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Connecticut gained 6,100 jobs in June led by manufacturing and construction employment.

Andy Condon, with the Connecticut Department of Labor, says June’s increase in jobs overcame declines the state saw in March and April.

Condon says construction and manufacturing are now the fastest growing sectors in the state's labor market, which he calls “a very good sign."

Connecticut’s unemployment rate for June was 4.4 percent, down from 4.5 percent in May.

New York’s unemployment rate is at 4.2 percent.

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Connecticut’s Commissioner for the Department of Children and Families, Joette Katz, is seeking an independent review of the safety of children at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Middletown.

The commissioner made the announcement on Thursday in response to the suicide of a pregnant 16-year-old girl there last month.

Katz says the independent review will be conducted by experts in maintaining a safe environment in psychiatric treatment facilities, like the state’s children’s hospital in Middletown. It will also assess staff training, emergency protocols and equipment.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the Groton, Connecticut, submarine manufacturer Electric Boat for violating the Clean Water Act.

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The New York State Health Department says three communities in Suffolk County have elevated rates of leukemia, and lung, bladder, and thyroid cancers.  

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Two Republican candidates running for governor of Connecticut used a GOP gubernatorial debate at Fairfield University Wednesday night to argue over which one of them is a real Republican.

Four of the five candidates contesting Connecticut’s August 14 Republican Party primary took part in the debate. The candidates did not differ much on policy including cutting taxes, renegotiating state employee contracts and seeking public-private partnerships to stimulate the economy.