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Trying to walk out to Charles Island at Silver Sands State Park in Milford this summer, George Swaby drowned after he and a friend were swept up in a fast current off a sandbar.

Connecticut’s municipalities have blasted all sides in the ongoing state budget impasse. Town and city officials spoke out after Governor Dannel Malloy issued a report claiming that state aid to municipalities has grown more than 20 percent in the last five years. 

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott called Hurricane Harvey "one of the largest disasters America has ever faced." The devastating storm has dumped more than 40 inches of rain on Houston, the most "extreme rain event" in U.S. history. It has displaced thousands, and rescue efforts continue. 

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Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers have proposed increasing the state sales tax to 6.85 percent from 6.35 percent -- part of a nearly $40 billion budget plan released Wednesday.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, a Democrat from Berlin, says an increase in the Connecticut sales tax from 6.35 percent to 6.85 percent is needed in order to balance the state’s two-year-budget. That budget is already seven weeks late.  

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Connecticut Republicans and Democrats seem closer to a budget proposal -- but it's not without controversy. 

As Connecticut approaches the end of the second month without a state budget, Democratic legislative leaders say they’ll present their revised final state budget plan this week. The proposal is expected to include a controversial sales tax increase.  

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Governor Dannel Malloy’s latest executive order restores $40 million in funding to nonprofit providers of state services. 

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School districts could see even more severe cuts than originally proposed in Governor Dannel Malloy's executive order, which has proposed to slash another $100 million from schools.

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Drug overdose deaths in Connecticut have surpassed the national average for several years now.

This hour, we talk with a former heroin addict about how he got into recovery — and his advice for others struggling with addiction. 

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This hour, we talk about the neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville, VA, where one person was killed and many injured after a driver plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters. 

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Educators, administrators, parents and students have called on Connecticut legislators to finalize a budget. They met to highlight their concerns after the education commissioner’s annual back-to-school meeting in Meriden Tuesday.

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School budget issues may be particularly acute in 2017, but many athletic programs across Connecticut have dealt with flat funding for many years. And no district knows exactly how much money they will get from the state this year.

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America’s national parks are experiencing record crowds — and some nature enthusiasts worry about what that means for the protected land. Is the sheer amount of people taking away the rustic experience these parks offer? 

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Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal has become the center of President Trump's recent vacation tweet-storm -- and it's not the first time Trump has called the senator out for misrepresenting his service in Vietnam. 

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Barbara Deindorfer lives in North Stonington, Connecticut. The 52-year-old cares for her older brother John, who has severe intellectual disabilities. She became the full-time caretaker for her brother two years ago, when her mother died. 

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Connecticut seems no closer to a budget deal despite the adoption of a new labor concessions package. Meanwhile, the state’s towns and cities are still having to pay their bills.

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Lawmakers in Hartford still have no state budget in place — and that’s creating widespread fiscal uncertainty for cities and towns across Connecticut.

This hour, we hear from municipal leaders about how they’re responding. 

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If state lawmakers don't pass a budget, then Governor Dannel Malloy said he plans to cut overall state contributions to schools by 25 percent through executive order. But the cuts won’t be distributed equally.

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The Connecticut Senate has given final legislative approval to a state employee concession deal, aimed at reducing the projected $5 billion state budget deficit by $1.5 billion over the next two years. 

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Hate drives people to do unspeakable things but how often do these stories end in forgiveness and friendship?

This hour, Ted Hakey Jr. and Zahir Mannan join us. The two men met after Hakey shot his rifle into Mannan’s place of worship — the Ahmaddiya Baitul Amman Mosque in Meriden in 2015.

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The future of Connecticut’s only nuclear power plant is again in question. State officials are ordering a months-long review of the Millstone Power Station’s finances, while the station’s owner is indicating it may still decide to close the plant without immediate legislative support.

McCain: "We're Getting Nothing Done!"

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Republicans in Washington finally got closer to the goal they’ve had for about seven years - the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Well, at least the repeal part.

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted to approve a state employee labor concession deal that’s expected to save the state $1.5 billion over the next two years. The deal was approved 78 to 72 on a party line vote.

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It was a big week for Trumpcare. The GOP-led health care bill collapsed on Monday, when Republican's Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah said they wouldn't support the bill. Soon after, the Republican's "Plan C" -- repeal without a replacement -- was dead as soon as it hit the ground, losing support from GOP Senators almost immediately

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Connecticut is struggling with a projected two-year, $5 billion budget deficit, while its capital city is on the brink of bankruptcy. But there is at least one piece of good fiscal news coming out of New Haven.

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As the impasse on the Connecticut state budget continues, House Republicans held a presentation Tuesday for colleagues on their budget proposal.

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State workers began voting Tuesday on a concessions deal brokered in May by Governor Dannel Malloy and state union leaders.

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The failure of lawmakers to pass a state budget is having a direct impact on summer jobs for Connecticut’s youth.

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The head of the MetroHartford Alliance said Hartford’s business community could be on board with a bankruptcy in the city, if it’s properly planned. Alliance President and CEO Oz Griebel said structural reform is needed to give the private sector confidence in Hartford. 

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