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Electric bus movement looks to accelerate; Macron says he has not ruled out using Western troop to help Ukraine stand-up to Russia; two rural Iowa newspapers saved from extinction; BLM announces added protections for sensitive Oregon landscape.

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Speaker Johnson commits to avoiding a government shutdown. Republican Senators call for a trial of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. And a Democratic Senator aims to ensure protection for IVF nationwide.

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David meets Goliath in Idaho pesticide conflict, to win over Gen Z voters, candidates are encouraged to support renewable energy and rural America needs help from Congress to continue affordable internet programs.

Connecticut

The United Way's 2024 Child Care Snapshot shows Marlborough has the most child-care spots available in Connecticut with more than 44%. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

New tool examines CT child care access, plans of action

A new tool is examining child care availability in Connecticut. United Way of Connecticut's tool shows the actual number of offered child care …

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The CDC reported kids ages 5-19 from low-income families are twice as likely to have cavities as kids living in higher-income households. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, February 26, 2024

CT dentists share new trends in kids' oral health

During Children's Dental Health Month, Connecticut pediatric dentists are advising the best habits for their young patients. The Centers for Disease …

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A University of Michigan poll finds only 43% of older adults think they are
CT senior advocates host series about scam prevention

Today is the first day of AARP Connecticut's new series addressing scams and fraud. As scams become more complex, it can be harder to notice the …

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Research shows older veteran populations make up the bulk of suicide deaths, although experts say it is due to the size of this group. (Adobe Stock)
CT mental-health pros seek ways to reduce veteran suicides

Connecticut and U.S. mental health professionals are working to address suicide among military veterans. Research shows a 95% increase in veteran …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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