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Nearly half of Connecticut’s more than 8,000 COVID-19 deaths have come in nursing homes since March 2020, so it’s little wonder that just over 4,900 nursing home workers have tested positive for the coronavirus in that time. Last week, Service Employees International Union District 1199 New England notified 33 state nursing homes that its 3,400 workers would go on strike at 6 a.m. on May 14 if they can’t reach a deal that significantly improves their working conditions and compensation.

Connecticut Considers Stretch Code That Lets Cities Push Builders On Efficiency

May 4, 2021
The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.
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Connecticut homebuilders are pushing back against legislation that would allow municipalities to require new buildings to meet high efficiency standards. 

The bill (HB 6572) would authorize municipalities to adopt a so-called “stretch” building code that would apply to new or substantially renovated buildings larger than 40,000 square feet. Developers would have to demonstrate that the buildings will use at least 10 percent per square foot less energy than the maximum levels permitted under the state building code. 

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

Sage Paglia recalled being in virtual high school in February when a student-driven lesson began on the sensitive topic of bias. The teacher of this lesson? Celebrity Kanye West, who argued that the month of observance does more harm than good.

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If you’re looking for a shoreline rental, agents say you might have a hard time finding one unless you’re willing to pay over $30,000 a month.

Access Health CT, the state’s insurance exchange, will open a special enrollment period on May 1.

Starting May 1, the state’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, will open a special enrollment period for residents who want to take advantage of additional subsidies that will help make coverage more affordable for many.

The subsidies are backed by funding included in President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, authorized in March. The aid runs through the end of 2022, and state officials are hoping it will be extended.

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It was a silent movie theater, a factory that made women’s undergarments and the home of summer stock theater productions in the 1930s and ’40s. Now, after decades of neglect, a newly renovated building in Branford has begun a new chapter as the Legacy Theatre.

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, Bloomfield High transgender athlete Terry Miller (second from left) wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood (far left) and others in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor meet.
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Several female high school athletes from Connecticut sued their school districts and a state sports body last year because they felt competing against transgender student-athletes was unfair. Sunday night, that lawsuit was dismissed.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs had argued that a Connecticut policy allowing athletes to compete according to the gender they identify with violates Title IX.

CT Finance Panel Approves Tax Cuts For Poor And Middle Class, Restaurant Bailout

Apr 22, 2021
Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, led push to adopt new child tax credit within the state income tax

The legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee approved state income tax cuts Thursday for the poor and middle class and a one-time bailout for restaurants, largely funding them with two tax surcharges on the wealthy and a new levy on digital media ads.

Tyler Russell / Connecticut Public

One day after the guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin came down in the murder of George Floyd, Connecticut activists took to the streets looking to address people in the suburbs.

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Families of people lost to police violence in Connecticut gathered at the state Capitol in Hartford Friday to share stories of their loved ones. Jazmarie Melendez talked about her brother Jayson Negron, who was shot and killed in 2017 in Bridgeport. He was 15 years old.  

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Alexander Amado started working with Community Health Center Inc. nearly a year ago. He took a job at the health center’s Hartford COVID-19 testing sites when they were newly constructed last spring.

It was a slow start, he said, but everything quickly escalated.

“People would come like four to six people in a car, and people would wait like three hours to get tested. It was pretty insane,” Amado said. “It was a little rough, but we got the rhythm going. And there were two lanes, because that was the volume of cars, and that would wrap around the building.”

Rod Cornish
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This month, the CUTLINE series on Connecticut Public Television looks at the many ways small, independently owned retail businesses in Connecticut survived the downturn caused by COVID-19.

There is no doubt that small businesses were hit hard by the pandemic. According to the U.S Census Bureau’s Small Business Pulse Survey, 34% of small business owners in Connecticut say the pandemic has had a “large negative effect” on their business -- that’s about 4% higher than the national average.

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Advocates for transgender student-athletes marched at Glastonbury High School on Friday to protest a lawsuit brought by a recent alum.

Chris Rakoczy / Hartford Hospital

Cliff O’Connell’s future was once pretty murky. By 2019, he’d had kidney disease for 14 years.

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Aigné Goldsby’s mom was a hairdresser. So as a kid, Goldsby would flex a variety of hairstyles. But at her majority white school, kids would do things like pull on her weave, Goldsby recalled.

When Goldsby grew up and became a lawyer, she didn’t feel at ease bringing her full self to work.

“As a Black woman it’s been difficult for me, and it’s certainly been a process for me to feel comfortable in predominantly white spaces,” she told NEXT.

RN Jenni Eckstrom draws 0.5 ml of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as the City of Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services hosted a vaccine clinic for Hartford residents 75 and over at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford on February 06, 2021
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Connecticut has been among the states leading the pack nationally on vaccinating its residents overall, but deep disparities remain. This hour, we get the latest from Connecticut Public Radio reporters about what’s driving the state’s racial inequities in vaccination rates.

Connecticut guard Paige Bueckers (5) reacts after getting fouled during the second half of a women's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament semifinal game against Arizona Friday, April 2, 2021, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
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Make it five years without a national title for the most decorated women’s college basketball team in America.

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team -- the top-rated program in the country -- was stunned Friday night in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, losing 69-59 to Arizona.

UConn shot poorly and faced some physical defense in the loss, and freshman Paige Bueckers -- the Associated Press national player of the year -- fought hard to get her 18 points.

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While 2020 will be remembered for the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the world’s racial reckoning after George Floyd’s death, one thing 2021 is sure to be remembered for is the ugly rise in attacks on Asian Americans. William Tong, Connecticut’s first Asian American attorney general, joined All Things Considered to talk about how the Asian American community is processing this nationwide phenomenon. He also talked about the legal powers he’s fighting for to combat anti-Asian crimes. 

Martha Hall Kelly

Connecticut resident Martha Hall Kelly is back with a new book, Sunflower Sisters. This hour, she joins us to talk about the third and final installment following Caroline Ferriday’s family. This book centers on three women during the Civil War; Georgeanna Woolsey, Jemma and Anne-May. 


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A study of Connecticut’s state government in advance of an expected wave of retirements next year has identified as much as $900 million in potential savings in executive agencies with total budgets of $14 billion, while acknowledging the significant obstacles in making changes in one of the most heavily unionized public-sector workforces in the United States.

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A preliminary state Labor Department analysis shows at least one in every 14 applications for unemployment benefits in Connecticut during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic was fraudulent.

Ella Grasso
From the 2019 Connecticut State Register and Manual

We look at the career of Ella Grasso. Known as the first woman in the country to be elected governor who did not follow her husband, and the person who led the state through the Blizzard of 1978.

She was also a state lawmaker, secretary of the state, and member of Congress from Connecticut, at a time when politics was mostly a man’s world.  

Kelan Lyons / CT Mirror

The state Department of Correction has decreased the prison population by about 3,500 during the pandemic, making it the lowest it’s been in over 30 years. But criminal justice advocates are calling for better care for those still behind bars -- specifically a reform to solitary confinement, or what the system calls “administrative segregation.”

Connecticut Treasurer Shawn Wooden
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According to a 2019 report by the Federal Reserve, the typical white family in America has five times the wealth of the typical Hispanic family and eight times the wealth of the typical Black family. One thing this means is that kids from these families are at a disadvantage from birth compared with kids from wealthier families.

Tony Spinelli / Connecticut Public

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. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public

East Windsor town officials want to know why the future of their casino project is being shoehorned into sports betting legislation.

Ned Lamont, Kamala Harris
Mark Mirko / The Hartford Courant

Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Connecticut Friday afternoon and spent time in New Haven to promote the latest round of federal coronavirus relief.

Madeline Fall, 25, of Vernon, receives the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine from at Connecticut’s largest drive-through vaccination clinic. “I’m the first one in my family to get this so I kind of feel like a guinea pig," said Fall, a health care worker.
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Connecticut has bucked national trends -- and CDC guidance -- by prioritizing COVID-19 vaccination on a strictly age-based system. Gov. Ned Lamont and his top public health officials have argued this simpler approach is more efficient and equitable -- and now they’ve reinforced that approach by moving up to April 1 the date when everyone over 16 can sign up for a shot. 

But Dr. Saad Omer, the director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, says by leaving out younger, high-risk individuals, Connecticut’s vaccine strategy has already missed the mark.

Ahjané Forbes / Connecticut Public

With the state recently opening up its COVID-19 vaccine program to Connecticut residents who are 45 to 54 years old, more people are now in the queue to get shots.

But some people are finding they don’t have to get in line.

Joe Baltas started getting placed in solitary confinement shortly after he was admitted to prison at age 18. Some of the reasons were frivolous, he claimed, like not walking fast enough.