Stephanie Simoni, WTNH News 8

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Past articles by Stephanie:

Public hearing scheduled to address free menstrual products in schools

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A public hearing is now scheduled on a house bill that would require schools, colleges, prisons, and shelters to give out free menstrual products in the state. The Diaper Bank of Connecticut is a big supporter of the bill, as they also help everyone have access to this basic need. […] → Read More

Family makes emotional plea for driver in Seymour double fatal hit-and-run to come forward

The family of a Shelton couple hit in front of a police officer in Seymour is pleading for the driver to come forward. → Read More

Attorney General Tong cracking down on illegal cannabis advertising in Connecticut

If you’re driving along the highway in Connecticut lately, you’ve probably noticed big billboards trying to get you to Massachusetts to buy marijuana. → Read More

NTSB: Parking brake not released on plane that crashed in Farmington, killing 4 people

The National Transportation Safety Board has released an aviation accident preliminary report following a plane crash in Farmington earlier this month. → Read More

Fall Foliage Forecast 2021 out now; full green expected longer than usual due to heavy rains from summer storms

If you check out the state’s fall foliage map, this week is when it starts to appear in the northern corners of the state. → Read More

Municipal leaders in 60 towns urge Gov. Lamont to reissue state-wide indoor mask mandate

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG) is urging Governor Ned Lamont to issue a new executive order to require indoor mask wearing statewide. → Read More

How the CDC’s reversal on mask guidance will impact CT and upcoming school year

With the CDC reversing course on some mask guidelines, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont weighed in saying that our state will probably continue to follow the agency's lead on in-school learning this fall for all kids K-12 regardless of vaccination status. → Read More

CSCU forgiving $17 million of community college student debt accumulated during pandemic

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) president announced that it will be forgiving millions of dollars of community college student debt accumulated during the pandemic. → Read More

What to know: Tropical Storm Elsa ramps up in Connecticut this morning

For days now, Storm Team 8 has been tracking Tropical Storm Elsa in the chance that it might hit Connecticut. Elsa's projected path shows that this storm will certainly pay us a visit. → Read More

Waterbury’s Zoning Commission votes against allowing recreational pot sales for time being

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — On the eve of recreational marijuana becoming legal in Connecticut, the city of Waterbury’s Zoning Commission voted to not allow pot sales and cultivation, at least for now. Mayor Neil O’Leary said Wednesday the recreational pot law is complicated and controversial, and there is no reason for the Brass City to […] → Read More

Man with Alzheimer’s forgot he was married, falls in love with wife, proposes again

In 2018, Peter was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. With that, comes good days and bad days. → Read More

CT husband with Alzheimer’s proposes to wife of over a decade; wedding planner daughter organizes vow renewal

Back in December, he was unpredictable in the best possible way. → Read More

Grassroots organization in New Haven calling for firing of principal accused of using racial slur

More fallout after a New Haven school principal allegedly used a racial slur. A grassroots organization is now calling for her resignation. → Read More

Pick-your-own strawberry fields opening across the state

'Pick-your-own' is up and running at many fields across the state. Down at the Scott’s Yankee Farmer in East Lyme, they say their strawberries are some of the best they’ve seen in the 40 years they’ve been planting. The owner credits the new field. → Read More

Fireworks return to the skies above local communities this summer; some postponed due to weather

Fireworks will be back this year. Towns and cities across the state are starting to announce their 4th of July plans. → Read More

Moderna files for FDA emergency use authorization for COVID vaccine in adolescents 12-17

Thursday morning Moderna, Inc. announced that the company has requested an emergency use authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). → Read More

State Senate passes recreational marijuana bill; sending back to House for amendments

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The State Senate passed a bill overnight making recreational marijuana legal in Connecticut. SB-1118 is now headed back to the House, which plans to send it to Governor Ned Lamont by the end of the session Wednesday. The vote passed 19-17. The debate went on since 9 p.m. Monday and lawmakers […] → Read More

Cruises slowly picking up speed post-pandemic

Cruises are slowly getting going. Just this week, Disney and Royal Caribbean announced test cruises and there’s been a big push to get Alaskan Cruises sailing this summer, too. Right now, you can book a fall cruise out of New York City and Boston, but at this point, there’s no guarantee they will set sail. → Read More

State releases new COVID guidance for upcoming proms, graduations

When it comes to proms and graduations in Connecticut, the governor says you can count on it. This comes after new guidance was just released from state officials. → Read More

Volunteers to go door-to-door, schedule COVID vaccine appts. for Fair Haven residents Saturday

Hundreds of volunteers will be hitting the streets of Fair Haven this weekend to help that New Haven neighborhood get vaccinated against COVID-19. → Read More