The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Friday, December 2nd 2016
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Connecticut State Senate GOP Leader LEN FASANO

While legislators learned Wednesday how surging debt costs would hamper the next state budget, a major Wall Street credit rating agency downgraded its outlook for Connecticut for the same reason. With Connecticut expected to issue bonds later this month, S&P Global Ratings assigned a “negative outlook” to the state’s bond rating. This is a warning that the state could face a rating downgrade — and possibly higher borrowing costs in the next year or two. “The outlook revision reflects our view that projected growth in fixed costs could rise to a level we believe could comprise a substantial proportion of the state budget and thereby hamper Connecticut’s budget flexibility as the state addresses large out-year budget gaps,” said David Hitchcock, a credit analyst with S&P.

Arts Across Connecticut with DOUG EVANS

What's new on Broadway? What should Connecticut families definitely not miss this weekend? Doug Evans has the scoop!

Fox News Radio's JESSICA GOLLOHER (live from Jerusalem)

President-elect Donald Trump offered to help solve Pakistan's problems and praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a "terrific guy" in the first call between the two men, the Pakistani leader's office said. Historical allies in the region, Islamabad and Washington have seen relations sour in recent years over U.S. accusations that Pakistan shelters Islamist militants, a charge denied by the South Asian nation.

Sharif's office said late on Wednesday the Pakistani premier called Trump to congratulate him on his victory and issued a read out of the call.


ALI NOORANI - (Executive director of the National Immigration Forum)

PROBLEMS AT THE BORDER: NUMBER OF UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN ATTEMPTING TO CROSS DOUBLES New Border Patrol figures show that the number of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States from Mexico nearly doubled in 2016. Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson said that the 96 percent increase in arrests of unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras attempting to cross into the U.S. this year compared to last has caused huge problems at the border.

Under federal law as interpreted by the Obama administration, Minors who make it into the states unaccompanied are entitled to immigration hearings before they can be deported. The policy has prompted a wave of children from impoverished Central American nations coming to the United States through its Mexican border. During this same time frame, the United States also saw a 179 percent increase in arrests of family units, consisting of at least one parent and one child.

With much of president-elect Donald Trump’s campaign focused on border security and a promise to build a wall on the United States southern border, many are wondering what this impending administration will mean for illegal border crossings, specifically those of unaccompanied minors. For now, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is responding to the influx of unaccompanied children and family units by temporarily deploying 150 border patrol agents to the Rio Grande Valley to assist with processing. The agency has also opened a temporary facility in Texas that will provide additional capacity for the children and families. --What border regulations can we expect to see in 2017? Why are we seeing this increase?

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