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Minnesota public safety agencies reeling from weekend tragedy; Speaker Johnson faces critical decision on Ukraine aid; Public comment sought on proposal to limit growth in health-care costs; MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays.

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Truckers for Trump threaten to strike over his massive civil fine for business fraud in New York City. Biden wants Norfolk Southern held accountable one year after an Ohio derailment and dangerous chemical spill and faith leaders call for peace in the Israel-Hamas war.

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Drones over West Texas aim to improve rural healthcare, the Ogallala Aquifer, the backbone of High Plains agriculture, is slowly disappearing and federal money is headed to growers of wool and cotton.

Connecticut

The U.S. Energy Information Administration finds Connecticut natural gas prices have risen steadily since the late 2000s, peaking in August 2022 at $31.68 per thousand cubic feet. (Adobe Stock)
Public hearing for CT gas companies' proposed rate hikes

Today is the final public hearing for Connecticut ratepayers to comment on two proposed rate increases for gas utilities. Connecticut Natural Gas …

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More than 700,000 people in Connecticut receive Social Security benefits. (Adobe Stock)
Lawmakers rally for Social Security, federal budget

Lawmakers and union leaders are calling on Congress for fiscal changes during the year. Along with conversations about the budget and fair pay…

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Legislation will be brought before Connecticut's legislation to provide financial aid to immigrants seeking healthcare in Connecticut. A 2022 Universal Healthcare Foundation of Connecticut survey found 57% of respondents support expanding the state's Medicaid program to all immigrants. (Adobe Stock)
CT group fights deadly disparity in healthcare

A Connecticut group wants to work with the General Assembly on improving health equity. A 2023 Health Equity report from the nonprofit group …

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A 2021 Yale School of Public Health report found energy security is a top priority for low-income communities facing climate change effects, which also affects such other priority areas as food security and health. (Helen Humphreys/CCAG)
Advocates want CT General Assembly to maintain climate goals

As Connecticut's legislative session begins, advocates want the General Assembly to tackle climate action. The state established climate goals in 200…

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The United Way of Connecticut's latest ALICE report showed almost 40% of families in the state struggle to make ends meet, due to high rents and low wages. (Adobe Stock)
Expanded Child Tax Credit to pull more CT families out of poverty

In Congress, the second expansion of the Child Tax Credit is expected to provide some Connecticut families with much-needed help and one local …

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An American Public Transportation Association report found the average purchase price of a new car has increased 30% since 2019. The average price for a used car rose 40% in the same period, figures which may prompt more people to use public transit. (Adobe Stock)
CT advocates want public transit investments in state budget

In honor of Rosa Parks' birthday, Transit Equity Day is today. Connecticut advocates are calling for greater investment in public transit. In …

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A Data for Progress poll finds 70% of voters, across party lines, feel colleges and universities shouldn't consider legacy status in admitting students. Only 22% said schools should be able to consider legacy status. (Adobe Stock)
CT General Assembly considers eliminating legacy admissions

Connecticut is considering ending legacy admissions -- the practice of giving preference to family members of alumni -- at all public and private coll…

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A Brookings Institution report finds as part of a survey, 61% of people said voting is both a right and a duty. But, 34% sais it was a right not a duty. (Adobe Stock)
CT legislation could implement ‘universal voting’

Connecticut's General Assembly is poised to take up a bill to study universal voting. This is when voting isn't just a fundamental right, but …

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The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness finds, as of Jan. 15, 801 people are outside, unsheltered in cold temperatures, despite Connecticut recently implementing the Severe Cold Weather Protocol due to extremely low temperatures. (Adobe Stock)
CT takes action to keep homeless people safe in winter

Connecticut organizations are working to protect homeless people from winter's biting chill. This time of year poses severe health challenges for …

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A report from The 74 Million showed Bedford Middle School in the Westport School District has the largest enrollment decline in Connecticut, at 40%. (Adobe Stock)
K-12 enrollment declining in Connecticut schools

School enrollment has declined statewide in Connecticut. State education data shows between 2018 and 2023, statewide enrollment was down more than 17…

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A 2023
Report: CT early childhood education needs improvements

Child advocates feel early childhood education must be a top-of-mind issue for Connecticut lawmakers. A new report found early learning in the state …

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Too much political news can cause stress, which has been linked to a series of physical health impacts, including inflammation, a compromised immune system, digestive issues, heart disease and weight gain. (Adobe Stock)
Research: Too much political news can affect your health

As beneficial as it is to keep up with current events, too much political news can be detrimental to a person's mental health. Numerous studies are …

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