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Facebook removes a Trump post because of "deceptive" COVID19 claims; small businesses seek more pandemic relief.


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Iowa's governor has restored the right to vote for people with past felony convictions via executive order; and Tennessee has a primary election today.

Public News Service - CT: Criminal Justice

Senator Chris Murphy is scheduled to talk with federal officials today (Monday) about the breakdown in the background check system that allowed mass murder suspect Dylan Roof to purchase a handgun. Courtesy: Senator Murphy

HARTFORD, Conn. – It's an admitted breakdown in the federal background check system that may have cost nine lives, and today U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy will meet with the FBI and the Department of Justice to discuss that failure. Dylan Roof, the 21-year-old suspect in the South Carolina church s

PHOTO: The Juvenile Detention Center at Bridgeport. The city has a new Juvenile Review Board which embraces diversion options, recognizing the historically disproportionate number of kids of color who have ended up in detention because they acted out at school. Photo credit: State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.

HARTFORD, Conn. – This has been a year of progress for juvenile justice in Connecticut, particularly in dealing with racial disparities when children are arrested at school. Jason Szanyi, a staff attorney with the Center for Children's Law and Policy, says his group has worked with four Conn

PHOTO: A new state law underscores the need for drivers in Connecticut to give right of way to those not in a vehicle. Photo courtesy of Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

HARTFORD, Conn. – It's a new law that underscores the need for local drivers to yield the right of way to those sharing Connecticut roads on bikes, using wheelchairs and on foot. Careless drivers injure hundreds of people in the state each year, says Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Bike

Photo: Consumer advocates caution while gift cards are a great choice for last-minute holiday shoppers, precautions need to be taken to ensure you don't get scammed. Photo credit: @mlcliff

HARTFORD, Conn. - It's now prime time for holiday shoppers who revel in waiting until the last minute, and local consumer advocates advise that a few precautions are in order to avoid being scammed in the final rush. Gift cards are a popular go-to choice for last-minute shoppers who just can't decid

PHOTO: Connecticut youth advocates have joined forces to ensure that kids of color are being treated fairly in the juvenile justice system. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Black and Latino youth have a greater chance of being funneled into the juvenile justice system than white youths who commit the same offenses, current statistics show. A new committee in New Haven has joined similar groups in Hartford and Bridgeport to address the issue, accordin

ILLUSTRATION: Human trafficking, said to be the third most profitable criminal industry globally at an estimated $32 billion per year, is a problem in Connecticut, say experts and officials meeting on Sat. to share information and solutions. Courtesy LWVCT.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Many people wouldn't think of Connecticut as a place plagued by human trafficking for sexual exploitation or slave-like labor. But the major north-south artery I-95 runs through the state, leaving it far from isolated. According to Tammy Sneed of the state's Department of Childr

HARTFORD, Conn. - We are halfway through Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and new data shows that such violence is a major factor driving up the homeless population in Connecticut. According to Karen Jarmoc, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, DV agencies d

HARTFORD, Conn. - Hospitals across New England were on alert Monday for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and local trauma officials say emergency preparedness now is part of the drill for all major events in the region. Sandra Carter Brown manages the Center for Emergency Medical Preparedne

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