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Karen Tensa

Managing Editor, Connecticut ktensa@dailyvoice.com

Karen has lived and worked in Connecticut for more than two decades. Her professional experience includes more than a decade of work as the news editor at The Advocate in Stamford and reporting and editing stints on the staff of The Hartford Courant, among others. She is dedicated to writing local news, enjoying winter sports and reading nonfiction books.

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  1. Esty’s Second Bipartisan Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Signed Into Law

    Esty’s Second Bipartisan Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Signed Into Law

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The second of U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s two bipartisan bills to combat human trafficking in America was signed into law Monday, marking the successful conclusion of an effort to establish tough new penalties for truckers and create a human trafficking prevention coordinator position at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Esty (D-5th District) introduced both bills ...

  2. Mark Twain Library In Redding Hopes To Reopen Soon With New Boiler

    Mark Twain Library In Redding Hopes To Reopen Soon With New Boiler

    Updated: REDDING, Conn. — A new boiler is being installed at the Mark Twain Library in Redding as repair work continues since the building lost all heat during last week's deep freeze."On Jan. 2nd, the year 2018 started with a bang that was our boiler exploding," said a statement from library Director Beth Dominianni and Jen Wastrom, president of the Board of ...

  3. Eversource Takes To The Sky To Check For Storm Damage In Danbury

    Eversource Takes To The Sky To Check For Storm Damage In Danbury

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — After last week’s blizzard, Eversource is surveying high-voltage power lines around the state with helicopters, checking for any storm damage that may threaten electric reliability. The flights will continue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.Helicopters will survey these towns: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, ...

  4. Rep: Herbst Made Bigoted Attack On Gay Chief Justice Nominee From Stamford

    Rep: Herbst Made Bigoted Attack On Gay Chief Justice Nominee From Stamford

    STAMFORD, Conn. — State Rep. William Tong of Stamford called out Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Herbst of Trumbull for criticizing the governor's choice of a new State Supreme Court chief justice. Tong, a Democrat, called Herbst’s criticism "bigoted." Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald of Stamford, whom Gov. Dannel P. Malloy plans to nominate for chief justice, is ...

  5. Malloy Calls For Ban On Bump Stocks In Connecticut

    Malloy Calls For Ban On Bump Stocks In Connecticut

    Gov. Dannel Malloy's first proposal for the 2018 legislative session would ban the purchase and sale of bump stocks, binary triggers systems, and trigger cranks in Connecticut.“Bump stocks are cheap, they are deadly, and they have no place in our society,” Malloy said. The device, known as a "rate of fire enhancement," was used by the gunman in the deadly mass shooting in Las ...

  6. Still On The Loose: Connecticut State Police Searching For Escaped Inmate

    Still On The Loose: Connecticut State Police Searching For Escaped Inmate

    Connecticut State Police have released a wanted poster as they continue to search for a 25-year-old inmate who escaped from a state prison on Sunday. "Jerry Mercado is wanted for ESCAPE from Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield on 1/7/18," the wanted poster says. Here is a description of the suspect: Name: Jerry Mercado Date of birth: 10/18/1992 Age: 25 Race: ...

  7. New York Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking 120 Pounds Of Pot In Stamford

    New York Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking 120 Pounds Of Pot In Stamford

    STAMFORD, Conn. — A New York man pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking over 120 pounds of marijuana to Stamford and selling 40 pounds of it to a local man, prosecutors said. Gustavo Garcia, 29, of Queens, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. He was the second man to plead guilty in the ...

  8. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Throws His Hat In The Ring For Governor's Race

    Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Throws His Hat In The Ring For Governor's Race

    DANBURY, Conn. — It's official: Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced Tuesday that he is running for governor, according to the News-Times.Boughton, a Republican, made the announcement at a press conference at a noon press conference at the Courtyard Marriott, the News-Times said.This is third run for governor for Boughton, 53, who is serving a record ninth term as Danbury ...

  9. Moving Up: Danbury Fire Department Veteran Promoted To Captain

    Moving Up: Danbury Fire Department Veteran Promoted To Captain

    DANBURY, Conn. — Lt. Bart McCleary, a 30-year veteran member of the Danbury Fire Department, was promoted Monday to the rank of fire captain. Family members and co-workers along with representatives of many other city agencies, including Mayor Mark Boughton, gathered to in City Hall to congratulate him on his promotion. McCleary brings many years of experience as a firefighter and fire ...

  10. Married 67 years, Fairfield Couple Pass Away Within Weeks Of Each Other

    Married 67 years, Fairfield Couple Pass Away Within Weeks Of Each Other

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Robert L. Seirup Sr. and Joan (Hedin) Seirup of Fairfield, who were married for 67 years, passed away within weeks of each other. Robert L. Seirup Sr., a beloved local teacher and coach, died Dec. 8. His beloved wife, Joan Seirup, died Dec. 31. Joan, who was raised in Bridgeport by Harry and Katharine Hedin, graduated from Bassick High School in 1945 and from the ...

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