kids with Families

by Associated Press
Gov. Dannel Malloy

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Flickr

Connecticut officials say they're working with federal authorities to match some of the thousands of immigrant Central American children with family members living in the state.

   Mark Ojakian, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's chief of staff, said the administration is also working with the federal government to help families who want to house some of the children temporarily.

   Ojakian said the administration believes it's best to place any child with their family first and avoid congregate or institutional settings wherever possible.

Governor Malloy: Connecticut Can Fund Transportation For a Month

by Associated Press
New Haven Metro North Stop.

Christopher Roever, Flickr

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut can cover the cost of various ongoing transportation projects on its own for about a month.

   But if a deal isn't reached in Washington to address a shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund, he said Thursday the state cannot go out to bid with 85 projects planned for next year. The list includes highway, mass transit and rail improvements, such as replacement of catenary wires along the New Haven Line.

Connecticut Gov. Malloy Highlights New Pet Shop Law

by Associated Press
Dog in CT.

Sarah_Ackerman, Flickr

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is drawing attention to a new law that attempts to toughen standards for Connecticut pet shops.

   The legislation, which takes effect on Oct. 1, prohibits pet shops from buying or selling cats and dogs from breeders who have violated the U.S. Department of Agriculture's animal welfare regulations. It also requires pet shop license-holders to post certain USDA inspection reports for breeders of any dog offered for sale.

Connecticut Graduation Rates Show Improvement

by Associated Press
Student studying.

UBC Learning Commons, Flickr

New figures show Connecticut's high school graduation rate has improved for the fourth consecutive year.

   Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday the improvement shows efforts to boost state education funding, especially to poorer districts, is working. Malloy is expected to tout his education record in his re-election campaign.

   Data released Wednesday show the statewide graduation average increased by 0.7 percent, from 2012 to 2013. That represents a cumulative increase of 3.7 percent over the 2010 high school graduation rate.

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