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Relief efforts are underway in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands that make up the country.

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A federal appeals court in New York City heard arguments Tuesday centering, in large part, on whether Immigration and Customs Enforcement has the right to deport an immigrant for past crimes, even though she’s been granted a full and unconditional pardon by the state of Connecticut. 

DeLauro Key Player In NAFTA 2.0 Talks With White House

Sep 3, 2019
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When Rep. Rosa DeLauro and some of her congressional colleagues tried to visit a Goodyear plant in Mexico this summer, she was surprised to be denied entry into the facility. 

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Hartford is on a short list of cities being considered for one of the four presidential debates in 2020. To help Hartford's chances, The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has pledged one million dollars to the Debate 2020 Local Organizing Committee if the city is selected.

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Governor Ned Lamont signed the third executive order of his administration Tuesday, setting an ambitious environmental goal, a zero carbon energy grid by 2040.

Lamont Readies A Transportation Reboot

Sep 3, 2019
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The Trump administration and a global consulting firm are among the resources Gov. Ned Lamont’s chief of staff tapped over the summer in a crash project to devise a transportation infrastructure plan capable of moving Connecticut past the debate over highway tolls. 

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The early weeks of September provide some of the best times to watch migrating birds of prey, and over the years, there have been big changes to what you can see in Connecticut.

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A federal appeals court in New York City will hear arguments today on whether Immigration and Customs Enforcement has the right to deport an immigrant for past crimes, even though her record has been cleared by the state of Connecticut.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is expected to defend the legitimacy of the state’s pardons.

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A new natural gas-fired power plant is slated to open in the Hudson Valley in 2020. The plant is only a few miles from the border with Connecticut, and from several schools. That has some residents in both states concerned.

8 New Gun Laws Take Effect In Texas Sept. 1

Sep 1, 2019
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At least seven people were killed and another 20 were injured in a mass shooting that stretched in and around Midland and Odessa, Texas, Saturday. The incident was the second mass shooting in that state in less than a month, following a shooting in El Paso, on Aug. 3.

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Something Governor Ned Lamont had been promising for 10 months finally happened Friday in Woodstock.

In the absence of an official Woodstock 50th anniversary concert in New York, Lamont invited the general public up to the Woodstock Fair for Connecticut’s own Woodstock tribute show.

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The governing board of a public-private education partnership was asked to unanimously approve — via mail — a tentative budget, nearly $250,000 in executive compensation, and various operating procedures before its first meeting.

Legislative leaders who sit on the board all declined the request this week. 

After Tragedy In El Paso, A Special Visa Could Provide Some Survivors A Glimmer Of Hope

Aug 30, 2019
The makeshift memorial for the victims of the Aug. 3, 2019, shooting outside the Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
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On Aug. 3, 2019, a shooter at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, took the lives of 22, injured over two dozen and changed a whole community. The shooting was the worst targeting Latinx in modern U.S. history.

But as some survivors begin to process the horror, there might be a glimmer of hope: Those without a green card may now be eligible for a special visa, designed to protect crime victims.

Members of the media watch the debate just outside the room it was being filmed in at Hartford. The debate is one of three between four Democratic mayoral candidates over the next week.
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Democratic candidates for the 2019 Hartford mayoral election debated Thursday night.

The field includes party-endorsed incumbent Mayor Luke Bronin, J. Stan McCauley, who is a Democrat endorsed by the Republican party, and two candidates that petitioned their way onto the primary ballot -- state Representative Brandon McGee and former Mayor Eddie Perez.

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A judge has ruled in favor of a Connecticut inmate who sued the state in federal court over the conditions he’s faced during incarceration. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Right now, there are 941 women in prison in Connecticut. For those that make it out, one of the most difficult initial parts of re-entry can be finding somewhere to live.

A fire recently devastated one home that helps former inmates.

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Fewer Connecticut kindergarteners are getting vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella, and more students are getting religious exemptions for mandatory vaccines, new data shows.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

State Attorney General William Tong is directing his staff to provide “any assistance we can” in an ongoing investigation into questionable conduct and purchases at the Connecticut Port Authority.

Lamont Names Financier Dan Toscano As UConn Chairman

Aug 29, 2019
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Dan Toscano, a Darien financier and longtime financial supporter of the University of Connecticut, has been chosen by Gov. Ned Lamont as the new chairman of the UConn Board of Trustees.

Toscano, who graduated from UConn in 1987 and currently has a son enrolled there, is the former head of the UConn Foundation Board of Directors and has been a long time donor to the university. 

Trump Nominates Connecticut's Nardini, Jongbloed To Federal Bench

Aug 29, 2019
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President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday nominated a federal prosecutor and a state judge to vacancies on the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court in Connecticut.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Nardini was named to succeed Judge Christopher F. Droney on the appellate court, while Superior Court Judge Barbara Jongbloed was selected to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for Connecticut, succeeding Judge Alvin W. Thompson. 

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Pears are great backyard fruits. New Englanders have been growing pear trees since the 1600s. While the commercial industry has shifted to Washington and Oregon because of better growing conditions and fewer disease problems, pears still make great backyard fruits.

Measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are seen at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
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Governor Ned Lamont is pushing back on his own Department of Public Health’s recent decision to withhold further data on school vaccination rates. 

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Officials from the National Park Service gave an update this week on the status of the Coltsville National Historical Park in Hartford, a tribute to Samuel Colt and his role in the firearms industry as well as the Industrial Revolution. Congress approved the park in 2014, but it's far from complete.

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Forty years ago, a film called Hair starring a budding actor from Connecticut debuted at The Cannes Film Festival. It was 1979, the Vietnam War was over as were the days of hippies and The Black Panthers. Yet then and now, the on-screen musical still has a way of reaching audiences from past and present.

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As another major storm approaches Puerto Rico, the people on the island are still thinking of when Hurricane Maria made landfall there in 2017.

End Of An Era: Chief Prosecutor Kevin Kane To Retire

Aug 28, 2019
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Kevin T. Kane, the prosecutor in Connecticut’s last execution and more recently a cautious partner in the push for criminal-justice reforms, said Tuesday he will retire in November after nearly a half-century as a prosecutor, the last 13 as chief state’s attorney. 

Reports: Sacklers, Purdue Offer Massive Settlement Of Opioid Suits

Aug 28, 2019
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The maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, and its owners, the Sackler family, are offering to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company for $10 billion to $12 billion, according to several reports. 

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A Connecticut man is suing a Farmington-based company for lost wages and benefits after the business reportedly closed down without notifying employees.

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is seeking reelection this fall. The Democrat will face state senator Marilyn Moore in the September 10th primary. 

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Renee Coleman-Mitchell, Connecticut’s public health commissioner, said Tuesday that she has no plans to release the most recent round of statewide school-by-school immunization data, despite calls this week from lawmakers who say parents should have access to the information as the school year begins. 

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