01:41The top news stories in Connecticut on Jul. 23, 2019Media: Andrew DaRosa
01:10Connecticut hemp farm, Running Brook Farms, growing a new business in the state.Media: wochit MMConnecticut hemp farm, Running Brook Farms, growing a new business in the state. Hemp has been used for thousands of years in order to produce textiles, paper, and clothes. Connecticut is allowed to grow the plant as part of a new law that requires the Department of Agriculture to establish an industrial hemp pilot program. Hemp is currently a booming industry because of its medical benefits and environmental sustainability.
01:07A new Connecticut state plan would provide disaster aid for a select few coastal mansions.Media: wochit MMA new Connecticut state plan would provide disaster aid for a select few coastal mansions. The Fenwick neighborhood of Old Saybrook is in a potentially dangerous position, between the Connecticut River meets the Sound. The changes are drawing criticism from groups that say making the properties eligible for federal help would put an additional strain on an imperfect system. Environmental groups are in support of the new plan because it adds 277,000 acres to the protected area.
01:08New data doesn’t dispel legal pressure for Connecticut-based OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.Media: wochit MMNew data doesn’t dispel legal pressure for Connecticut-based OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. Purdue accounted for 3% of the total opioid distribution in the country, ranking fourth on the list between 2006 and 2012. The small market share is unlikely to lessen the legal pressure coming from the state and hundreds of other plaintiffs. The state will focus on holding wrongdoers responsible in addition to seeking settlements for the cases.
01:41Interim head of Mass. RMV explains what agency is doing to resolve issuesMedia: Cassidy SwansonMassachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle officials said it may be weeks before they can transparently testify about failures at the agency.
01:27The top news stories in Connecticut on Jul. 22, 2019Media: Andrew DaRosa
01:55Abrupt end to legislative hearing on RMV failingsMedia: Veronica HaynesFrustrated lawmakers voted unanimously to cut short a hearing Monday morning about problems at the Registry of Motor Vehicles because they wouldn't have a chance to hear from key personnel.
01:05Hearing to review RMV lapses exposed by crash that killed 7Media: Veronica HaynesMassachusetts lawmakers are hoping to learn more about problems at the Registry of Motor Vehicles exposed in the wake of a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. The Legislature's transportation committee has scheduled an oversight hearing for Monday at the Statehouse. Connecticut officials twice alerted Massachusetts about a drunken driving arrest against Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, but the Registry failed to suspend the West Springfield man's license before the deadly June 21 crash in Randolph, New Hampshire. Massachusetts officials later revealed the Registry had been storing notifications of serious out-of-state driving violations since March 2018 instead of acting on them. The registry's top official, Erin Devaney, resigned days after the crash and Gov. Charlie Baker's administration says an ongoing review has led to some 1,600 drivers having their licenses suspended.
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