Connecticut

Days Before Election, Officials Work to Combat Misinformation

Election officials across the country are waging public information campaigns and utilizing technology to fight misinformation campaigns ahead of Tuesday's election.

A State Project to Map Overdoses in Real Time

A statewide project in Connecticut takes reports of suspected opioid overdoses from first responders and maps them in real time, helping community partners better direct their services to high-risk areas.

One State Offers Training To Help Teachers Combat Pandemic-Related Stress and Anxiety

The emotional learning course, developed by Yale, will be offered for free to all school staff members in Connecticut to help teachers understand and manage their stress and anxiety so they can better help their students.

Seven Connecticut Residents Fined $1,000 for Violating Covid Travel Rules

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Know a Teen Who Needs a Summer Job? Covid-19 Response Is Hiring.

Officials in several states are expanding existing seasonal job programs to include new opportunities to help with government-led coronavirus response efforts.

One of America’s Wealthiest States Might Pass Up an Opportunity to Tackle Housing Segregation

Connecticut is one of the most segregated places in the country. Despite widespread protests over racial inequities, Gov. Ned Lamont and other leaders are resisting calls to address the state’s affordable housing crisis.

Did That Drone Just Tell Us to Stay 6 Feet Apart?

Police have deployed drones to check if residents are complying with social distancing requirements. One department even briefly considered using them to scan crowds for fevers.

State Parks See Overcrowding as Temperatures Climb

State parks across the country have limited capacity to encourage social distancing, leading to closures over the weekend as temperatures warmed and people flocked outdoors.

Local Housing Authorities Give Themselves Perfect Scores. Renters Disagree.

Nine in 10 local housing authorities say they’re doing well at helping the poor find housing in nice areas. But those who use Section 8 vouchers say the process is “hell.”

How Wealthy Towns Keep People With Housing Vouchers Out

Section 8 vouchers should give low-income people the opportunity to live outside poor communities. But discriminatory landlords, exclusionary zoning and the federal government’s hands-off approach leave recipients with few places to call home.

Being Ready for Anything

This is part of a series of interviews conducted during the 2019 National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ Annual Conference.

Cities and States Look to Tap More Tax Revenue From Expensive Real Estate Sales

“It basically allows for luxury housing to pay for affordable housing,” said a Boston city council member describing a "transfer" tax proposal there.

State Poverty Figures Show Positive Trends, But Some Places Still Struggle

The Census Bureau figures also show incomes lag behind pre-recession levels in at least nine states.

A Lawyer Fought Housing Segregation. Now Wealthy Suburbanites Want to Fire His Firm.

Westport is the second Connecticut town this year to pressure one of the state’s leading law firms to abandon its affordable housing work—or risk losing the local school system as a client.

Two Governors Pledge to Collaborate On Legal Marijuana Regulations

Neither New York or Connecticut allow for recreational pot yet. But governors of the two states are interested in setting consistent guidelines for it.

The States Where the Most New Homes Are at Risk of Flooding

A new report warns 17,800 coastal homes built after 2009 will be within the 10-year floodplain by 2050 without any reduction in greenhouse gas pollution.

The Whiter, Richer School District Right Next Door

Public schools’ dependence on local property taxes means some districts get isolated from the financial resources in their communities.

Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing

In southwest Connecticut, the gap between rich and poor is wider than anywhere else in the country. Invisible walls created by local zoning boards and the state government block affordable housing and, by extension, the people who need it.

Movement to Allow Campaign Funds to Pay for Child Care Dealt Setback in Connecticut

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