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Comedian Amy Schumer is joining her cousin, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, to call for stricter gun control laws and more access to mental health treatment.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday that he’s using his new power as a special prosecutor to investigate the death of a woman who died in police custody last week.

Raynette Turner of Mount Vernon, N.Y., was the fifth African-American woman in the country known to have died in police custody in the month of July.

Authorities say the 42-year-old Turner died two days after her arrest on a shoplifting charge.

A long-simmering dispute over dumping dredged materials from rivers and harbors into Long Island Sound has flared up again with a new federal plan to govern disposal sites.

Connecticut backs the disposal of materials in designated areas while New York state and environmental activists are calling for the reuse of sediments. Four sites in the Sound are used for disposal, with two set to close by April unless a management plan is approved, said Jean Brochi, a Long Island Sound project manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Audit Finds Repeated Errors At Conn. Child Welfare Agency

Jul 30, 2015

Connecticut's state auditors released a report Thursday that found repeated financial and administrative mistakes have been made at the Department of Children and Families and its various facilities.

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Two more New York lawmakers, a former Senate Leader and the Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, were convicted of corruption in the past week. But Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to say it would not be a good idea to call state lawmakers back to the Capitol to enact more ethics reform measures.

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