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On one side of the room was a scrolling slideshow of maps. Connecticut cities looked like they were stained with red blots — the red being an indicator of how hard it was to get a response from households during the last Census.

Jimmy Crespo of Hartford received a new pair of Wolverine boots as part of a winter charity effort put together by Footwear With Care. That nonprofit held a 'Winter Boot Party' in Hartford Saturday, December 8, 2018.
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A local nonprofit outfitted about 400 people with a brand new pair of boots and a fresh pair of socks at an event called the “Winter Boot Party” at the Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford Saturday.

Seventeen national guardsmen from Connecticut are being deployed as part of two separate detachments in Romania and a second undisclosed location. Some of them are pictured here with Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman during a send-off ceremony.
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The Connecticut Army National Guard’s cyber warfare detachment is getting its first deployment.

Artist Bri Dill from South Windsor creates a painting at the grand opening of Infosys' Hartford innovation hub.
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Technology consulting company Infosys has formally cut the ribbon on its new innovation hub in Hartford. The center, housed in Hartford’s Goodwin Square building, will be one of four that the Indian company is creating around the U.S. 

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A Hartford woman is hoping for a last-minute stay of deportation before she’s ordered to leave her family behind for London in 10 days.

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Protesters disrupted regular business at the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building and Courthouse in Hartford Friday. It’s a facility that houses a United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office.

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Yemeni-Americans living in Connecticut are asking people to put pressure on their elected representatives over U.S. involvement in Yemen’s ongoing civil war.

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To do a show about local stand-up comedy, we figured we should probably do a show of local stand-up comedy.

So we went to a comedy club, put on a comedy show, and then did a talk show about the comedy show we'd just done.

This hour: some of said comedy show plus most of said talk show -- and we're fairly confident it'll make more sense when you hear it than it probably just did reading about it.

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Non-Amtrak riders continue to be shut out because of capacity issues, despite having valid tickets, on Hartford Line trains serviced in Connecticut by Amtrak.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Hartford’s Dillon Stadium Monday.

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The state of Connecticut is going after the pension of former Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez, who pleaded guilty last year to two corruption-related charges.

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Some folks see chipped paint on windowsills and door frames of older Connecticut homes as rustic, New England charm. But it makes public health officials wary.

The U.S. banned lead-based paint for housing in 1978. By then, many homes in the state were already constructed.

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The power went out at Bradley airport twice on Monday morning.

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The nerves are kicking in, said Constanza Segovia, talking politics outside her house in Hartford before Election Day. The stakes are high -- nationally and in the Connecticut gubernatorial race.

The emergency personnel were shown points of entry so that they could reach passengers in a manner that's quick but safe. That included a demonstration of how to use fire axes to get into the train.
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Hartford firefighters and other area first responders went through a simulation of a head-on train collision Saturday.

On the grounds of Wethersfield's Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, archaeologists have discovered evidence of the oldest English colony in Connecticut.

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Vermont State Police have positively identified the body pulled out of Lake Champlain last week as photographer George Ruhe. The Wethersfield resident, who also had a home in Brattleboro, Vermont had been missing since last Wednesday.

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The Connecticut State Library is marking the upcoming World War I centennial with an effort to preserve memorabilia from the war.

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The crowd of more than 750 people that gathered at Congregation B'Nai in Bridgeport for CONECT's Candidate Assembly on Monday was not expecting Shawn Wooden's vulnerabilty. They'd come to hear how five candidates running for statewide offices would respond to questions on four issues—gun violence, immigration, health care, and criminal justice reform—but it was the Democratic candidate for treasurer's story about gun violence, along with mothers Kristin Song's and Mory Hernandez's stories, that stood out.

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A seat on the 4:32 p.m. train out of Hartford’s union station is emerging as the most coveted seat on the CTrail’s new Hartford Line that was launched in June.

Republican nominee for governor, Bob Stefanowski.
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For this hour, we had booked Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski for an interview where he could take questions from us and listeners. But his campaign canceled saying it's priority is "getting Bob on the road." 

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Hartford is Connecticut’s first city to adopt an ordinance that’ll stop vendors from selling tobacco products to anyone under 21 years old.

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Items belonging to Sandy Hook School Shooter Adam Lanza – including spreadsheets and violent writings – will have to be released by the Connecticut State Police, after a ruling in the state Supreme Court.

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In the 1996 landmark Sheff v. O’Neill case, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that minority students in Hartford's public schools “suffered daily” due to racial and economic segregation.

Now, 22 years later -- Connecticut’s magnet school solution to Sheff’s desegregation mandate has been held up as a model for integration around the country. Yet many minority students in Hartford still attend struggling and highly segregated schools.

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He was at the head of the Hartford-area economic development group, MetroHartford Alliance, from 2001 to last year. Now, he wants to be governor of Connecticut.

This hour we sit down with Oz Griebel, who is running as an unaffiliated candidate for governor of Connecticut.

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A new opioid tracking program reports an average of 42 overdoses a month in a section of Hartford.

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A referendum regarding money put into the state’s special transportation fund will be on the ballot on Election Day in November. 

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What does effective philanthropy look like in the 21st century?

This hour, we sit down with Jay Williams, the President of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

We also talk with scholar and author, Chuck Collins. He is a one-percenter who dedicated his life to addressing income inequality. Collins’ policy institute has found that charities are increasingly depending on larger donations from a smaller number of wealthy individuals. We ask Collins--is that a good thing?

Members of the Greater Hartford Youth Leadership Academy take a photo with Nelba Marquez-Greene, kneeling at right, before boarding a bus headed to a rally in Newtown, Conn. Marquez-Greene's daughter Ana died in the Newtown school shooting.
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Gunfire brought chaos to the West Indian Day Parade in Hartford a decade ago. Some parade goers assumed fireworks — until they saw a kid on the ground.

His head was soaked with blood.

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When CVS agreed to acquire Aetna, they halted a plan to move the Hartford-based company’s headquarters to New York City. Connecticut has been breathing a sigh of relief that one of the capital’s largest employers isn’t ditching the state.

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