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Local Manufacturers, Once A COVID-19 Lifeline For Connecticut, Now Struggle To Sell PPE

After shutting down his manufacturing plant and sending 2 million unsold face shields to sit in a warehouse, Bing Carbone found himself wondering what was next for his plastics company. His business had “an outstanding 2020,” pivoting from making high-grade plastic parts for the defense and medical industries to producing more than 30 million of those now ubiquitous transparent face shields worn by doctors and dentists. But then, Carbone said, buyers stopped calling him back. And the reason was clear: Asian factories were back online.

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Tyler Russell / Connecticut Public

Conn. Kids 12-15 Years Line Up To Get COVID-19 Vaccines On Day 1 Of Eligibility

It took just a couple of seconds for a nurse to administer the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine into Sadie Sindland’s arm. Getting vaccinated has been a hot topic lately with 14-year-old Sindland and her friends.

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Thomas Katsouleas
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

A lot of people were surprised to hear the news this week that University of Connecticut President Tom Katsouleas was stepping down after only two years on the job. Chris Keating is the journalist who broke the story for the Hartford Courant, and he joined Connecticut Public Radio's All Things Considered to talk about why this happened and what comes next for UCONN.

Israel has ramped up its attacks on the Gaza Strip to a new level, including using 160 aircraft along with artillery and tank fire to pummel what it says is a tunnel network that Hamas militants rely on to move people and equipment. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel isn't done.

"This is not yet over. We will do everything to restore security to our cities and our people," Netanyahu said in a statement issued from Tel Aviv.

Updated May 14, 2021 at 12:44 PM ET

House lawmakers have reached a deal on a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump and to recommend changes to protect the complex further.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., the panel's ranking member, will introduce legislation Friday to set up the commission.

Updated May 14, 2021 at 10:17 AM ET

GOP lawmakers have chosen Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York as the No. 3 Republican in the House, anointing a Trump loyalist to a leadership position charged with delivering party messaging.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced her election in a tweet.

Updated May 13, 2021 at 10:49 PM ET

This week has brought a few dizzying updates to the year-long school-reopening story.

Chris Hodges, the principal of Gaylord High School in Otsego County, Michigan, never thought he'd be a contact tracer.

"I definitely thought, you know, 'Why — why am I doing this?'" he says with a laugh. "That's not what I went to school for."

Tyler Russell / Connecticut Public

It took just a couple of seconds for a nurse to administer the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine into Sadie Sindland’s arm.

Getting vaccinated has been a hot topic lately with 14-year-old Sindland and her friends. 

New England Public Media

Martin Miller is stepping down from his post as president of New England Public Media.

Miller started at UMass-licensed WFCR in 1995 as the station’s general manager. In the next 26 years, his operation grew into a Western Mass public media network.

Lamont Announces Tentative Deal To Avert Nursing Home Strike

May 13, 2021
Gov. Ned Lamont gets his temperature checked at The Reservoir nursing home in West Hartford before watching staff and residents get vaccinated against COVID-19. Lamont made another offer to the health care workers’ union on Thursday.
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{updated at 4:35 p.m.}

Gov. Ned Lamont announced a tentative deal between the state’s largest health care workers union and the nursing home industry late Thursday afternoon that would avert a strike Friday at 26 facilities.

The agreement came two hours after the administration sweetened its offer to fund the industry in the next state budget.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told senators on Thursday that in the midst of a surge of migrants trying to enter the U.S., the number of unaccompanied minors in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody continues to fall dramatically.


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Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

Hartford Is Burning Its Recycling, And It's Costing The City $30K A Month

That recycling you put out each week in the blue bin may not be going where you think it is. Because of contamination in curbside bins, the city of Hartford is now redirecting most of its recycling to a nearby incinerator, which means tons and tons of recyclable materials are going to waste while the city spends about $30,000 a month trying to deal with the problem.

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Coronavirus In Connecticut

Tracking COVID Data: Vaccinations, Hospitalizations & Your Town's Infection Rate

Vaccinations continue across Connecticut with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting Friday a total of 4,200,875 doses have been distributed to the state and 3,637,551 doses have been administered. So far, about 58 .3% of Connecticut’s population has received at least one vaccine dose and 47% are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.

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