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    President Donald Trump's job-approval rating in the U.S. counties that propelled him to victory in 2016 stands at 50 percent, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll looking at "Trump Counties."

    Fifty percent of adults in these counties — consisting of Republicans, Democrats and independents – approve of the president's job, including 29 percent who strongly approve. The poll also showed that 46 percent disapprove of Trump's job, including 35 percent who do so strongly.

    By comparison, last month's national NBC/WSJ poll had Trump's overall approval rating at 40 percent. 

    The poll's sample was taken from 439 counties in 16 states – Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin – that either flipped from Barack Obama to Trump, or where Trump greatly outpaced Mitt Romney's performance in 2012.



    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

    President Donald Trump waves to spectators as he walks up to his viewing booth on the 15th green at the Trump National Golf Club during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open Golf tournament Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Bedminster, N.J.President Donald Trump waves to spectators as he walks up to his viewing booth on the 15th green at the Trump National Golf Club during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open Golf tournament Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Bedminster, N.J.

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    A Texas woman posted a heartfelt plea on social media for people to send thoughts to her husband, who is an Army veteran and is currently living at home under hospice care.

    According to a Facebook post, Lee Hernandez asked his wife recently to hold his phone for him in case he got any calls.  

    After two hours, Hernandez received no calls. He then told his wife, “I guess no one wants to talk to me.”

    His wife Ernestine then took to social media, and asked people to call him or text him because it helped brighten his day.

    The post eventually went viral, and Lee has received hundreds of phone calls and text messages.

    NBC 6 spoke with the person who posted the plea to an Arizona Veterans Forum on Facebook. She said that Lee has received so many phone calls and texts, that they are now requesting e-mails.

    If you would like to get in contact with Lee, you can send him an email at blessingsforlee@gmail.com.



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    McDonald’s will celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday by giving away free soft serve cones, but for one lucky customer at the Golden Arches, they’ll get more than just delicious frozen treat.

    According to a press release issued by the company, one lucky customer that redeems a free cone on Sunday will receive a special edition “Golden Arches Cone.” That cone will entitle the recipient to a lifetime of free soft serve ice cream at the restaurant chain.

    In order to be eligible to get the special cone, customers must download the McDonald’s app and redeem the free vanilla cone offer between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at participating locations.

    Customers wishing to just get a free ice cream cone at the restaurant can do so throughout the day on Sunday, according to the company. 



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    FILE - In this Friday, April 20, 2012, file photo, a McDonald's sign is shown at a McDonald's restaurant in East Palo Alto, Calif. McDonald's Corp., on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, announced that a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes items priced at $5 could be launched nationally this year. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)FILE - In this Friday, April 20, 2012, file photo, a McDonald's sign is shown at a McDonald's restaurant in East Palo Alto, Calif. McDonald's Corp., on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, announced that a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes items priced at $5 could be launched nationally this year. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

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    This is a big weekend in Hartford with several major events taking place including The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz.

    And as it got underway it appears another signature event for the Capital City has been saved.

    “The word had gotten out there that we were in limbo and somebody had heard,” Nicole Glander, First Night’s event manager, said.

    Organizers of First Night needed to secure money by now so they could start the planning process.

    That’s when an anonymous donor came to the rescue.

    “This is a miracle. A lot of us thought we would have to throw in the towel,” Glander said.

    The popular New Year’s Eve celebration includes fireworks, performances, and other family-friendly activities.

    “I’m glad they were able to save it because it’s a fun night and people get a lot out of it,” Lori Steiner of Farmington, said.

    First Night’s search for cash came when the city dropped its funding for the event during tough budget times.

    “One of the things we’ve really focused on at this time when we at the city have had to cut back is building new partnerships,” Mayor Luke Bronin, D-Hartford, said.

    Bronin says events including First Night and the jazz festival show that donors realize having a vibrant Capital City is important to the whole state.

    “A lot of people have stepped up in big ways,” Bronin said.

    While city staff helped raise money for the jazz festival, that does not include the gift of any city cash.

    You can check out more jazz starting Sunday at 3:00pm at the Bushnell Park pavilion.



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    Middletown Avenue in North Haven is closed after a car struck a utility pole.

    Police said there were no life-threatening injuries. The car appeared to have rolled over onto its roof during the crash.

    The road is shut down between Spring Road and Great Meadow Drive while United Illuminating crews repair the pole.

    Check back for updates.




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    Middletown Avenue in North Haven is closed between Spring Road and Great Meadow Drive due to an accident.Middletown Avenue in North Haven is closed between Spring Road and Great Meadow Drive due to an accident.

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    Several state parks are at capacity Sunday afternoon.

    Hammonasset Beach state Park in Madison, Squantz Pond State Park in New Faifield, Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown, Millers Pond State Park in Durham, Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union and Pattaconk Lake State Park in Chester were all at full capacity as of Sunday afternoon and closed to new vehicles.

    For the most up to date park information, follow the CT State Parks Twitter account. 

    Sunny was expected to be sunny with temperatures in the high 80s. For the full forecast, click here. 



    Photo Credit: Amanda Raus, NBC Connecticut

    Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison is a popular spot in the summer.Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison is a popular spot in the summer.

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    Route 85 in Hebron is closed because of a serious accident involving a car and a motorcycle, according to Connecticut State Police.

    Police said the road is closed between the Airline Trail and Maple Avenue.

    More information was not immediately available. Check back for updates.



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    Two years have passed since Nina Coe, a 59-year-old Middletown woman, disappeared and on Sunday friends and family with gather at a vigil in her honor.

    Coe was reported missing in July 2015, days after family members last saw her. 

    Police said she does have some health and substance abuse issues, but was in constant contact with her family and it would be highly unlike her to go so long without reach out to her many family members. 

    Friends and family have planned a vigil for 6 p.m. Sunday at the Middletown town green. 

    Coe remains missing and police and her family are still looking for tips in the case. Anyone with any information should call Middletown police at 860-638-4000.





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    Nina Coe, 59, has been missing from Middletown for two years.Nina Coe, 59, has been missing from Middletown for two years.

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    New Haven police are investigating a serious crash involving a moped and an Uber driver at Willow and Orange Streets Sunday.

    Police said the crash happened around noon. The moped operator, a 48-year-old man from North Haven, suffered traumatic injuries and remains in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital, police said.

    The driver of the car, a 44-year-old woman from Hamden, was not hurt. Police said the driver worked for Uber. A passenger in the car was also uninjured.

    Police said the Uber driver remained at the scene and has been cooperating with police. She told police she was stopped at a red light heading west on Willow Street. She reported that when the light turned green, she drove into the intersection and hit the moped, which was traveling north on Orange Street.

    Police are investigating the crash and fault has not been determined at this time.



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    The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding boaters to be aware of invasive plants and other species trying to take over lakes and ponds.

    Many boaters who spoke with NBC Connecticut said they know part of their job is to look out for invasive species that could latch onto their vessels.

    DEEP said not everyone is aware, and some boaters are carrying these foreign species on their boats from one lake to the next, which can cause big problems.

    “The plant life is the one that people aren’t even aware of. They just see it in the water and they don’t think anything of it,” said Roy Sanden, a DEEP boating instructor.

    On Sunday DEEP was out reminding boaters what to look for. There is a $95 fine for boaters who fail to clean off their vessels before entering the water, potentially carrying invasive species into the water.

    One of the most common problems is zebra mussels, which feed on the same algae that fish need to survive.

    There are also invasive plants, which push native species out, and can tangle up boats. Many of these plants form dense mats under the water’s surface, making it difficult to see if you’re swimming.



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    Boaters at Coventry Lake know to be on the lookout for invasive species in the water.Boaters at Coventry Lake know to be on the lookout for invasive species in the water.

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    One person was injured after an Ultralight aircraft crash in Eastford Sunday, according to Connecticut State Police.

    State police confirmed they were assisting with the investigation.

    The Eastford Independent Fire Company said crews were called to Buell Drive around noon for a report of an Ultralight aircraft crash. When they arrived they found that the aircraft had crashed into the woods about 500 feet past the runway.

    The victim was extricated from the woods. LifeStar dispatchers confirmed that they transported one patient from the Eastford scene to Hartford Hospital. The victim’s condition was not immediately available.

    More information was not immediately available.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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    Hartford police are investigating after a person was shot and killed on Westland Street Sunday.

    Police said the male victim was shot in the head. The victim was found in the area of Westland Street and Garden Street.

    Major Crimes was called in to investigate.

    According to officers on scene, the suspect is at large at this time.

    Police said they have a description of a vehicle that left the area and they are looking to identify the occupants of that vehicle.

    More details were not immediately available.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.



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    Police are investigating after a person was found shot in the head on Westland Street in Hartford Sunday.Police are investigating after a person was found shot in the head on Westland Street in Hartford Sunday.

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    A 14-year-old remains in critical condition after a shooting in New Haven Sunday night. 

    Police said they were called to Bassett Street near Newhall Street around 9:30 p.m. for reports of a shooting. 

    The victim was taken to Yale New Haven hospital. 

    According to authorities, the shooter was a passenger in a white Toyota sedan, possibly an Altima. 

    Police said they do not have a description of the shooter at this time. 

    Detectives from the department’s Major Crimes Division and Bureau of Investigation are investigating.

    Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call New Haven Police. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Three Stamford police officers jumped into the water at Cummings Park to save a 7-year-old boy who fell in Sunday evening.

    Stamford police said that around 6:30 p.m. they were called to the fishing pier for a child that fell off. Police were told that the child could not swim and that he was holding on the a pylon in the water.

    Sgt. White rushed into the water from the beach, while Officers Rosa and Montanaro ran down the pier toward the child. The officers noticed that the child’s arms were shaking as he clung to the pylon, so they jumped off the pier into the water. Officer Rosa was able to reach the child and everyone returned to the beach.

    The boy was taken to Stamford Hospital where he was treated and released, and he was home with his family as of Sunday night.



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    Route 2 west in Colchester has reopened after being closed due to a crash, according to Connecticut State Police.

    Police said that the crash happened near exit 17. One person was taken to the hospital, but the severity of any injuries is unknown.

    Check back for updates.




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    Route 2 west in Colchester was closed Monday morning near exit 17 due to this crash.Route 2 west in Colchester was closed Monday morning near exit 17 due to this crash.

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    Monday marks the 17th day of the fiscal year and Connecticut is still without a budget.

    On Monday unions are expected to vote on concessions that will directly affect the state budget.

    Currently the state is facing a $5 billion deficit over the next two fiscal years, but union employees could help save $1.5 billion.

    Democrats postponed a budget vote until after the union employees finished voting on concessions.

    The concessions would mean unionized state employees have to pay more for their pension and health care.

    Until a budget is passed, Gov. Dannel Malloy will run the government using his limited executive authority.

    House Democrats plan to meet Tuesday for further budget discussions.



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    A Norwich man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Sprague Sunday night, according to Connecticut State Police.

    Police said that 22-year-old Gregory Cruz was riding down Main Street (Route 97) in the Baltic Village area of Sprague shortly before 11 p.m. when he struck the curb near the intersection with River Street. Cruz was ejected from the motorcycle and hit a utility pole on the side of the road.

    Cruz was pronounced dead on scene.

    State police are investigating the crash.



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    Several sets of patio furniture have been stolen from a Plainville restaurant and police are investigating.

    Police said the furniture was taken from the outdoor seating area of a new restaurant in town.

    They have not released the name of the restaurant, but they have posted photos of the missing tables, chairs and umbrellas that were taken.

    Anyone with information should call Detective Fenn at 860 747-1616 x265 or email fenn@plainville-ct.gov.




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    Windsor Locks police have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

    Twenty-three-year-old Dwight Eisenhower Jr. faces charges of first-degree sexual assault of a minor, illegal sexual contact, and risk of injury to a child.

    Police did not immediately provide details of the case.

    Eisenhower was released on a $50,000 bond and is due in court Monday.



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    Dwight Eisenhower Jr.Dwight Eisenhower Jr.

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    Suffield police have identified three suspects accused in a spree of shoplifting incidents at a local CVS Pharmacy from March through May 2017.

    On Monday, Suffield police arrested 27-year-old Randall Lane, of Enfield, was arrested on charges related to his involvement in at least two incidents.

    Police also hold an arrest warrant for 27-year-old Jeremiah Fitzgerald, of Enfield, for his involvement in two incidents, police said.

    Investigators also have authorization to extradite a third suspect, 26-year-old Nicholas Roy of Indian Orchard, Mass, for involvement in an incident in March. Roy is currently incarcerated in Massachusetts.

    Police said Roy was initially stopped as he fled the scene of a theft in March. At that time he gave police a fake name. Police later identified Roy and he was arrested by Massachusetts State Police on unrelated charges. When Roy completes his jail time in Massachusetts, he will face the Connecticut charges, police said.



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    Randall Lane (left) and Nicholas RoyRandall Lane (left) and Nicholas Roy

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