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Connecticut’s Police Accountability Law will be one year old as of July 31. A provision of that law calls on police departments to at least consider having social workers accompany police or respond exclusively on assistance calls where mental health may be more of an issue than criminality. One place this is actually happening is in Willimantic, w…
 
Connecticut has experienced several air quality alerts in the past few weeks as summer heats up, and more could be on the way as the hot weather continues. “The lung association and most organizations kind of track two pollutants in the air, and the one that we pay a lot of attention to right now is ozone,” said Ruth Canovi, director of advocacy fo…
 
Prior to the pandemic, Bridgeport resident Hernandez was the sole breadwinner for this then-family of three. Hernandez, who asked to be identified only by his last name, was a full-time driver for the rideshare company Uber. But that was cut short as soon as COVID-19 started to spread through the state. When Hernandez found out his wife was pregnan…
 
Twenty-three cities and towns across Connecticut will receive state funding for brownfield remediation. For the city of Ansonia, it’s step two in a long process to bring more industry, jobs and, ultimately, taxpayers to the city. On a rainy day in a year ago, state Rep. Kara Rochelle of Derby and Ansonia stood beside Gov. Ned Lamont outside a bligh…
 
In the wake of a New Britain marathon runner being struck and killed by a teenager driving a stolen vehicle, state lawmakers met July 7 to discuss what to do about car thefts by young people statewide. House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) says the situation is a “crisis” and unsuccessfully asked for a special session on the is…
 
In 2019, the U.S. Department of the Interior grounded all of the Chinese-made drones it had deployed for tasks that included tracking wildfires, monitoring dams and managing wildlife. The move came amid growing concerns that using Chinese technology might create an opportunity for foreign surveillance of infrastructure and other key assets.…
 
The Metropolitan District Commission alleges that the city of Hartford and the Hartford Housing Authority owe more than $1.3 million combined in unpaid water bills, but both dispute the charges. And, in one case, the authority said it sent a check, which the MDC never cashed.Av Patrick Skahill
 
Just a few months ago, Hartford HealthCare was vaccinating as many as 1,600 people a day at its mega COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. But only a couple of dozen people were scheduled to get doses Wednesday before the health provider shut down the site for good.…
 
The retiring Kurt Westby’s last day on the job as Commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Labor is in the first week of July. After he steps away, Deputy Commissioner Dante Bartolomeo will step in as his replacement. She will start on an interim basis before going through confirmation hearings in the next legislative session at the latest. Bart…
 
July 31 is the last day for the federal eviction moratorium designed to keep people struggling financially in their homes during the pandemic. That means—of course—the flood gates could open wide on Aug. 1 for a wave of evictions both here in Connecticut and nationally.Av John Henry Smith
 
Bridgeport resident David Reyes, 57, was once homeless with no other place to sleep than on the streets. He was unhoused for four years after serving in the Army. “Because of me losing my ability to work -- that is due to a spine injury -- I slowly became one of more than 553,752 souls that are homeless across this nation,” Reyes said.…
 
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