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Jade Allen

Dow Jones News Fund Fellow

Jade Allen is a 2019 Dow Jones News Fund Fellow from Atlanta, Georgia. She's a senior mass communication major at Lane College, an HBCU in Jackson, Tennessee. During her free time she enjoys photography and documentary filmmaking.

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Connecticut’s dairy farmers are ending their fifth year of financial decline and there does not seem to be an end in sight. That was the picture being presented to the legislative rural caucus on Tuesday as dairy farmers from across the state expressed the industry’s need for more financial support.

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Thirty-one children have died around the country so far this year as a result of being left alone in hot cars. Senator Richard Blumenthal is endorsing a bill aimed at preventing these deaths. He said Monday the proposed law will require all auto manufacturers to include technology that alerts drivers to check the rear seat for passengers when a vehicle is turned off. 

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The annual Podunk Bluegrass Festival is kicking off for the 23rd year this weekend in Goshen, and festival goers from all over New England have loaded up their RV’s to camp out on the lawn and enjoy artists from across the country.

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As students prepare for school this fall, Connecticut community colleges are highlighting programs that aim to help low-income applicants. The system offers a program for students that qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. 

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The green initiative that will charge retail shoppers 10 cents to use plastic disposable bags begins August 1st. But two chains, Big Y and Stop & Shop, have gone further and eliminated the bags altogether.

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The forecast projects one of the hottest weekends across Connecticut so far this year, with temperatures expected to rise into the triple digits. 

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The case of New Haven woman Salma Sikandar remains in limbo after a hearing before an immigration judge Monday. Sikander, who’s originally from Bangladesh, is subject to a deportation order, but her attorney is arguing for clemency. So far it is unclear when the judge will give the ruling.

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It appears Connecticut -- along with the rest of the country -- was spared massive ICE raids over the weekend that had been promised by President Trump. But advocates for immigrants' rights say the administration's stance is still having a marked effect.

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The Department of Defense has announced it will delay the implementation of restrictions on veterans that would prohibit them from transferring benefits to their loved ones and dependents. The restrictions had been set to go into effect this Friday, July 12. Currently many troops can allow their children to ease the cost of higher education through transferring their post-9/11 GI Bill benefits -- but the new rules would remove that right.

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A state jury has ruled in favor of the city of Hartford and against a developer in the controversial case of the bungled construction of the city's recently-built minor league baseball park. 

In a decision announced Tuesday, the jury found against developer Centerplan in a suit brought after the city fired the developer from the job.

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Governor Ned Lamont announced Friday that all seven of the state-operated highway rest stops will be open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning Monday.

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Governor Ned Lamont has signed into law a bill that will provide paid family and medical leave for up to 12 weeks for all Connecticut employees. The program will be funded through a payroll tax on workers.

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Amid growing tensions in the Middle East, Connecticut’s Air National Guard troops are heading overseas.

On June 18, a ceremony to commemorate the deployment of nearly 150 members of the 103rd Airlift Wing was held at the Bradley Air National Guard Base hangar.

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Connecticut officials this week marked the one year anniversary of the Hartford Line commuter rail service which stretches from New Haven to Springfield. And the Department of Transportation is touting the first year as a success -- despite teething problems -- saying ridership for the year exceeded 634,000 passengers, about 50,000 more than projected.