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At Springfield Funeral, Marine Remembered as "a Leader and a Man of True Courage"

Funeral services were held on Monday for a Massachusetts Marine who was killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Residents in Springfield lined the streets around the East Forest Park church where the service was held.
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Connecticut Workers Getting Priced Out of the Rental Market

The average worker in Connecticut cannot afford rent on a two-bedroom apartment, according to new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. A renter must earn $24.29 an hour to afford a two-bedroom in Connecticut according to the NLIHC’s Out of Reach report.
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Hartford's Democrats endorsed Luke Bronin to be their mayoral candidate Monday night, but only after Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra declined the nomination, stormed out of the convention, and told his supporters they'd take their fight to the street. 

Hartford’s Democrats hadn’t even started their meeting to pick candidates for the fall, and the yelling had already begun.

And it was all about Franchesca Roldan.

It's official. The 2024 Olympic Games will not take place in Boston.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Olympic Committee "severed ties" with Boston on Monday. In a statement, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, "I strongly believe that bringing the Olympic Games back to the United States would be good for our country and would have brought long-term benefits to Boston." He continued, "However, no benefit is so great that it is worth handing over the financial future of our City and our citizens were rightly hesitant to be supportive as a result."

The state of Vermont and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission don't always see eye to eye. The state and the feds disagreed over the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant when the Vernon reactor was operating. And now that the plant is shut down, the state has challenged the federal agency over emergency planning and decommissioning.

Connecticut Wildlife Plan Available for Public Comment

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Connecticut's 2015 draft Wildlife Action Plan, which outlines future wildlife conservation efforts in the state, is available for public review.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will accept comment on the document through August 21.

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The newly elected chairwoman of the Eastern Pequot Tribe says they will never abandon their quest to receive federal recognition.

Hartford Public Schools

A letter sent to a student’s family by a Hartford magnet school said the student should consider going to another school because of her low grades. Now Hartford’s superintendent is telling principals not to push out low-performing students.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late pop icon Whitney Houston, died on Sunday.

Brown, who grew up in the shadow of fame and dysfunction, had spent months at a Georgia hospital after being found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home.

The Associated Press reports:

The Fish Creek Fire in Interior Alaska isn't much to look at. It's about 7,500 acres in size, sitting about an hour south of Fairbanks near the twisty Tanana River. The main fire front — the made-for-TV part, with torching trees and pulses of orange heat — flamed out more than a week ago, leaving behind a quiet charred landscape.

President Obama, wrapping up his three-day visit to Kenya, urged the east African country to "choose the path to progress" by tackling corruption, eliminating income inequality and promoting gender equality.

"I'm here as president of a country that sees Kenya as an important partner. I'm here as a friend who wants Kenya to succeed," he said in a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi.

"You can choose the path to progress, but it requires making some important choices," he said in the 40-minute speech that was broadcast on Kenyan television.

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In Ethiopia, Obama Calls For An End To Oppressive Tactics

Kicking off a two-day trip to Ethiopia, President Obama called on the country to end its crackdown on journalists and to be more open politically.Obama spoke Monday at a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn."When all voices are being heard, when people know they are being included in the political process, that makes a country more successful," Obama, who became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country, said according to The Associated Press...
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Seen As Urban State, Massachusetts Creates Rural Policy Commission

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URI Scientists Look For Blast Clues At Salty Brine Beach

State and federal officials are turning to researchers at the University of Rhode Island to help them understand what happened at Salty Brine State Beach over the weekend when a mini explosion knocked a woman into a jetty, leaving her with two broken ribs. Ateam of scientists will convene at the beach at low tide later today to collect samples in their search for answers.
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Goats Seized at Cornwall Farm Up for Auction

Thirteen goats from a herd which became part of the legislature’s budget discussions are being auctioned off.
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