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I like growing flowers that are unique and fun. One easy-to-grow perennial that fits the bill is the balloon flower.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Update: The Puerto Rican government acknowledged in a preliminary draft recovery plan submitted to Congress that it is likely more than 1,400 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Another study is out that places the death toll related to Hurricane Maria much higher than the estimate originally put out by the Puerto Rican government.

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The Addiction Resource Center (ARC) is an interactive website that provides information about substance use disorders as well as local addiction treatment centers and health care providers. 

Ganim Benefits From Lamont's Fear Of Alienating Bridgeport

Aug 7, 2018
Ned Lamont addresses the camera, while Joe Ganim looks on.
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Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim was more aggressive Tuesday in questioning why Ned Lamont might be reluctant to support a convicted extortionist for governor than Lamont was in challenging Ganim’s fitness to lead Connecticut after seven years in prison for using his office to routinely shake down city contractors for bribes.

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Salma Sikandar, a Bangladeshi mother, faces deportation after overstaying her visa. Connecticut residents rallied at Hartford’s Immigration Court to show their support for the family. Several public officials, including Governor Dannel Malloy and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, were also in attendance.

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Local gun advocates are speaking out against an attempt by lawmakers to stop a Texas group from releasing downloadable blueprints for 3D-printing guns. 

Sent To A Hospital, But Locked In Prison

Aug 6, 2018
Andrew Butler, who needed psychiatric care, was transferred from a hospital to a prison last year in New Hampshire.
Photo by Wyatt Farwell. Courtesey of Doug Butler

Andrew Butler’s hallucinations and paranoia began last summer. When they persisted into the fall, his father agreed to have him civilly committed — involuntarily sent to the state psychiatric hospital to receive treatment. A few months into his stay at New Hampshire Hospital, Butler was transferred.

To a prison.

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The Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Breakdancing Shakespeare showcased its summer production this weekend at Hartford Stage with three performances of Twelfth Night.

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Connecticut’s U.S. senators are co-sponsoring legislation to block the availability of downloadable blueprints for the creation of plastic guns. A temporary injunction is currently preventing access to the blueprints, which a Texas group, Defense Distributed, wants to make available.

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Friday marks International Beer Day, a global celebration of local breweries and bars.

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It's the vegetable glut time. August is the time of year to lock your car so neighbors don't slip a few extra cucumbers or zucchinis into your back seat. With all the produce pouring in from the garden, the idea of planting more seems alien. But this glut won't last. Come September and October you'll be looking for a little variety. So, two vegetables to plant now are kale and kohlrabi.

Jesus Garzon

The Connecticut State Bond Commission approved funding for several community health centers in the state last week, including money to expand opioid addiction treatment at one facility in New Haven. 

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

Before the present day and age, kneeling, for the most part, meant one of two things: reverence—you kneel as you pray. Or subservience, for example, Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons is always getting people to “bend the knee.”

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The owner of the Millstone nuclear plant is praising a state decision it says could let it sell its electricity more competitively.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut experienced an increase in new voter registration after the 2016 presidential election.

The secretary of the state’s office is reporting that 275,114 new voters registered between the between November 2016 and July 2018, an increase over data collected 20 months out from the 2014 mid-term election.

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