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Connecticut expects to receive around $6 million in additional federal funding to help fight the opioid crisis. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced Thursday that the money will come from $1.5 billion recently approved by Congress to help states provide prevention and treatment efforts. 

A Hartford police lieutenant is going to court against the operator of a blog critical of Hartford politicians and members of the police department. The case raises issues of freedom of speech and responsibility for that speech.

In New Haven, Democratic nominee Justin Elicker won a lopsided victory over incumbent Mayor Toni Harp, who had continued her reelection effort after losing the primary in September.
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The city of New Haven has a new mayor. Justin Elicker was sworn in Wednesday, Jan 1.

In his inaugural address, Elicker said the city is growing at a rate not seen since the 1920s.

Desensitization Gives Some Children With Food Allergies A Viable Treatment Option

Jan 2, 2020
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For Oliver Racco, it’s a part of his daily routine: eating a few peanut M&Ms.

It may seem like a treat to some kids, but for Oliver -- and a relatively small but growing number of children -- it’s an important way he and his family manage his peanut allergy.

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The head of a statewide association of nonprofits is calling on Connecticut officials to increase payments to the organizations.

Gian-Carl Casa said right now nonprofits of all types are facing what he describes as “a perfect storm.”

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Connecticut’s Sentencing Commission will again be pushing for considerable changes to the state’s sex offender registry. 

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Mario Aguilar Castanon, formerly threatened with deportation, has been granted asylum by the U.S. Immigration Court in Boston. After a delay during which it appeared he might be kept in detention pending an appeal by ICE, the teenager was released and returned home.

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More than two dozen new state laws go into effect on Jan. 1, ranging from expanded health insurance coverage and paid leave to changes in court, property and DMV rules.

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Frank Tavares -- known as “the voice of NPR” -- has died. For decades, his was the friendly but authoritative voice that told public radio listeners that “funding for NPR comes from Lumber Liquidators,” or “the Pajamagram Company.”

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The Yale Peabody Museum’s Great Hall and the Mammal Hall close Tuesday, Dec. 31, for a three-year renovation. Some of the big dinosaur fossils in the hall have to be taken apart so they can fit through the doors of the museum on their way out. 

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Lawmakers and state leaders joined members of the Jewish community at a vigil in West Hartford Monday evening, in solidarity with the victims of a stabbing attack in New York.

Lori Mack / CT Public Radio

Ten people were honored Monday in New Haven for their outstanding service to the community. Outgoing mayor Toni Harp presented each of them with a key to the city during a special ceremony at City Hall. 

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Federal officials have earmarked more than $250 million to address concerns related to PFAS chemical contamination. The money was set aside as part of a spending package approved by Congress earlier this month, but it’s unclear what impact the dollars will have locally.

At Amazon Warehouse In North Haven, Workers Do Their Jobs Side-By-Side With Robots

Dec 30, 2019
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Guess who's getting used to working with robots in their everyday lives? The very same warehouse workers once predicted to be losing their jobs to mechanical replacements.

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In homes in which a family member has autism, day-to-day tasks can be challenging. One family is now trying to solve some of those issues, by pairing up with engineering students from the University of Connecticut.

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Millennials now outnumber baby boomers in the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And though the millennial generation has been stereotypically seen as self-absorbed and buried in student loan debt, they are involved in charitable giving. But they’re doing it differently than their parents have done.

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A federal appeals court in New Orleans dealt another blow to the Affordable Care Act last week, saying the requirement under the law to have health insurance is unconstitutional. But the court sidestepped the question of whether the health law itself is invalid.

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Killingly High School student-athletes were once called the Redmen. Then, briefly, they were the Redhawks.

Now the school has no mascot at all.

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Five Connecticut women returning from prison just got a big gift in time for the holiday season -- a new home.

Fungi aficionados can easily grow mushrooms indoors.
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Collecting wild mushrooms is a great treat, if you go with an experienced veteran who can distinguish good fungi from bad fungi. You can also cultivate your own mushrooms outdoors in beds, but that takes time. To get a quick fix of the taste of wild mushrooms without hunting or cultivating, grow them from kits indoors.

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“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” returns to The Bushnell for its third holiday season this Friday. 

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The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference has named Maloney High School junior Haley Lespier its winner of the 2019 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award.

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A line of people bundled in thick coats, scarves and gloves formed along the outer edges of a small parking lot earlier this month at Elm Ridge Park in Rocky Hill.

Despite the cold and drizzly weather, residents waited with empty grocery bags, shopping carts, baskets and boxes as volunteers from Foodshare, the Greater Hartford region’s food bank, set up tables with fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and poultry.

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Richard Cowles said owning a Christmas tree farm is magical. 

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New Haven saw an uptick in violent crime in 2019, according to year-end statistics.

Police Chief Tony Reyes said violent crime is up, particularly shooting incidents, but he stressed that New Haven remains a safe city. Officers broke down the numbers and described the challenges and strategies by neighborhood during a recent meeting at police headquarters. Statistics showed 74 nonfatal shooting victims as of Dec. 15 -- the highest number since 2012.

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The state has closed four investigations into the use of deadly force by a police officer, and in each case, prosecutors said the use of force was justified.

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Judges in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans this week found that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate -- the requirement that residents buy health insurance or pay a fine -- is unconstitutional.

But they held off from saying that the entire law is invalid, sending the case back to a lower court in Texas for more analysis into which parts of the federal law can continue without the individual mandate. 

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A West Haven man faces a bond hearing Friday, less than a week after he was arrested by federal authorities for an alleged plan to travel to the Middle East and join ISIS.

The man was arrested on Dec. 15 as he tried to board a ship in Stonington.

Suspected Gunman Dead After Fatal Shooting In Westerly, Rhode Island

Dec 19, 2019
Babcock Village, a federally funded facility serving elderly and disabled residents in Westerly, Rhode Island.
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A man suspected of shooting three people at a housing complex in Westerly, Rhode Island, has been found dead of what police believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 66-year old-man, who was a resident at Babcock Village, shot and killed an employee and wounded two other people.

Anthurium, also known as the flamingo flower.
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Many people are growing houseplants again to create a lush, green oasis in their home or apartment. But it doesn't have to just be green houseplants. There are new varieties of easy-to-grow houseplants that feature colorful leaves and flowers and some even grow in low-light conditions. Here are some of the best.

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