Archive for January 9th, 2013

January 9th, 2013

Blumenthal: Background Checks for Bullets

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart | CT News JunkiePhoto: Hugh McQuaid

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters Tuesday that he plans to introduce legislation toughening requirements for purchasing ammunition.

The bill, which comes in the wake of the Newtown school shooting that claimed 26 lives, would require retailers to use an FBI database to conduct background checks on anyone who buys bullets. It would also require retailers to report to law enforcement when someone purchases more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and it would extend an existing ban on bullets capable of piercing body armor.

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January 9th, 2013

Audibert Competes for Miss America

by Christopher O'Brien

Emily Audibert } source: FacebookMiss Wolcott’s Emily Audibert will be competing for national prestige Saturday evening in the Miss America pageant. A party will be held at the Wolcott Youth Center from 7:30- 11pm, but seating is limited for the big screen viewing. Anyone who would like to join the party is asked to contact 203-910-0633. A $10 donation is requested to benefit Audibert’s charity at the Children’s Miracle Network.

January 9th, 2013

Roe v. Wade: The Decision That Settled Nothing

by Christopher O'Brien

By Tom Breen

There will be a lot of 40th-anniversary-of-Roe stories this month, and Time Magazine is out early with this cover story arguing that abortion rights supporters have basically been losing the argument ever since that Supreme Court decision.

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January 9th, 2013

Markley Examines Why Substance Abuse Treatment Not Available

by Christopher O'Brien

Last April, Senator Joe Markley (Southington) urged his fellow members of the Program Review Committee to investigate a disturbing trend: the failure of insured adolescents to receive necessary and effective treatment for prescription drug abuse addiction.

“Representative Rob Sampson and I were approached by parents in Southington and Wolcott who–despite private health coverage–had struggled to secure proper treatment for their children,”said Sen. Markley.  “In response to our concern, the committee directed staff to look into barriers to receiving substance abuse treatment, and to find out if the state’s coordination with families was effective.”

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