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The Newtown, Connecticut-based advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise says it supports jeans maker Levi Strauss’s plan to donate more than $1 million to gun violence prevention groups.

What if there were predictions of a big snow storm and the forecasted flakes failed to materialize? Well, unexpected stuff happens -- in weather, as in politics. With that note, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Advocates for low-income workers in recent years have pushed in legislatures across the nation for increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit. Now, Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in his budget proposal is asking the commonwealth’s lawmakers to increase the rate from 23 percent to 30 percent.

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In a front-page story on Wednesday, The New York Times pointed out that school shootings have become so common that Tuesday’s shooting at a school in the small Kentucky town of Benton was one of 11 shootings involving school properties since Jan. 1st.

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Bridgeport, Connecticut's controversial Mayor, Joe Ganim, launched his official campaign for governor by filing with the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd.

Ganim is launching his bid for governor despite being denied access to public funding for his campaign. The State Elections Enforcement Commission ruled that Ganim was not entitled to such funding because he is a convicted felon. This decision was upheld by state courts. 

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Job cuts often follow mergers, such as the deal for CVS Health to purchase the insurance company Aetna.  But CVS Chief Executive Officer Larry Merlo says this deal may be an exception.  

New England Researchers Race To Turn Seaweed Into Biofuel

Nov 24, 2017
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For the last 10 years, scientists all over the world have been racing to figure out how to convert massive quantities of seaweed into biofuel. UConn Professor Charles Yarish is one of them. He’s spent his career studying seaweed, and he just got news that the federal government is going to fund one of his dream projects.


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Take a drive through Old Wethersfield, CT and he's hard to miss. Kevin, the wild Old Wethersfield turkey, puffs with personality. So much in fact that he got 65 votes for different positions in the recent town elections. He also has over 5,000 Facebook followers, with 1,000 of those coming his way over the last month.

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Invenergy, developer of a proposed natural gas power plant in the Town of Burrillville, filed a motion Tuesday claiming resolutions opposing the project from nearly all Rhode Island cities and towns are irrelevant to whether the plant is needed.

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Ash trees in New England and across the country are at risk of extinction because of a foreign beetle known as the emerald ash borer.  


NE Residents Rally In Support Of Anti-Nazi Protestors In Virginia

Aug 14, 2017
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New England hosted a number of vigils and demonstrations Sunday in response to a white supremacist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counter protestor was killed and 19 others were injured.

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It took about 20 minutes and two helium tanks to fill up the huge latex balloon. A rope dangling from the bottom held onto an assortment of gadgets, including a video camera, parachute, and a razor attached to motor that was programmed to cut the rope at just the right altitude.

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  Every day nearly a million commuters travel on the Northeast Corridor -- the vast rail network between Washington, D.C. and Boston.

Many of those passengers cross over a small river in the coastal city of Norwalk, Connecticut. But the only way for a train to get across that river is on the Walk Bridge -- a 120-year-old “swing bridge.”

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A mother who sought sanctuary from deportation for nearly a week at a New Haven church will be coming home to her four U.S.-born children. An Immigration Court in Hartford granted Nury Chavarria’s motion for an emergency stay on Wednesday.

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Gov. Dannel Malloy has rallied behind a Norwalk mother who was supposed to be deported to Guatemala on Thursday. Malloy and one of Nury Chavarria’s four U.S.-born children spoke out Thursday night against immigration policies that break up families.

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