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Hartford Students Welcomed Back to School in Style

Three small children walked in front of Javier Mautino, as men on either side of him high-five the kids and wish them well on their first week of school. "It's awesome, it's awesome," he said. "It's beautiful man, to see all those fathers out there and everything, that's great."
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Northeast Farmers Grapple With Worst Drought In More Than A Decade

When people hear the word drought, they likely think of California. But there's also an extreme drought in parts of New England. The Northeast is experiencing the worst drought in more than a decade.The Northeast has more than 175,000 farms that produce more than $21 billion a year in food, hay and flowers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But this year, many fields are bone dry — and that has many farmers thinking about how to manage their land, their animals and the water...
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Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget office says it's releasing funds to several state watchdog agencies after igniting a storm of controversy by withholding the cash. 

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Jay Fishman, the chairman and former chief executive officer of the Travelers Companies, has died.

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Private employers in Connecticut added 3,000 jobs in July, but those healthy numbers were somewhat offset by more than a thousand layoffs of government workers. Overall the net job gain in the month was 1,700. 

Just months after Paul Manafort was promoted to bring some structure to and scale up Donald Trump's presidential bid, the Washington insider has resigned from the campaign.

In a statement Friday morning, Trump said that Manafort offered his resignation. The candidate said he is "very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process."

"Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success," Trump continued.

Devastating floods in Louisiana have left an estimated 40,000 houses damaged; some 86,000 people have applied for federal disaster aid in the wake of the disaster.

It's a crisis some people are comparing to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The disaster area stretches over 20 parishes, Eileen Fleming of member station WWNO reports, and officials are working to determine how to provide temporary housing to meet the extreme need.

Announcing that two swimmers have now flown out of a Rio airport after being detained by police, U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun is apologizing for how the pair and two other swimmers behaved in Brazil.

"The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable," Blackmun said, referring to swimmers Ryan Lochte, James Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger.

Last month, when Wikileaks published 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, cyber-security experts quickly said that the hack bore a Russian fingerprint.

Russia denies that it is trying to meddle in the U.S. presidential election. But Mark Galeotti, who follows cyber-crime for the Institute for International Relations in Prague, says worldwide research points in the Russians' direction.

Connecticut's First Mormon Temple to Open in Farmington

Aug 19, 2016
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After three years of construction, Connecticut’s first Mormon temple is almost complete. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans to unveil the Farmington building with a three-week public open house beginning September 30, after which non-Mormons will not be allowed to enter.

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As the farming population gets older, a federal grant is going to fund training programs for new farmers. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy’s decision to cut funds to several state watchdog agencies may soon be under legal review. 

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Remembering Gene Wilder: "Comedy, Drama, a Little Sadness, Love"

Gene Wilder, the iconic actor who starred in "Blazing Saddles", "Young Frankenstein", and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut on Sunday. He was 83. Wilder's nephew said he passed away from complications from Alzheimer's disease.
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