The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Friday, November 13, 2015
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JOEL GEHRKE (Political reporter for the National Review) REPUBLICANS DIVIDED OVER HOW FAR TO GO WITH OBAMACARE REPEAL Senate Republicans are divided over how far to go with an ObamaCare repeal bill they plan to send to the president's desk by year's end. Senate GOP leaders have told their members they will repeal as much of the 2010 healthcare reform law as possible, but some Republicans are balking at a proposal to repeal the expansion of Medicaid. I am very concerned about the 160,000 people who had Medicaid expansion in my state. I have difficulty with that being included," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from West Virginia. Thirty states have accepted the option to expand their Medicaid rolls under ObamaCare, extending the coverage to millions of people. Many of the states that accepted the expansion are led by Republicans governors - such as John Kasich in Ohio - and some Senate Republicans are reluctant to countermand them. Sen. John Hoeven (R), who represents North Dakota, where an estimated 19,000 people gained access to Medicaid after Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple decided to broaden the program, said he was unsure about repealing the expansion.

Arts Across Connecticut with DOUG EVANS Michael Flatley, the creater of the Riverdance is retiring, Al Pacino can't remember his lines for the play china Doll and the Nutcracker is going to be at the Bushnell December12 & 13th.

YODIT TEWOLDE (Former assistant district attorney turned criminal defense and trial lawyer) JUSTICE OFFICIALS FEAR NATION'S BIGGEST WIRETAP OPERATION MAY NOT BE LEGAL Federal drug agents have built a massive wiretapping operation in the Los Angeles suburbs, secretly intercepting tens of thousands of Americans' phone calls and text messages to monitor drug traffickers across the United States despite objections from Justice Department lawyers who fear the practice may not be legal. Nearly all of that surveillance was authorized by a single state court judge in Riverside County, who last year signed off on almost five times as many wiretaps as any other judge in the United States. The judge's orders allowed investigators - usually from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration - to intercept more than 2 million conversations involving 44,000 people, federal court records show. The eavesdropping is aimed at dismantling the drug rings that have turned Los Angeles' eastern suburbs into what the DEA says is the nation's busiest shipping corridor for heroin and methamphetamine. Riverside wiretaps are supposed to be tied to crime within the county, but investigators have relied on them to make arrests and seize shipments of cash and drugs as far away as New York and Virginia, sometimes concealing the surveillance in the process. Former Assistant District Attorney turned Criminal Defense and Trial Lawyer

BRENT GURCHIM (Resident coordinator) from Holiday Retirement in West Hartford LIVE IN THE TALK OF CONNECTICUT STUDIO Brent was in studio to talk to us about how residents are more a part of their family than just being a resident at their facility. Privately owned, their retirement living and senior care facilities are operated by dedicated staff members who have been with them for many years. Their team includes trained nurses, care professionals, housekeeping staff, activity directors and personnel, chefs, physical therapists, counselors, and more. You will find each one of their employees friendly, involved and dedicated to serving your loved ones entrusted in their care. Over the years, friends and family members of past residents have sought them out like they would a family member. Some of their past and current employees have brought their own older relatives and parents to stay with them in their care communities. This trust and confidence is what they value the most and strive to maintain. CONTACT NUMBER: 860-233-8208 WEBSITE: The Holiday

PETER FIELD (Aviation consultant. He's a pilot, former aircraft maintenance officer and a former director at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School) 6 AIRCRAFT HIT BY LASERS IN NEW YORK, DALLAS ON WEDNESDAY! Three news helicopters in New York and three planes near Dallas were hit by laser beams on Wednesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Pilots for choppers flying for CBS New York, WNBC and WABC each described seeing a laser in their cockpit while flying over a scene in Park Slope, Brooklyn, CBS reported. "When we were looking there, we got lasered," CBS pilot Joe Biermann said. "The NYPD was right next to us, so they hovered above the place." Cops traced the laser beam to the rear of a Brooklyn building and took two people into custody. A third person was later picked up in New Jersey, WCBS reported. Charges are pending as the investigation continues. One of the men, 20-year-old Ossieo Silva, was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, one a felony and one a misdemeanor. Three inbound flights to Dallas Love Field also reported laser incidents between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m., according to the Dallas Morning News. A Southwest Airlines plane and Virgin America plane en route from Austin and a private business jet were affected, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said. The planes were at altitudes of between 3,000 and 4,000 feet. The Texas laser came from a spot 11 miles southeast of Dallas, Lunsford said. A law enforcement helicopter was sent to investigate. No arrests have been reported in the Dallas case. An FBI campaign last year targeted the illegal use of laser pointers to distract airplanes. Authorities said at the time that instances of the crime had increased significantly since 2005, when federal officials first started keeping statistics. Twelve New Jersey-area flights reported being hit by lasers in one night in July. Six days later, five other crews reported similar incidents. How concerned should the FAA be? How dangerous is this?

CHARLIE LeCONCHE & JIM DUFFY (From the Connecticut Laborers District Council) LIVE IN THE TALK OF CONNECTICUT STUDIO Charlie was in studio to talk about the issue of workers from out of state taking jobs from CT workers, both union and non-union, legislatures not taking action on this and the ways that they are trying to fix this.

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