Richard Blumenthal

Office of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro

The U.S. Government says Connecticut leads the growth of new farms in New England.  

U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show that right now, one in four farm operators in Connecticut are beginning farmers. That’s a 15 percent increase from 2007.

Connecticut Republican Party

In Connecticut former Olympian August Wolf says he'll petition his way onto the Aug. 9 Republican primary ballot for U.S. Senate. Wolf announced on Wednesday that he will attempt to gain over 8,000 signatures by June 7 in order to qualify.

Davis Dunavin

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Representative Joe Courtney of Connecticut are asking Congress to approve $600 million to respond to what they call a growing epidemic of heroin and opiate abuse.

Blumenthal likened heroin and opiate addiction to a natural disaster, like a hurricane. That got nods from other speakers at the forum.

“We need a state of emergency," said Tammy De La Cruz of Community Speaks Out, a drug addiction advocacy group. "People are dying in droves. We need to save people. This is a state of emergency.”

Toby Talbot / AP

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Joe Courtney of Connecticut held a forum in New London to hear from state public health officials, addiction treatment centers and police chiefs from Southeastern Connecticut about the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Several members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are among a group of federal lawmakers that met with President Barack Obama on Monday about his executive actions tightening the nation's gun laws.

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