Coverage of Connecticut from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont reached a deal between the state’s largest health care workers’ union and the nursing home industry late Thursday afternoon that would avert a strike Friday at 26 facilities. The nursing home operators still must finalize contract details with workers.

The University of Connecticut is looking for a new president.

The Hartford Courant reported Thursday morning that President Thomas Katsouleas will resign, effective June 30. UConn shared his resignation letter, which is actually two months old.

A health care workers union is delaying strike plans at seven nursing homes while it continues to negotiate for more state funding for the long-term care industry and its workforce.

Thousands of members of New England Health Care Employees Union District 1199, SEIU are still threatening to walk off the job Friday if their demands for better wages and benefits are not met -- union leaders say there’s been some progress with state leaders, but not enough to meet their goals. 

As summer approaches, New England begins its reopening phase. What does that mean for families and traveling? Dr. John O'Reilly, Chief of General Pediatrics at Baystate Health talks with Dara Kennedy and Maya Shwayder on what parents need to know as they consider COVID vaccinations for their kids.

Thinking of sending your children to summer camp? Abbie Charrier, Director of Camps and Trips for New England Sports Camps, will discuss the provisions her camps have made in preparation.

Dara Kennedy and Maya Shwayder will talk with Connecticut House Minority Leader, Republican Vincent Candelora on the state's reopening plan and vaccine policy.

Over the past year, there's been a sharp decline of women visiting their doctors. For National Women's Check-up Day, Dr. Molly Shipman, a leading physician at Women's Health, explains why women need to focus on their own personal health.

What have you been dreaming about? And Another Thing will look into the subconscious aspect of dreams that some people may be encountering in a pandemic mental state.

The Yard Goats are back in Hartford.

A classroom.
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A Massachusetts lawmaker hopes to follow to lead of Connecticut and Maine, and eliminate the religious exemption for childhood vaccine requirements in schools.

Esports has evolved into a multibillion dollar industry and in its wake, colleges and universities have developed competitive teams and academic concentrations. Josh Staley, New England College Esports Program Director and scholar esports athlete Corey Bryan will talk to Dara and Maya about this profitable profession.

And Another Thing will talk with Jacob "J-Wall" Wallack, the reigning EA Sports Madden NFL  club champion and how he's made over 200,000 dollars in prize movie.

Dara Kennedy and Maya Shwayder examine the foster care system and the challenges foster families have faced during the pandemic. Psychology professor Jen Matos of Mt. Holyoke College talks about family stabilization. Next, a conversation with William McClendon who grew up in the Connecticut foster care system and just recently, became a foster parent. He spends his time working with at-risk youth.

A vaccine for COVID-19 being prepared.
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A public health expert says several factors may explain why many New England states are near the top of the list for getting their residents vaccinated against COVID-19.

Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, where the Yard Goats play.
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The minor league baseball season was canceled a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hartford Yard Goats, the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, were among those impacted by the shutdown.

Reps. Neal, Larson Make Business Case For Regional Rail Links

May 6, 2021
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, at podium, with U.S. Rep. John Larson of Connecticut outside Springfield's Union Station.
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U.S. Reps. Richard Neal of Springfield and John Larson of East Hartford made the case Thursday for an investment of between $6.7 billion and $9.7 billion in the infrastructure needed for regional rail service that could link Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Hartford and New Haven to New York City and beyond.

A Connecticut Supreme Court case around women-only areas in gyms could have big implications on how the state sees sex and gender discrimination.

A hand recount shows that Simsbury voters overwhelmingly approved a multimillion-dollar land deal in their town Tuesday evening, after a ballot preparation error led to thousands of votes not getting recorded by a machine tabulator. 

Connecticut Considers Stretch Code That Lets Cities Push Builders On Efficiency

May 5, 2021

Connecticut homebuilders are pushing back against legislation that would allow municipalities to require new buildings to meet high efficiency standards. 

The bill (HB 6572) would authorize municipalities to adopt a so-called “stretch” building code that would apply to new or substantially renovated buildings larger than 40,000 square feet. Developers would have to demonstrate that the buildings will use at least 10 percent per square foot less energy than the maximum levels permitted under the state building code. 

At least 24 states have mounted a legal challenge against the Sackler family. The billionaire family owns Purdue Pharma, one of the companies in the center of lawsuits and litigation around the opioid crisis.  And Another Thing spoke with Attorney Generals William Tong of Connecticut and Maura Healey of Massachusetts as they continue to fight to hold Purdue Pharma accountable.

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The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has alerted state officials to an act of anti-Islamic hate speech at the Cheshire Correctional Institution.

The lack of footage for a police shooting involving a white Derby, Connecticut, officer and a Black man is drawing attention to the cost of body cameras.

Former UConn women’s basketball star Jennifer Rizzotti has been officially welcomed this week as the new president of Connecticut Sun, the WNBA franchise owned by Mohegan Sun.

Connecticut regulators have determined that Eversource and United Illuminating failed to meet acceptable performance standards in their preparation and response to Tropical Storm Isaias last summer.

Families who oppose Connecticut’s new law eliminating the state’s religious exemption to childhood vaccines will take their fight to court, announcing their plans just hours after the governor signed the bill into law. 

The push to switch from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy will mean a lot more demand for battery storage. It's just part of massive efforts to modernize the electric grid in New England and the nation to meet the challenge of climate change.

The fight against fossil fuel expansion in New England has a new front in Killingly, Connecticut. Climate activists want the state to reject a proposed natural gas plant there, which is tied to the company behind a controversial pipeline development currently underway in Minnesota and a recently completed natural gas line in New England.

One day after the guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin came down in the murder of George Floyd, Connecticut activists took to the streets looking to address people in the suburbs.

Pharrell Bright sat in a plastic folding chair in the middle of a gym auditorium at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford.

The Capital Preparatory Magnet School senior had just received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

"I saw a lot of the commercials that the hospital has been posting on TV and through the news and it’s saying, 'get vaccinated, it could save some lives,'" he said. "And I felt like I just heard it enough times that I was like, you know what, maybe it isn’t such a bad thing to do." 

That recycling you put out each week in the blue bin may not be going where you think it is. 

Because of contamination in curbside bins, the city of Hartford is now redirecting most of its recycling to a nearby incinerator, which means tons and tons of recyclable materials are going to waste while the city spends about $30,000 a month trying to deal with the problem.

The state House of Representatives approved a bill early Tuesday that would remove Connecticut’s religious exemption from mandatory school vaccinations, a major step for a hot-button proposal that has been raised three years in a row with no vote in either chamber until this week.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has criticized the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for recommending a pause of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations.

Shootings are on the rise in some of Connecticut’s biggest cities. Some lawmakers from those cities want more money for gun violence prevention.

Federal investigators said Tuesday that pilot error and poor engine maintenance contributed to the destruction of a vintage B-17 airplane, which crashed and killed seven people at Bradley International Airport on Oct. 2, 2019.