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Hospitals To Receive $1.8 B To Settle Provider Tax Lawsuit Against Conn.

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Connecticut hospitals will receive $1.8 billion in state and federal funds between now and 2026 to resolve a lawsuit that could have cost the state as much as $4 billion, according to details released Thursday by Gov. Ned Lamont.

The agreement includes a one-time payment of $79 million to the industry, along with steadily declining taxes on hospitals — and increasing state payments to facilities — between now and 2026.

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A state audit requested by a leading Republican lawmaker revealed that funds meant to support workers present at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting did not go where they were supposed to.

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Campaigners against domestic violence say the incident in Watertown, in which two teenagers were shot to death by their mother’s boyfriend, represents a too-common trend.

Watertown police say that 16-year-old Sterling Jette Jr. and 15-year-old Della Jette were killed Tuesday night by Paul Ferguson -- who then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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The city of Bridgeport is the big winner in the state’s latest offshore wind acquisition. “Park City Wind,” a proposal from developer Vineyard Wind, was selected by state officials Thursday and is being billed as the largest purchase of renewable energy in state history. 

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For a brief time during World War II, big-band leader Glenn Miller was stationed at the Army Air Force Technical Training Command at Yale University. During his stint in the Elm City, Capt. Miller and his Army Air Force Band made six live radio broadcasts at Woolsey Hall. 

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No disciplinary action was decided Wednesday against Hartford State’s Attorney Gail Hardy for failing to complete investigations of fatal police shootings.

The Criminal Justice Commission met for a second session to discuss Hardy’s failure to formally complete four outstanding deadly police shooting reports. 

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The Trump administration has made a ruling that critics say will force many Americans into hunger.

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The town of Canton said water at Cherry Brook Primary School is safe to drink after a recent scare over chemical contamination.

Schools Superintendent Kevin Case said this week that testing indicates two wells that feed the school are not contaminated with a family of chemicals called per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

Rep. Jim Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee that has had an outsized role in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, urged Americans to read the panel’s conclusions – that the president has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” that are impeachable offenses.

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On a typical day at East Shore Middle School in Milford, the library is where students spend time using the computers, working on projects and checking out books.

But on a recent Monday morning, about a dozen students sat at tables, each with a virtual reality headset strapped onto their faces and a controller in one hand. Instead of seeing each other, Tino Pavlat and his friends interacted with people at a virtual high school and played Space Cats, a shooter minigame.

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The state of Connecticut announced Tuesday that it plans to divest from its investments in civilian gun manufacturers -- the latest move in a state that has enacted stricter gun policies since the Newtown massacre.

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The New Haven Board of Alders unanimously passed an amendment to a city ordinance Monday night that requires the Health Department to take action when a child under 6 years old has a blood lead level of 5 micrograms per deciliter or greater.

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Connecticut’s second snowstorm in as many days left many people throughout the state cleaning up a mess they thought was already behind them.

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Connecticut’s first chief manufacturing officer says one issue dominates his agenda as he takes up his new post: finding enough skilled workers to fill thousands of open positions in the industry.

Navy Awards $22.2 Billion Submarine Contract To Electric Boat

Dec 3, 2019
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The Navy on Monday awarded a long-awaited, $22.2 billion contract to Electric Boat and its partner, Newport News Shipbuilding, to build the next block of Virginia-class attack submarines.

The contract, in negotiation for more than a year, calls for the building of nine submarines, with a possible tenth if Congress provides the money. The contract will run from fiscal year 2019, which began Oct. 1 2018, through fiscal year 2023.

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Plenty of school districts were closed or delayed Tuesday morning, and the roads were treacherous as Connecticut began the clean up after round two of a one-two wintry punch. The state saw a huge range of overnight snow totals, ranging from a foot of new snow in some towns to just a few inches in others. The storm is expected to move out, leaving afternoon sunshine.

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Delegates from almost 200 countries have begun a two-week international climate conference in Madrid that seeks to step up efforts to stop global warming.

The summit attracted country delegations, along with NGOs and nonprofits from around the world. More than a dozen students from UConn are also attending.

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A judge Monday sentenced prominent New Haven Rabbi Daniel Greer to 20 years in prison, suspended after he serves 12. Greer was found guilty on charges connected to accusations that he repeatedly raped and molested a former student at his yeshiva. 

PFAS-filled aqueous film forming foam in the brook behind Paddy Abramowicz’s home in Windsor, Connecticut.
Paddy Abramowicz

After a B-17 plane crashed at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, some of the PFAS in the firefighting foam washed out of the airport and into nearby communities.

A few days after the crash, Paddy Abramowicz, who lives a 5-minute drive from the airport, says she was walking by the brook in her backyard when she saw piles of firefighting foam more than 10 feet high.

"It looked like a washing machine had exploded,” says Abramowicz, “and it was coming over both banks of the brook.”

Manchester Road Race

The 83rd unning of the Manchester Road Race takes place on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m.

Some people run to win the race, some run to win their age group and some run for a title -- the title of best costume.

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Wayzaro Walton was released from federal detention Wednesday and will be reunited with her wife and daughter. 

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There are some things we claim to know about Thanksgiving and the arrival of the Pilgrims that are correct: the white settlers and Native Americans really did get together, have a feast and play games. But there are many facts we get completely wrong. For one, the Pilgrims were not called Pilgrims when they arrived. And sociologist James Loewen, author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong,” says they were not coming to the Americas for religious freedom.

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The state’s top prosecutor said four so-far unissued reports on fatal police shootings in the Hartford Judicial District are “untimely.” But in a memo to the state’s Criminal Justice Commission, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane said the delays “may be understandable,” and he doesn’t recommend that Hartford State’s Attorney Gail Hardy be fired.

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The trucking industry is pushing back against a Democratic proposal to toll only trucks in Connecticut. 

Top Democrats Unite Behind Lamont On Truck Tolls

Nov 27, 2019
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

Gov. Ned Lamont and Democratic legislative leaders united Tuesday behind a transportation financing concept that would rely on trucks-only tolls, a breakthrough for a governor whose own party had repeatedly frustrated his major first-year objective of modernizing Connecticut’s aging highways and commuter rail system.

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Connecticut’s longest-serving top prosecutor, who’s tried some of the state’s most notorious cases, said he’s definitely retiring. Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane postponed that move to look into recently-discovered cases pending in the Hartford judicial district. But Kane is set to officially retire at the end of the week. 

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Since ICE took her husband away, Madina Mamadjonova said life has been a nightmare.

She’s trying to support her family, Mamadjonova said Tuesday, but she can’t be both a “mother and father” to their three children. The youngest, a son named Ibrohim, is nearly 2 years old -- that’s about how long Bakhodir Madjitov has been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut’s longest-serving top prosecutor, who’s tried some of the state’s most notorious cases, said he is definitely retiring. Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane postponed that move last month to look into recently discovered cases pending in the Hartford judicial district. But Kane is set to officially retire at the end of the week. 

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Deborah Bigelow walked into the Lyceum Conference Center in Hartford on a recent Thursday night prepared with a stack of folders and documents.

She hoped that by the time she left the Access Health Connecticut enrollment fair after speaking with a specialist, her health insurance plan for 2020 would be set, because not having coverage wasn’t an option.

Nicholas Bolt / Norwich Free Academy

The nation’s oldest high school football rivalry belongs to two Connecticut programs. New London and Norwich Free Academy will play for the 158th time this week in a game traditionally played on Thanksgiving.

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