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Katie Toth

A master's graduate from Columbia University's journalism program, Toth started her journalism career in Nova Scotia as an undergrad, when she worked as the Dalhousie Gazette's Opinions Editor. After successfully staking out the university president outside his office for a story, Toth realized that nearly no other industry would not only tolerate such behavior, but actually applaud it. She decided to become a journalist professionally and has yet to look back.

Toth now comes to WSHU after working as a news blogger for the Village Voice, a Pulitzer Prize winning news weekly, where she reported on protests, policing and real estate. When Eric Garner's death rocked the city and thousands of people took to the streets, she wrote a story on white privilege within the protests. That story was discussed by independent reporters throughout New York and became the most-viewed piece on the blog that week.

Toth has also reported on queer refugee struggles for Xtra! Canada, and has wrote about religion and sexuality for the Webby nominated online magazine Religion Dispatches. She enjoys cat videos, cupcakes, and Tegan and Sara albums. Her favorite public media figure is CBC's Yamma Mamma, a beloved Canadian icon and anthropomorphic yam.

Connecticut’s Department of Health said they’re sending 700 new doses of naloxone, or Narcan, to New Haven on Friday. That’s because the city’s first responders nearly ran out of the opioid antidote Thursday night when police believed at least 16 people had overdosed from fentanyl in the previous 48 hours.

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s office says members of the public have been asking about the “uncommitted” line on Tuesday's presidential primary ballot.

Merrill says the ballot line allows eligible voters to ask Connecticut delegates to decide for them at the Democratic and Republican Party conventions.

“It’s interesting because that ‘Uncommitted’ line has always been there, but it has never attracted any interest from anyone except this year. 

A Connecticut Superior Court judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit against Remington Arms, the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and 6 teachers.

The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign opened its Connecticut campaign office in Hartford this weekend.

The launch was raucous. Cheering. Applause. 

Backlash to a so-called “ghetto party” at Fairfield University in February has received national attention, drawing coverage from the Huffington Post, Teen Vogue and the New York Times.  “Ghetto parties” — theme parties where students often dress in costumes and act out stereotypes of urban Black youth — have a history in predominantly-white universities.

Two bills before Connecticut’s State Legislature propose to end the sales tax on feminine hygiene products, like tampons and pads. A lawmaker sponsoring one of the bills says she learned that there was an international movement to rescind what advocates call the Tampon Tax.

Women across the world have protested against taxes on feminine hygiene products, like in Australia, where a protester confronted the country’s treasurer on TV while holding a giant-sized tampon.

Connecticut’s Secretary of the State Denise Merrill released a report today that measures the civic life of Connecticut residents in the democratic process and community life. Merrill worked on the report with Wesleyan University and the non-profit research group Data Haven.  

Its findings show people with less income or education are significantly less likely to engage in politics. Merrill said that’s typical for Connecticut.