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Flanked by other members of the Illinois congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky speaks about the importance of the United States Postal Service during a press conference outside the USPS Chicago Headquarters. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Ill. Rep. Schakowsky backs College Athlete Bill of Rights

Sep. 23, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, chairwoman of the House Commerce Subcommittee, is backing the College Athlete Bill of Rights crafted by a group of Democratic senators. Schakowsky, D-Ill., was set Wednesday to announce her support for the legislative framework put forth by Sens. Corey Booker of New Jersey and Richard...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 1993, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes the court oath from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, right, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Ginsburg's husband Martin holds the Bible and President Bill Clinton watches at left. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)

Connecticut officials join nation in mourning Ginsburg

Sep. 19, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are joining the nation in mourning the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while some are calling on Senate Republicans to wait to vote on her successor until after January's presidential inauguration. Ginsburg, 87, an iconic women's rights...

FILE - Chanse Sylvie, left, head coach Lincoln Riley, center, and Creed Humphrey, right, lead the Oklahoma football team from the Unity Garden after they held a 57-second moment of silence in honor of the 57-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s

In summer of college athlete empowerment, what was gained?

Aug. 31, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

College athletes come and go, cycling through their programs and campuses in about four years. Organization has been difficult to attain. Motivating people to band together and fight for reforms when they might not be around to reap the benefits is challenging. This summer there have been signs that is changing....

Connecticut officials raise awareness about drug overdoses

Aug. 31, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are speaking out to raise awareness about drug overdoses, which have increased nearly 20% compared with last year. Advocates say the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to the increase, with Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz calling it an “epidemic within an...

Weather service assessing storm damage in NY, Connecticut

Aug. 28, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — National Weather Service teams were assessing damage in Connecticut and upstate New York on Friday to see if tornadoes touched down during powerful storms that caused power outages for tens of thousands of customers. The teams were visiting New Haven County in Connecticut and Orange...

Rate hike, storm lead to calls to break up Eversource

Aug. 24, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut regulators heard calls Monday to break up the state's largest electric utility in the wake of large rate increases and lengthy delays in restoring power following Tropical Storm Isaias. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority held a day-long hearing by videoconference...

Hearing to question Eversource electricity rate increase

Aug. 23, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut regulators are set to hold a hearing to review a recent Eversource electricity rate increase that caught many customers by surprise. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, or PURA, has scheduled the hearing for Monday on the fee increases that took effect July 1,...

In this Dec. 6, 2018 photo, U.S. Navy veteran Floyd Welch, attends the Pearl Harbor Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony in New Haven, Conn. Welch, one of the last survivors of the battle of Pearl Harbor, died at his home in East Lyme, Conn., on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. He was 99. Welch was serving aboard the USS Maryland on Dec. 7, 1941, when the U.S. fleet came under attack by Japan. (Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

Floyd Welch, survivor of Pearl Harbor, dies at 99

Aug. 18, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Floyd Welch, who was credited with saving the lives of fellow sailors during the attack on Pearl Harbor, has died in Connecticut. He was 99. Welch died peacefully at his home in East Lyme on Monday, his family said. Welch, who was born in February 1921 in Burlington, Connecticut,...

FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, a player runs across the NCAA logo during practice in Pittsburgh before an NCAA tournament college basketball game. A court decision the NCAA says will hurt college sports by allowing student-athletes to be paid “vast sums” of money will go into effect. That's after the Supreme Court declined Tuesday to intervene at this point. Justice Elena Kagan denied the NCAA’s request to put a lower court ruling on hold at least temporarily while the NCAA asks the Supreme Court to take up the case.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Senators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rights

Aug. 13, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill or rights. The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with...

One week after storm, thousands still without power

Aug. 11, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

A full week after Tropical Storm Isaias hit the Northeast, tens of thousand of people were still waiting in Connecticut and New York Tuesday for their lights to come back as public officials stepped up criticism of the region's electric utilities. In Connecticut, the main electric utility, Eversource, said more...