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VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

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The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

Connecticut

Since 2018, AARP Connecticut's Livable Communities grant program has funded 38 projects across the state. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, July 8, 2024

AARP seeks ideas to make CT communities more 'livable'

AARP Connecticut is accepting applications for grants for community improvement projects across the state. The "Livable Communities" program awards …

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Between 2018 and 2021, more than 1 million kids visited hospital emergency departments due to mental health challenges. (Adobe Stock)
CT '988' hotline services rank high in national report

A new report showed Connecticut's 988 crisis lifeline services rank highly. The report is from Inseparable, a national mental health advocacy group…

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Although citywide bans on camping and other laws disadvantaging homeless people grew widely from 2006 to 2019, homeless encampments grew by 1,300% in all 50 states. (Adobe Stock)
CT advocates dismayed by SCOTUS homelessness decision

Connecticut advocates are distressed about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Grants Pass v. Gloria Johnson. The ruling said public camping bans …

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A Better Business Bureau report found home improvement and online purchase scams are two of the top five scams people fell victim to in 2023. (Adobe Stock)
CT residents should watch out for summertime scams

Amid the fun in the sun, Connecticut residents should be wary of summertime scams. Utility company impostor scams are prominent this time of year…

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Connecticut has seen an economywide 14% decline in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990. Although emissions hit an all-time low in 2020, the data show the dip did not last. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates: Climate change must be addressed at CT special session

Connecticut environmental advocates want the General Assembly to address climate action in this week's special session, since lawmakers failed to act …

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More than 520,000 bump stocks were circulating when an ATF ban took effect in 2019. (Adobe Stock)
CT bump-stock ban remains after SCOTUS ruling

Connecticut is one state not affected by a recent Supreme Court ruling. In Garland v. Cargill, the Court overturned a federal bump-stock ban the …

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Connecticut's Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care estimated the state loses around $1.5 billion yearly due to a lack of infant and toddler care. (Adobe Stock)
CT legislation helps reduce child care provider shortage

Legislation in Connecticut could help reduce the ongoing child care workforce shortage Reports show some 40,000 child care positions unfilled…

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A new report shows Connecticut has reduced the number of children in poverty and the number of children whose parents lack secure employment, and has fewer kids living in households with a high cost burden. (Adobe Stock)
Report: CT child education suffers in pandemic aftermath

A new report finds the well-being of Connecticut's kids is wavering in the pandemic's aftermath. The state ranks 8th in the Annie E. Casey Kids Count …

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A Pew Research report finds the number of Hispanic workers in STEM fields has grown only 1% between 2016 and 2021, aligning with their overall growth in the workforce. (Adobe Stock)
CT church hosts STEM advocacy talks for Hispanic students

A Connecticut church is hosting a discussion this weekend to encourage Hispanic students to work in STEM fields. The talk is part of Hispanic Access …

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An AARP survey found only 9% of adults age 50 and older would not consider a telehealth visit over an in-person one under any circumstance. (Adobe Stock)
CT telehealth law made permanent, helps senior health access

Newly signed Connecticut laws can improve access and the quality of health care for seniors. One significant change is extending a pandemic-era …

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More people are being taken by romance scams, which often take a large toll on victims mentally. The loss increased from $1,411 in 2022 to $3,600 in 2023. (Adobe Stock)
New resource guide helps CT residents recover from scams

A new online guide helps people in Connecticut and nationwide recover from scams. The Better Business Bureau's Scam Survival Kit connects people …

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Insufficient sleep is up 21% for Connecticut seniors aged 64, at 30.5%, slightly higher than the national average. (Adobe Stock)
Report: CT seniors gain access to care but health outcomes worsen

Connecticut ranks high for helping seniors access care in a new report. The America's Health Ranking Senior report found Connecticut lost ground in …

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