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Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman is leading a weeklong business and trade mission to Taiwan.

  Stop the presses: we’re approaching another funding standoff in Washington. 

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that holding the government hostage is the wrong way to make political points.

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  Hillary Clinton has picked up a lot of early support in the Northeast.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the former New York Senator is the best choice for president.

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A bill that attempts to reduce high electricity bills that many New England consumers pay each winter is moving to the Connecticut governor's desk.

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An effort to extend workers' compensation coverage to Connecticut police officers suffering from mental injuries has cleared a key hurdle after years of defeat.

The state Senate voted 25-11 early Friday morning in favor of legislation to cover job-related mental health injuries that did not arise from a physical injury. But the proposal also encompassed another bill that extends workers' compensation coverage to certain firefighters who acquire various forms of cancer.

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The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on a proposal from Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes to open additional, smaller, jointly-operated casinos to help fend off out-of-state competition.

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  President Obama wants to make community college free for some students.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the idea should be supported.

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  The founders designed the Senate to be the more contemplative chamber of Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that longer terms make life in the Senate less harried.

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  A U.S. Senator is always on call.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his transition from the House.

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  College costs have reached emergency status for many Americans.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the industry needs a paradigm shift.

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  The last time he appeared on this program, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy was in the House of Representatives .

In today’s Congressional Corner, Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he has enjoyed the transition to the upper chamber.

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The Republican Party's endorsed candidate for Connecticut lieutenant governor is conceding defeat in the three-way race.

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Connecticut transportation officials are disputing a White House report that says Connecticut's public works are in dire condition.

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About 2,000 state managers in Connecticut are set to receive 3 percent pay raises.

State government agencies were notified Friday several classes of state managers will receive the salary hikes, effective July 1. The managers will also receive increases in January earned under the state's Performance Assessment and Recognition System. Those are expected to average 3 percent.

Funding for the increases was included in the new state budget that takes effect on July 1. They are expected to cost the state about $10 million.

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A bill on Governor Dannel Malloy's desk would make Connecticut the first state to require police departments to record and track the use of stun guns.

The legislature passed the bill, which also requires departments to adopt stun-gun policies, during the final hours of this year's General Assembly.

It followed the death in April of 22-year-old Jose Maldonado of Manchester, who was shocked by East Hartford police after they say he became combative while being booked on an assault charge.

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A new Connecticut law clarifies that horses are not inherently vicious, refuting two court decisions involving a horse in Milford that bit a child.

The state Senate approved the legislation 35-0 Tuesday. The House of Representatives backed the bill unanimously in April and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he will sign it into law.

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Connecticut lawmakers have passed an approximately $19 billion budget crafted by the Democrats.

The Senate approved the deal on a 21-15 vote early Sunday morning. About an hour earlier, the House had approved the same agreement. The budget bill now moves to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is expected to sign it into law.

The deal was reached just days after revelations that the state's projected budget surplus had plunged.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is proposing legislation clarifying that domesticated horses cannot be considered vicious.

The state Appellate Court overturned a lower court ruling two years ago, saying the owner of a farm where a horse named Scuppy bit a child demonstrated that the horse belongs to "a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious." The Connecticut Supreme Court heard an appeal in September.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Construction on a delayed veterans memorial at a park outside the Hartford Armory has yet to begin despite hopes expressed by Governor Dannel Malloy and other state officials it would be complete by Veterans Day.

The project will instead be scaled back and the state will solicit bids again for construction.

Connecticut's U.S. Senators they believe much of the money lost to the state during the 16-day federal government shutdown can be recouped.

Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say the state lost about $14.8 million in salary and benefits and about 1,000 jobs that were not created during the shutdown.

   We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on the RT, entitled – Ides Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we spotlight Connecticut at Work. The yearlong programming initiative explore a changing workplace, changing culture of work, changing workforce.

Stuart Parnes – Executive Director of The Connecticut Humanities Council joins us this morning.

Authorities have recovered a body from a lake near where a commercial photographer was reported missing last week.

Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the body was pulled Tuesday from Lake Lillinonah in Bridgewater after a homeowner spotted it from a dock. The body was transferred to the chief medical examiner for identification.

Police have been searching for 33-year-old Eric Langlois of New Milford since he went missing a week ago. He had told his wife he was heading to the Housatonic River to retrieve a lost bicycle.

Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is urging state regulators not to allow Connecticut Light and Power to charge its customers for the costs of five storms over two years. Blumenthal, a Democrat, spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields this morning.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration says it backs the state police commander who discussed the Newtown school shootings at a law enforcement seminar and won't punish him. 

The Journal Inquirer reports that Mark Ojakian, Malloy's chief of staff, called Col. Daniel Stebbins to ask how information about what he discussed at the seminar in New Orleans was published in a column in the New York Daily News earlier this month.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Department of Labor says the state unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent in January.

The department says the state added 4,700 jobs in January -- a sign of considerable improvement in the state's labor market.

The agency's research director says the data shows the state's job market is continuing on a modest but positive recovery path established in 2011.

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Manchester police say the Manchester Community College campus has been cleared after officers searched campus buildings for several hours when a student reported seeing a man with what she believed to be a gun in his waistband.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bipartisan legislative working group is offering two lists of recommendations for addressing gun violence: one from the majority Democrats and another from the Republican members.

While some of the Democrats' gun control proposals unveiled Tuesday go further than the Republicans' ideas, such as expanding the definition of an assault weapon under Connecticut's current assault weapons ban, there were some overlaps. Democrats also called for a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A water company buying up smaller systems to consolidate service in Connecticut is seeking a nearly 17 percent rate increase.

Aquarion Water Co. of Connecticut said Wednesday.an increase would generate about $27 million in revenue and cost the average customer about $7 a month.

Aquarion serves 625,000 customers in 47 cities and towns in Connecticut. It says it has spent more than $143 million to improve its delivery and other systems.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Five Connecticut nursing homes have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization after the U.S. Supreme Court denied their management company's request to delay a court order to reinstate 600 striking workers.

HealthBridge Management LLC announced Monday that the homes filed Chapter 11 papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newark, N.J., Sunday. Patient care won't be affected.

The Parsippany, N.J., company cited "unsustainable" pension and medical benefit costs for workers with District 1199 of the New England Health Care Employees Union.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the second suspicious letter in a week sent to Conn. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office.

Andrew Doba, Malloy's spokesman, said a staff person in the governor's office in the state Capitol opened a letter containing "a green granular substance" on Monday afternoon. State Capitol Police were notified and a hazardous materials crew from the state police and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection removed the letter from Malloy's policy office on the fourth floor.

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