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The continued viability of the state's fledgling Board of Regents for Higher Education is being questioned as its second leader in about four years announces plans to step down.

Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-Wilton, the leading House Republican on the General Assembly's Education Committee, said Monday that lawmakers should be reassessing the board's role overseeing four state universities, 12 community colleges and the online Charter Oak State College under the recently merged Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system rather than just finding a replacement for Gregory Gray.

The Connecticut Department of Labor has shut down nearly two dozen nail salons across the state. The Labor Department says it's responding to complaints from nail salon employees about health and employment practices.

Unannounced visits on Aug. 3 resulted in stop work orders on more than 20 nail salons in Branford, Darien, Hartford, New Haven, Southport, Stamford, and Westport.

The Labor Department also recovered more than $47,000 in wages allegedly owed to employees and penalized businesses $100,000 for alleged pay and records violations.

(Connecticut Department of Correction via AP, File)

Connecticut’s Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment, saying it goes against that state’s constitution, in a decision that could have national implications.

The U.S. Department of Education has signed off on Connecticut's plan to relieve thousands of high school juniors from having to take an unpopular standardized test.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday that federal authorities have approved the waiver his office submitted seeking to replace the 11th grade Smarter Balance Assessment, or SBAC, exam. 11th grade students will now take the SAT instead of the SBAC exam.

The change will take effect in the 2015-2016 school year.

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, Pool)

The Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a longtime practice that allowed multiple murder convictions for one killing.