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Connecticut Lawmakers Pass Criminal Justice Reform Bills

Connecticut lawmakers passed two bills on Monday aimed at reforming the state's criminal justice system.
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Climate Change

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Not All Mountains Are Shaped the Way You Think They Are

As Earth's climate changes, mountain-dwelling animals have typically been viewed a universal losers. Warming temperatures force a species upward, it runs out of habitable space, and it dies off. But new research is complicating that notion -- and suggesting some mountain animals might actually benefit in the near term from climate change.
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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is urging Greeks to vote "no" in Sunday's referendum on proposals from the country's creditors, saying European leaders won't let Greece exit the eurozone because "the cost would be too high." His plea comes as Greece is hours away from defaulting on an approximately $1.8 billion loan payment to the International Monetary Fund.

"We ask you to reject it with all the might of your soul, with the greatest margin possible," Tsipras said Monday night on national TV.

And he suggested that a "yes" vote would prompt him to resign as prime minister.

I'd been renting a Toyota Camry to give free rides around the city for my series Streets of Shanghai, about the lives of ordinary Chinese. But the monthly rental fees were killing me, so I figured I could save money by buying a used car.

I went to a reputable used car dealership. The first hint that this would be different than shopping in the U.S. came when I met my salesman, a fresh college grad.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation

New rules on the recognition of Indian tribes appear to shut the door on three Connecticut tribes who have been petitioning for federal status for years. 

As many outdoorsy Vermonters are discovering, ticks are in plentiful supply this summer. Bad news for humans at risk for Lyme disease. But the bumper crop is providing ample specimens to study and, amazingly, to dissect with some really tiny scalpels.

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One man was killed and three others were shot at a basketball tournament at a Hartford school over the weekend. But city school officials now say the event didn't have a permit or the required security. 

Connecticut State Police

The Connecticut State Police spokesman will be leaving the position after three months to return to Troop C in Tolland.

Sgt. Shane Hassett said Monday that he requested the transfer back to Troop C last week so he can spend more time with his family. He said the 24/7 nature of the spokesman's job wasn't a good fit for him at this point in his 25-year career with state police.

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Governor Dannel Malloy has vetoed three pieces of education legislation, including a bill to increase the number of student seats on the University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees.

Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, says the sedative used in Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktail does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Here's the background to the case, in the words of SCOTUSblog:

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The state Board of Regents approved a program that will allow community college students to earn an associate degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree after transferring into a Connecticut state college or university.

It's called the reverse transfer program. 

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State lawmakers will consider rolling back some tax increases they approved earlier this month as they return to the Capitol for a special session.

The session is scheduled for Monday.

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Study: Job Declines on the Horizon for Connecticut

Connecticut could see its job growth actually decline this year and next, according to a dire new forecast from UConn’s Center for Economic Analysis.
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Farewell to a Musical Hero, Gunther Schuller

When historians a couple of hundred years from now rummage around in the life of Gunther Schuller, they may conclude that he was actually several people.
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Avon's Plan to Replace School Social Workers With Psychologists Draws Ire

Avon has decided to replace its school social workers with school psychologists. According to the district, school psychologists will better meet students' needs.
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Connecticut Lawmakers Praise U.S. Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy applauded today's Supreme Court decision upholding the part of the Affordable Care Act that allows the government to subsidize health care for the poor and middle class.
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New Haven Convention Celebrates "The King of Instruments"

Organists from throughout the Northeast will gather in New Haven early next week for the Northeast Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists. Among the many activities planned are a series of free, public concerts featuring "The King of Instruments."
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State Democrats Revisiting Name of Annual Jefferson Jackson Bailey Dinner