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After All Things

English, News, 1 season, 300 episodes, 2 days, 13 hours, 8 minutes
A daily news podcast from the Connecticut-New York region, with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Hosted by WSHU’s Charles Lane. Publishing evenings, Monday through Friday.
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Reflect and remember

Governor Hochul signed a measure to protect and improve water quality in Suffolk County. Some disabled veterans in Connecticut will be eligible for tax exemptions. A poll finds most New Yorkers want the state to do something to protect kids on social media. And a new veterans memorial has opened in Danbury.
5/24/202414 minutes, 59 seconds
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Looking to summer

Governor Lamont invites tourists to Connecticut’s parks and beaches this summer. Should swimmers be concerned about sharks in Long Island waters? New Haven is declared the “pizza capital of the United States” in Congressional Record. And you don’t have to travel too far outside our region to see pirate real treasure!
5/23/202412 minutes, 46 seconds
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Storms a’coming

Coastal Connecticut prepares for an intense hurricane season. Changes to federal student financial aid hurt SUNY. Friday is two years since the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. And there are some tough questions for leaders of New York’s legal cannabis market.
5/22/202410 minutes, 46 seconds
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Nature up close

A new report gave most Long Island Sound beaches decent grades for water quality. A plan to retain healthcare workers in Connecticut would pay off some of their student loans. A group of pro-palestinian protesters at SUNY Stony Brook appeared in court this week. Governor Lamont clarifies a police body camera law. And a Connecticut native and Sacred Heart student is inducted into the esteemed Explorers Club.
5/21/202414 minutes, 54 seconds
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Cost of clean water

Suffolk voters are a step closer to a ballot referendum to fund water quality efforts. New London County farmers want to expand a new technology to cut down on waste. A Long Island teen sues the Town of Brookhaven over her cancer diagnosis. And everything we know about the arrest of Kosta Diamantis.
5/20/202414 minutes, 5 seconds
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Studying the Sound

Researchers with the Long Island Sound Study are getting $2 million in federal funding. A closer look at Chris Murphy’s reelection campaign. Empire Wind 1 gets final approval for construction. Nursing homes continue to close all across New England. And more from WSHU’s new series Off the Plank.
5/17/202413 minutes, 36 seconds
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Serving the bays

New York's first commercial kelp farm has been harvested on Long Island. A report finds nearly half a million Connecticut residents don’t have enough to eat. Kosta Diamantis has been arrested. And a look at an effort to revitalize the Shinnecock language.
5/16/202411 minutes, 27 seconds
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Back to class

Connecticut schools slowly recover from chronic absenteeism. New York’s attorney general is appealing a decision that removed the Equal Rights Amendment from the November ballot. Community health officials want Connecticut parents to take advantage of the Baby Bond Program. A new fund will provide aid to families of Connecticut police killed in the line of duty. And Connecticut needs more housing, but what’s the best way to go about it?
5/15/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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Uphill race

Connecticut Republicans nominate Gerry Smith, the first selectman of Beacon Falls, to challenge U.S. Senator Chris Murphy this November. Stony Brook faculty vote not to censure the school’s president over the handling of campus protests. An old movie theater in New Haven will transform into a childcare center. Oyster Bay could put more limits on shellfish harvesting. And sex trafficking in Connecticut has spiked since the pandemic.
5/14/202412 minutes, 22 seconds
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Creek clean up

More than 100,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil have been removed from an old Raymark Industries plant in Stratford. A new FAA plan would relocate Long Island air traffic controllers to Pennsylvania. The state of Connecticut is suing Altice. Acres of Suffolk farmland are now protected from residential development. And parents of Connecticut students with disabilities struggle to meet with school leaders.
5/13/202414 minutes, 54 seconds
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Climate bills cut

A handful of climate bills failed to pass in Connecticut this legislative session. At least 16 chemical drums have been discovered at Bethpage Community Park so far. Peconic Bay Scallop numbers are still a concern for scientists. A fiery head-on crash closed both sides of the Merritt Parkway for hours Thursday morning. And WSHU’s new podcast Off the Plank brings us a pirate story of one of the biggest treasures in recorded history.
5/10/202412 minutes, 30 seconds
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Environmental agenda

A breakdown of the environmental bills being considered in New York. Connecticut students are still behind in reading and math. The Navy has postponed a meeting over a Grumman cleanup in Calverton. And how this summer’s heat could affect our region’s outdoor workers.
5/9/202410 minutes, 55 seconds
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Last day bills

Connecticut Republicans say they’re not happy with how the session went this year. The future of Brookhaven Landfill was the topic of a closed-door meeting with Suffolk officials today. Hundreds of MTA workers racked up six-figure overtime payments last year. And an Equal Rights Amendment to New York’s constitution will not be on the ballot this November.
5/8/202410 minutes, 50 seconds
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The state of Suffolk

Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine delivered his first State of the County address today. New Haven residents rallied last night in support of a ceasefire in Gaza. Bridgeport’s Perry Arch is getting a multi-million dollar makeover. Federal dollars will offset the cost of the I-95 bridge replacement in Norwalk. And a group of New York seniors are fighting for aid in dying legislation.
5/7/202412 minutes, 20 seconds
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Coming soon: Off the Plank

Get excited! A new season of the WSHU podcast Off the Path debuts May 10. Also, Connecticut — like the rest of the U.S. — needs lifeguards. And Long Island school districts are paying sexual abuse settlements.
5/6/202414 minutes, 7 seconds
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Time to rebuild

Connecticut officials gave an update on efforts to reopen I-95 in Norwalk after a fire on Thursday morning. Almost two thousand immigrants living on Long Island have received deportation orders in the last six months. And Connecticut lawmakers have formed a caucus to address issues facing the Asian American Pacific Islander community.
5/3/202410 minutes, 50 seconds
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Protest punishments

A tractor-trailer fire completely shut down I-95 in Norwalk this morning. A number of demonstrators were arrested last night at SUNY Stony Brook. Oyster Bay reaches a settlement with the federal government over land preservation. And why IVF treatments are still out of reach for many veterans.
5/2/202413 minutes, 6 seconds
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City scorecard

Connecticut cities receive a middle-of-the-road ranking for climate policy. Fairfield residents will take a battle with United Illuminating to court. Stony Brook University students begin a pro-Palestinian demonstration on campus. A handful of Long Island roadways will see major improvements this year. And WSHU’s Higher Ground podcast has released its third national special!
5/1/202414 minutes, 45 seconds
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Music to our ears

WSHU spoke with some of our favorite local musicians who entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest! Governor Lamont may have to replant trees on his Greenwich property where he cut down close to 200 last year. New York clarifies a school bus safety law. And a Connecticut bill would create more oversight of home healthcare workers.
4/30/202414 minutes, 23 seconds
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Back to basics

New York schools will be going back to an old way of teaching reading soon. Connecticut will expand a service to help parents with newborns. Four people have been indicted related to the Babylon body parts case. And transportation is proving to be a major roadblock to Connecticut residents who need addiction treatment.
4/29/202414 minutes, 50 seconds
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Sound meets science

Senator Blumenthal announces new affordable housing legislation. Connecticut reports a second consecutive year of increased greenhouse gas emissions. And a team of experts in science and music came together to make melodies inspired by our environment.
4/26/202414 minutes, 3 seconds
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Watching out for wetlands

A Connecticut bill would expand sick leave for private sector workers. New York could still eliminate the “100 foot rule” before the session ends. Eversource customers will see a rate hike this summer. And much of Connecticut’s development is built near vulnerable inland wetlands.
4/25/202414 minutes, 30 seconds
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Attention to air

Fairfield County has the worst air pollution on the east coast, according to a new report. A Connecticut bill would keep police from pulling over drivers for minor offenses. Officials have discovered cancer-causing contaminants in West Islip groundwater. And how to be a little more eco-friendly as a renter.
4/24/202411 minutes, 47 seconds
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Budget confidence

Will Connecticut have a budget ready by deadline? A Siena poll reveals New York independents are losing confidence in Governor Hochul. And Connecticut considers new technology to stop roadway fatalities.
4/23/202414 minutes, 57 seconds
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Coping with climate concerns

Fairgoers had a chance to share their concerns about climate change at Groton Public Library’s annual Earth Day expo last weekend, sponsored by WSHU. Police in New Haven say at least 45 Yale students were arrested during a protest this morning. New York lawmakers finished up the budget over the weekend. Long Island residents rallied against the climate record of U.S Representative Anthony D’Esposito. And this affordable housing effort in our region puts an emphasis on sustainability.
4/22/202414 minutes, 13 seconds
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Budget bills

New York lawmakers voted on a number of crime-related bills yesterday. Eversrouce will pause applications for electric vehicle rebates. Connecticut’s Farmington River has made a list of the most endangered rivers in the country. And the outgoing Shinnecock chairman reflects on his time in the role.
4/19/202413 minutes, 57 seconds
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Habitat of concern

An environmental group sues BOEM over the location of two offshore wind projects. Lawyers for the alleged Long Island serial killer want files related to the ex-cop involved in the original investigation. Two Bridgeport ballot tampering complaints are now under state investigation. And Connecticut’s first female supreme court justice has died at the age of 94.
4/18/202410 minutes, 37 seconds
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Storm warning

Our region is expected to face more hurricanes than normal this season. New York Democrats say the governor’s budget announcement this week was premature. Connecticut lawmakers say they’re focused on having a budget ready by deadline. New London waters have been identified as a hotspot for microplastics. Chemical cleanup has begun in Bethpage. And Sikorsky plans to lay off more Connecticut employees.
4/17/202411 minutes, 2 seconds
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Access to education

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Connecticut to discuss educational opportunities for incarcerated people. Connecticut income tax returns will play a role in this year’s budget talks. The NYPD faces its lowest number of officers in over three decades. And Governor Hochul announced a tentative budget deal for New York.
4/16/202412 minutes, 6 seconds
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Schools go solar

Governor Lamont encourages more Connecticut schools to install solar panels. New York state can now sue Nassau over a ban on transgender women playing on women’s sports teams. Thousands of UConn basketball fans showed up in Hartford to celebrate the Huskies’ big win. Absenteeism rates in Long Island schools have not bounced back since COVID. And an analysis finds Connecticut’s red flag laws are used differently throughout the state.
4/15/202414 minutes, 14 seconds
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SALT debate

Long Island Congressman Nick LaLota wants the cap on SALT deductions lifted. Senator Blumenthal will lead a senate hearing with Boeing next week. Shinnecock kelp farmers protest a Suffolk aquaculture program. ECSU joins a growing list of Connecticut schools pushing their enrollment deadlines. And how COVID-related shortages are still impacting the military.
4/12/202413 minutes, 24 seconds
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Price gouging groceries?

Connecticut Democrats say corporate profits are responsible for inflated food prices. A New York bill would let faith-based facilities build multi-family units on their properties. Connecticut police have a new plan to prevent crashes on Route 8. And environmental advocates oppose the expansion of a Connecticut gas compression site.
4/11/20249 minutes, 7 seconds
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State of the waterways

Long Island waterways have shown an increase in algal blooms over the last year. Childcare workers rally for equitable wages in Bridgeport. Absenteeism continues to be a problem in Connecticut schools. And a classic novel set in our region turns 99 this year.
4/10/202414 minutes, 59 seconds
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Back-to-back champs!

UConn men’s basketball wins the NCAA championship for the second year in a row. Connecticut’s secretary of the state hopes more young people will volunteer as poll workers this Election Day. A group of Nassau residents protest an executive order to recruit special deputies. And what was it like to see the solar eclipse in the path of totality?
4/9/202412 minutes, 26 seconds
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Eclipse excitement

A solar eclipse viewing event at the SHU Discovery Science Center in Bridgeport drew a huge crowd! Connecticut lawmakers are confident their environmental agenda will pass this year. Brookhaven urges New York lawmakers to support an expansion of freight rail. Officials warn residents to be vigilant this tick season. And a prolonged purchase of three Connecticut hospitals raises questions about a certificate of need law.
4/8/202412 minutes, 26 seconds
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East Coast earthquake

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake shook our region this morning. UConn pushes its enrollment deadline due to issues with FAFSA. New York’s AG can take legal action against Nassau over a ban on transgender women in women's sports. Heavy rain and wind this week pummeled Long Island’s south shore beaches. And what should you do if you come across a wild animal in need?
4/5/202410 minutes, 6 seconds
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Talking TikTok

Connecticut officials are concerned about the impact of social media on mental health. A grand jury could not recommend criminal charges for CPS workers in the case of Thomas Valva. Arts and culture advocates in Connecticut ask for a bump in funding. And a former GOP lawmaker wins a key approval for Connecticut's next Republican auditor.
4/4/20248 minutes, 56 seconds
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Got eclipse plans?

New, potentially toxic chemicals have been discovered in Bethpage. The release of a report on a Suffolk ransomware attack has been delayed. Connecticut’s state comptroller calls for more oversight of the disability pension system. And what are your plans for Monday’s solar eclipse?
4/3/202412 minutes, 40 seconds
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Early bird turnout

Thousands in our region voted early ahead of today’s primary election. A long-delayed flood control project in Bridgeport could see additional funding soon. Shellfish farmers look to expand in East Hampton. And prison reform advocates in Connecticut aren’t happy with a pick for a new government position.
4/2/20249 minutes, 14 seconds
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Primary eve

Our region will vote in the presidential preference primary tomorrow. Connecticut Republicans say issues with absentee ballots still need to be addressed. Governor Hochul is at odds with fellow democrats over how to deal with retail theft. And New Haven considers a new approach to prevent wage theft.
4/1/202414 minutes, 37 seconds
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Connecticut mourns Joe Lieberman

Former U.S. Senator and vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman has died. A Suffolk County plan to protect parks from pollution is taking shape. More female veterans than ever are getting disability benefits from the VA. And Yale New Haven Health gets approval to buy three Connecticut hospitals.
3/28/20248 minutes, 46 seconds
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Come to Connecticut!

Connecticut officials hope basketball will attract more tourists to the state. A new round of offshore wind development is about to begin in New England. A man has been charged in the fatal shooting of an NYPD officer. And more than 100,000 Connecticut residents are eligible to have their criminal records erased.
3/27/202412 minutes, 31 seconds
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Insurance agenda

Connecticut’s Insurance Committee didn’t pass any bills this year. Suffolk’s DA will investigate an allegation against the former county executive's administration. The future of a free school meal program in Connecticut is uncertain. Nassau County mourns the loss of an NYPD officer killed on duty last night. And how to safely view the upcoming solar eclipse in our region.
3/26/202410 minutes, 13 seconds
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A need for trees

This week, Connecticut voters can take advantage of early voting opportunities for the first time ever. New Haven takes a step towards increasing tree canopy cover. The Army Corps of Engineers will direct more attention to Fire Island’s eroding shoreline. And how Connecticut could use opioid settlement money to help formerly incarcerated residents.
3/25/202414 minutes, 51 seconds
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Green amendment

Connecticut could join New York in giving residents the right to a healthy environment. Democrats and Republicans are at odds over the New York HEAT Act. A Connecticut bill would allow places of worship to house the homeless. And a once sought after law enforcement job in New York, is not as attractive as it used to be.
3/22/202414 minutes, 45 seconds
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Advancing electric

A Connecticut bill would crack down on street takeovers. Governor Hochul wants a complete overhaul of New York’s Office of Cannabis Management. Some Town of Brookhaven residents can now get federal assistance with flood damage. And Connecticut Republicans fear the possibility of a state mandate on EVs.
3/21/202412 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tipped worker wages

Connecticut could raise the minimum wage for tipped workers. Senator Blumenthal warns tenants about the software landlords could be using to raise rent. Starting next week, Connecticut residents can cast an early primary vote for the first time ever. And women can now get birth control over the counter in New York under a new state law.
3/20/20249 minutes, 40 seconds
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Getting a grip on gambling

As March Madness continues, lawmakers are concerned about the impact on residents with gambling addiction. LIPA’s president resigns. New York lawmakers hope to meet the state budget deadline at the end of the month. And Connecticut’s bald eagle numbers soared this winter.
3/19/202412 minutes, 15 seconds
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Increasing oversight

Connecticut’s Secretary of the State suggests municipal elections have more oversight. Caitlyn Jenner weighs in on the recent Nassau order on transgender athletes. Governor Hochul calls for a review of New York’s legal cannabis industry. And Connecticut lawmakers call for more transparency in nursing home spending.
3/18/202414 minutes, 41 seconds
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Capitalizing on a craze

A look at Connecticut’s pickleball court-building boom! Officer Brian North is found not guilty of manslaughter. Connecticut’s Secretary of the State will testify about Bridgeport election malpractice. And Governor Hochul looks to curb retail theft in New York.
3/15/202411 minutes, 53 seconds
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New era for energy

Construction of South Fork Wind is complete. The NAACP is concerned over the rollout of Brookhaven landfill’s closure. Connecticut DCF is getting a complete overhaul. And a Long Island roller derby league sues the Nassau County Executive.
3/14/202411 minutes, 35 seconds
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Considered a crisis?

New York Democrats offer alternative proposals to the governor’s budget. Connecticut Democrats consider a law to allow prescription drug imports from Canada. New York farmers say an early spring may not be as good as it sounds. And the Yale Peabody Museum will reopen this month.
3/13/202411 minutes
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A revamped plan

New York Democrats release their plan to increase affordable housing. Connecticut Republicans worry an EV mandate is still on the table. One of the victims has been identified in the case of discovered human remains on Long Island. And a film created by brothers from Waterbury will premiere in their home state this week.
3/12/202414 minutes, 25 seconds
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Solar up

Suffolk officials plan to boost solar use throughout the county. Trumbull, Connecticut residents are concerned over potential future uses for the town’s dying mall. And Connecticut has thousands of dams — is it time to get rid of some?
3/11/202414 minutes, 12 seconds
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Goals on hold

Connecticut lawmakers shift plans for an electric vehicle mandate. Governor Hochul proposes cuts to a popular home care program. George Santos says he'll run for Congress again. And military families feel anxiety over the familiar threat of a possible government shutdown.
3/8/202411 minutes, 47 seconds
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Easing a crisis

A new bill in Connecticut would allocate funding to towns for mixed-use and affordable housing. Long Island residents are confused over the release of suspects in a case of a human remains discovery. What’s really to blame for Connecticut’s low police recruitment numbers? And Governor Hochul stands by her controversial school aid proposal.
3/7/202412 minutes, 50 seconds
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Is this legal?

Is Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman’s ban on trans-women in women’s sports legal? Some Connecticut colleges are offering retirement buyouts to staff. Andrew Cuomo has been subpoenaed for his nursing home policies during the pandemic. Funds are coming soon to New York schools for EV charging stations. And one artist shares an ancient craft in New Haven.
3/6/202412 minutes, 40 seconds
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Tough on crime?

Governor Hochul says she’s done a lot to curb crime in New York since taking office. Connecticut could throw more money at the Shoreline East rail project. Nassau lawmakers say they need help from the state to save the county medical center. And with Bridgeport’s mayoral election finally done, what's being done to ensure fair elections in the future?
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Pushback on pricing

Commuters into Manhattan push back on a new congestion pricing plan from the MTA. Connecticut secures $5 million from the owner of Stone Academy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completes its beach bolstering project in Montauk. And what’s being done with Connecticut’s opioid settlement money?
3/4/202414 minutes, 23 seconds
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Six counts

Michelle Troconis is found guilty in connection to the murder of Jennifer Dulos. The Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee will be at the center of a state party meeting. New York Democrats vote to limit a practice known as “judge shopping.” Union members rally in support of a Nassau casino. And a beloved Newtown priest is honored by Congress.
3/1/202413 minutes, 7 seconds
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Map mayhem

New congressional district maps in New York could present a tougher challenge to Republicans seeking re-election. Traffic deaths are on the rise in Connecticut. Governor Hochul expands mental health services for New York students. And a New Haven art exhibit looks to bring the city and Yale community together.
2/29/202412 minutes, 53 seconds
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An eighth term

Mayor Joe Ganim is re-elected in Bridgeport, but his challenger says the fight will continue. Northwell Health announces plans to merge with Nuvance Health. And Connecticut lawmakers consider a bill to help save the state’s bird population.
2/28/20249 minutes, 44 seconds
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A historic cut

A children’s advocacy group criticizes Governor Lamont’s proposal on income tax cuts. Democrats in the New York State Legislature rejected new congressional district maps, and want to draw their own. A Nassau County official quits in solidarity with trans-women. And Connecticut has a growing Pagan community.
2/27/202414 minutes, 50 seconds
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Mayoral marathon

Fairfield County is the subject of a new study on the economic benefits of racial equity. Long Island residents push back on an electric school bus mandate. New England’s overdose numbers are staggering. And Bridgeport’s re-do mayoral election is tomorrow.
2/26/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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A win for wind

Long Island nurses in the Northwell Health system avoid a strike. Governor Lamont wants Connecticut towns to share some resources. Offshore wind projects planned for Long Island’s south shore get final federal approval. And has Connecticut’s increased minimum wage created a living wage?
2/23/202411 minutes, 38 seconds
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Business barriers

Advocates say a Connecticut law meant to create more diversity in small business needs improvement. An executive order in Nassau bans trans-women from competing in women’s sports. And Connecticut officials warn residents about more sophisticated phone scams.
2/22/202412 minutes, 27 seconds
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Respiratory risks

Fairfield County has some of the worst ozone pollution on the eastern seaboard. Southampton will again delay construction of a battery energy storage system. And Connecticut university officials are not happy with proposed cuts in funding.
2/21/202413 minutes, 33 seconds
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Preserving our parks

Governor Lamont endorses Joe Ganim for mayor of Bridgeport. A new Siena College poll doesn’t look good for Governor Hochul. Connecticut Democrats lay out their legislative priorities. And this year marks the 100th anniversary of New York’s state parks!
2/20/202440 minutes, 59 seconds
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Kindergarten confusion

Connecticut parents are confused over a new law on Kindergarten eligibility. The South Fork Wind project enters its final stages. And a new exhibit at the New Haven Museum documents black history in the city.
2/19/202414 minutes, 59 seconds
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Capturing climate change

Long Island will largely be left out of a re-drawing of state district lines. Connecticut will tackle a slew of transportation-related bills. Suffolk County leads the nation in a tick-related allergy. And a Waterbury art exhibit captures feelings about a changing environment.
2/16/202413 minutes, 31 seconds
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Factory to forest

An emergency bill in Connecticut will fund heating assistance programs this winter. More folks are enrolling in the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. And environmental advocates push for more green spaces in Connecticut’s urban areas.
2/15/202413 minutes, 12 seconds
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Feeling the love

New York Republicans urge the state to cooperate with ICE. Governor Lamont wants an additional $43 million to fund early childhood education. Eversource says it plans to sell Aquarion water company. Tom Suozzi wins NY-3’s congressional seat. And love is in the air at the New England Aquarium!
2/14/202411 minutes, 9 seconds
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Snowfall on a special election

This morning’s storm dumped between six and nine inches of snow on our region. The special election for a George Santos replacement is today. Connecticut’s state university system is seeking an extra $47 million for the next fiscal year. And the unique way these local lovebirds celebrate Valentine’s Day.
2/13/202412 minutes, 2 seconds
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Road rage

Why are Connecticut drivers so angry? New legislation could connect thousands of Long Island homes to the internet. NY-3’s special election to replace George Santos is tomorrow. And the saga surrounding Kosta Diamantis continues.
2/12/202413 minutes, 56 seconds
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Special election

Candidates for the congressional seat in NY-3 faced off in a debate last night. Governor Lamont proposes making intentional misreporting a class D felony for Connecticut police. AARP New York says Governor Hochul’s budget proposal neglects family caregivers. And a Navy SEAL’s case tests a Pentagon rule on extremism.
2/9/202411 minutes, 52 seconds
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Hochul's plan for housing

Governor Hochul wants 15,000 housing units built on state land to address a housing shortage in New York. The Connecticut Attorney General has closed an investigation into the Connecticut Port Authority. A new study looks at the role SUNY has played in the local economy. And a new effort is exposing college students to careers in local journalism.
2/8/202412 minutes, 46 seconds
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Proposed adjustments

Long Island Sound advocates say they’ll appeal a federal decision to expand Tweed New Haven Airport. Offshore wind developers met with environmentalists about projects in the New York Bight. Mayor Justin Elicker joined a New Haven tenant union in petitioning their landlord. And Governor Lamont delivered his state of the state address in Hartford today.
2/7/20249 minutes, 48 seconds
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Shelters vs. schools?

Disagreements on how to handle the migrant crisis are playing out in New York budget negotiations. Advocates in Connecticut want the state to spend more on its homelessness response. Prosecutors hand over a heap of evidence to lawyers about the suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer. And Governor Lamont deems Connecticut the "foodie capital of New England".
2/6/202414 minutes, 46 seconds
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Sales tax for sewers

Suffolk County voters will likely get to decide whether to raise sales taxes to fund a sewer expansion plan. Early voting began this weekend in the race for ex-congressman George Santos’s old seat. Senator Blumenthal speaks with local teachers about the impact of social media on their students. And Connecticut is experiencing a budget surplus.
2/5/20248 minutes, 52 seconds
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Community benefits

Suffolk County officials say funds from Sunrise Wind would be used for recreational facilities in underserved areas. A report finds a Connecticut State Police ticketing scandal is mostly to blame on sloppy record keeping. There’s little movement on a Connecticut waitlist for affordable housing rentals. And New York Democrats and Republicans call the governor’s proposed school cuts “devastating".
2/2/202413 minutes, 34 seconds
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Diverting dollars

Riverhead teachers joined advocacy groups in Albany to oppose tax revenue being diverted from schools. John Gomes says he’s staying in the race for mayor of Bridgeport despite back-to-back primary losses. Early voting for a George Santos replacement begins this weekend. And New York Democrats announce a plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
2/1/202411 minutes, 54 seconds
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Flowing funds?

New York advocates want more money for the state’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act, after the governor suggests slashing funds in half. Connecticut republicans provide an alternative to an EV mandate in the state. And there’s bipartisan interest in banning legacy preferences at Connecticut colleges and universities.
1/31/20249 minutes, 59 seconds
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Public power production

New York lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow LIPA to become a public utility. Federal dollars will help improve rail speeds on the Northeast Corridor. Stamford schools face backlash after removing two holidays from their calendar. And Governor Hochul looks to increase New York’s temporary disability leave benefit.
1/30/202413 minutes, 27 seconds
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Step toward electrification

The MTA plans to create a rail yard for the LIRR in Port Jefferson Station. A report finds Connecticut has some of the most segregated communities in the country. Meet a record-breaking ice sculptor from Long Island! And are fiscal guardrails helping or hurting the state of Connecticut?
1/29/202414 minutes, 27 seconds
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Pump the breaks

Plans for a special session on a potential EV mandate in Connecticut has been called off. There’s bipartisan dislike for Governor Hochul’s plan to change how New York schools get financial aid. And a group of transgender veterans are suing the VA with some help from Yale.
1/26/202411 minutes, 39 seconds
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Sound stewardship

Long Island Congressman Nick LaLota is calling on Congress to pass the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act. Connecticut nonprofits hope to get more out of the governor’s upcoming budget proposal. Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine continues to make appointments to his newly formed administration. And New York lawmakers vow to protect reproductive rights in the state.
1/25/202410 minutes, 1 second
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Adapt and build

WSHU's Higher Ground podcast presents its third national special! Mayor Joe Ganim won Bridgeport’s redo democratic primary last night, so what happens now? Elements of the New York HEAT Act made it into the governor’s budget proposal. And our region gets failing grades from the American Lung Association for tobacco control.
1/24/202412 minutes, 1 second
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Changing coastlines

Bridgeport’s redo Democratic primary for mayor is happening today under the watch of the Secretary of the State. Long Islanders sound off at a forum over the future of Brookhaven Landfill. Governor Lamont emphasized Connecticut’s green initiatives at an environmental summit today. And how one Brooklyn resident’s photography is helping scientists plan for a changing coastline.
1/23/202414 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ready for a redo

Bridgeport’s registered Democrats will head to the polls tomorrow for a redo of the mayoral primary election. New Yorkers weigh in on Kathy Hochul’s performance as governor. And the police officer charged with a New Haven man’s injuries while in transport has their dismissal overturned.
1/22/202415 minutes
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Expanding compensation

More illnesses continue to be added to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Former President Trump will officially be on Connecticut’s Republican primary ballot. Long Islanders sound off on plans for a casino at the Nassau Hub. And a Pentagon report attributes a large number of military suicides to legal and administrative troubles.
1/19/202412 minutes, 4 seconds
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Weather the storm?

Recent storms test the construction of Bridgeport's new high school built in a floodplain. Johnson Memorial Hospital’s labor and delivery ward will remain open, for now. The fight between Nassau County and Hofstra continues over casino plans. And what we can expect from Governor Lamont’s upcoming State of the State address.
1/18/20249 minutes, 38 seconds
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Civic duty

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim says he supports an idea to have volunteers monitor the city's Democratic primary redo next week. How Connecticut’s zoning laws are impacting the state’s low income renters. Long Island lawmakers want to move forward with a rail line for waste management. And some of history’s most famous horror authors have ties to our region.
1/17/202414 minutes, 57 seconds
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So, what's the plan?

Governor Hochul delivered her budget plan for New York state today. Long Island officials share their vision for economic development. FEMA will help crews clean up damage from a Connecticut dam break after wintery weather last week. And newly obtained documents reveal the extent of influence Kosta Diamantis had on Connecticut school construction projects.
1/16/202414 minutes, 45 seconds
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Preserving a legacy

Meet Dr. Clarence Jones, who help Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. write “I Have A Dream”. Officials say Long Island’s south shore needs more sand to combat coastal flooding. Connecticut will take a new approach to address homelessness. And Governor Hochul is due to release her budget plan for New York this week.
1/12/202412 minutes, 43 seconds
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Fire Island forecast

A Yale study finds scientists can’t seem to agree on the cost of climate mitigation. Fire Island residents brace for another potential story at the end of this week. Can Connecticut officials keep up with rapid changes in AI? And education officials in New York want more funding for the state's Tuition Assistance Program.
1/11/202410 minutes, 49 seconds
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Coastal concerns

Our region deals with the aftermath of heavy rains overnight. Governor Hochul addresses a sense of unease from New Yorkers in her State of the State message. There’s confusion in Fairfield over the sudden cancellation of a school event. And how one Long Island man used an app to document thousands of species last year.
1/10/202413 minutes, 46 seconds
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State of the climate

Environmental advocates have called on Governor Hochul to include a package of bills to help New York meet its climate goals in her executive budget. Advocates want Connecticut to raise taxes on the wealthy to help improve child care in the state. Eversource plans to sell its stake in three offshore wind farms in the region. And is it time for Connecticut schools to consolidate?
1/9/202414 minutes, 31 seconds
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Digital divide

A plan to connect all Connecticut residents to high speed internet is faced with federal funding issues. Bookhaven Landfill will remain open, at least for the time being. A new report recommends New Haven close a handful of schools. And what we can expect from Governor Hochul’s state of the state address.
1/8/202412 minutes, 3 seconds
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A wintery weekend

Connecticut will get its first significant snowfall in two years this weekend. An investigation finds a Connecticut state agency broke the rules when it issued a contract to a private IT firm. Ed Romaine makes his first executive order as Suffolk County Executive. And advocates are disappointed over a number of bills vetoed by Governor Hochul at the end of the year.
1/5/202411 minutes, 16 seconds
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Back to basics

Today marks the deadline for Connecticut’s automatic admissions program into college. A contract for an offshore wind project off Long Island was terminated yesterday. New Haven could change city codes to help folks create accessory apartments. And Governor Hochul looks to make changes to how New York students are taught to read.
1/4/202410 minutes, 38 seconds
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Treating for hazardous exposure

The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford received a bomb threat this morning. Suffolk County officials plan to make sewer expansions a top priority this year. And Northwell Health on Long Island looks to develop new treatments for veterans exposed to burn pits.
1/3/202411 minutes, 34 seconds
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Prepared for a fight

Calls to Long Island's domestic violence hotline skyrocketed in 2023. Lawmakers have called for an investigation into United Healthcare Connecticut. A Suffolk County safety program faces controversy and legal challenges. And Governor Lamont looks to expand Connecticut’s Public Utilities regulatory Authority.
1/2/202413 minutes, 58 seconds
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Extending the cheer

Don’t worry -- you can buy pot on Christmas day in Connecticut. A handful of local libraries will now be offering toys. Connecticut’s election enforcement commission votes to investigate a video of John Gomes supporters allegedly stuffing a ballot box. And Governor Hochul plans to pitch her controversial affordable housing plan again in 2024.
12/23/202310 minutes, 43 seconds
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Time’s running out

Governor Hochul has just 10 days left to sign or veto over 100 key bills. Advocates call on Connecticut lawmakers to better fund shelters during the upcoming session. Suffolk CPS rolls out some new reforms. And an audit finds New York nursing homes lag in preparedness for any possible future pandemics.
12/21/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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Advancing rights

It was an eventful year for our region’s Indigenous communities. How decades of work came to fruition this year in both Connecticut and New York.Plus, New Haven’s hotel-turned-homeless shelter opened its doors today. And state lawmakers from Long Island propose some additions to New York’s “Son of Sam” law.
12/20/202315 minutes, 11 seconds
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Defining hate speech

New York will examine if residents descended from slaves should get monetary reparations. The EPA advances 3 offshore wind projects in our region. And has hate speech on college campuses become more prevalent since October 7?
12/19/202314 minutes, 59 seconds
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Breaking down the ballots

Over 100,000 Connecticut residents will have their criminal records erased by early next year. Our region reacts to the pope’s announcement on same sex marriage. And how the battle for absentee ballots defined Bridgeport’s mayoral election.
12/18/202314 minutes, 58 seconds
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Priced out?

Connecticut public college students can expect to pay more next year. A civil rights group creates a tool to help New Yorkers find affordable housing. And despite policy changes, the Army has trouble finding soldiers who go missing.
12/15/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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A father's promise

Today marks 11 years since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. How one father is keeping his son’s memory alive. Plus, an online map will help Long Islanders better understand confusing zoning. And a Connecticut housing advocacy group inspires federal legislation.
12/14/202310 minutes, 56 seconds
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Farming into the future

A new program will encourage young Connecticut residents to get into farming. The state’s DCF commissioner has stepped down. A program helping Long Islanders replace their aging cesspools gets a big financial bump. And New York can redraw congressional district lines again ahead of 2024.
12/13/202310 minutes, 4 seconds
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Not ancient history

Three former and one current member of the Coast Guard Academy testified in front of the U.S. Senate today over sexual harassment and assault of cadets. Connecticut lawmakers will likely tackle a state police department ticket scandal in the next session. Federal prosecutors are in negotiations to reach a plea deal with George Santos. And how to stay healthy this holiday season!
12/12/202311 minutes, 22 seconds
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Highway robbery?

Long Island Republicans blast the MTA’s congestion pricing plan. New Haven officials condemn the desecration of a public menorah. A vote this week could create a new contract for student workers at Yale. Connecticut prisons have seen an increase in assaults on staff.
12/11/202314 minutes, 38 seconds
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Plans to power up

Results from New York state administered tests have been unavailable since the spring. Vineyard Wind says they can meet their deadline to bring power to homes by the end of the year. And proponents of New York’s new campaign finance system are worried about a bill awaiting the governor’s signature.
12/8/20239 minutes, 56 seconds
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State of the birds

Connecticut lawmakers renew calls for stronger gun violence prevention laws. The Town of East Hampton will use a new grant to fortify Montauk’s downtown area. And what Connecticut got right and wrong this year when it came to protecting its birds.
12/7/202312 minutes, 2 seconds
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The cost of congestion

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority approves a congestion pricing plan for lower Manhattan. A Bridgeport official accuses John Gomes supporters of ballot stuffing during the mayoral election. The South Fork wind farm has started to deliver power to Long Island. And could Tom Suozzi get his old seat in Congress back in a vote to replace George Santos?
12/6/202310 minutes, 51 seconds
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Coming clean

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim says he takes full responsibility for absentee ballot fraud during September’s primary election. A new proposal would increase wages for Connecticut’s tipped workers. A report finds working families are leaving New York state at higher rates than wealthier residents. And eastern Long Island sees a spike in wage theft.
12/5/202314 minutes, 1 second
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Investing in coastal resiliency

The EPA has announced funding for almost 40 projects to help restore Long Island Sound. Federal dollars will expand a gun violence prevention program in New Haven. A date will be announced soon for the special election replacing George Santos. And could methadone be the answer to Connecticut’s opioid crisis?
12/4/202314 minutes, 53 seconds
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A historic vote

Long Island Congressman George Santos has been expelled from Congress. What a new report reveals about racial disparities in traffic stops by Connecticut police. An app meant to shield Suffolk from another cyberattack gets hit with a data breach. And how one Connecticut town is dealing with more frequent flooding.
12/1/20239 minutes, 32 seconds
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The saga continues

An outsider will take over the investigation into one of the central figures in Bridgeport’s absentee ballot fraud case. There’s new evidence in the Long Island serial killer case. A Yale study shines a light on the little-publicized risks of marijuana use. And how outdoor activities are helping New Yorkers with their mental health.
11/30/202311 minutes, 17 seconds
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An investment in Bridgeport

Bridgeport is getting a new clean energy manufacturing plant. Time is running out for thousands of New Yorkers to submit a vision test to the DMV. Connecticut’s turkey population remains stable, despite a decline in their national numbers. And advocates urge Governor Hochul to outlaw non-compete contracts.
11/29/20238 minutes, 12 seconds
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Reviewing regulations

Governor Ned Lamont withdraws regulations that would have prohibited the sale of new gasoline powered vehicles in Connecticut by 2035. New Haven will convert a city hotel into a homeless shelter. An investigation is underway into a fire at a historical site on Long Island. And a bill in New York seeks to increase voter turnout, while saving some money.
11/28/202311 minutes, 42 seconds
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Preserving local heritage

Two Rhode Island heritage organizations have filed separate but similar lawsuits over South Fork Wind and Revolution Wind projects. Connecticut has seen an unusual uptick in cases of RSV. Independent voters were a huge help to Long Island Republicans in the last election. And could more traffic circles help Connecticut’s motor vehicle accident rates?
11/27/202311 minutes, 38 seconds
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Hustle and bustle

600,000 Connecticut residents are projected to be traveling this Thanksgiving weekend. It can be a tough time of year for those with seasonal depression. A new program in New York will bring farm fresh foods to local communities. And an Indigenous story teller shares the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
11/22/202311 minutes, 2 seconds
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Empire Wind blows in

The Empire Wind project gets approval for water’s off Long Island. Rhode Island’s Attorney General is suing Prospect Medical Holdings. And Connecticut highlights adoption hearings in celebration of National Adoption Month.
11/21/202310 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bridgeport to NYC faster

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help fund Connecticut railroad upgrades. Yale hosts the 4th annual Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Built Environment. Gov. Hochul vetoes a bill to recognize the Montaukett Indian Nation. And what’s the hold up on the deal between Prospect Medical Holdings and Yale New Haven Health?
11/20/202314 minutes, 42 seconds
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I do (pay more)

A Connecticut woman’s story inspires new gun legislation. The number of homeless youth in New Haven has almost doubled since this time last year.And in lighter news, wedding season is just about wrapped up. How much as inflation impacted our region’s wedding industry, if at all?
11/17/202312 minutes, 43 seconds
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A fuel cell leader

North America's second largest fuel cell park is open — and it's located in Derby, CT. Connecticut Republicans say it’s too soon to phase out gas cars. A local fight against UI gets national attention. And New Haven residents and officials differ on how to solve homelessness in the city.
11/16/202312 minutes, 5 seconds
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Underwater impact

UConn along with other local partners will study the impact of offshore wind turbines on marine life. Fairfield’s first selectman recount shows another narrow win for the Democratic candidate. Advocates work with Connecticut lawmakers on solutions to the housing crisis. And there is still no set date for Bridgeport’s Democratic mayoral primary redo.
11/15/20238 minutes, 48 seconds
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History and culture

Stories from our region’s Indigenous tribes, in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
11/14/202312 minutes, 7 seconds
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Incentive to vote

Increased interest by Fairfield University students led to unprecedented election day registrations last Tuesday. The Government will shut down on Friday if Congress doesn’t pass its spending bills. Working remotely on Long Island has become more common since the pandemic. And cuts are likely to be made at Connecticut state colleges and universities as pandemic funds run out.
11/13/202314 minutes, 47 seconds
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Honoring those who've served

How our region is honoring veterans this weekend and beyond. A recount of a Fairfield first selectman race is set for next week. And what’s it like to pick out the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree?
11/10/202312 minutes, 40 seconds
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Fighting the flu

The first Flu and RSV deaths of the season have been reported in Connecticut. Millions of veterans who could be eligible for VA benefits, haven’t yet applied. Grants from Connecticut’s DOT will help improve pedestrian safety. And breaking down what’s going on with Bridgeport’s mayoral race.
11/9/20238 minutes, 42 seconds
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The results are in

Long Islanders have elected county legislators, town supervisors, a new Suffolk county executive and more. And many of Connecticut’s cities have familiar looking mayors.
11/8/20239 minutes, 56 seconds
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Election Day

Connecticut and Long Island residents will have a chance to vote for municipal leaders and more today.
11/7/20238 minutes, 28 seconds
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Making every vote count

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim says his campaign is working to increase voter turnout in his city tomorrow. Suffolk voters will select a new County Executive. A grant will support green jobs for kids in New Haven. And a plan in Guilford to preserve salt marshes could help with flood mitigation.
11/6/202314 minutes, 35 seconds
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Pushing back

Fairfield residents plan to push back on new energy transmission lines and poles. John Gomes asks Bridgeport residents to vote in person this Election Day. Connecticut housing advocates want lawmakers to “reimagine housing.” And more and more people are considering green burials.
11/3/202313 minutes, 1 second
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Another primary?

A judge rules there was ballot fraud in Bridgeport’s Democratic primary. Can Republicans maintain the legislative majority in Suffolk? New Haven continues to fight housing advocates over the construction of tiny homes. And New York lawmakers review flaws in the rollout of the state’s cannabis industry.
11/2/202311 minutes, 6 seconds
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The future of childcare

A Connecticut panel on Early Childhood Education met for the last time today. Offshore wind projects in our region have taken a hit. A Suffolk judge throws out a case that would make three former officials return their salaries. And Governor Hochul responds to incidents of antisemitism at universities across New York.
11/1/20238 minutes, 32 seconds
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Some tricks look like treats

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman asks parents to check their children’s Halloween candy for THC gummies. A ballot measure in New Haven could change term limits for the mayor and aldermen. Advocates say algae blooms will take over Great South Bay without action from lawmakers. And the migrant crisis is at the center of New York’s budget talks.
10/31/202310 minutes, 13 seconds
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Divert from detention

Advocates say money used in Connecticut to keep kids in detention could be better used to keep them out. Early voting began in New York over the weekend. New Haven orders homeowners to get rid of tiny homes on their property for the city’s homeless. And hospitals in the eastern Connecticut health network are in danger of closing.
10/30/202314 minutes, 20 seconds
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CT's Lt. Gov. urges Maine to restrict automatic weapons. Early voting in NY kicks off this weekend. Defamation claims surface in the Bridgeport mayoral race. And, a closer look at how college hopefuls are approaching the application process now that affirmative action has been repealed.
10/27/202311 minutes, 14 seconds
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A need for trees

The city of New Haven has received a $3 million federal grant to expand their tree canopy coverage. Brookhaven’s town supervisor blames the state for any toxic ash in Brookhaven Landfill. Residents can get help heating their homes this winter through a new assistance program. And why does Connecticut have the second highest breast cancer rate in the country?
10/26/202315 minutes
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Road to recovery

More than 1,400 Connecticut residents died due to substance use issues last year. Connecticut joins in on a lawsuit against Meta. One Long Islander is still being held hostage by Hamas. And people managing breast cancer are also managing medical bills.
10/25/202314 minutes, 53 seconds
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Improving outcomes

More than 2,000 New Haven kids need spots in daycare or Pre-K. A handful of offshore wind projects in New York get approval from the governor. Connecticut’s judicial branch looks to expand diversity. And October is breast cancer awareness month.
10/24/202315 minutes, 49 seconds
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Strike at State Pier

Members of the International Longshoremen Association began their strike at the State Pier in New London today. Senator Blumenthal makes a trip to the Middle East amid the ongoing war. Connecticut gets an upgraded credit rating. And the state is seeing a rise in family homelessness.
10/23/202311 minutes, 39 seconds
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Employment encouragement

Connecticut employers added 3,200 jobs in September and unemployment dropped to 3.5%. Aquarion and Connecticut Water are being sued over PFAS contamination. Governor Kathy Hochul vetoes offshore wind cables in Long Beach. And the USS George Washington is back after a series of crewmember suicides.
10/20/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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Burned out

Most of Connecticut’s teachers say they’re burned out. New witnesses connect the Gilgo Beach murder suspect to more victims. The parents of a teenager who died from cancer, are suing the Town of Brookhaven. And a decision on the Bridgeport mail-in ballot lawsuit should be made by early November.
10/20/20239 minutes, 11 seconds
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A safer state

Violent crime in Connecticut fell 13% between 2021 and 2022. Bridgeport’s mayor testified in court yesterday over a mail-in ballot scandal. Yale New Haven Health’s purchase of three Connecticut hospitals comes to a halt. And why one New England tradition looks a bit different this year.
10/18/202313 minutes
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Calls for investigation

Suffolk County executive candidate Dave Calone renewed calls for an independent investigation into Brookhaven Landfill vendor Covanta. Connecticut unveils a new state logo. Close to 5% of the state’s renters faced an eviction filing in the last year. And Governor Hochul looks to improve the mental health of New York teens.
10/17/202311 minutes, 14 seconds
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Aid and assistance

Advocates call for congress to increase Security Grant Program funding to protect Jewish and Muslim communities from hate crimes. Bridgeport voters feel discouraged by the mail-in ballot scandal surrounding the mayor. Steve Bellone proposes his final spending plan for Suffolk County. And Connecticut towns struggle to keep and find staff.
10/16/202315 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ballot trial continues

A campaign worker of Mayor Joe Ganim’s is expected to testify today in a trial over absentee ballot fraud. Norwalk magnet schools get a huge federal grant. A controversial battery storage facility gets approval for Long Island. And a group of LGBTQ+ troops are suing the military.
10/13/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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Concerned over cables

Some residents on Long Island’s south shore say they’re concerned with Equinor’s planned offshore wind project, Empire Wind 2. Arguments begin in the absentee ballot case in Bridgeport. A fifth of Connecticut’s young adults are disconnected from education and employment. The Brookhaven landfill is a key issue in the upcoming election for Suffolk County Executive.
10/12/20239 minutes, 27 seconds
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The race is on

The candidates for Suffolk County Executive sparred over housing, public safety and environmental issues during a Newsday debate. New York state police will up their presence at synagogues. Connecticut’s cannabis industry brought in over $25 million last month. And have you noticed this repeated phrase in Governor Hochul’s speeches?
10/11/202310 minutes, 33 seconds
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Partnership and willingness

A report shows Connecticut hospitals face increasingly dire costs. Advocates call for an investigation into waste company Covanta. Over 80,000 Connecticut kids struggle with food insecurity. And a new foundation is helping to buy gear for New York’s forest rangers.
10/10/202313 minutes, 34 seconds
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Indigenous People’s Day

Today is Indigenous People’s Day. Advocates in New York call for more state funding for shoreline restoriation. Forecasters say fall foliage could look a bit different this year. And what flooding in Connecticut tells us about climate change.
10/9/202314 minutes, 34 seconds
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Keeping them invested

Connecticut lawmakers urge the federal government to adopt tax and community credits for offshore wind projects. The state’s Bond Commission approves $1 billion for transportation infrastructure. New York high schoolers can get some financial aid applying to college. And the unique way one Fairfield County church helps residents deal with grief.
10/6/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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Too ambitious?

Some Long Island schools worry an electric school bus mandate by 2035 is too ambitious. Connecticut officials say issues with the new COVID-19 vaccination rollout are being resolved. New York, Connecticut and other states settle with software company Blackbaud. And more on the future of the offshore wind industry in Connecticut.
10/5/20239 minutes, 57 seconds
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Worried about wind?

Connecticut enters a multi-state agreement for offshore wind procurement with Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Avangrid pulls out of Park City Wind. Another video raises concerns over absentee ballot fraud in Bridgeport. Suffolk County’s budget gets delayed again. And more on efforts in New York to move to clean energy.
10/4/202310 minutes, 59 seconds
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Authorized to apply

Tens of thousands of Venezuelan migrants are eligible to apply for work in New York. Connecticut is not meeting the EPA standard for ozone levels. A new plan could save drivers some money on tolls to enter Manhattan. And a conversation about WSHU’s new Sound Science series.
10/3/202315 minutes, 1 second
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Ready to help

Around 40,000 Connecticut residents sought support from the state’s coalition against domestic violence last year. Officials in Connecticut met to discuss the future of college admissions. New York teens are facing a mental health crisis. And what we now know about a cyber attack on Prospect Medical Holdings from over the summer.
10/2/202315 minutes, 49 seconds
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When it rains, it pours

Connecticut and Long Island will experience heavy rains through tonight. The search is on for an election monitor in Bridgeport. And the battle over affirmative action continues, this time at West Point.
9/29/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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A dangerous relationship

Senator Chris Murphy calls for action to stop fentanyl from entering the country through Mexico. Connecticut’s new gun violence prevention laws take effect this weekend. Bridgeport police look to “Take Back Park Avenue.” And childcare providers will lose federal dollars this week.
9/28/202312 minutes, 46 seconds
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Begin to rebuild

$22 million in state funding will help Bridgeport demolish the old PSEG Harbor Station coal-fired power plant. A government shutdown could slow efforts to alleviate New York’s migrant crisis. Connecticut joins other states in creating a model for reproductive equity. And North Fork farm workers look for ways to be prepared before disaster strikes.
9/27/202312 minutes, 46 seconds
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Maintaining a monopoly?

Connecticut joins 16 other states in suing Amazon. More National Guard members will assist with New York’s migrant crisis. An effort to suspend ballot drop boxes in Connecticut failed in a special session today. And testimony will begin soon in Bridgeport’s alleged mayoral primary interference case.
9/26/202311 minutes, 23 seconds
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Community-level solutions

Applications are open for nonprofits to apply for so-called “change grants”. Connecticut voting precincts have been selected for primary recounts, as per state law. Over $6 million will go towards Long Island Sound conservation efforts. And did neglect from state agencies play a role in the tragic death of a Hartford toddler?
9/25/202315 minutes, 20 seconds
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Climate week closes

Big heat pumps for the Big Apple. An uncertain future for cash-strapped Connecticut hospitals. Cricket comes to Long Island. And more election woes in Bridgeport.
9/22/20238 minutes, 7 seconds
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More election enforcement

Connecticut’s election enforcement officials have opened an investigation into New Haven. Suffolk County executive candidates addressed voter concerns at a forum last night. And drag actor Charles Busch speaks to WSHU about his new book.
9/21/202315 minutes, 32 seconds
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Election enforcement

Connecticut’s election enforcement officials have opened investigations into alleged absentee ballot fraud in Bridgeport. New Haven will use city funds to pay a portion of the Randy Cox settlement. Tourism spending hit new highs on Long Island last year. And author Aisha Abdel Gawad speaks to WSHU about her new book.
9/20/202314 minutes, 47 seconds
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No stone unturned

Governor Ned Lamont calls the videos of alleged ballot stuffing by a Joe Ganim supporter “disturbing." Connecticut transit considers a rate hike for train and bus commuters. Low-income Eversource customers could save big on their electric bill this winter. And more than 80% of respondents to a new Siena poll say the cost of living in New York is a major problem.
9/19/20239 minutes, 52 seconds
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A yearly adjustment

Connecticut will raise the minimum wage on January 1, 2024. Mayor Joe Ganim's opponent calls foul on alleged mishandling of absentee ballots. Slow courts dismiss more New Yorkers for failing to give them a speedy trial. And Asian-Americans are the country’s fastest growing racial on ethnic group.
9/18/202315 minutes, 16 seconds
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A fortress against floods

Hurricane Lee is projected to bypass Long Island, but the East End is working to fortify its sand dunes ahead of tonight’s high tide. A congressional inquiry has been opened Coast Guard Academy’s handling of sexual assault investigations. Connecticut will have new voting machines for the presidential election next year. And New York cannabis farmers and retail license holders are furious over the state’s botched rollout of the industry.
9/15/202310 minutes, 29 seconds
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Hurricane watch

Officials predict Hurricane Lee will mostly miss Long Island, but could bring dune erosion, dangerous rip currents and high tides to local beaches. Connecticut’s childcare workers look for support from the state. New York City drops lawsuits against Suffolk County and Riverhead. And a special session could be held in New York over the migrant crisis.
9/14/20239 minutes, 7 seconds
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Primary highlights

Most of the results from Connecticut’s primary elections are in. A closer look at the results of Bridgeport’s primary election. The wife of the suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer wants the family’s confiscated guns returned. And Governor Kathy Hochul resumes briefings on COVID.
9/13/20239 minutes, 59 seconds
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Attitudes split

A poll reveals New Yorkers support a pathway to citizenship, but still have concerns over the influx of migrants. A judge rules the creation of New York’s ethics panel is a violation of the state’s constitution. The first turbine of Vineyard Wind should be finished within a week or so. And those retroactively added to the sex offender list look to Connecticut lawmakers for help.
9/12/202315 minutes, 47 seconds
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22 years later

Thousands of 9/11 first responders are living with post traumatic stress disorder. The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has paid $12 billion to survivors of the terror attacks. And it’s primary election day in Connecticut tomorrow.
9/11/202313 minutes, 17 seconds
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Building up community

Fairfield will partner with Habitat for Humanity to build an affordable housing complex. A candidate for Bridgeport mayor has called for an election monitor. An auction of former Coast Guard property in the Hamptons gets delayed again. And 3M Company agrees to pay veterans with hearing damage $6 billion.
9/8/202312 minutes, 27 seconds
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Slow to recover

A new report finds Connecticut is down 25,000 jobs. Connecticut’s Attorney General pushes back on a recent audit of his office. A heat wave continues to sweep through our region. And a look at the impact of the settlement in the case of Sheff v. O’Neill.
9/7/202314 minutes, 48 seconds
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An updated community staple

A new family and wellness will replace a decades old Bridgeport community clinic. Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann is being sued by the state of New York. Connecticut will help paraprofessionals with their healthcare costs. And how artificial intelligence is helping the elderly with social isolation.
9/6/202311 minutes, 15 seconds
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Back in session

The U.S. Senate expects to vote on a short term spending bill this month to avoid an October government shutdown. There’s a heat advisory in effect in our region this week. A New Haven alderman wants Trump off the state’s primary ballot. And what’s changed since Connecticut required police to wear body cameras?
9/5/202314 minutes, 23 seconds
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Eyes on the road

Long Island saw close to two dozen deaths from car crashes in August. Governor Ned Lamont’s pick for the state supreme court is home-grown. Towns in the New Haven area will get help with updating cyber security. And one of the largest Native American gatherings on the east coast is happening in our region this weekend.
9/1/20238 minutes, 44 seconds
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Suspicious timing?

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim questions the timing of potential criminal charges against members of his 2019 campaign. There’s one New Haven mayoral candidate you won’t see on the primary ballot in September. An audit exposes two consultants involved with the state’s paid family medical leave agency. And a local alien abduction is the topic of a new book.
8/31/202311 minutes, 13 seconds
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A spotted menace

Senator Blumenthal calls for legislation to control the invasive spotted lanternfly. A new law in Connecticut will help firefighters access workers’ comp. Some of the charges against Suffolk’s ex-police chief have been dropped. And how extreme weather is starting to change a long-held New England tradition.
8/30/202311 minutes, 10 seconds
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Cannabis confusion

Stony Brook Children's Hospital has seen more cases of cannabis poisoning in young children. Chronic absenteeism is on the rise in Bridgeport schools. Connecticut predicts an increase in residents needing home heating assistance. And health officials in New York are keeping an eye out for a new COVID variant.
8/29/202310 minutes, 6 seconds
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Back to school

It’s the first day of school for students at New York public universities, but there’s still time to enroll in community college for this fall. A UConn research center will focus on protecting the state’s energy grid. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) returns from a trip to Ukraine. And more Connecticut towns are finding PFAS in their water supplies.
8/28/202314 minutes, 26 seconds
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Keeping the lights on

The cost of electricity creeps upward in Connecticut. The Shinnecock tribal nation enters the conversation on offshore wind. A closer look at health outcomes for Connecticut’s Black population. And, Bridgeport gets its first National Historic Landmark.
8/25/202313 minutes, 36 seconds
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Let 'em work

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul pleads with the White House for federal help on the state’s migrant crisis. Connecticut State Police will undergo random audits. There’s no stopping the Shinnecock Tribal nation’s cannabis dispensary. And, a close encounter of the third kind.
8/24/202311 minutes, 15 seconds
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Controlling the narrative

Connecticut police unions fight back against allegations they falsified traffic tickets. Some Nutmeggers say “no” to Golden State emission standards. The Long Island Rail Road speeds up service, and recreational marijuana licenses in New York fizzle out.
8/23/202311 minutes, 16 seconds
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Magic money trees

Congressman George Santos sounds off on the migrant crisis. Also, a preview of Bridgeport’s primaries, the labor shortage in Connecticut, and a closer look at child care in New York.
8/22/202315 minutes, 24 seconds
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Beware of ticks

Lyme disease isn’t the only tick-borne illness to watch out for. Federal help for New York’s migrant crisis, looming health insurance rate hikes, and Connecticut’s big decision: how to spend $600 million from opioid settlements.
8/21/202314 minutes, 21 seconds
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Not a luxury

Low-income families on Long Island’s East End have a new option for child care. Kindergarten classes in Connecticut will be a little bit bigger this year. Bridgeport’s former police chief can not have his pension restored. And supposedly, aliens like making trips to New England for the summer, too.
8/18/202311 minutes, 46 seconds
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Amplifying community

New Haven will host its second annual Black Wall Street Festival on Saturday at the New Haven Green. A judge will decide how Alex Jones will pay Sandy hook families. Long Island officials worry about beach erosion near a fire island substation. And how concerned should residents be about vibrio?
8/17/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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A local river monster

An invasive aquatic plant is taking over the Connecticut River. Is 2035 a realistic timeline for Connecticut to convert to electric vehicles? Indigenous tribes on Long Island express concerns over an offshore wind project. And a resiliency project to restore Montauk Lighthouse is complete.
8/16/202315 minutes, 5 seconds
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Protecting pollinators

Environmentalists in New York want Governor Kathy Hochul to sign the Birds and Bees Protection Act that would cut down the use of neonicotinoids. A New Haven homeless encampment was dismantled on Monday. New York’s migrant crisis intensifies. And a conversation with U.S. treasurer and Mohegan chief Lynn Malerba.
8/15/202314 minutes, 24 seconds
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Safe to swim?

Officials say Connecticut beaches are safe, despite three victims of waterborne viruses since July. New Haven will offer housing to early childhood education teachers. Long Island government workers earned record overtime last year. And does Connecticut still need town meetings?
8/14/202314 minutes, 39 seconds
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New Haven gets hacked

New Haven schools lost more than $6 million to cyberattacks this summer. Connecticut lawmakers can’t seem to agree on how to reduce gun violence. The state continues to face a teacher shortage. And Governor Hochul looks to bolster cybersecurity in New York.
8/11/202310 minutes, 17 seconds
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Accessible and affordable

The FDA has approved the country’s first over-the-counter birth control pill — but lawmakers and advocates say that is not enough. Investigators need a DNA sample from the Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect. New Haven officials could get longer terms in office. And you don’t have to travel as far as you think to visit the desert.
8/10/202314 minutes, 1 second
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A small part of the puzzle

Connecticut has banned the harvest of horseshoe crabs after their numbers have taken a nosedive in Long Island Sound. Brookhaven has been ordered to assess a toxic plume coming from its landfill. Connecticut will lose hundreds of acres of trees thanks to one invasive pest. And the future of Connecticut’s Republican party.
8/9/202312 minutes, 12 seconds
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Revived regulation

The U.S. Supreme Court decision to temporarily revive the Biden administration’s regulation of “ghost guns.” Eversource takes a step in cutting emissions in its operations. Westport considers a measure to reduce light pollution. And all signs are pointing to another peak year for Connecticut’s osprey.
8/8/202311 minutes, 38 seconds
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No stigma

Connecticut will spend $16 million from its American Rescue Plan Act money to expand free school meals in the new school year. At least four Connecticut children have died by drowning this year. A group of New York veterans sue the state over retail marijuana licenses. And Connecticut residents with disabilities are legally allowed to be paid less than minimum wage.
8/7/202314 minutes, 58 seconds
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Weathering the storm

Insurance industry experts advise Connecticut homeowners to harden their properties. "Fire Island Jane Doe" has been identified as investigations into the Gilgo Beach murders continue. Connecticut officials say local shellfish are safe to eat. And all about the new finance curriculum being added to Connecticut high schools.
8/4/202313 minutes, 41 seconds
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Fraud, scams, and exploitation

A new law will protect Connecticut seniors from fraud. Touch screen voting in New York has raised some concerns. Eversource is at odds with Connecticut over ratemaking. And more from Off the Path’s New England summer road trip series.
8/3/202312 minutes, 28 seconds
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Rethinking 'Mount Trashmore'

A new project will convert a former illegal dumpsite in Bridgeport into a garden. Almost 30% of New York’s electricity now comes from renewable energy sources. Connecticut calls on ISO New England to focus more on environmental justice. And a conversation with actress and now director, Joanna Gleason.
8/2/202314 minutes, 8 seconds
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Unwelcome guests

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is warning residents about new invasive species of ticks they’ve discovered. The suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer appeared in court today. Amid noise and pollution concerns, Governor Ned Lamont talks up Tweed airports expansion. And Bridgeport ramps up efforts to create more green space.
8/1/202315 minutes, 24 seconds
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Hard work and patience

A $550,000 grant will help veterans in Connecticut break into agriculture. Everybody’s talking about aliens. Norwalk Hospital’s food service workers will vote on whether to unionize. And violations have been increasing in Connecticut nursing homes.
7/31/202314 minutes, 59 seconds
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The American dream

Suffolk County has opened its application period for its down payment assistance program. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona made a visit to Connecticut today. Connecticut’s Attorney General braces for another bank merger. And a military program to help green card holders gets an update.
7/28/202310 minutes, 40 seconds
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Action after audit

The ACLU of Connecticut calls for action after an audit found thousands of misreported traffic stops in the state. State police commanders vote no-confidence in the commissioner. Suffolk’s DA will be the lead prosecutor in the case against the suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer. And taking a trip to Christina’s World.
7/27/202311 minutes, 42 seconds
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Out of gas

Connecticut could end the sale of gas-powered passenger cars by 2035. There are about 130 Connecticut state troopers who could be involved in the recent ticketing scandal. Ticks are now a year-round problem in the Northeast. And a Shinnecock art exhibition opens this weekend.
7/26/20238 minutes, 54 seconds
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Funds for farmers

Recent floods have cost Connecticut farms more than $20 million in lost revenue. No human remains were found in a search of the suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer’s home. An audit finds thousands of traffic stops in Connecticut were incorrectly reported. And how New York could respond to future extreme weather events.
7/25/202310 minutes, 18 seconds
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Investing in your health

A study estimates 1 in 8 Long Island seniors have Alzheimer's. The University of Connecticut will work with local manufacturers on clean energy strategies. Experts say New Haven needs over 8,000 affordable housing units by 2030. And a Connecticut gunmaker is being sued by the Mexican government.
7/24/202314 minutes, 17 seconds
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Athlete support

Senator Blumenthal is drafting legislation to protect college athletes. A former industrial site in Fairfield will be transformed into transit-oriented housing. Long Island has a new medical mall. And military cadets can now be parents.
7/21/202311 minutes, 39 seconds
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Something in the water

Researchers find the health of Long Island’s waterways has hit an all-time low. Investigations will look into how thousands of fake tickets were written by Connecticut state troopers. Public transit in and around New York City is about to get more expensive. And we continue our summer travels through northern New England.
7/20/202313 minutes, 41 seconds
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Right to register

Only 10% of eligible civilians have taken advantage of the benefits from the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. New Haven will expand their crisis team. Wesleyan University will end legacy admissions at the school. And how Stony Brook researchers will document the status of the region’s climate goals.
7/19/202312 minutes, 8 seconds
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The process must proceed

Former President Donald Trump announced he is the target in the Special Counsel’s investigation into the January 6th insurrection. Connecticut continues to deal with a housing crisis. And an author shares his experience with blindness.
7/18/202313 minutes, 29 seconds
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Disaster declaration needed

Floods have damaged thousands of acres of farmland in Connecticut, and expose issues in New York's public transportation system. A Connecticut woman is finally compensated for years of racial harassment from a neighbor. And what does it really mean to be college ready?
7/17/202314 minutes, 38 seconds
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A long time coming

Rex Heuermann, of Massapequa Park, was arrested in the Long Island serial killer investigation. A project will measure air quality near Tweed Airport. Connecticut police will be targets of random audits after a false ticket scandal. Millions of veterans exposed to burn pits are eligible for new benefits.
7/14/202311 minutes, 15 seconds
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More covered

Undocumented immigrants aged 15 and younger now qualify for HUSKY health insurance in Connecticut. The state is suing the owners of Stone Academy. Molloy University will give some money back to students enrolled during the pandemic. And a new play opening in Connecticut was inspired by a WSHU podcast!
7/13/202315 minutes, 47 seconds
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Final wake up call

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) says the report on the Coast Guard Academy’s mishandling of sex assault cases is unbelievable. A state grant will help a New Haven child care provider expand service. The Town of Southold looks to crack down on violations of its short-term rental policy. And Connecticut's attorney general assures the state's LGBTQ residents that they are protected.
7/12/202311 minutes, 22 seconds
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Serving the most vulnerable

Connecticut’s elder care sector will get an overhaul. The Senate will vote on a SCOTUS code of conduct. The MTA has launched a new service alert system. And everything you need to know about New York’s solid waste plan.
7/11/202311 minutes, 3 seconds
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Larger than life

Former Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker has been laid to rest at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich. A Fairfield organization is recognized for its support of affordable housing. Updates have been made to a New York guide for undocumented workers. And COVID-relief will soon come to an end for Connecticut’s childcare sector.
7/10/202314 minutes, 10 seconds
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Nobody left behind

New Haven has opened an emergency shelter for unhoused individuals. A new program will provide resources to veterans entering the civilian workforce. A proposal in New York would allow pot to be sold at farmers markets. And 2022 was one of Connecticut’s deadliest years for pedestrians.
7/7/202315 minutes, 16 seconds
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Shark surveillance

Long Island officials ramp up shark surveillance after five possible shark bites this week. Lawmakers look to increase safety for kids on the internet. Connecticut will raise the age for kindergarten enrollment. And this locally famous New Hampshire spot has inspired theories for decades.
7/6/202311 minutes, 14 seconds
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No interest to override

Connecticut state lawmakers won’t be back for a special session to override the governor’s vetoes this year. How worried should our region be about air quality this summer? Bridgeport’s Puerto Rican festival will be scaled back this year as the city deals with a police shortage. And New York takes another step to modernize its DMV.
7/5/20238 minutes, 14 seconds
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Connecticut adults can legally grow marijuana plants at home. Federal dollars will help our region’s homeless veterans. Tuition will go up at Connecticut state colleges and universities. And tenant unions plan their next steps to cap rent costs in Connecticut.
7/3/202314 minutes, 8 seconds
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On the road again

AAA says over 50 million people are projected to leave home to celebrate the Fourth, setting a new record. Connecticut residents can still take advantage of student loan relief despite the SCOTUS decision. New Haven is getting a new fleet of electric buses. And officials warn New Yorkers to continue to check air quality levels throughout the weekend.
6/30/20239 minutes, 52 seconds
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A call for more oversight

Connecticut state police reported more than 25,000 erroneous traffic stops in the last few years. More New Haven police officers have been fired in connection to the Randy Cox case. Connecticut’s largest abortion provider sees a huge jump in out-of-state patients. And theories have been swirling for decades about this strange landmark in New Hampshire.
6/29/202311 minutes, 38 seconds
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A burden off their backs

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says there is a Plan "B" in the works for student loans. A new program in Connecticut will help residents buy electric bikes. One of Connecticut’s most prominent political figures has died. And state funding will help a group of Bridgeport residents with frequent flooding.
6/28/20238 minutes, 56 seconds
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Relieving congestion

Congestion pricing in New York City will charge drivers up to $23 for every time they drive south of 60th Street. Stamford will get federal dollars to purchase electric buses. Senator Richard Blumenthal is going after TikTok. And a center for therapy for Newtown residents is closing its doors.
6/27/202311 minutes, 40 seconds
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Conflict of interest?

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal accuses U.S. News and World Report of misleading advertising. A look at New York’s financial forecast. New Haven residents have a new healthcare option. And what is wage theft and why is it such a big problem in Connecticut?
6/26/202315 minutes, 14 seconds
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A Long Island sanctuary

A study in New York will look at how to help LGBTQ residents find safety from domestic abusers. Coastal towns in Connecticut are urged to find natural solutions to sea level rise. Time is running out for Long Island schools to make a decision on Indigenous mascots. And an effort on Long Island to provide legal assistance to asylum seekers.
6/23/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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A Connecticut commitment

Connecticut’s attorney general appointed two special councils to protect abortion access in the state. The family of a New Haven teen killed by a state trooper will seek a settlement. ISO New England says reliability should not be a problem for the next few years. And how a view from a mountain top in Vermont served as inspiration for the Appalachian Trail.
6/22/202311 minutes, 20 seconds
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Sandy or scummy?

The majority of Long Island Sound beaches got high marks for water quality from Save the Sound. George Santos is ordered to name which of his relatives helped him post bail. The New London State Pier redesign is set to be complete by the end of the year. And the importance of whales in Shinnecock culture and history.
6/21/20239 minutes, 1 second
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Consumer complaints

Connecticut has launched a consumer protection investigation into Hyundai and Kia. Legislation in New York aims to expand the criminal definition of rape. Subway plans to move its headquarters to Shelton this fall. And the Randy Cox case in New Haven puts pressure on Connecticut's police accountability law.
6/20/202314 minutes, 21 seconds
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Presidential praise for Connecticut

President Joe Biden visits Connecticut to talk guns. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has a plan to protect older workers from employment discrimination. Vandals in Connecticut appear to target pride flags. And the Afghan people who helped out the military during the war need extended visas — to stay in the U.S., and to stay safe.
6/16/202310 minutes, 3 seconds
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From hotels to dorms?

There’s still a possibility migrants from New York City could be housed at SUNY campuses. A strike of Connecticut’s largest health care workers union comes to an end. The Supreme Court upholds a law allowing Native American kids to be adopted by their tribes. And we’re taking a trip down the Appalachian trail.
6/15/202311 minutes, 49 seconds
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Nature-based solution

The City of New Haven has received a state grant to address flooding in the Westville neighborhood. Connecticut pharmacies can now prescribe birth control. New York needs more state troopers. And the FBI is warning parents about a rise in cases of sextortion.
6/14/20238 minutes, 42 seconds
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Selective participation

Some Connecticut municipalities ignore calls from the state to create affordable housing plans. Changes to New York’s campaign finance law draws criticism. Connecticut officially becomes one of the last in the country to legalize early voting. And maritime history comes to life through music.
6/13/202312 minutes, 54 seconds
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Housing Suffolk's vets

A Suffolk law will set aside affordable housing units for veterans. Air quality in our region has improved for now. Officials warn New Haven residents about scammers pretending to be police. And problems with Connecticut’s services for the disabled have been pretty much ignored for decades.
6/12/202313 minutes, 39 seconds
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Unsealed indictment

Trump’s lawyers say he will be indicted on several charges including the violation of the Espionage Act. Could this be the end of AM radio? Lawyers argue whether to redraw congressional maps in New York. And the challenges of breaking into the defense industry.
6/9/202311 minutes, 40 seconds
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What's in the budget?

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities say the state’s new two-year budget will help cities and towns restrain local property taxes. Clean Slate is likely to get passed by the end of New York’s legislative session. New Haven police officers involved in the arrest of Randy Cox have been fired. And we’re taking a trip to Robert Frost’s house.
6/8/202311 minutes, 5 seconds
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Smoke and haze

Air quality alerts are in effect in Connecticut and New York due to smoke and haze from wildfires in Canada. Connecticut's legislative session ends tonight. Settlement funds from JUUL will go to Connecticut’s behavioral health organizations. And the New York legislature goes back and forth on several bills related to voting.
6/7/20239 minutes, 32 seconds
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Environmental harms

Legislation to strengthen Connecticut’s environmental justice law has passed in the state Senate. Governor Ned Lamont reaches a deal with Connecticut hospitals on the price of healthcare. A bill in New York would begin to phase out plastic packaging. And an album recorded in New Haven sheds light on prison reform.
6/6/202313 minutes, 22 seconds
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Too much, or not enough?

The Connecticut House is set to approve a $51 billion two-year state budget tonight. The feds send $8 million for cleaning up the state’s abandoned industrial sites. Lawyers of Andrew Cuomo appeared in court last week. And the challenges of breaking into farming in Connecticut.
6/5/202314 minutes, 51 seconds
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Housing bill gutted

Connecticut and New York face challenges creating more affordable housing units. Newtown will not ban two books from its high school library, but will create a plan for more transparency. And how a part of our region was an inspiration for one prolific poet.
6/2/202311 minutes, 43 seconds
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A historic gift

Stony Brook University received a $500 million endowment gift — one of the largest in the history of higher education. Two members of Newtown’s Board of Education have resigned amidst a book ban controversy. Today marks the 30th anniversary of Connecticut’s assault weapons ban. And an air quality advisory has been issued for Long Island and Connecticut.
6/1/20237 minutes, 52 seconds
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Zoning override

A bill meant to create more housing in Connecticut would override some local zoning laws. Mayor Joe Ganim says the city of Bridgeport is in good shape. A group of nurses on Long Island could soon go on strike. And students at West Point look to solve climate challenges that could impact national security.
5/31/202311 minutes, 7 seconds
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Slippery slope?

The Newtown Board of Education may ban two books from the town’s high school library. The Connecticut Port Authority needs more money to finish redeveloping the State Pier. Temporary restraining orders could block migrants from being bussed from New York City to upstate hotels. And what’s the hold up on a redevelopment project on Route 9 in Middletown?
5/30/202314 minutes, 15 seconds
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Affirming veterans' rights

A Nassau County proposal would establish a bill of rights for veterans. Connecticut pharmacies could soon be allowed to prescribe birth control. Driving into Manhattan from Connecticut could cost up to $23. And a group of veterans from our region were celebrated in Washington D.C.
5/26/202311 minutes
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A leader in the region

New London showcased its plans this week for economic development in the city. The Connecticut House approves the state’s toughest gun restrictions yet. More delays are expected for the LIRR’s new M9 train cars. And a little inspiration for your summer travels.
5/25/202311 minutes, 55 seconds
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The search is on

The search for an interim president at Connecticut College has begun to replace Katherine Bergeron when she steps down in late June. Riverhead extends its state of emergency blocking migrants from New York City. Experts say Norwalk is in danger of frequent flooding in the future. And a group of long-term caregivers in Connecticut are out on strike.
5/24/202310 minutes, 9 seconds
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One step closer

The Nassau County Legislature has approved a 99-year lease agreement with Las Vegas Sands. Civil rights groups protest a meeting to block migrants from coming to Suffolk. Local lawmakers want to hold gun makers accountable for deceptive marketing. And Bridgeport breaks ground on the new Bassick High School.
5/23/20238 minutes, 32 seconds
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What's the plan?

Governor Hochul has asked President Biden to waive a federal rule to allow thousands of asylum seekers in New York to apply for jobs. Connecticut is still dealing with a nurse shortage. A special council will look at ways to block New York City from sending migrants to Suffolk hotels. And a look at life in Connecticut post-pandemic.
5/22/202314 minutes, 33 seconds
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No negotiations

A Republican push for stricter work requirements on food stamps gets dismissed. The VA says they’ll work to address service member exposure to toxic chemicals. Some Long Island towns are seeing a big population drop. And a viral Facebook post sparks an initiative to better detect mold in military housing.
5/19/202311 minutes, 6 seconds
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Time to get building

Governor Lamont says he wants to see thousands of new affordable housing units built in Connecticut over the next two years. Connecticut leads a national effort to crack down on Xylazine. A group of Connecticut lawmakers want to lower the legal blood-alcohol content level for drivers. And the Shinnecock Indian Nation reacts to offshore wind farms in Long Island waters.
5/18/20238 minutes, 17 seconds
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Long Island asylum

Long Island officials have different ideas on how to respond to migrants that could spill over from New York City. New legislation could make paid sick leave in the U.S. a guarantee. And Connecticut lawmakers are confused by the governor’s nominee to the state supreme court.
5/17/20238 minutes, 9 seconds
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Breaking the cycle

Connecticut will soon give bonds to babies born into poverty. Advocates push for criminal justice reform as Connecticut’s legislative session ends soon. A Siena College poll finds New Yorkers aren’t too happy with Governor Hochul right now. And county leaders in New York want answers from the federal government about the migrant crisis.
5/16/202312 minutes, 34 seconds
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Nassau says no

Nassau County will not be accepting any asylum seekers. Police misconduct claims cost Long Islander taxpayers millions. Five Connecticut elementary schools failed to meet the state’s racial diversity requirement this school year. And farming in Connecticut has changed a lot over the years, but the farmers haven’t.
5/15/202314 minutes, 29 seconds
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Internet safety

A bill aimed at protecting children online has won the approval of the Connecticut Senate. An Act named for a Connecticut native would provide mental health support to Navy sailors. A Connecticut bill would make some criminal confessions by juveniles inadmissible in court. And a former Cuomo aide could have a conviction overturned.
5/12/20237 minutes, 42 seconds
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Coming to an end

State and federal COVID-19 public health emergencies end today. Connecticut cities need more money before opening extra early voting sites. Riverhead residents can sign up for a food scrap recycling program. And New York will begin withholding Medicaid funding to counties in the state.
5/11/20238 minutes, 39 seconds
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Santos surrenders

Long Island Congressman George Santos has been charged with 13 crimes, including money laundering. Healthcare professionals are concerned about Connecticut’s healthcare policies for undocumented children. Advocates want more transparency from Waterbury police. And Connecticut Senate Republicans propose the largest tax cut in state history.
5/10/20238 minutes, 39 seconds
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Conflicting laws

Connecticut lawmakers approve stricter regulation of THC products sold in convenience stores. Local leaders want to tackle deceptive marketing of food products. A Connecticut bill would raise the age for parole. And Governor Kathy Hochul says she’ll continue to push for her housing plan even though it didn’t make it in New York’s state budget.
5/9/202311 minutes, 44 seconds
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Betting on Nassau

Nassau County and Las Vegas Sands are moving forward with a lease agreement for a casino at the Nassau Hub. Connecticut’s Judicial Branch proposed a new rule to keep more residents out of jail. Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim will again plead his case to get his law license back. And why is it Connecticut hasn’t established a new charter school in almost a decade?
5/8/202314 minutes, 36 seconds
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Lunch time!

The New York State budget includes $134 million for funding free school meals for students. A report finds the health of Connecticut’s environment has improved over the last decade. Local lawmakers are concerned a new bill could cut some VA services. And officials hope re-naming Fort Hood will shine a light on Latino service members.
5/5/202311 minutes, 29 seconds
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Sustaining with solar

A 25-year solar lease program could help low income families save money on their energy bills. A law in New York will protect the remains of Indigenous people. A former Fairfield official has been found guilty of illegal dumping. And advocates want a full environmental review of a proposed warehouse in Brookhaven.
5/4/20238 minutes, 56 seconds
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Pension reform

State-run pension reform for municipal employees that could save Connecticut cities millions over the next 30 years. Advocates say Connecticut’s cannabis industry could still use some work. Deliberations began today in the Fairfield illegal dumping case. And New York finally has a budget.
5/3/20239 minutes, 34 seconds
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Hard to breathe

Officials are warning of poor air quality conditions as summer approaches. Connecticut House Republicans offer up a budget plan for the first time in years. National Grid proposes a rate hike. And New York lawmakers still have major items to work out for the state budget.
5/2/20237 minutes, 46 seconds
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Mystery solved

A former Connecticut congressional candidate admits to painting pink stripes on the Capitol building. The Suffolk County government cyber hack gets special attention. Sen. Blumenthal wants to avoid another shortage of baby formula. And Connecticut nursing homes are closing their doors.
5/1/202314 minutes, 6 seconds
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Budget woes

New York’s budget saga continues. Connecticut tribes are on board with a plan to share more of their gaming revenue. A beloved New Haven park is getting a makeover. And prisoners in Connecticut have sued the DOC over its high incarceration fees.
4/28/202311 minutes, 4 seconds
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Utility companies...that work?

Connecticut’s electric utilities could get an incentive system. MTA finances are under the microscope — again. Connecticut lawmakers come together to hammer out a two-year budget. And the clock’s ticking for Connecticut’s state universities to reach a deal with lawmakers on funding.
4/27/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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Plans are moving forward on a $4 billion casino in the Nassau Hub. Connecticut officials highlight results of a state mandate on diversity in public schools. Andrew Cuomo sues a New York ethics watchdog. And Governor Hochul breaks her silence on state budget delays.
4/26/202310 minutes, 36 seconds
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Round five

New York lawmakers approved a fifth spending extender to keep the state running until Friday. Advocates march in support of an Aid in Dying measure in New York. The West Haven Fire District gets a huge federal grant. And Bridgeport is building a new high school, but the property is in a flood zone.
4/25/202311 minutes, 5 seconds
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Preserve and improve

Connecticut has started the process to redesign Seaside State Park in Waterford, the location of a former sanatorium. Proposed budget cuts for Connecticut colleges could mean tuition hikes and layoffs. A training center on Governors Island will prepare workers for green jobs. And Connecticut lawmakers are considering major bail reform.
4/24/202315 minutes, 1 second
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Not an excuse

Some Long Island districts voice their opposition to the state’s Indigenous mascot ban. Governor Lamont responds to budget proposals from Connecticut Democrats. New York passes another spending extender. And a farm that teaches sustainable practices is run by Mashantucket members, and college students.
4/21/202310 minutes, 44 seconds
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Still a long way to go

Connecticut has made progress in lowering greenhouse gas emissions, but has a long way to go. A report says the Long Island Power Authority becoming a public entity would improve affordability. Officials wait to schedule a new lottery round for recreational cannabis retailers in Connecticut. And the important role that salt marshes play in combating climate change.
4/20/202310 minutes, 42 seconds
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Failing grades

Suffolk County and Fairfield County received failing air quality grades from the American Lung Association. Two Nassau detectives are among the first to be investigated under a new state-wide police unit. A Connecticut bill would look into the double-taxation of businesses on tribal territory. And spring marks the return of much of our region’s wildlife, including amphibians.
4/19/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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Troubled no more

The city of Bridgeport says its housing authority is no longer considered officially “troubled” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. New York has officially put a ban on native american mascots in public schools. A Connecticut behavioral health provider will pay for False Claims Act violations. And a new app will catalog coastal flood damage in New York.
4/18/202311 minutes, 13 seconds
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An untapped resource

An anaerobic digester opening in Yaphank next year will remove over 200,000 tons of food scraps a year. George Santos is expected to announce a reelection campaign. Governor Lamont wants to increase tree canopy coverage in Connecticut’s cities. And the state’s northeast corner is being called a food desert.
4/17/202314 minutes, 15 seconds
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Making it permanent

Advocates urge lawmakers to make Connecticut’s child tax credit permanent. Long Island lawmakers re-introduce the SALT cap. Connecticut is short over 80,000 affordable housing units. And government-owned, non-tactical vehicles are going electric.
4/14/202311 minutes
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Top priorities

Senator Chris Murphy visited eastern Connecticut this week to provide local leaders and businesses with an update on his work in Washington. New York and New England are seeing an increased risk of fire this week. Incumbent Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is out-fundraising his opponents. And Governor Kathy Hochul has selected a new nominee for New York’s chief judge.
4/13/202310 minutes, 8 seconds
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Connecting with nature

A new company looks to promote Indigenous perspectives on hunting, farming and cooking. A report finds our region's air quality has made an improvement. An investigation into last year’s cyber attack on Suffolk County is now complete. And New York will create a stockpile of misoprostol.
4/12/20239 minutes, 15 seconds
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Tracking the trash

New York is hearing feedback from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by waste disposal and transfer facilities. Advocates say hundreds of Bridgeport residents are facing eviction. A report finds there are people on Nassau’s gang database without a criminal record. And New York is still without a budget.
4/11/202310 minutes, 56 seconds
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Not in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont is assuring Connecticut residents of continued access to mifepristone. Officials say an alleged bitcoin mining operation on Suffolk County computers had been going on for years. Connecticut’s board of pardons and paroles has a new chair. And new technology will help the state monitor PFAS chemicals in drinking water.
4/10/202313 minutes, 26 seconds
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State of the bays

Stony Brook University scientists find 17 Long Island water bodies fall below the state’s oxygen standard. Lawmakers call for the FDA to lower the price of Narcan. The FBI could soon investigate a string of fake threats against Long Island schools. And New York is still without a chief judge.
4/6/202310 minutes, 21 seconds
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Fighting food insecurity

A House proposal cutting nutrition programs could impact Connecticut's food insecure. Ten bills from a women’s caucus in the Connecticut General Assembly will go to a vote. A hotel in New Haven has become a green energy landmark. And could New York change its bail reform laws?
4/5/202311 minutes, 22 seconds
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Witnessing history

Trump’s indictment brought hundreds of people to New York City to witness the spectacle. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal wants $40 million for Connecticut to fight hate crimes. Brookhaven finds a proposed rail terminal wouldn’t have a major environmental impact. And New York’s state budget will be at least 10 days late.
4/4/20239 minutes, 52 seconds
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Airport delays

East Haven criticizes an environmental review of the proposed Tweed New Haven Airport expansion. A lawsuit claims the U.S. withheld toxic exposure information from a group of veterans. Hampton Bays residents want an old motel property to be converted to green space. And Connecticut's home care providers have little oversight, but are filling the gaps in long-term care.
4/3/202314 minutes, 2 seconds
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Rebuild or retreat?

Environmentalists say an Army Corps of Engineers plan to rebuild Montauk beach might not be a sustainable solution. Changes to a decades-old EPA plan could improve Connecticut’s air quality. New York will not have a new state budget by tomorrow’s deadline. And the Pentagon could adopt a new policy to reduce active duty military suicides.
3/31/202311 minutes, 43 seconds
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An alarming uptick

Suffolk County will launch a subcommittee to work with police in fighting antisemitism. A report finds quality of life in Fairfield County depends on a few different factors. LIPA approves a new standard rate for customers set to start next year. And an online database is making Indigenous history more accessible to Connecticut students.
3/30/202310 minutes, 30 seconds
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Taking a local look

New York will direct billions of dollars over the next decade to more than 1,700 disadvantaged communities identified in a new map to fight climate change. New federal funding will go towards conservation efforts in Connecticut. Tuition for SUNY schools could see a big jump over the next few years. And evictions in New York are back to pre-pandemic levels.
3/29/20238 minutes, 59 seconds
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Breaking barriers to reentry

A new guaranteed income pilot program will give formerly incarcerated individuals in New Haven $500 a month for a year. Connecticut’s healthcare spending exceeds the governor’s benchmark. Police have seized an increased amount of ghost guns on Long Island. And results of the latest Siena College poll on the New York state budget don’t reflect what’s going on in the legislature.
3/28/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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Crime woes

A Siena College poll finds reducing crime remains among the most important issues for New York voters. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont's income tax cut proposal faces hurdles in the legislature. New Haven housing advocates will meet with the mayor after the closing of a tent encampment. And more of Connecticut’s aging population are saying no to nursing homes.
3/27/202315 minutes, 21 seconds
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Culture and community

A new study reveals the majority of Connecticut residents engage with at least one form of the arts. The state gets funding to help fight its tick problem. The governor’s waste recycling bill has the approval of a key legislative committee. And the Navy launches new programs to help sailors with kids.
3/24/202311 minutes, 10 seconds
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Closer to closing the gap

Connecticut Republicans worry a bill meant to help close the gender wage gap will put an unfair burden on private sector businesses. A former detainee is suing the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office for $20 million. Advocates in Connecticut want to give the state’s incarcerated the right to vote. And what women can learn about leadership from Mashantucket Pequot tribal culture.
3/23/20237 minutes, 55 seconds
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Tick time

Warmer spring conditions could bring early cases of diseases from ticks and mosquitos. Some Connetquot residents say the high school’s principal was wrongfully pushed out by the school board. Grants from the Mohegan Tribe will expand Native American studies in Connecticut schools. And Governor Kathy Hochul is at odds with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle over New York’s budget.
3/22/202311 minutes, 15 seconds
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Still processing

New Haven Police Chief Karl Jacobson announced Tuesday that he is recommending all four officers involved in the Randy Cox case be fired. Connecticut takes another step towards reducing prescription drug prices. Sikorsky has started laying off some Connecticut workers. And budget negotiations in New York are expected to be intense.
3/21/202310 minutes, 7 seconds
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Epicenter of offshore wind

Suffolk County enters into an agreement with Orsted and Eversource for investments around Sunrise Wind. More affordable housing is coming to Stamford. Local lawmakers respond to the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. And can elder care services in Connecticut keep up with the state’s aging population?
3/20/202314 minutes, 2 seconds
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"Beary” controversial

Connecticut animal activists gathered at the capitol today protest a proposed bear hunt. Lamont creates a “blue-ribbon panel” on childcare solutions. The NAACP intervenes to prevent a new waste transfer facility in Yaphank. And a new Pentagon policy aims to expand service members' access to reproductive care.
3/17/202310 minutes, 50 seconds
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Waste management goals

Environmental officials have released a proposal to set new goals for waste management on Long Island. Connecticut Republicans want more transparency on COVID-19 spending. Sag Harbor schools look for millions to put towards a new athletic field. And meet the Mashantucket woman leading her tribe in economic growth.
3/16/20238 minutes, 43 seconds
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Another rate hike?

A forum invites Connecticut residents to voice their concerns over an 8% rate increase from United Illuminating. The Shinnecock Indian Nation looks for ways to curb debts after multiple shut-off notices. Connecticut Republicans oppose a bill that would create more transit-oriented communities. And the military has made a string of new deals with small Pacific nations as relations with China worsen.
3/15/202316 minutes, 58 seconds
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Equitable maternal care

A bill in Connecticut would increase access to maternal health services, like licensing free-standing birthing centers outside of hospitals. A Long Islander is New York’s new GOP chairman. Some Stamford residents were left disturbing propaganda in their front yards over the weekend. And a bill in New York would protect first amendment rights for student journalists.
3/14/202310 minutes, 8 seconds
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Clean up effort

Advocates say a composting bill in Connecticut doesn’t go far enough. Another bill in the state would change how juveniles in custody are interrogated. New York officials question pharmacy chains about access to abortion medication. And a controversy over the construction of a new Connecticut elementary and middle school.
3/13/202312 minutes, 34 seconds