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UAW strike continues: Officials say EPA standards must catch up; Mississippians urged to register to vote ahead of the Nov. 7 general election; NYers worry about impacts of government shutdown.

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Senate leaders advance a plan to avoid a government shutdown, an elections official argues AI could be a threat to democracy and voting rights advocates look to states like Arizona to rally young Latino voters.

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A small fire department in rural Indiana is determined not to fail new moms and babies, the growing election denial movement has caused voting districts to change procedures and autumn promises spectacular scenery along America's rural byways.

Connecticut

At least six states and dozens of local jurisdictions have introduced legislation to ban the use of ballot tabulators, relying instead on hand counts to determine election results despite tabulators having a higher accuracy rate. (Adobe Stock)
Pressure mounts on CT governor to upgrade election infrastructure

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled the name 'Erlinghauser' as two words instead of one. (11:24 a.m. MDT, Sept. 20…

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A Center for Disease Control and Prevention Report finds 45% of women didn't ask questions or share concerns during their maternity care. Reasons included being told by family or friends what they felt was normal, feeling embarrassed, not confident to talk about it, or thinking their doctor would consider them difficult. (Adobe Stock)
CT Takes Action to Improve Maternal Health

Connecticut is taking steps to bolster maternal health. The March of Dimes organization finds maternal health in the state improved through some …

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Former President Donald Trump's federal criminal case wouldn't be the first to have TV cameras present. The trials of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and alleged 9/11 co-conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui both were televised. (Adobe Stock)
CT Activist Petitions for Televising Federal Trump Case

A Connecticut activist is petitioning to have Donald Trump's federal trial televised. The change.org petition has garnered more than 17,000 …

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In 2019, Connecticut had economy-wide emissions of 39.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, a 13.9% decline since 1990. Emissions hit an all time low in 2020 at 32.7%, but post-pandemic estimates show they're creeping upward again. (Adobe Stock)
CT Groups Head to New York City for Climate March

Community groups across the U.S. are making their way to New York City for the March to End Fossil Fuels - including some from Connecticut. The …

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According to a new report, pay differences based on workers' gender, race and ethnicity all contribute to persistent wage inequality in the state. (Adobe Stock)
Report: CT Economic, Job Growth Lags Behind U.S.

A new report found Connecticut's economic growth is lagging, post-pandemic. The data showed, using the pandemic-induced recession as a baseline…

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The Economic Policy Institute found one of the biggest vacancies in the teacher workforce is in special education, at 45%. (Adobe Stock)
CT Education Group Considers Remedies for Ongoing Teacher Shortage

As kids return to school, Connecticut's teacher shortage will seriously impact the new school year. The state's Department of Education finds …

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Connecticut libraries are protected by a statute covering library records and confidentiality. Some librarians in the state feel this helps protect people's privacy and enables reading without the threat of intrusion. (Adobe Stock)
CT Libraries Help Kids Prepare for Back-to-School

As kids prepare to go back to school, Connecticut libraries say they're ready to help their eager minds learn. In addition to vast catalogs of books …

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While Hydrilla was first discovered in the Connecticut River in 2016, the invasive plant species has been in Connecticut since the late 1980s. (Adobe Stock)
CT Groups Work to Eliminate Invasive Aquatic Species

Connecticut legislators and environmentalists are taking action against an invasive species in the Connecticut River. Hydrilla was first identified …

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The Economic Policy Institute's Family Budget Calculator estimates a two-parent, two-child household in some parts of Connecticut must earn between $87,140 and $113,511 to cover all costs relating to childcare, food, housing, taxes and transportation. (Adobe Stock)
Report: CT's Former Prison Population Needs Workforce Re-Entry Help

A new report found the state of Connecticut needs to do more for its recently released prison population. The Connecticut Voices for Children report …

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AARP Connecticut has funded 29 projects through the Livable Community Grant Program, with 2022 seeing the most projects funded since its creation in 2018. (Adobe Stock)
AARP CT Opens RFP for Livable Communities Grant Program

AARP Connecticut has released its request for proposals and application for the Livable Spaces grant program. In its sixth year, the program provides …

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The United Way of Connecticut found 89% of 988 callers in crisis reported their feelings of crisis declined during a call. In the state, fewer than 1% of callers required active rescue from emergency responders, while the national average is 2%. (Adobe Stock)
A Year of 988: CT Mental Health Advocates Cite Benefits

A little more than a year ago, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline adopted the shorter number 988. Since then, mental-health advocates in …

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Rising temperatures and heat waves are having severe effects on incarcerated people's physical and mental health. A Prison Policy Initiative report found suicides increased by 23% in the three days following days of extreme heat. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Extreme Heat Lethal to U.S. Prison Population

A recent report found extreme heat can be lethal for incarcerated people. Connecticut and other Northeastern states experienced a 21% increase in …

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