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5:28 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Two Years Later, A Movement of Kindness in Newtown

Sunday marks two years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Over the past two years, thousands of people around the country have responded with acts of kindness.  That includes many different groups and some who have decided to act on their own.

Ashley Petersen, a Sandy Hook native, created a Facebook event called “26 Days of Kindness,” in which each day leading up to Dec. 14 is dedicated to a victim of the shooting.

Petersen’s Facebook event has inspired more than 3,000 people to join.

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Sandy Hook School Shooting
2:40 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Conn.'s U.S. Senators Renew Call For Gun Control Legislation

Connecticut's U.S. Senators marked the upcoming two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting this week by giving speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

In April of last year, a gun control bill that was supported by both senators failed to pass. On Wednesday, both Senators called on their colleagues to pass gun control legislation.

In his speech, Sen. Chris Murphy criticized his colleagues for not taking action even though there have been more shootings at schools across the country since the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown.

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Unemployment Tax
7:32 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Klarides: Conn. Employers Will Pay Highest Unemployment Tax In Country

Incoming Connecticut House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.
Credit Conn. House Republicans

The incoming Republican leader of the Connecticut House is concerned the state labor department is not doing enough to reduce unemployment taxes for businesses.

By January, Connecticut companies will be paying the highest federal unemployment taxes in the country, said Rep. Themis Klarides of Derby.

Connecticut has not obtained a waiver that would have given the state an extension on repaying federal loans it used to pay unemployment benefits during the recession, she said. That’s why she’s written to the state labor commissioner seeking an explanation.

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Development
10:07 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Small Conn. Town Has Big Plans For Development Along Thames

Preston Riverwalk site along the Thames River.
Credit Rhonda Miller

Nearly 400 acres of prime real estate along the Thames River in Preston, Connecticut, was once the site of Norwich State Hospital,  which closed in 1996. Since then, the property has attracted several proposals for development.  None of them have worked out.

Five years ago, the little town of Preston took a big leap and bought the property, that's now envisioned as Preston Riverwalk.

Bulldozers and scrap sorting machines are working on the rubble of one of 57 structures being demolished on the Preston Riverwalk site.

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Government
12:31 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

New Haven Sending Help For An Ebola-Stricken Sister City

New Haven mayor Toni Harp with church leaders during a service at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

The city of New Haven, Connecticut shares a special connection with Freetown, Sierra Leone. The two are sister cities, and they have a shared history dating back to slave ship Amistad. It docked in New Haven in 1839 and marked a turning point in the African American fight against slavery. Now Sierra Leone’s largest city is at the center of the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

At St. Luke’s, an African-American Episcopal church in New Haven, Caribbean culture is strong. But Reverend Richard Meadows, Jr., says some of his parishioners are from West Africa.

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