The Immigrant Bail Fund, based in New Haven, has been chosen for this year’s Unsung Heroes Award, which seeks to make the city a better place for all residents. The bail fund supports people who are detained in immigration jail.

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The Connecticut House voted to approve Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald to be chief justice Monday by one vote. The next stop is the Senate, where Republicans will have a one-vote majority after Democratic lawmaker Gayle Slossberg recused herself last week. 

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The nomination of Andrew McDonald to be Connecticut's next chief justice of the Supreme Court cleared a major legislative hurdle Monday, but only by the thinnest of margins.

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On Friday, Democrats publicly called out one of their own, two weeks after Gayle Slossberg said she would recuse herself from voting on the confirmation of Justice Andrew McDonald.

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After being grilled by lawmakers late into the evening Monday, Andrew McDonald’s chances of becoming the state’s next Supreme Court chief justice turned dicey. The legislature’s Judiciary Committee voted 20-20 to advance his nomination, just a vote shy of a rejection.


After a hearing that stretched on beyond 12 hours, the legislature's Judiciary Committee split evenly 20-20 over whether to forward the nomination of Andrew McDonald to be chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. As promised, politics was front and center at the contentious confirmation hearing, which comes in an election year.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed the Trump administration a setback over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

The court declined to take up a key case dealing with the Obama-era DACA — for now.

The high court said an appeals court should hear the case first. The result is DACA will stay in place until or if the Supreme Court takes it up.

A coalition of 16 states, including four from New England, fought the Trump administration in court on Tuesday. They want to overturn the president's decision to end DACA, a program protecting immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. 

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This hour: a decision in the shooting death of Bridgeport teenager Jayson Negron.

We discuss the outcome of a recent State's Attorney investigation with a reporter from the Connecticut Post.

We also look at what's being done to strengthen relations between Bridgeport residents and police. 


Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the State Supreme Court decision on the state’s landmark education funding case should not stop policymakers from continuing to look for ways to close the achievement gap.

Connecticut's Supreme Court has rejected a claim that the state's educational funding formula is unconstitutional. 

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort may not be headed for trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges until late autumn. The judge in his case expressed puzzlement over some of the legal positions he has taken.

Lawyers for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller have turned over thousands of pages of material to Manafort and his former business partner Richard Gates, a process that prosecutors said is continuing.

But at least part of the holdup in the case is Manafort's own making, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said.

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This week, Governor Dannel Malloy called for a ban on "bump stocks" -- devices that can make semi-automatic weapons fire like machine guns. Pfizer announced plans to end research into treatments for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases -- and they announced several hundred layoffs including at their facility in Groton. 

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump's Decision To End DACA

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A federal judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program late Tuesday night.

Widely known as DACA, the program protects young immigrants from deportation. In September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program would be phased out.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has nominated state Associate Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald to be Connecticut’s next chief justice. If confirmed, McDonald would be the first openly gay state chief justice in the country.