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The 27 year old suspect who attempted to bomb the New York subway reveals his motive; also on our rundown; a look at how the GOP tax plan targets the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate; plus - Tis the season, to get ready for tax season.

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Public News Service - CT: Children's Issues

Funding in the budget makes every 11- and 12-year-old eligible for the HPV vaccine. (dfuhlert/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The budget passed by the state Legislature takes a significant step toward reducing the incidence of cancer in Connecticut. The $41.3 billion, two-year spending plan includes $18 million to improve access to the vaccine that protects against the human papillomaviruses, the ca

Student achievement gaps between rich and poor school districts in Connecticut are among the largest in the nation. (markusspiske/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A lawsuit challenging Connecticut's public education funding system goes before the state Supreme Court Thursday. The suit originally was filed in 2005, and a year ago a trial court judge ordered the state to submit proposals to overhaul the system of education aid to citie

Almost 13 percent of Connecticut children live in poverty. (ikon/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – More than 95,000 Connecticut children still live in poverty, and advocates fear threatened state and federal budget cuts could make things worse. Childhood poverty is down slightly in Connecticut and nationwide. Still, almost 13 percent of the state's children live below th

Ragweed thrives with higher concentrations of carbon dioxide. (Jim Pisarowicz/NPS)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new analysis ranks Connecticut high on the list of areas where smog and pollen combine to threaten respiratory health. The Natural Resources Defense Council's mapping project puts the Nutmeg State at number two, just behind Washington, for percentage of its population sub

Budgets proposed by Gov. Dannel Malloy and state legislators all cut spending on children's programs and services to record lows. (Dannel Malloy/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – An analysis of four proposed state budgets finds they all would cut critical spending on programs for children to record lows and still fail to address the causes of the deficit. The proposals - from Gov. Dannel Malloy, House Republicans and Democrats, and Senate Republican

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HARTFORD, Conn. – A bill to ban so-called conversion gay therapy in Connecticut has moved a big step closer to becoming law. The bill passed the state's House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote 141-to-8. Final passage would make Connecticut the seventh state in the nation to ban the lon

About 85 percent of Connecticut students ride buses to public schools, which exposes them to greater levels of air pollution. (School Bus Central/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Environmentalists want Connecticut to use some of the money from the Volkswagen settlement to help children in low-income communities affected by air pollution. The state will be getting almost $51 million from the car maker's $20 billion settlement for deliberately cheating

Nationally, African American children are six times more likely to have a parent in jail than are white children. (Amanda Mills/pixnio.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Mass incarceration of African Americans has contributed significantly to the racial achievement gap in the nation's schools, according to a recent report. The so-called war on drugs vastly expanded the U.S. prison population. But while African Americans are no more likely to sel

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