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See, we were supposed to send a whole team of people to the first presidential debate on Long Island. We were supposed to do an episode of The Colin McEnroe Show from Hofstra.

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A Connecticut judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by families of the victims in the Newtown school shooting. They filed a suit against the manufacturer of the rifle used in the massacre.

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Since April, protesters against an oil pipeline have been camping in tents, tipis, and trailers at a site just across the Missouri River from the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. 

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One of Connecticut’s AAA affiliates announced it will now resume issuing drivers licenses to non-members, after the state threatened to sue.

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Bob Dylan's own reaction to winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature isn't known yet. In his first public appearance following the news, a couple of days after the announcement, he took the stage for a concert Las Vegas. He said nothing about the award.

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Children with certain medical conditions can now legally begin receiving medical marijuana in Connecticut. Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation that extends the state’s medical marijuana program to minors for the first time. 

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The Archdiocese of Hartford has agreed to settle a 16-year-old sexual abuse claim against one of its priests.

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The legislature wants to save money on healthcare, and one issue has been whether it makes sense to penalize doctors who don’t keep costs down. 

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Ahh, October in Connecticut. Cool weather, pumpkins, hot cider and gorgeous fall foliage. While Mother Nature does a pretty good job serving up an abundance of color in fall, we can add to the rainbow of beauty in our own yards.

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Verizon Wireless is to close two call centers in Connecticut, affecting 550 workers. The two sites that will be shuttered are in Wallingford and Meriden. Verizon will offer the affected employees new positions outside of the state. Those who don’t relocate will be eligible for a separation package. 

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According to a 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, black Americans make up less than six percent of the nation's physicians and surgeons. A new documentary shines a light on the topic, specifically focusing on women in the field.

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The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that the crash of a small aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut on Tuesday appears to be "the result of an intentional act." 

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The proportion of people in Connecticut who are working, and yet still struggling to make ends meet has risen in the last two years. That's according to a new study from United Way.

Those who knit and crochet are familiar with two standbys: needles and yarn, but there's a lesser-known material in the world of needlework -- plastic yarn, or "plarn."

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Health insurer Aetna is looking to reduce its workforce through early retirement, and will also change some of its workforce policies. The Hartford-based company issued a statement saying it wants to position itself for continued growth in 2017 and beyond.

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Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa’s new, celebratory album, El Viaje (The Voyage) surges with an abundance of inspiring exuberance, pyrotechnical brilliance, fiery passion, luminous lyricism, and rhythmic propulsion. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy said Tuesday the construction of the Hartford Commuter Rail Line is on track to be completed by January 2018, thanks in part to a state-of-the-art machine.

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Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families has come under fire after a child, placed with a foster parent, was found near-starvation. DCF placed the 18-month-old, known as Dylan, with a relative who’s now been charged with neglect and abuse. 

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Last week, Hartford police released a video of one of its officers kicking a handcuffed man in the head. On Monday night, about 40 people marched from city hall to the home of the mayor to protest the police use of excessive force. 

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Yale Divinity School has renamed one of its largest classrooms after an escaped slave who attended classes at Yale in the 1830s.

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A Connecticut woman who was sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing her newborn baby is speaking out about the state’s Safe Havens Law. 

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For the last three years, the White House has hosted a youth film festival, and this year -- out of over 700 submissions from schools across the country -- a group of middle schoolers from western Connecticut made a film that was chosen as an official selection.

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The Teamsters union representing many workers at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford has voted in favor of a deal that will bring production of a new heavy lift helicopter to Connecticut. But the package also means a 25 percent pay cut for workers who are hired from 2017 onward. 

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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Drug epidemics are not new in the United States. But there’s something very distinctive about the demographics of this latest wave, which centers around opioid and heroin abuse. It cuts across socio-economic and racial divides. 

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