2017 session

Next “Second Chance” Target: Hair

by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 28, 2017 1:46 pm | Comments (3)

Markeshia Ricks Photo One of the heartbreaks of Karaine Smith-Holness’s 20-plus career as a hair stylist, business owner, mentor and teacher was to tell a young woman that she couldn’t take the test to become a licensed cosmetologist — because the state only allows it on a case-by-case basis.

A new bill aimed at providing more employment opportunities for the formerly incarcerated could change that.

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Train Station Clash Erupts At Capitol

by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 21, 2017 7:57 am | Comments (14)

Markeshia Ricks Photo Hartford — The state has a backward vision for the train station, so it needs to hand it over to New Haven to run it right.

The city can barely shovel out the station after 10 inches of snow or protect workers from falling ice, let alone develop it for the future.

State and city officials, along with a chorus of community activists, offered those starkly competing visions Monday at a state legislative hearing room here and in press interviews, as a dispute over the future of Union Station burst into public view.

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