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Connecticut's legislative session kicks off this week -- and one item of discussion could be changes to the state's "bottle bill." For the past several years, legislators have considered changing the law charging consumers a 5-cent deposit on containers of beer, water, or soda.

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Legislators from nine states -- including five in New England -- are calling for a tax on carbon emissions. The idea is to make pollution part of the price of doing business.

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Valle Hill is a neighborhood in Puerto Rico that shouldn’t exist.

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The state’s latest budget crisis means tens of millions of dollars set aside to make homes and businesses more energy efficient will instead be pumped into the state’s general fund.

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Tonight, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address to Congress—and to America.

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A day after a massive fire broke out at a Connecticut waste and recycling plant, the blaze has been declared under control.

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The head of the group responsible for running New England’s power grid testified before the U.S. Senate this week. At issue was cold winter days and grid reliability.

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Tens of millions of dollars that were to be set aside to make homes and businesses more energy efficient will instead be pumped into the state’s general fund.

It’s a funding raid that’s been criticized as a “hidden tax” on utility bills.

Here’s what the changes mean for consumers -- and greenhouse gases.

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A decision that could change the way Connecticut’s only nuclear plant sells its power is expected in the coming weeks. Now, dozens of legislators are using the state’s recent cold snap as evidence the Millstone Power Station needs to stay online.

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The town of Simsbury is debating whether it will formally appeal a massive solar project. At issue is a decision reached by the Connecticut Siting Council last month.

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Across New England, freezing temps and blizzard conditions marked an unforgiving start to 2018.

This hour, we consider the factors underlying this extreme winter weather -- including the role of global climate change. 

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Long Island Sound has a new guardian of sorts. Earlier this year, biologist Bill Lucey was named soundkeeper of the Northeast estuary.

This hour, the Connecticut native stops by our studios.

We learn more about his role and talk about efforts to improve life in and around the Sound.

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One of Connecticut’s most uncommon species of evergreen can still be found -- if you know where to look.

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Did you know 75 percent of animals in the ocean glow?

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Connecticut’s new budget will move tens of millions of dollars out of energy efficiency programs, sweeping that money, instead, into the state’s general fund. It’s a piece of legislative math aimed at shoring up a multi-billion dollar budget deficit. But the decision will directly impact ratepayers and put energy contractors around the state out of work.

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