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Courtesy: Waterbury Public Schools

The Office of the Child Advocate is raising alarm at the number of calls made from Waterbury public schools to police to handle behavioral issues with students ages 4 to 12. Almost 200 calls were made over a six-month period, resulting in close to 40 arrests. 

Tenbeete Solomon

Bill Moore was 24 when police say he fired the bullets that would kill one 17-year-old and injure another.

He grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, and would hang out with friends who lived in the apartment building on Park Street that would eventually become a crime scene.

Lamont Defends $1 Boost In Minimum Wage

Sep 1, 2020
Gov. Ned Lamont signs the $15 minimum wage bill in 2019.
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Connecticut’s hourly minimum wage increased by a dollar Tuesday to $12 amid a COVID-19 pandemic that has reinforced both the value of low-wage workers and the fragility of the businesses that often rely on them.

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State flags flew at half-staff Monday to honor the thousands of people in Connecticut who have died from a drug overdose over the years.

That includes Tony Morrissey’s son, Brian Cody Waldron, who died at 20 years old last August.  

With Limited Mental Health Staff, Waterbury Calls Police On School Children Under 12

Sep 1, 2020
Frankie Graziano / WNPR

Maria was having a hard time calming down at her elementary school in Waterbury. On a December day just before holiday break in 2018, she was hitting and kicking staff and knocking books off the bookcase. She had recently entered foster care, and this was her third behavioral episode in three weeks.

So the school staff called 9-1-1, telling the dispatcher there was a “four-year-old female out of control.”

James Harris was 17-years-old when he survived being shot while hanging after school in Hartford, Connecticut.
Tenbeete Solomon

Renee White is trying to be patient and understanding as her son, James Harris, heals. He was shot alongside his best friend, Karlonzo Taylor, on a December afternoon in 2018. Karlonzo later died of his wounds.


State public health officials say violations at a Norwich nursing home are presenting “imminent harm” to the lives of staff and patients. So far, 21 residents and five staff members of Three Rivers Nursing Home have been infected with COVID-19. Three residents have died and one is hospitalized. 

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

At CREC’s Academy of Science and Innovation in New Britain, school principal Karen Mooney has been preparing for the return of 457 students to in-person learning on Sept. 9. 

But the logistics will look a little different from those of past school years in this time of coronavirus.

Karlonzo Taylor was 17-years-old when he was fatally shot while hanging with friends after school in Hartford, Connecticut.
Tenbeete Solomon

Marvella Williams wasn’t expecting her 17-year-old son Karlonzo Taylor to die before she did, but he did. On a weekday in December 2018, Karlonzo became one of more than 7,000 Black boys and men who were fatally shot in the United States that year.

A street in Hamden is blocked off. Severe storms Thursday knocked out power for about 30,000 electric customers.
Jonathan McNicol / Connecticut Public Radio

Governor Lamont declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon after surveying damage from a severe thunderstorm Thursday night. Maps provided by United Illuminating show that much of the damage was concentrated in Hamden, North Branford, North Haven and East Haven. The storm has not been confirmed as a tornado. 

Senator Richard Blumenthal tours a USPS sorting facility in Hartford. Sorting machines from this location were taken apart in recent months and left in pieces in the parking lot as part of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's efforts to update the service.
Chris Collibee / Blumenthal Courtesy Photo

After touring a sorting facility in Hartford Thursday, Senator Richard Blumenthal said he’s more worried than ever about the United States Postal Service’s ability to handle mail for this year’s election. He said postal workers hoped that new sorting machines would replace ones recently removed, to help them do their jobs more efficiently.

Kristina Gregory Donates Her Plasma After Testing Positive for Covid Anitbodies
Courtesy: Kristina Gregory

Fresh out of an Infinity Fitness gym class, you would never know the battle Kristina Gregory fought just a few months ago. 

Dave Wurtzel / Connecticut Public

State public health officials said they’ll work to more aggressively test staff at nursing homes for COVID-19. But officials in the eldercare industry said Friday they’re still waiting for formal guidance on those changes from the state Department of Public Health. 

Jackson Mitchell / WNPR

UConn announced Thursday that the nearly 300 students living in the Garrigus Suites residence hall have been placed under medical quarantine due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Jonathan McNicol / Connecticut Public Radio

Severe thunderstorms swept through Connecticut Thursday, knocking out power to more than 50,000 homes and causing areas of significant damage, particularly around the towns of Hamden and Branford. Gov. Ned Lamont announced he was deploying National Guard troops to help with storm cleanup, clearing downed trees and allowing utility crews to secure power cables. 

Neena Satija

Each year millions of students take in-person standardized tests like the SAT and ACT as part of their application process for college. But amid the pandemic, concerns over health and safety have closed hundreds of test sites nationwide. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public

After a protracted back-and-forth with state health officials, Connecticut’s governing body of high school sports will go ahead with a fall season.

Eversource Says Storm Isaias Criticism 'Not Accurate'

Aug 27, 2020
An Eversource outage map showing the impact of Isaias. Eversource serves 149 of Connecticut’s 169  communities, UI handles 17 and three have municipal power.

This story was updated at 4:01 p.m.

Eversource Energy gave skeptical lawmakers a forceful rebuttal Thursday of the widespread complaints that the electric utility failed to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaias – then bungled the restoration of power in Connecticut’s worst blackout in nearly a decade.

There's still time to plant carrots, beets and radishes in our gardens even though it's late August.

It's easy with all the tomatoes, peppers, squashes, melons, cucumbers and beans flowing into our kitchens, to forget about the cool season veggies that have been waiting for us. We recently rediscovered our spring planted root crops. We did start eating beets and carrots earlier this year, then got into all the other veggies. Now, it's time to get back to our roots.

The Ella Burr McManus Trust / Wadsworth Atheneum

Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum, the Old State House and the Hartford Public Library are offering a series of self-guided walking tours showcasing the art and history hiding in plain sight in the capital city.

Few In CT GOP Have Joined Anti-Trump Movement, But Shays Helps Lead It

Aug 26, 2020
Chion Wolf / WNPR

As the second night of the Republican National Convention kicked off, an anti-Trump campaign group ran a brutal ad depicting a wall of coffins that called the nation’s coronavirus death toll “Trump’s wall.”

Democrats were not responsible for the attack. Disaffected Republicans who belong to the Lincoln Project are running the macabre ad.

Courtesy: Wilton Public Schools

The Wilton Board of Education has voted to postpone the start of in-person learning for a week, saying the town needs more time to prepare. Hamden has also pushed back the start of school for a week, citing a shortage of teachers.

An inpatient treatment facility for substance abuse is the site of one recent COVID-19 outbreak in Danbury, according to the state Department of Public Health. 

A New Voice At PURA At A Pivotal Time In Energy Oversight

Aug 26, 2020
Marissa Gillett is the chair of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. Like most white-collar workers, her office during the pandemic is at home.

One day after Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out power to 800,000 customers of Eversource Energy, Gov. Ned Lamont and an entourage arrived at the utility’s suburban Hartford offices to talk about restoration efforts.

Vanessa de la Torre / Connecticut Public Radio

Central Connecticut State University students returned to learning Wednesday, with a list of pandemic requirements that include wearing masks in the classroom and taking multiple coronavirus tests this semester.

Gov. Ned Lamont joined Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system, on campus to kick off what they both said will be a different year of learning and having to adapt. Lamont stressed that if the public health metrics change, the system will adjust to remote learning. 

Nicole Leonard / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut legislators and health experts in Hartford Tuesday stressed that the number of opioid overdose deaths is up statewide. Evidence, they say, that the pandemic is interfering with addiction treatment and recovery.

“When we were doing our work in preparation for the pandemic, there was a lot of focus on children, on seniors, and on our individuals who are experiencing homelessness,” said Liany Arroyo, director of health for the city of Hartford. 

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Eversource should be broken up. According to Connecticut’s senior senator, the power company’s failure to get the lights back on quickly statewide after Tropical Storm Isaias was just the latest in the utility’s litany of failures. 

In An Election Emphasizing Absentee Ballots, State Helping Prisoners Vote

Aug 25, 2020
FILE PHOTO: The Willard Building of the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution on April 06, 2020 in New Enfield, Connecticut. Inmates & DOC employees continue to test positive for COVID-19 at jails & prisons throughout the state.
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC

It’s been six years since he got out of prison, but Roy Trotter still thinks about being locked up when he catches the nightly news. He and his prison mates watched the news multiple times a day and got in fierce debates — not over policy, but whether the Republican and Democratic parties ever truly cared about Black Americans and whether those behind bars would ever wield any political power to shape elections to come.

Mayor Mark Boughton says they getting ahead of recent Covid spike
Ali Warshavsky / WNPR

Danbury officials said Tuesday that contact tracing shows COVID-19 has spiked in the city due to residents traveling elsewhere in the U.S. and overseas, and now it’s now spreading within the community through sporting events and gatherings at religious institutions.

Alexei Navalny at a campaign stop when he ran for mayor of Moscow in 2013.
ermakov / Flickr Creative Commons

Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader with ties to Yale University, was poisoned, according to the German hospital where he is being treated. Navalny remains in a medically induced coma. The 44-year-old is known for his anti-corruption investigations against Russian state corporations and senior officials, and he participated in Russia’s 2018 presidential election.