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2:10 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Conn. Struggling To Meet EPA Ozone Standards

Traffic on I-95 in Connecticut
Credit (AP Photo/Bob Child)

As cars and trucks rumble on I-95 near Connecticut’s shoreline, they spew emissions into the air. On hot summer days, those emissions, along with the emissions from power plants and factories, cook in the sun, which turns them into ozone. Ozone is the chief component in smog.

Southern Connecticut’s ozone is some of the worst in the nation, and, while it’s much better than it was back in the 1980’s, it’s been getting worse.

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54 percent spike in abandoned homes
9:59 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

NY Attorney General Introducing Bill To Combat Rise Of 'Zombie' Properties

New York's metro area has the highest number of "zombie" foreclosures in the country.
Credit Chart courtesy of RealtyTrac

Long Island is experiencing a spike in "zombie" homes—properties that are often abandoned after their owners receive a notice of foreclosure. They can fall into disrepair, reducing the values of surrounding property and serving as magnets for crime and vandalism.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is re-introducing legislation to combat the rise of abandoned properties. The bill is aimed at closing the gap of responsibility when a homeowner defaults.

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Government
6:00 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Sandy Hook Commission Releases Draft Of Its Recommendations

Scott Jackson, Chairman of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, center, listens as committee member Dr. Alice M. Forrester, right, speaks, during a meeting of the commission at the Legislative Office Building, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission will present a full report to Malloy next month. Malloy formed the commission after the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. For two years, they've been meeting regularly, discussing gun violence, mental health and school safety. They released a draft version of that final report on Thursday.

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Culture
5:49 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Restoring Bridgeport's Barnum Museum

The front facade of the Barnum Museum in downtown Bridgeport.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU News

Nineteenth century showman P.T. Barnum was the father of the American circus. He was also an early mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and he developed much of the city’s downtown. And among his wonders is the Barnum Museum.

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Government
12:42 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Conn. Lawmakers Push For Long Island Sound Study

Gov. Dannel Malloy and lawmakers at Branford, Conn.'s Owenego Resort.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

When Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy delivers his budget proposal to lawmakers next week, it’ll include funding for a comprehensive study of Long Island Sound, designed to give the state an inventory of resources like plants, animals, and minerals in the sound.

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