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As Recovery Continues In The Carolinas, Floodwaters Test Resilience

The sun is shining again on North Carolina today as the remnants of Hurricane Florence have moved into the mid-Atlantic. But a catastrophe is still unfolding, as rivers rise after days of torrential rains. Water rescues continue for a fifth day. At the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, John Dorman with the North Carolina Department of Emergency Management is directing a team calculating flood levels, "then taking those flood elevations and determining if buildings will be flooded and...

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Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit on Tuesday against the company that operates the gas pipelines linked to a rash of explosions and fires that rocked the Massachusetts towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover last week.

The complaint, which names Columbia Gas and its parent company, NiSource, as defendants, alleges "antiquated" gas lines in unsafe conditions caused the over-pressurization of the system, leading to "catastrophic consequences."

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Cybersecurity threats to Connecticut’s public utilities are growing in volume and becoming more sophisticated. That’s according to a new report released Tuesday.

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President Trump issued his most forceful defense yet of his embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters during a press conference with Poland's president, Trump called Kavanaugh "a great man" and said that he feels "terribly" for the federal appeals court judge and his family.

When Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, announced a hearing for next Monday to air a decades-old sexual-assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, it didn't end the debate over how the Senate should handle the charges.

It intensified it.

Democrats are calling for a full FBI investigation of the allegation before a hearing, saying Monday is too soon.

Georgia will continue using its touchscreen voting machines ahead of the midterms despite security concerns about the technology, a U.S. District Court judge ordered late Monday.

But Judge Amy Totenberg rebuked Georgia and state election officials over their handling of election security.

Georgia is one of 14 states using machines that lack a paper trail that voters can verify for themselves.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric Co. are funding a new approach to negotiating an agreement on the cleanup of the Housatonic River. Just last week, many of the stakeholders met with an independent mediator.

A Night Of Zingers Courtesy Of Stefanowski And Lamont

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Republican Bob Stefanowski and Democrat Ned Lamont met inside New Haven's Shubert Theater for Connecticut's second gubernatorial debate between the two.
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The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor pummeled each other in their second televised debate Monday, offering practiced one-liners that energized a Shubert Theater audience dominated by Realtors, while giving voters little new information on how either would close a projected deficit of $2.1 billion awaiting the next governor. 

'Untapped' Talent Engage Skills Training For Better Employment

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Hector Marrero (left) and Elethia Mills (right) are among more than 200 Hartford residents ages 18 to 24 who Community Renewal Team has connected to secondary education or job-skill training.
BILL MORGAN / Hartford Business Journal

Hector Marrero is beginning to understand the difference between a career and a job.

The 21-year-old Hartford native had abandoned high school, adult education and other job-course programs.

Prior to Monday's debate, a supporter of Ned Lamont got into a heated exchange with a man holding a sign touting Bob Stefanowski.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

It may have been a battle on the big stage between Republican Bob Stefanowski and Democrat Ned Lamont in their second gubernatorial debate Monday, but the candidates weren’t the only ones going after one another.

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Advanced Placement test scores continue to rise in Connecticut, as does the number of students taking them.

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New Re-Entry Welcome Center For Ex-Offenders Opens In Hartford City Hall

Before the Hartford Reentry Welcome Center opened, people in the city fresh out of prison didn’t have one central place where they could find housing, counseling or even a clean, safe place to use the bathroom. Now, they do. The center - located in City Hall - is a partnership between Community Partners in Action, the City of Hartford, the Department of Corrections and more than 40 local organizations.

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