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Our New Haven Region coverage includes stories about all the towns in the Greater New Haven area, ranging from Southbury, Wolcott and Meriden to Milford, Branford and Madison.

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."

Office of Governor Dannel Malloy

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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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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One of the most unique dining experiences can be found at a restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut and the owner and chef will be recognized by the White House for his innovation.

Inmates with substance abuse issues face the highest risk of relapse, or fatal overdose, within the first few weeks of being released from incarceration. Research shows that 80 percent of former inmates with opiate dependence issues will relapse within a month of leaving jail.

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The final resting place of the first African American woman to receive a degree from Yale University is now marked by a monument detailing her life's accomplishments.

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Public schools in two Connecticut districts are looking for new leadership. Hartford’s school superintendent stepped down earlier this month to accept a new position. On Tuesday, New Haven’s Superintendent of Schools, Garth Harries, announced he’s leaving.

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Teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. have reached historic lows, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declining more than 40 percent from 2006 to 2014.

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The biggest surprise about Oliver Stone's Snowden is probably how controversial it isn't . Which isn't to say that it isn't somewhat controversial -- anything about Edward Snowden is bound to be somewhat controversial. But for an Oliver Stone conspiracy thriller, The Nose finds Snowden to be pretty tame.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez made a stop in New Haven, Connecticut, to make what he called a house call. He was checking in on an ex-offender re-entry program supported in part by the federal government. It helps those formerly incarcerated prepare for jobs once they’re released back into the community.

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When town officials, planners, and business advocates from across the northeast talk about self-driving cars, one theme emerges: uncertainty.

Administration Aims To Fight Crime With Job Training

Sep 20, 2016

The Labor Department will hand out $5 million in grants to fund job centers for people coming out of jails, part of a broader Obama administration initiative to help reduce recidivism, NPR has learned. "The earlier you start investing in people who are incarcerated, the better the odds of a successful outcome," Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview. The new batch of funding means that 41 such grant projects in a number of states have now won federal funding, known as Linking to...

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Rail commuters on the New Haven Line might have a little more space to stretch their legs with the addition of 60 new M-8 train cars, Governor Dannel Malloy announced Tuesday. On ten of those cars, passengers will have the option to buy a drink at a built-in bar.

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Just days before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. House unanimously passed legislation that would allow families of the victims to have their day in court. The bill, which passed the U.S. Senate earlier this year, now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk, where politicians speculate it may be vetoed.

Remembrances were held around the globe over the weekend marking the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Long Wharf Theater

This weekend, New Haven's Long Wharf Theater will become a laboratory of sorts, with staged readings of three new plays by three up-and-coming young playwrights. The Contemporary American Voices Festival gives theatergoers the chance to see cutting edge new works for the stage by accomplished young playwrights.

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New Haven's controversial Police Chief Dean Esserman has resigned. According to a press release from city spokesman Lawrence Grotheer, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp accepted Esserman's resignation Tuesday.

Sen. Chris Murphy's Office

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy has been walking across Connecticut this week to hear from constituents about their issues and concerns, and what they expect from their representatives in Washington.

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A king-size floating concert, festive party, picnic and delightful sight-seeing tour along the scenic Connecticut River Valley, the Hartford Jazz Society ’s celebratory riverboat ramble weighs anchor on Saturday, September 10 at 11:30 am from the State Pier at Haddam .

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Scientists in Connecticut believe new information could indicate the Zika virus is more of a threat than previously thought. Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, said new findings from the University of Texas have just been published. "They demonstrated for the first time that the aedes aegypti mosquito infected with this virus could transmit it via the egg to their progeny," said Andreadis. "This is a very significant finding because now it...

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Even as a toddler, Christian Sands, the onetime wunderkind who grew up in New Haven, could play the piano well enough to turn sophisticated listeners’ heads. By age 4, he had taken his first baby steps into “formal” studies, which prepared him for writing compositions by 5.

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Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore " came to its hasty conclusion last night , still more than two months before the election. Gawker will shut down next week. And as of next Tuesday, NPR's website will no longer have comments sections . Brian Williams, on the other hand, is getting a new show on MSNBC . And Jonah Lehrer's got a new book out .

New Haven Celebrates Its Italian Culture

Aug 18, 2016
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In the late 1800s, Italian immigrants moved into the Wooster Street area of New Haven, bringing with them the flavors and music of their homeland. This weekend, the city celebrates its Italian culture with a new event called Opera-Palooza .

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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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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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