New York’s top judge is holding hearings this week on the benefit of providing civil legal services to the poor. A US Supreme Court case guaranteed legal counsel to people accused of crimes, but that same right is not given to people going through civil court. New York courts are trying to change that.
The Connecticut Labor Department says the state’s unemployment rate in August remained unchanged from July at 8.1 percent. The report shows a loss of 6,000 jobs, but the Labor Department says that's because of a miscalculation last month in their seasonal adjustment of the labor numbers. Long Island’s private sector lost 600 jobs in August compared to July. But the New York Department of Labor says that’s an improvement in the long-term. Over the prior 10 Augusts, the losses averaged 3,000.
The US Census Bureau is releasing data from its annual American Community Survey on Thursday morning. It shows a region still not recovering from the recession and housing bust of 2008. WSHU's Charles Lane on Long Island and Craig LeMoult in Connecticut had a look at the data and have this report.
Schools in 36 districts across Connecticut will receive money to improve security as part of a state grant program. The $5 million grant came out of legislation passed after the Newtown school shooting.