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The leveling of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria is personal to the employees of Durham School Services. More than half of them are Puerto Rican. The normal driving schedule at the school bus company in Waterbury is 6:00 am to 9:00 am and then again from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. But it’s what they do in-between and after work that is less about the routine and more about helping out back at home.

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Many Puerto Ricans in Connecticut have been collecting supplies for the island in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. But getting those supplies to where they’re needed remains very difficult.

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Connecticut is preparing for an influx of refugees, as residents of devastated Puerto Rico begin to leave the island after Hurricane Maria.

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Connecticut is now the only state in the country without a budget and the sparring continues. Republican leaders urged the governor on Wednesday to sign off on their recently passed budget and move forward. 

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New Haven has been given a class 7 rating by the National Flood Insurance Program. That’s the highest rating available in the state. 

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One of the cuts in the Republican budget that passed over the weekend would affect Connecticut’s state universities and community colleges. Democrats said the plan would leave 15,000 students in the state system without financial aid in addition to making devastating cuts to UConn.

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals plans to move its headquarters out of the city of New Haven where it began as a startup. The giant company will relocate its corporate office to Boston, the third major company to announce a move from the state in the last two years, following General Electric and Aetna.

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Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal held an emergency hearing in New Haven Monday. The purpose was to gather testimony on the impact of President Trump’s immigration policies.

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A recent study called “Out Of Reach” finds that someone working full-time, earning the federal minimum wage, would be unable to rent a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in this country. But a new partnership in New Haven is trying to address the problem, one house at a time.

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An animated Chris Lemmon sat recently in a television studio at the University of New Haven and outlined his new class, “The Golden Age of Hollywood: Life Beyond the Silver Screen.”

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The Connecticut high school football season starts on September 8. Players like Bobby Melms began practicing earlier this month.

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The Connecticut Open Women’s Tennis Association event may not have the Williams sisters in 2017, but it has the Wijesekera sisters instead. The trio from Bethany are ball kids.

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West Nile Virus is “rapidly expanding” in Connecticut, according to state officials, who said infected mosquitoes have been found in 20 towns.

Best Video Film and Cultural Center in Hamden is asking the Greater New Haven community for funds to help keep it afloat. The store has thrived in the post-video rental era, but a series of setbacks may force the non-profit to close for good.

Best Video got its start in the 1980s, where it had a reputation for stocking classic and foreign films and other hard-to-find gems.

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With the tournament scheduled to begin on August 18, final preparations are being made for the 20th annual Connecticut Open in New Haven. And the tournament’s director believes they will have a lasting benefit for the U.S. Open tune-up event.

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