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Incumbent Democratic Lawmakers Face Challenges in Connecticut

by Associated Press
Voting Sign.

Ellen Fitzsimons, Flickr

Eight incumbent Democratic state lawmakers in Connecticut will be among the candidates facing primary challenges next week.

   They include a couple General Assembly veterans. The issues ranging from how they voted on the state's 2013 gun control legislation to their stances on local political issues.

   Registered Democrats and Republicans will vote Tuesday in 10 other legislative primaries as well. Several in heavily Democratic cities are expected to be more hotly contested than the November general election.

New York Releases Half of Statewide Test Questions

by Associated Press
Students taking a test.

Shannan Muskopf, Flickr

New York education officials released half of the state's 2014 standardized math and English test questions on Wednesday, five months after critics first complained that the questions were confusing and loaded with brand name references that looked like product placement.

   The material released by the state Education Department included questions from last spring's tests together with answers and analyses.

NYC Drops Federal Appeal in Stop and Frisk Cases

by Associated Press
NYPD car.

Jason Lawrence, Flickr

New York City has dropped its appeal of rulings in stop-and-frisk cases. The move is aimed at speeding reforms it has agreed to in a settlement.

   The city's law department filed papers Wednesday with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

   The goal is to end years of litigation over the city's controversial anti-crime tactic. Those who brought lawsuits did not oppose the action.

   The city reached a deal earlier this year with plaintiffs in lawsuits.

Still Cool to be a Cop

by Jeff Coltin
Law enforcement explorers at Fordham

Explorers during morning exercises, Jeff Coltin, WFUV News

Police officer has always been one of the coolest professions, up there with astronaut and rock star. But is it still that way in New York City?

Poll Shows Christie Trails Clinton in New Jersey

by Associated Press
Governor Chris Christie.

Brookings Institute, Flickr

Gov. Chris Christie trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among New Jersey voters surveyed in a poll about the 2016 presidential race.

   The Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-uh-pee-ack) University poll released Wednesday shows Clinton leading the Republican governor 50 to 42 percent. Both are considering 2016 runs but haven't committed.

   The poll also shows Clinton with strong support among women New Jersey voters surveyed. Men are divided. Clinton has a slight edge among independent voters.

Morning Brief: August 6

by Jeff Coltin
Mt. Sinai Medical Center

Mt. Sinai Medical Center, HomieG34, wikimedia

News that a man was hospitalized in New York City’s Mt. Sinai Hospital with ebola-like symptoms played very differently in the city’s various newspapers.

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