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CT Zika-fighting efforts could feel pinch if Congress doesn’t act

The Asian tiger mosquito

WASHINGTON — Connecticut has received nearly $1 million this week from the federal government to combat the Zika virus – enough for now, state officials say, but not if the crisis worsens. Meanwhile, the blame game continues in Washington over who is responsible for holding up more than $1 billion that could bolster states’ efforts to fight the disease. Continue Reading →

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Esty asks feds for money to combat lead in tainted CT water systems

water tower

WASHINGTON – Connecticut does not have the type of water problems that are harming Flint, Mich., but staff cutbacks in the state’s drinking water monitoring program – in addition to problems and incidents of lead-tainted water in some state water systems – have prompted U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty to ask the federal government for help. Continue Reading →

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Most CT schools don’t test water for lead, but that could change

Drinking at a water fountain.

WASHINGTON – Most of Connecticut’s more than 1,000 schools and child care centers don’t have to test their water for lead under federal or state laws. But the tragedy in Flint, Mich., has spawned a number of proposals to better combat lead contamination in schools and elsewhere. Continue Reading →

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A shifting ground for artificial turf in Connecticut

Justin Lewis celebrates on his high school soccer field in Stratford.

A number of cancer cases around the country among young athletes who played on artificial turf fields made with a crumb rubber filler have spurred calls for further research into the safety of the fields. Continue Reading →

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