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Connecticut became the first state in the country Monday to open a COVID-19 mobile vaccination unit in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

The new state-federal partnership is part of a nationwide effort to broaden access to COVID-19 vaccines, especially in vulnerable communities and for residents who may face barriers to getting a shot. 

People wait after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination at the University of Bridgeport.
Yehyun Kim / CTMirror.org

Donville Barrow slowly shuffled into the University of Bridgeport’s Wheeler Recreation Center Tuesday afternoon, aided by the cane in his right hand, to get his COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Employees from Bridgeport Hospital checked him in and escorted him to one of the 20 vaccination stations set up on the basketball court. Within minutes, he was sitting in an observation area, his first dose completed.

Registries Of Disabled People Debated In Connecticut Police Reform Talks

Feb 14, 2021
Jessica Hill / Associated Press

Victoria Mitchell wishes police would have had the full picture of her son’s struggles with mental illness and reacted differently before an officer shot and killed him last year in Ansonia, Connecticut.

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

New state data revealing town-by-town COVID-19 vaccination coverage shows that the rollout in some areas of Connecticut is happening at a faster rate than in others.

The preliminary numbers confirm what some public health experts and health equity advocates have suspected all along, which is that vulnerable and underserved communities, including Black and brown neighborhoods already suffering high infection and mortality rates, are at risk of falling through the cracks. 

A Hartford HealthCare worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

Bridgeport has lost its top health official as the state battles COVID-19’s second wave. This hour, we talk with Connecticut Post reporter Brian Lockhart about the vacancy in the health department of the state’s largest city.

And later, some Connecticut residents over the age of 75 will receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Does Connecticut have the right tools in place to reach seniors?

We talk with Department of Public Health Acting Commissioner Deidre Gifford, and we hear from AARP Connecticut.

Conn. Legislators OK Election Monitor For Bridgeport

Oct 5, 2020
Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media

Connecticut lawmakers have approved the appointment of an election monitor for the state’s largest city, Bridgeport. The bill was passed in last week’s special session.

Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media

Federal authorities have arrested Bridgeport police chief Armando "AJ" Perez and city personnel director David Dunn on charges that reportedly amount to an accusation that the pair rigged Perez’s hiring two years ago. 

Police Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez speaks during an interview at the Police Training Academy, in Bridgeport, Conn. April 29, 2019.
Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

This story has been updated.

Federal authorities arrested Bridgeport's police chief and personnel director Thursday, charging them with fraud and making false statements.

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau will end its counting efforts early later this month. But in many of Connecticut’s large cities, half or more of all residents did not fill out the self-reported survey.

Today, we talk about what’s at stake if Connecticut doesn’t get an accurate headcount.

Pixnio

The first day of school is just around the corner for many Connecticut students, but “back to school” will look very different for families across Connecticut. 

This hour, we hear from from students, parents and educational leaders.

This Candidate Is ON The Ballot. Now, She Just Needs One To Vote

Aug 5, 2020
Kelan Lyons / CT Mirror

Sen. Marilyn Moore, D-Bridgeport, won her first Democratic primary by 82 votes in 2014 and her second two years later by 1,143. On Tuesday, she was fretting over the fact that at least 1,100 Democrats who applied for an absentee ballot in her district have yet to receive one.

Moore is one of them.

Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media

Bridgeport is once again facing a federal criminal investigation into its City Hall. Mayor Joe Ganim was reelected to run the city in 2015 after having spent seven years in prison for corruption while previously in office. 

Addiction Programs Adapt To Meet Challenges of Pandemic And A Rising Need

Jun 29, 2020

Earlier this year, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) examination of death certificates in the U.S. showed a sharp rise in alcohol-related deaths between 1999 and 2017. Connecticut mirrored those numbers, and addiction organizations stepped up their efforts to reach those in need.

Then came the pandemic. Treatment centers, support groups and the state were suddenly ordered to shut down.

Video: Juneteenth Around Connecticut

Jun 20, 2020
Juneteenth 2020
Tyler Russell / Connecticut Public

This year marks the 155th anniversary of the holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. A day that celebrates liberation, in 2020 calls for justice against systemic inequities Black communities face. Marches were organized in Middletown, Bridgeport and Hartford as well as many cities and towns. See photos and hear Connecticut voices from Juneteenth events across the state on Friday.

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

Events across Connecticut Friday marked the commemoration of Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when news of the end of the Civil War reached Texas, marking the true end of chattel slavery in the U.S. -- two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

A protest encampment outside the Bridgeport Police Department completed its fourth day Tuesday.

The protesters, who’ve maintained a 24/7 presence in colorful tents, have issued a list of 11 demands, including calling on the city council to defund the police department and reinvest the money into community initiatives.

Photos: Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Jun 11, 2020
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC

The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport opened to visitors at 50% capacity last week for the first time since it closed just before COVID-19 restrictions took effect nearly three months ago. The zoo cares for some of the most critically endangered animals on the planet and does crucial work with education, research and conservation. It’s also the only zoo in Connecticut accredited by the AZA (Association for Zoos and Aquariums).

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC

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. 

Courtesy: Thompson family

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.

Courtesy: Beardsley Zoo

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.

Bridgeport, Fifth State Distillery, sanitizer, coronavirus
Joe Amon/Connecticut Public/NENC

One of the very first things to fly off the shelves as people began to worry about the coronavirus was hand sanitizer. As the weeks go by, stories of stockpiling and price gouging have emerged -- but so have stories of innovation and ingenuity. 

The Office Of Gov. Ned Lamont

A community physician who works at Bridgeport Hospital is the second hospital employee in Connecticut to be infected with coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 illness.

Hospital officials told reporters Saturday afternoon that the man is a New York resident and lives in Westchester County. The state was notified of the positive case by the New York State Department of Health. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Talks between the governor’s office and the state’s two federally recognized tribes over the rights to sports betting are at an impasse.

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

A state bill that would levy a 35% excise tax on ammunition purchases drew a large crowd at a public hearing at the state Capitol Thursday. 

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning that voters cannot sue to overturn the results of an election. The decision ends a months-long legal battle between three voters and the City of Bridgeport. 

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill randomly drew names of voting precincts from a lottery machine on Wednesday, revealing the polling places that will be subject to an audit for the 2019 municipal election.

Supreme Court Declines To Stop Bridgeport Election

Nov 4, 2019
Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Richard N. Palmer and Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson listen to arguments before the court decided to allow elections to proceed in Bridgeport tomorrow. At issue is the validity of the results of September's primary in
Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant

The Connecticut Supreme Court declined Monday to postpone Tuesday’s mayoral election in Bridgeport over allegations of absentee ballot fraud in the Democratic primary, while leaving open the possibility the court might use the case to eventually clarify standards for challenging suspect election results.

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

A new candidate who has just entered the mayoral race in Bridgeport could cause confusion at the ballot box November 5. The issue centers on whether marking the candidate's initials on a ballot to indicate a write-in vote will be enough.

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

The House of Representatives is conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for his call for an investigation of Joe Biden’s son by the Ukranian government; Trump now says he and his White House won’t cooperate with what it’s calling an illegitimate effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election” - an obstruction that the House might use to consider another article of impeachment. 

Courtesy: Diocese of Bridgeport

A report released Tuesday says that 281 people have been sexually abused by members of the Diocese of Bridgeport since its inception in 1953 -- and nearly all of them were minors. In a report commissioned by the diocese itself, retired state court judge Robert Holzberg found that they had been sexually abused by 71 priests. 

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