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There has been a massive outpouring of tributes from around Connecticut to the late Oz Griebel. The well-loved business leader and two-time gubernatorial candidate died July 29, days after being struck by a car while jogging. He was 71 years old. 

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Attorney General Bill Barr faced pointed questions on a range of issues at a House Judiciary Committee hearing this week. Connecticut Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Diane Orson reached out to Jim Himes, the state’s 4th District congressman, for his reaction. Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, questioned Robert Mueller last year on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  

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The late civil rights icon John Lewis will lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington this week. He is to be buried on Thursday. 

Back in 2015, Lewis stood by the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. He had been brutally beaten there 50 years earlier while demonstrating for voting rights, and he said there was still work to be done. 

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Connecticut legislators meeting in special session are set to vote before the end of the week on a bill that would effectively allow anyone to vote absentee in the November presidential election. State Republicans are fighting the idea every step of the way, saying expanded mail-in voting is vulnerable to fraud. 

Summer vacation is traditionally a time for kids to step away from academics and spend time with family, at camp or poolside. But the coronavirus upended this school year and Connecticut students have not physically been in class since mid-March, and that's posing fears for many families that their kids could suffer from summer learning loss. 

As our pandemic-induced recession marches on, a lot of people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own now face the scary prospect of losing their homes. A moratorium on evictions is slated to end soon. In anticipation of this, the Connecticut Department of Housing has announced two relief programs for renters and homeowners. 

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Coronavirus has been hard on many industries, perhaps none more so than hospitality. With both business and leisure travel at a historic low, hotels are struggling to survive. Two gems of the downtown Hartford hotel scene -- the Hilton Hartford and the Marriott Hartford Downtown -- announced to state officials this week that they are on the verge of mass layoffs and that their very survival is in question. 

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As the national discussion continues to center on whether we should -- or whether we can -- send our kids to school in the fall, one group out of Bridgeport says that students of color in particular are not being served well by the state of Connecticut’s return-to-school plan. 

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If you want to find a group of people whose ears really perked up when the state announced plans to return K-12 students to classrooms this fall, look no further than parents of kids with severe disabilities. These special needs students got invaluable help learning and socializing from a team of professionals in school. That help was left up to the parents alone as schools moved to distance learning to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

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Our country’s newspapers are increasingly being bought by, or at least controlled by, hedge funds -- and many would say not for the better of the republic. The Hartford Courant is in this boat, and the journalists who work there would like to change that. 

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Seven years after old Big East broke apart, UConn is back in the conference -- as of July 1. The university reached an agreement to rejoin the league a year ago, but teams had to finish out last season in the American Athletic Conference first and then pay the AAC $17 million to leave. So will this move help UConn athletics get out of debt? Was this a “nostalgia” move? What will it do for recruiting? 

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The state of Connecticut has released the details of its plan to return K-12 students to in-person classes in the fall. So what could it mean in practice? Teachers representatives are concerned and call the plan “lacking.”

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You’ve probably heard the old phrase, “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.” One has to wonder whether that dynamic is playing out in this time of pandemic and racial unrest -- specifically in regard to the quadruple tumult at the beginning of the last century, of war, pandemic, racial unrest and recession. 

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The economy has been thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus pandemic, but predicting the longer-term effects of the downturn can be a tricky business. U.S. consumer spending was up a record 18% in May, despite the fact that unemployment remains in double digits. So how do we chart the future now that the pandemic has changed everything?

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This year is the 155th annual Juneteenth Celebration, symbolically marking the freedom of Black people from slavery in this nation. But despite the long history of the day, many white Americans are hearing about it for the first time in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. Connecticut has recognized Juneteenth since 2003, but it is not yet an official state holiday. 

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The worldwide demonstrations of the last two weeks have been in protest of police brutality. And yet, they have delivered images from across the U.S. of police acting brutally against unarmed people in the midst of the protests. 

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There’s long been good evidence for the premise that racism is bad for your health. And that truth stands whether you’re the victim or the perpetrator. In light of both the racial disparities of the coronavirus pandemic and the momentous events in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered host, John Henry Smith, spoke with Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, a professor of orthopedic surgery at UConn. 

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We’ve heard a lot about the distance learning going on at K-12 schools during this coronavirus pandemic shutdown. But there’s a good number of kids who are not distance learning for a variety of reasons and badly need schools to reopen. 

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Monday is the day that Connecticut’s two casinos will reopen after weeks of shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Ned Lamont has been open about his feeling that it’s too early to resume gaming at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. 

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Gov. Ned Lamont recently signed an executive order that will allow people who are concerned about contracting the coronavirus to use an absentee ballot for the August presidential primary elections. That has some members of the state Republican party upset. 

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A federal appeals court has reversed a decision by immigration authorities in the case of a Connecticut man facing deportation, ordering the Board of Immigration Appeals to respect the state’s pardons.

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On the same day the state partially reopened, Gov. Ned Lamont disbanded the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, the task force that had been charged with coming up with a plan to guide the state into a safe, methodical reopening. One of the co-chairs of that group was Dr. Albert Ko of the Yale School of Public Health.

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Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport plans to reopen on June 1 after closing to visitors back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Connecticut Public Radio’s Morning Edition host, Diane Orson, spoke with zoo director Gregg Dancho.

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In one of his most recent executive orders, Gov. Ned Lamont weighed in on the controversial question of absentee balloting. The governor says state residents can use fear of contracting COVID-19 as a reason to use an absentee ballot to vote in the presidential primary, now scheduled for Aug. 11. Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano has been vocal in his opposition to absentee balloting. He spoke with Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered host, John Henry Smith.


It’s not just restaurants and malls that can open up this week. Gov. Ned Lamont says offices can welcome workers back if they need to. But how many of us want to go, and is it really safe to do so? 

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There are plenty of pitfalls for consumers trying to navigate the new commercial landscape during COVID-19, and that means there’s plenty of work for the office of Connecticut Attorney General William Tong. He spoke recently with Connecticut Public Radio’s John Henry Smith about couples trying to get refunds on canceled weddings, securing adequate PPE for the state, fighting fraud in the age of coronavirus, and the federal Department of Justice’s decision in the Michael Flynn case.

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Connecticut Health I-Team

Those in nursing homes and senior care facilities -- along with the thousands of workers whose job it is to try to keep them safe -- are statistically still at the greatest risk of contracting the coronavirus and dying from it.

As of last week, just over 1,600 nursing home residents statewide had died from COVID-19, accounting for more than half of the coronavirus-related deaths in Connecticut.

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Imagine going to the hospital with what feels like a cold. You’re admitted. The next thing you find out is that days have passed while you were sedated on a ventilator fighting a severe case of COVID-19. And you’ve survived. 

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Gov. Ned Lamont has removed his public health commissioner. Lamont announced Renee Coleman-Mitchell’s abrupt dismissal in a press release Tuesday morning. Lamont later acknowledged that he fired her. But, according to the Connecticut Mirror, he declined to give a detailed rationale, other than a desire for closer coordination among state agencies as Connecticut approaches the first phase of easing COVID-19 restrictions on retailers and some other businesses.

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The coronavirus has swiftly led to dramatic changes in our daily lives. And that, in turn, has meant new levels of stress for many people.

Unlike other singular traumatic events, the pandemic is ongoing. And as Connecticut begins to reopen its economy, people will have to find ways to continually adapt to unpredictable and changing conditions.