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Residents who need help paying for child care can apply for state assistance but homeless families often don't meet the guidelines to be eligible for the program.

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Governor Dannel Malloy announced this week that 15 Connecticut towns will receive funding through the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP).

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This week, the universe chirped... and we heard it! Samantha Bee's new politics-lampooning late-night show debuted to a ton of buzz. The primary debates continued, and debate Twitter was watching.

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One legend has it this holiday descended from the ancient Roman fertility festival where boys and girls would draw names to see who would be paired for the coming year. The Catholic church attributed this day to a priest who secretly married young soldiers in defiance of the Roman emperor. His name was Saint Valentine.

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The 2016 presidential race has been loaded with rhetoric about a so-called “ISIS caliphate." But what exactly is a caliphate? And what does it mean to say that ISIS has one? This hour, local Islamic scholar Dr. Feryal Salem fills us in. 

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A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for firing a rifle at a mosque next to his home shortly after the deadly attacks in Paris.

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Connecticut officials have prepared a plan to respond to the Zika virus that includes in-state testing for the virus, monitoring mosquitoes, and public education on how to avoid infection.

Shelley 's broadcast career spans more than 25 years, beginning at the University of Hartford's WWUH-FM . In commercial radio, she learned the ropes from the ground up at a variety of small stations around Connecticut before earning the afternoon news anchor spot at the CBS, all-news affiliate in Hartford, WPOP. Shelley began living the commuter's life in 1990, making the daily trip from Connecticut to Manhattan to work as anchor and producer at Financial News Network's radio division. When rival CNBC acquired FNN, Shelley returned to Connecticut and the WSHU Public Radio Group.  Here, she's part of a team that has helped the station develop into a strong source of news and information.