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CSCU Board Votes To Require COVID Vaccines For Students In The Fall

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Chloe Poisson / CT Mirror

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities governing board approved a policy Thursday that will require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in person this fall.

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Carlson Place, a residential care facility in Norwalk, has been ordered to move all of its residents after a state investigation that found nearly two dozen public health code violations. Included on the list were inadequate food supplies, “grossly soiled” bathrooms and live bedbugs.

The state attorney general said Thursday that a new buyer had been identified for the facility and that all residents will be moved out of the building to allow for a complete renovation.

Hartford Public High School Graduation
Tyler Russell / Connecticut Public

It’s the morning of graduation and Armani Sidik is fixing her bright blue cap over her hijab as she patiently waits for her family. At the entrance of their walk-up apartment in the North End of Hartford, the Sidik family is joyful and neighbors walk by offering congratulations. 

“We gave her all our love, all our guidance, she’s doing really well, that’s our baby,” said Charlette Sidik, Armani’s mother, beaming with pride.  

But her daughter says making it to graduation was not easy. 

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This time of year we're still trying to squeeze extra plants into our veggie garden. But instead of just planting more veggies, we like to take this opportunity to plant flowers and herbs that attract beneficial insects, are beautiful and some that can be eaten, too. It provides a pop of color in the veggie garden in summer while helping control harmful insects.

Denise Merrill Not Running For Another Term As CT Secretary Of The State

Jun 23, 2021
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Wednesday she will not seek reelection to a fourth term, the first concrete move toward shaping a 2022 election cycle expected to be dominated by the reelection bids of Gov. Ned Lamont and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

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Possession of cannabis for recreational use will be legal in the state on July 1. But under the new law signed by Gov. Ned Lamont Tuesday, towns and cities can prohibit retail sales. Officials in Prospect have decided to do just that.

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State Sen. Gary Winfield On State’s New Marijuana Law: “I do think that the law gets it correct.”  

Lamont Signs Connecticut’s Marijuana Legalization Law

Jun 22, 2021
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

The marijuana law signed Tuesday by Gov. Ned Lamont makes the adult use and possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana legal in Connecticut on July 1, but the administration says that retail sales are not expected until late 2022.

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

June 19th marked the 156th straight year of the commemoration of Juneteenth, the holiday that symbolically marks the freedom of black people in America from slavery. This Juneteenth came after a year of arguably unprecedented awareness—due to the murder of George Floyd--of the holiday and of the African American struggle.


Philip Morris International -- one of the largest tobacco companies in the world -- is moving its U.S. headquarters to Connecticut from New York. The business says it will site its head office at a yet-to-be-chosen location in Fairfield County, bringing 200 jobs to the state. The relocation is slated to be complete by summer of 2022.

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  Some 20 families lined up to receive diapers and other essentials on a recent afternoon in Hartford. Among them was Angela Perez. 

“I’ve been [coming] here because they’ve helped me with food and diapers. Now we found out they’re closing,” Perez said in Spanish. “It’s been a huge help to me and many other moms.” 

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The United States Supreme Court has issued a decision that experts say is sure to bring significant change to the business of college sports. That, of course, has ramifications for Connecticut’s college athletic programs, including the University of Connecticut.

Christine and Steve Schwartz interview job candidates in a parking lot outside their business, Express Employment Professionals in Shelton. Christine Schwartz says with the extra $600 unemployment benefit running out, more people are looking for work.
Ali Oshinskie / Connecticut Public Radio

If you pay attention to the news, you’ve no doubt heard often in recent months something to the effect of, “Despite high unemployment numbers nationwide, businesses can’t find enough workers as they try and reopen.” To help us take a deeper dive beyond that headline, All Things Considered welcomed a labor economist to the program. He is Central Connecticut State University associate professor Brian Osoba.

solar farm
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

Fewer families are choosing burials for deceased loved ones and opting instead for cremation. It’s a funerary trend that is helping to forge a link between the Catholic Church and the solar industry. 

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

The advent of Juneteenth as a federal holiday this year also saw the day more widely celebrated than ever in Connecticut. While the state’s larger and more diverse cities have long held annual Juneteenth events, many of Connecticut’s smaller towns also marked the occasion this year.

It’s one thing to have a hard time with parenthood. But what if you wholeheartedly regret it? 

Hear from two parents who feel this way, and find out how they balance feeling full of regret while wanting to make sure their kids are well taken care of. And is it really possible to love someone whom they regret bringing into existence?

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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has reimposed a temporary ban on alcohol at six state parks and forests this summer.

On 50th Anniversary Of War On Drugs, Connecticut Legalizes Marijuana

Jun 17, 2021
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

The Senate voted 16-11 Thursday for final passage of a bill legalizing the production, sale and possession of recreational cannabis in Connecticut, bringing down the curtain on a frantic finish to a campaign that steadily unfolded over a decade. 

Abstract sculptor Leonardo Drew is returning to his Connecticut roots with a new exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Two Projects includes an outdoor installation on the front lawn of the Hartford museum and two works inside.

Early summer is still rhododendron and azalea time. There are late blooming, evergreen, large leafed varieties and native azalea species still putting on a show.

Photo of traffic on I-95 Northbound in Stamford, Connecticut
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In 2018, Connecticut announced it would be part of an ambitious multi-state program to cut carbon emissions from transportation. In December 2020, Governor Lamont signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and D.C., committing to launch a regional transportation "cap and invest" program.

Connecticut House Approves Recreational Marijuana; Senate To Vote Thursday

Jun 16, 2021
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

The House of Representatives voted 76-62 Wednesday for legislation that would create a legal market for recreational marijuana in Connecticut, overcoming a threatened veto over an 11th-hour effort to rewrite the rules for awarding valuable licenses for cultivation and sales.

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Environmental advocates were hopeful a proposal to cap vehicle emissions would be brought up during a special legislative session convened this week. 

But the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) was not expected to be called for a vote in the House Wednesday and was left out of a massive 800-plus-page budget document. 

Wethersfield Police Chief James Cetran speaks to protesters on Monday, April 23, 2019.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Longtime Wethersfield Police Chief James Cetran has been fired.

Wethersfield’s town council Tuesday night approved the decision of Town Manager Gary Evans to terminate the embattled chief in a 6-1 vote that came at the end of a six-hour hearing.

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

Prior to the pandemic, Bridgeport resident Maribel Nieves worked 28 hours a week as a home health aide. However, her hours were quickly cut when COVID-19 began to rage through the state. 

“Being a home health aide for 21 years, patients were scared for aides to go out to their homes. My hours got cut and my rent and bills started going up, so I’m backed up over a year or so in rent,” Nieves said. 

Connecticut Senate Passes Cannabis Bill, Governor Vows Veto Over Changes

Jun 15, 2021
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

Questions of profit, preference and equity brought Senate debate of cannabis legalization bill to a dramatic halt Tuesday, with the office of Gov. Ned Lamont vowing a veto over new language broadening the eligibility of applicants for licenses to produce or sell marijuana.

Schools With Native American Mascots Would Lose Funding Under Budget Bill

Jun 15, 2021
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

In Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, the small town of Killingly made national news a year ago by reinstating “Redmen” as the high school mascot, angering local tribes and countering a trend of stepping away from imagery and names offensive to Native Americans.

A Connecticut woman accused of a hate crime plans to file for accelerated rehabilitation, according to her lawyer.

Yuliya Gilshteyn was charged with a felony hate crime and three other offenses for allegedly spitting on Keren Prescott, a Black Lives Matter activist, during a protest at the Connecticut state Capitol on Jan. 6 of this year.

Boys playing

When you think back to your childhood, what was your favorite thing to do? Did you have a favorite stuffed animal or did you spend a lot of time outside? Today, we talk about the importance of play. There are lots of conversations about learning loss in the pandemic but learning through play is as important as classroom learning.

Connecticut Neighborhood Pushes Back Against Planned Fuel Cell Power Plant

Jun 14, 2021
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A proposal to site a 9.66-megawatt fuel cell power plant in the South End of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is drawing fire from residents who say the neighborhood already hosts more than its share of industrial facilities.