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Here's the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the region:

Parts of Long Island are under “yellow zone” restrictions for having a 7-day positive COVID-19 test rate above 3% for 10 days. That means impacted communities need to restrict mass gatherings to 25 people, and religious gatherings to 50% capacity. Schools and businesses can remain open.

Great Neck and Massapequa Park in Nassau County, and Hampton Bays and Riverhead in Suffolk County, must abide by these rules.

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Connecticut Democratic Congressman Joe Courtney says the future for submarine manufacturing in Connecticut has never been brighter.

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to protect healthcare and social service workers from workplace violence by their patients.  

House Bill Would End Federally Subsidized College Loans

Dec 18, 2017
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U.S. Representative Joe Courtney, D-CT2, is warning that a bill being considered in Congress would make it more difficult for Americans to afford college. The Republican-backed PROSPER Act would end federally subsidized student loans. It was approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce last week.

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved a defense spending bill that could increase the production of Virginia-class submarines by Connecticut-based Electric Boat. But funding for the extra submarines remains uncertain.

Representative Joe Courtney, D-CT2, voted against the bill. Speaking before the vote on Thursday evening, Courtney said Republicans designed the bill in a way that gives Secretary of Defense James Mattis too much discretion on how the money will be spent.