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Connecticut health providers are urging patience and caution with regard to a new pause on Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines after a federal investigation into cases of a possible rare blood clotting condition.

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Pandemic changes to personal lives and schedules have been challenging for most residents over the past year, but they’ve been particularly difficult for people who live with autism.

Vice President Kamala Harris has asked Gov. Ned Lamont how the state could help accommodate migrant children who are entering the country at the Rio Grande Border. Lamont said Thursday his administration is looking into ways to transform the former juvenile training facility in Middletown into a healthy, safe environment for these now homeless children.

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Eastern Connecticut State University has hired an independent firm to review the way it handles Title IX claims. Risk management firm TNG Consulting will look into claims by several students that the school has mishandled cases of rape and sexual assault on campus.

One year after Gov. Ned Lamont ordered gyms closed for three months during the pandemic, a group of gym owners have come together to push for more state and federal funding to help them stay open. 

A federal lawsuit was filed this week alleging that excessive use of force and indifference by Stamford police resulted in the death of a mentally ill 23-year-old man in 2019.

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U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday to support the passage of stricter gun laws.

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Members of Connecticut’s U.S. House delegation are promoting the work that funds from the American Rescue Plan can do in the state. The bill could reach President Joe Biden’s desk on Wednesday.

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One year ago, Chris Tillett became Connecticut’s COVID-19 patient zero. Living in Wilton at the time, he tested positive for the coronavirus on March 8, 2020, after having flown home from a professional conference in California. He ended up becoming gravely ill and spent weeks hospitalized.

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Gov. Ned Lamont has announced he will lift capacity restrictions for most businesses in Connecticut on March 19.

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Gov. Ned Lamont hinted this week that he will announce changes to restaurant capacity and travel restrictions when he holds his regularly scheduled coronavirus media briefing on Thursday. He says the state is in a better place now that COVID-19 transmission rates have dropped.

A new legislative proposal introduced by Gov. Ned Lamont would give prospective home buyers or renters the ability to see their new property’s energy efficiency rating, or the last 12 months of energy bills.

Property owners listing homes for sale or lease would have to provide prospective buyers and tenants with a home Energy Label, a number generated during a home energy audit that summarizes the property’s energy efficiency.

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Disability Rights Connecticut has filed a complaint with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights over the state’s new age-based vaccine policy.

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Kim Steinberg had already registered her business in January on the state’s website so she could get her employees vaccinated. Now most won't qualify until May. 

Event planners now have guidance when it comes to springtime celebrations. Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday that starting March 19, indoor capacity at venues can increase to 50%, up to 100 people. Outdoors the number is 200.

Gov. Ned Lamont says Connecticut residents 65 and above can now start getting vaccinated if their provider has extra doses of the COVID-19 shot. The state plans to open up registration to those 65 and older officially on Thursday.

"The 75 and above and 65 and above -- by far the most vulnerable," he said Monday. "If you really want to deal with fatalities, if you want to deal with hospitalizations it makes the most sense. People 65 and over, sadly are more likely to have comorbidities. So it makes sense on a whole bunch of different fronts."

Nursing homes in Connecticut will no longer be automatically shielded from lawsuits over deaths due to COVID-19. At his coronavirus press briefing Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced he will end the executive order on nursing home immunity on March 1.

Lamont said the state is in a much different place than it was last spring.

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki hails from Fairfield County, Connecticut, and her current turn in the spotlight is being closely followed by some of her old friends back home.

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Volunteers caring for animals say the pandemic has greatly increased the number of stray cats in cities like New Haven.

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From living rooms and Zoom rooms, Connecticut watched as Joe Biden was sworn in Wednesday as America’s 46th president.

Last summer, Sammy Bajraktarevic (right), owner of Luce Restaurant in Middletown, and server Alex Cirikovic set up socially distanced tables for a dining area in the restaurant’s parking lot as part of reopening amid the pandemic..
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Restaurant owners say recent data released by the Connecticut Department of Public Health that appears to show COVID clusters centered on eateries doesn’t paint an accurate picture. It’s sparked yet more controversy in the continuing debate over dining during the pandemic.

A casket sits in a parlor at the DeLeon Funeral Home in Hartford. DeLeon’s clientele is largely from the Hispanic community and they have seen a spike in funerals in April and early May due to the COVID19 pandemic, according to owner Kevin Davidson.
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Out of the $6 billion in federal coronavirus relief heading to Connecticut, $41 million will be set aside to help families with funeral costs.

By the first day of school, Waterbury Public Schools had yet to contact the entire parent population. 10% were still unresponsive to what the district classified as repeated attempts.
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New studies confirm that the coronavirus pandemic has led huge numbers of people across the U.S. to move from big, densely populated areas to smaller cities or suburbs. Connecticut is no exception, with its influx of transplanted New Yorkers. And with more parents working remotely, these new residents may decide to stay and enroll their children in local schools.

The town of Wilton has found a unique way to use its absentee ballot box. Now that it’s done with delivering ballots to the polls, the box has acquired the power to transport kids’ letters to the North Pole. 

Teachers’ unions in Connecticut presented a petition Thursday signed by 14,000 members, urging the state to put in more precautions to make classroom learning safer.

Mary Yordon is president of the Norwalk Federation of Teachers. She is one of those calling on Governor Ned Lamont to switch to all-remote learning until stricter protocols are in place that can be enforced state-wide.

As restaurant owners plan to protest in Hartford Monday, to demand for more help to survive the pandemic, Gov. Ned Lamont says he is working on ways to give them more financial help.

"We are trying to find ways we can provide support," the governor said at a Wednesday press conference. "I was hoping to be a bridge to federal support just like last time around with the PPP, but I’m going to do what I can at the state level -- not as much as anybody wants, but enough to be a help."

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The social media app TikTok may be better known by Generation Z, but Shannon Doherty’s parenting hacks have gone viral.    

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It’s a century-old holiday tradition that is struggling during the pandemic. Sergeant Anthony Rivera of the Stamford Salvation Army Corps says the organization usually has nine bell ringers throughout the city, but this year it has only three.

At Foodshare's drive-thru food bank at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, volunteer Tiina Hyvonen stacks 5-pound bags of potatoes. Most passengers driving through kept their windows up and volunteers loaded food directly into trunks.
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November and December are typically the busiest months of the year for Foodshare, which helps those struggling with food insecurity. This year, that need is only intensified by the pandemic.

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The Westport community will lose its online newspaper at the end of the month due to the death of its founder.