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Supporters of paid family leave in New York hope 2016 will be their year, but business groups are urging caution.  

A bill that would allow all workers in the state 12 weeks of paid leave to take care of a new baby or sick family member was approved in the State Assembly, and two bills gained support in the State Senate, but the issue fell by the wayside in the end of session rush to pass bills and adjourn for the summer. 

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The railroad line that runs through Connecticut is 115 miles long, hugging the shoreline from New York to Rhode Island. Trains have traveled this corridor since the 1800's but now climate change could be threatening their future. The coast has been battered by several recent storms, including Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, effecting low lying sections of the rail system. Some say rising sea levels will cause repeated flooding of those and other areas.

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Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released a new version of its ten-year plan for wildlife conservation last week. The plan describes the threats facing different plants, animals or habitats in the state, including White Nose Syndrome.

VETTS / Integrated Wellness Group

A program in New Haven, Connecticut is hiring U.S. military veterans as mentors to help steer teens away from gang-related activity. Last week it received a $30,000 grant from the state Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Right now, the VETTS (Veterans Empowering Teens Through Support) program employs 12 veterans as mentors, both part-time and full-time. It’s both part of a larger statewide social services non-profit, and a city-sponsored initiative.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order appointing the state's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, as a special prosecutor for one year to investigate cases where unarmed civilians are killed by police officers, or where there is a question as to whether or not the civilian was armed and dangerous.

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