In Connecticut, a formula helps make bail decisions

The state’s bail system aims to protect public safety and make sure people show up for court using the “least restrictive” manner possible, so understanding the risks posed by each defendant is a key part of that system. It turns out, there’s a formula to help with that.

A gentle introduction to APIs for data journalists

API data can provide a rich source for journalists and data scientists, and I think I’ve found the simplest API on the web to get you started. In this article, we’ll take a REST API run by the FAA to provide airport status information and write an API wrapper for it so we can access the data in future code. You should have some comfort writing code, and experience with Python if you want to follow along but the principles can be applied in any programming language. Python is pretty readable if you can write code in any language.

Religion mapped across America’s counties

December is a big month for religious followers. Evangelical Protestants outnumber other religious adherents in more than half the counties in the country, or about 1766. Catholics are second, with about 800 counties where they outnumber others. With the most followers in about 500 counties, Mainline Protestants is third.

Younger CT women shift toward degrees in sciences, away from education

Younger people are earning bachelor’s degrees in education at a far lower rate than older age groups, and gender gaps in science and engineering have narrowed, new Census data show. Nationwide, just 8.9 percent of 25- to 39-year-olds with bachelor’s degrees studied education, compared with 12.7 percent of 40- to 64-year-olds and 23.5 percent of people aged 65 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey five-year estimates.

Advocacy group report points to cost as housing hurdle

Connecticut has made strides in reducing homelessness and increasing its affordable housing stock, but affordability remains a challenge for a state with the sixth-highest housing costs in the nation, according to an update from the Partnership for Strong Communities, a non-profit housing advocacy group.

Health care law subsidy averages $357 per month in CT

The federal health law pays an estimated $346 million per year in insurance premiums on behalf of Connecticut residents — dollars that will be at stake as lawmakers debate a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. For individual Connecticut customers, that amounts to an average of $357 in premium subsidies per month, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.