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Davis Dunavin

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He fell in love with sound-rich radio storytelling while working as an assistant reporter at KBIA public radio in Columbia, Missouri. Before coming back to radio, he worked in digital journalism as the editor of Newtown Patch. As a freelance reporter, his work for WSHU aired nationally on NPR. Davis is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism; he started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.

Connecticut’s bond commission approved borrowing about $340 million for state projects, including tens of millions to build more affordable housing.

COVID-19 may lead to a new and worse form of acute kidney injury. That’s according to Yale School of Medicine in a finding published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this month.

COVID-19 vaccines have proved effective in Connecticut nursing homes, according to new data from what is reportedly the first study to look at how vaccines work specifically in nursing homes.

A deal to allow online gambling and sports betting in Connecticut is imminent, according to Governor Ned Lamont, a long-delayed plan involving the state’s two Native American tribes.

In Connecticut, prison inmates are counted in the voting district where they’re incarcerated, not the place they call home. It’s called prison gerrymandering. Some criminal justice advocates want to change that.

A set of bills before the Connecticut General Assembly are meant to open more opportunities for women and girls. The bills have the support of the state’s top elected officials.

A federal judge has agreed to extend sentencing to April for former Bridgeport police chief A.J. Perez, who pled guilty in a fraud case last year. The judge also extended sentencing for the city's former personnel David Dunn, who also pled guilty in the same case.

Perez also wants a court to make sure his guilty plea in a federal fraud case doesn’t affect his pension.

Two-thirds of Connecticut is zoned for single-family homes only. And advocates say this zoning restriction is a roadblock to more affordable housing. That’s one of the main takeaways from a new "zoning atlas" launched by a fair housing group.

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said impeachment may be the only alternative to remove President Donald Trump from office after last week’s violent pro-Trump assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Two Connecticut teacher’s unions say many educators in the state don’t think schools are safe enough for children or themselves to be in as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont is defending the state’s decision to join a new regional green transportation initiative. Critics say it’ll drive up gas prices in the state. 

U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut wants to try and work across the aisle as incoming chair of the appropriations committee, as Congress races to approve a spending bill that includes pandemic relief.

It’s been eight years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six educators. A new generation of activists have come of age since then. Some are trying to change gun laws on local levels — including in Newtown.

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City officials in Danbury, Connecticut are moving closer to naming the city’s sewage treatment plant after comedian John Oliver.

It started when Oliver seemingly randomly called out Danbury on his show, Last Week Tonight. Mayor Mark Boughton responded by threatening to name the city’s $110 million sewer plant after the comedian.

Connecticut’s largest literary festival begins Tuesday — remotely, due to COVID-19. It’s called Storyfest — and it’s a collaboration between Westport Public Library and Westport Public Schools.

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High school football players and their parents from across the state are urging the governing body of high school sports to change course and allow for a football season this year.

The mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, proposed naming a sewage treatment plant after comedian John Oliver. He may have been joking, but Oliver says he’s all for it.

Gun violence is escalating in New Haven, Connecticut, as the city faces its worst wave of shootings in nearly a decade.


A second weekend of protests is underway in Connecticut and across the nation following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

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Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Bryan Hurlburt says local food banks are competing for supplies the same way states were in a bidding war for medical equipment.

“Just like we saw with the PPE, each organization is trying to outbid the other for additional food, and that can’t be the solution.”

Food service workers at Connecticut’s travel plazas say their employers aren’t protecting them from COVID-19 and in turn, they’re putting residents in danger.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says hospitals in eastern Connecticut may have to help shoulder the burden of cases in Fairfield County. But he says they’re likely to see many of their own cases eventually.

The Legacy Theatre in Branford, Connecticut, isn’t technically open yet. But Artistic Director Keely Baisden Knudsen says they’ve done more than 70 performances without a building.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says gun shops are essential businesses that can remain open, while others close for the COVID-19 pandemic. Gun control advocates aren’t happy with his decision.

Connecticut State Police have identified the man killed by officers on Wednesday night after a car chase on Interstate 95 from Norwalk to West Haven. 

Homelessness is on the rise nationally – but on the decline in Connecticut. That’s the finding in a new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Bond was set at $6 million Wednesday for a Connecticut man accused of murdering his wife.

Fotis Dulos made his first court appearance since police charged him with murder and kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Jennifer.

He was arraigned at Stamford Superior Court after being arrested Tuesday.

Sacred Heart University students say they experienced what the university calls “borderline voter suppression” at polling places in Bridgeport yesterday.

Food service workers at 23 state-owned travel plazas in Connecticut announced Wednesday they’re unionizing and filing a wage theft complaint with the state.

More than 30,000 Stop & Shop employees went back to work Monday in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island after an 11-day strike.

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