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    Do you know a Hometown Hero? Call, write, or email News 12 Connecticut and that person could be featured on News 12 Connecticut's Hometown Hero segment every Wednesday. 

    Do you know a Hometown Hero? Call, write, or email News 12 Connecticut and that person could be featured on News 12 Connecticut's Hometown Hero segment every Wednesday. 

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    Olsen is the board chair of Fairfield County's Community Foundation and chairs its executive committee. As chair, she is involved with the foundation's annual Giving Day.Olsen is the board chair of Fairfield County's Community Foundation and chairs its executive committee. As chair, she is involved with the foundation's annual Giving Day.

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    A federal audit released Monday finds that government hospitals placed Native Americans at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses.
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    A federal audit released Monday finds that government hospitals placed Native Americans at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses.
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    Negotiations between the Trump administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a critical debt and $1.3 trillion budget bill are on the cusp of a deal.
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