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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is struggling to win support for a program to help fellow ex-convicts find jobs.

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Connecticut agricultural officials are promising a crackdown on people falsely claiming the produce they sell at farmers' markets is grown in-state.

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Massachusetts Senate leaders are seeking another increase in the state's earned income tax credit and a requirement that online marketplaces like Airbnb charge guests the same taxes as hotels and motels.

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Connecticut state officials are collaborating with conservationists on a new effort to protect local bird species. Five sites around the state have been chosen by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Audubon Connecticut as areas where birds are in the greatest need of conservation.

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As many as 750,000 families in New York state are now eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program following a change in the program's rules.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Friday signed into law a bill allowing transgender people to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. Massachusetts becomes the first state this year to enact such a transgender rights bill.

Leaders of the tribe that owns the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut are speaking out over past remarks by Donald Trump that they describe as bigoted, and current campaign rallies they say disrespect Native Americans.

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Connecticut will be receiving more than $320,000 in federal money to help support its response to the Zika virus. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding will be used to identify and track Zika outbreaks, coordinate Connecticut's response and help affected families find services.

Authorities say a man was seriously hurt in Central Park and people near the area reported hearing some kind of explosion.

A New York state assemblyman and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations are among four people facing fraud charges in Cambodia.

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Comptroller Kevin Lembo says it appears Connecticut will close its books for the fiscal year with a nearly $316 million deficit. Lembo's assessment echoes an estimate previously released by the governor's Office of Policy and Management.

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Dry conditions have led to high forest fire danger levels in Connecticut. State officials are reminding residents to take care over the holiday weekend with the use of sparklers, fireworks, campfires and other flammable materials.

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A signature job creation program created by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has so far generated only 408 new jobs.

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New York's Health Department says it has identified 324 cases of Zika, all associated with travel to areas where mosquitoes are known to transmit it.

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Hartford's annual July 4 festival and fireworks show have been canceled because the city and neighboring East Hartford cannot afford it.

The New York attorney general's office plans to operate a complaint hotline to address voter problems in Tuesday's congressional primaries.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are in West Virginia to begin assessing the damage to infrastructure, homes and other property from devastating floods that killed 24 people.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on federal regulators to use new powers under the toxic substances reform bill to determine if the industrial chemical PFOA should be restricted or banned.

New York environmental regulators are looking statewide for potential sites of groundwater contamination from a cancer-causing chemical previously used to make Teflon and other products.

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Republican Senate hopeful August Wolf says he's suspending his campaign. In a statement Tuesday, the former Olympian said his campaign fell short of collecting the 8,079 signatures needed to challenge Republican State Representative Dan Carter in Connecticut's August 9 primary.

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Connecticut's current fiscal year is now expected to end June 30 with a larger-than-expected budget deficit.

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A lawyer for Remington Arms has asked a Connecticut judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the gun maker filed by the families of some of the children and adults killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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Popular daily fantasy sports sites still face uncertainty in New York even after state lawmakers passed legislation designed to regulate them.

The long-forgotten remains of 14 slaves discovered more than a decade ago in upstate New York have been reburied.

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The New York Legislature has adjourned following votes to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio's control of New York City schools for one year.

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A woman whose 6-year-old daughter was killed in the 2012 shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School is expressing her grief over the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 victims dead.

A Muslim group in suburban New York says a decision to give landmark status to a house it had planned to use as a mosque is less about historical preservation and more about putting up barriers to their plans.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says financially distressed colleges facing potential closure should be required to tell students the school may shut down.

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The Department of Motor Vehicles says that about 50,000 incorrect car tax bills will be mailed to drivers in Connecticut due to a computer error.

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A Haitian national whom federal authorities tried to deport repeatedly before he fatally stabbed a Connecticut woman last year has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for her murder.

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