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"Hidden issue will erupt"
7:32 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Democrats bank on student debt

Huntington, N.Y., Democrat Steve Israel says student loan debt gives his party the advantage in November's elections.
Credit AP/Evan Vucci

At a breakfast meeting in Washington on Tuesday, Congressman Steve Israel was eating eggs and fielding questions from reporters about fundraising statistics and battleground districts.

But halfway into the meeting, he put down his fork and talked about student debt.

"Forgive me for this, but this is what you guys are missing," Israel said, "This issue is so potent it surprised me."

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Foraging in Connecticut
5:57 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

In your back yard and on a hike, delicious plants are everywhere

Michelle Spinei and Steve Conaway, standing with Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), which is a spring cooking vegetable. Click photo for a slideshow of other foraging plants
Craig LeMoult

If you’re in your back yard or going for a hike in the woods this weekend, you might not pay that much attention to some of the plants you see. But some of those weeds could be delicious. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult went for a hike in Greenwich with Michelle Spinei and Steve Conaway  of the Greenwich Land Trust, both of whom are devoted foragers.

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McKinney says he's the only candidate with a plan
4:48 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

McKinney says he's got a plan to eliminate Conn income tax on those making $75,000 or less

Conn GOP gubernatorial primary candidate John McKinney announcing his tax plan on Main Street in Stratford, Conn, on Thursday July 31, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

One of two Republican candidates for Connecticut governor, state Senator John McKinney, is calling for a partial elimination of the state's personal income tax. McKinney said on Thursday that the plan would eliminate the tax on those earning $75,000 or less, beginning in 2017. 

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Bridgewater composting pilot shows how it works
1:51 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Conn. community tries recycling food waste

Chef Damian Krieg at the Village Store in Bridgewater, Connecticut now puts food wast in a compost heap.
Credit Jan Ellen Spiegel

Connecticut has struggled for years to cut its amount of trash by increasing recycling. It turns out food waste and other organics account for the single biggest category of trash and about a third of the waste stream. Finding new ways to deal with food waste has been a slow go – but that might be changing.

(Read Jan Ellen Spiegel's story in the Connecticut Mirror on the the composting pilot here).

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Government
7:18 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Conn. cities look to national initiative to increase collaboration between non-profits

Christine Bianchi, chair of the community council for Waterbury's Bridge to Success.

The national initiative Strive Together is gaining some attention in the region. Strive Together is a non-profit that comes into cities and creates collaborations between municipalities and community organizations to help children.

The city of Norwalk recently joined Waterbury and 47 other cities around the country who have signed on to the initiative. Each city has a main objective whether it's educational or health related.  In Waterbury,  the focus is on literacy.

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