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A judge has cleared the way for the redevelopment of property surrounding the Hartford baseball stadium of the minor league Yard Goats.

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation Wednesday that makes Connecticut the first state in the nation to mandate the collection of prosecutorial data statewide. The measure is aimed largely at addressing racial disparities in the criminal justice system. 

Harriet Jones / Connecticut Public Radio

A potential new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease -- partly based on technology developed in Connecticut -- has proven in an early clinical trial to reverse some of the cognitive decline which is a hallmark of the disease. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Two days after at least 31 people were fatally shot in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Connecticut lawmakers took to the steps of the Capitol Monday to ask for immediate action on federal gun legislation.

What Is A Mass Shooting? Why We Struggle To Agree On How Many There Were This Year

Aug 4, 2019
Cathe Hill wipes tears from her eyes during a vigil for victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a shopping complex Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.
John Locher / Associated Press

Every time there’s a shooting in the United States that leaves multiple people injured or dead, a few things happen in reaction. Public officials express their condolences, there’s often a call for legislative action. And reporting begins to come out referencing how many similar shootings have taken place that year.

Leamond Suggs has seen pedestrians and drivers looking up at the banners. "People are moved by it," he said.
Lauren Smith / Connecticut Public Radio

Walk or drive around downtown New Haven and you can’t miss them: large-scale banners on the sides of buildings, in windows and on vacant storefronts featuring compelling photos of city youth.

Jade Allen / Connecticut Public Radio

The green initiative that will charge retail shoppers 10 cents to use plastic disposable bags begins August 1st. But two chains, Big Y and Stop & Shop, have gone further and eliminated the bags altogether.

Nicole Leonard / Connecticut Public Radio

For more than six years, Connecticut legislators and advocates have been trying to pass legislation that expands workers compensation benefits for first responders, particularly for those who develop job-related post-traumatic stress.

And when they finally succeeded this year and Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill into law earlier this month, advocates and workers cheered in victory. But for emergency medical service professionals, who are not included in the new law, it was a different story.

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Three days after a man was shot and killed by a Hartford police detective, the state’s attorney investigating the incident released body camera footage showing the shooting from the perspective of three different police officers.

Chion Wolf (file photo) / Connecticut Public Radio

A man has died after he was shot by Hartford Police Friday night.

The Connecticut State Police have identified Alphonso Zaporta, 41, of Windsor, as the man shot by police on a highway on-ramp in Hartford.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Members of the Puerto Rican community in Connecticut are glued to the drama unfolding daily on the island, as protest leads to change in Puerto Rico's government.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Port Authority Board Chair Bonnie Reemsnyder announced Wednesday she is stepping down, after Governor Ned Lamont called for her resignation. It’s just the latest trouble at the agency responsible for promoting investment in Connecticut’s three deepwater ports.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

For almost two weeks now, Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets of San Juan to call for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello. He was already a controversial figure in the wake of Hurricane Maria, but a recent leak of private messages sent between members of his administration has sparked a massive response that’s now reaching far beyond the island.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

A federal court in Boston hears arguments Tuesday that will center, in part, on whether Immigration and Customs Enforcement has the right to deport immigrants for past crimes - despite a state pardon.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The National Weather Service placed Connecticut under an “excessive heat watch” this weekend. Just after noon on Saturday in Middletown, the temperature climbed to 100 degrees, according to Weather.com. It felt like 113 degrees as stifling humidity enveloped the air.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Evan Matthews, head of the quasi-public agency responsible for promoting investments in Connecticut’s three deepwater ports, has been placed on administrative leave. 

The news comes as the state continues work to finalize a $93 million public-private investment in New London’s State Pier. 

Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

Following multiple fatal shootings in Hartford last week, Mothers United Against Violence is holding a series of vigils to honor the victims. They've been organized to give the community an opportunity to grieve, come together and be encouraged.

Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

City leaders in Hartford are asking residents for help in the fight against a recent uptick in gun violence.

Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

A rise in the number of shootings in Hartford over the past few weeks is concerning residents and police. It's not uncommon for violence to spike during summers in the city but it's not something that goes unnoticed.

Dyzhae Richardson was standing outside on Sisson Avenue talking to a friend when he heard gunshots. He tried to duck but it was too late—he'd been shot. He looked down and saw blood on his hands. It was the morning of June 30th.

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

Forensic expert Dr. Henry Lee is standing by his testimony in a three-decades-old murder trial. This is the third case from the 1980s, in which Lee has now been accused of offering inaccurate testimony. 

Jessica Hill / Associated Press

The head of Newman's Own Foundation has been ousted from his position after allegations of misconduct from employees, though the nature of the misconduct has not been officially released.

Bob Forrester was Paul Newman's right-hand man, and he took over the Westport-based foundation when Newman died in 2008. 

Lori Mack / CT Public Radio

A federal appeals court Tuesday ruled in favor of Tweed New Haven airport following a lengthy lawsuit seeking to extend the runway and attract additional service to the area.

Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

As public interest in fatal police use of force continues, a growing number of police departments have begun using body-worn cameras as tools for transparency and documentation of civilian interactions.

Patrick Skahill / Connecticut Public Radio

Since a drowning accident took the life of their 21-month-old son in 1989, Stew and Kim Leonard have worked to raise awareness about the importance of water safety — bringing their message to a West Hartford pool Friday morning.

Nicole Leonard / Connecticut Public Radio

Kristen Whitney Daniels was 15 years old when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes — a lifelong disease.

“As if I wasn’t awkward enough as a sophomore in high school, I also acquired this chronic illness that completely upended my life,” she said.

Jeff Cohen / WNPR

A state jury has ruled in favor of the city of Hartford and against a developer in the controversial case of the bungled construction of the city's recently-built minor league baseball park. 

In a decision announced Tuesday, the jury found against developer Centerplan in a suit brought after the city fired the developer from the job.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and Community Services Administrator Dakibu Muley at a city hall press conference announcing lead mitigation plan.
Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

New Haven is about to get tougher on its lead poisoning standards. The mayor outlined a plan Monday following multiple lawsuits against the city for not enforcing existing lead laws.

Jade Allen / Connecticut Public Radio

Governor Ned Lamont announced Friday that all seven of the state-operated highway rest stops will be open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning Monday.

THOMAS BREEN / NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT

New Haven officials say they’re cooperating fully and working to compile documents requested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Outgoing UConn President Susan Herbst, alongside Board of Trustees chairman Tom Ritter, signs the university's new contract agreement with the Big East on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
Nicole Leonard / Connecticut Public Radio

The University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees unanimously voted Wednesday to bring its non-football sports programs back into the Big East Conference and leave the American Athletic Conference. The vote was one of the final steps in making the move official. A formal announcement will be made by conference officials Thursday in New York City. 

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