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The U.S. Secretary of Education stopped by Hartford on Wednesday to talk about the importance of school diversity. 

Secretary John King only has a few months left in his position, but he made one thing clear to an audience of about 100 educators and students -- diversity helps everyone.

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Connecticut’s Department of Developmental Services says it will cut 605 positions, as it seeks to privatize some of its functions. Commissioner Morna Murray wrote to the Office of Policy and Management this week saying the cuts are necessary to save the department $48.6 million in this fiscal year, and $69.3 million next year. 

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An officer-involved fatal shooting and subsequent violent protests has brought Milwaukee’s police department to the national spotlight. The force has been led for the past eight years by Ed Flynn, who has ties to Massachusetts, including a brief stint in Springfield. 

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In the sweltering afternoon heat, members of several local activist groups in New Haven -- including Black Lives Matter, Unidad Latina en Accion, and People Against Injustice -- organized in front of City Hall and the New Haven Police Department on Tuesday to send a message.

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Connecticut's own Donn Cabral ran in the Olympic 3,000 meter steeplechase final Wednesday morning. Cabral finished in ninth place -- but his U.S. teammate Evan Jager finished with a silver medal. 

The steeplechase is one of the most grueling and chaotic Olympic track and field events: seven-and-a-half laps around the track at top speed, where runners must negotiate 28 barriers and seven water jumps.

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A powerhouse jazz and blues artist who was uprooted by Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans to Brattleboro, Vermont, Samirah Evans is an unstoppable force of nature on-stage, a sexy, high-octane blend of ebullient personality and explosive showbiz savvy.

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The baby was born full-term and healthy, but now, just a few weeks later, lay limp and unresponsive, barely breathing.

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Aetna is pulling back its engagement with state-based exchanges. 

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Most of Connecticut remains in a moderate to severe drought, despite the recent storms. In an average year, many areas would have seen at least eight inches more rain at this point in the season. 

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Connecticut State Police are investigating after a human skull was discovered by a passerby on the property of a retirement community in East Lyme. 

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New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman’s three week disciplinary leave ended Monday. But he’s still not back on the job.

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A New Haven based refugee resettlement agency is set to welcome a record number of families. That’s due in part to the Obama administration’s goal to accept 85,000 refugees this year, with 10,000 from Syria. 

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is taking on the National Hockey League for what he calls "apathy and indifference" to concussions among its players.

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Hebrew HealthCare, which runs a nursing home, hospital and a wide range of care services in the greater Hartford area, announced it will lease out its flagship facility and restructure the rest of its operations under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Governor Dannel Malloy is seeking a new commissioner for the Office of Early Childhood. Myra Jones-Taylor has announced  her resignation, effective immediately.

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Learning English can be tough for children whose parents speak a different language at home. But a new study suggests that, in Spanish-speaking homes, learning words and numbers in Spanish actually helps children pick up English faster.

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Illicit use of prescription drugs has almost tripled among high school students in southeastern Connecticut. That's according to the Southeastern Regional Action Council.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke in Connecticut Saturday for the first time since officially winning his party's nomination.

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Hissing sprinklers, humming mowers, buzzing weed whackers: the quintessential sounds of summer are also symbols of an American mission -- to craft the so-called “perfect lawn.” 

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Dozens of Connecticut doctors accepted six-figure payments from drug and medical device manufacturers in 2015 for consulting, speaking, meals and travel, with six of the ten highest-paid physicians affiliated with academic institutions, new federal data show.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal met with members of the CaroGen Corporation in Farmington on Wednesday to discuss what can be done to help develop vaccines for the Zika virus.

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Mayor Domenic Sarno told a national news outlet that he feels Springfield, MA’s police department “accurately” reflects the diversity of his city. But the department’s own numbers — from August of 2014 — tell a different story.

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We've all seen this happen in summer. Your phlox, roses, bee balm, squash, and pumpkins are growing well, producing flowers and fruit.

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One of two subway cars that survived the collapse of the World Trade Center in the 2001 attacks will soon be open to the public. Car 745 will welcome visitors aboard for the first time in 15 years at its permanent home in East Haven, Connecticut. The Shoreline Trolley Museum acquired the car a year ago and built a special display that will be dedicated on the September 11th anniversary.

The new owner of New York cable operator Cablevision plans to lay off 600 workers in Connecticut as it closes a call center in Shelton and an office in Stratford. 

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A couple of familiar names won’t be returning to the General Assembly this fall, after being toppled in primary contests Tuesday. 

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Cumberland, Rhode Island popped up on a list of cities and towns that have unsafe levels of the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. It’s used to make Teflon. It turns out those levels have dropped significantly in the town over the past year.

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Rogers Corporation, a maker of specialty materials based in the quiet corner town of Rogers, Connecticut has announced it’s moving to Arizona. 

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Modern biologists catch and study fish much the same way they did centuries ago: by shoving their hands, or a net, into the water and pulling fish out. But safely catching slippery fish can be tricky, which makes one piece of gear invaluable: electro-backpacks. 

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Closing arguments continued on Tuesday in the decade-old school funding lawsuit filed against the state. 

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