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Connecticut facing snowplow driver shortage as winter nears

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Already facing higher fuel and salt prices, the state of Connecticut is looking for snowplow drivers to fill a shortage as winter approaches. The Day reports the state department of transportation is seeking to hire nearly 140 more drivers to address a 13% driver shortage. The DOT says the shortage is due to a recent spate of retirements and a shortage of applicants who have commercial driver's licenses. One snow removal service operator says fuel prices have doubled and salt prices are up about 30% compared to last year.

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