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Connecticut Leaders Start Debate on $40 Billion Democratic Budget

After working through the night to secure enough votes, Democratic leaders of the Connecticut House of Representatives initiated debate on a budget bill that's been heavily criticized by major businesses for raising taxes.
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Rail Safety

Most Commuter Rails Won't Meet Deadline For Mandated Safety Systems

Many investigators say Positive Train Control (PTC), an automated safety system, could have prevented last month's Amtrak train derailment. Amtrak officials have said they will have PTC installed throughout the northeast corridor by the end of this year, which is the deadline mandated by Congress.But the vast majority of other commuter railroad systems, which provided nearly 500 million rides in 2014, won't be able to fully implement positive train control for several more years.On the...
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Sikorsky has announced it will close its Bridgeport plant, and consolidate all of its Connecticut operations in Stratford. One hundred eighty people will lose their jobs in the state, as the helicopter maker lays off 1,400 people worldwide -- just less than ten percent of its workforce.

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When J.J. Johnson, “the father of the modern jazz trombone,” first heard trombonist Steve Davis playing with the Jackie McLean Sextet some years ago at a jazz festival in Brazil, the great brass master had the highest praise for young Davis, then a rising musician who had idolized the jazz legend for years.

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When Connecticut's legislative session ends at midnight Wednesday, hundreds of pending bills will fade away without a vote.

A proposal that would give terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs has been ready for a vote in the House of Representatives since April 21, and is unlikely to be taken up before Wednesday night's deadline.

The Senate has approved the USA Freedom Act, which will alter the way U.S. agencies conduct surveillance and gather data. A final vote on the bill came late Tuesday afternoon, after amendments to the bill failed.

Update at 9:30 p.m. ET: Obama's Signature

Following an expedited enrollment process, President Obama signed the bill into law late Tuesday.

After hearing testimony from four families, U.S. lawmakers passed a resolution calling on Iran to release three jailed Americans and provide information about a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007.

As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, the families say it's time for the U.S. to push hard on this issue.

Among those who spoke Tuesday before a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was Daniel Levinson, son of former FBI agent Robert Levinson.

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The new tax obligations Connecticut wants to impose on its corporations are a growing trend around the nation. And some advocates say it’s a movement that’s long overdue.

Hartford Police Department

Recent violence in the city of Hartford left five people dead in the month of May alone, and Mayor Pedro Segarra is dealing with a problem of both public safety and politics. 

Amid a bribery scandal involving top executives of world soccer's governing body, FIFA President Sepp Blatter is resigning.

Blatter made the announcement on Tuesday during a press conference, just days after he easily won an election to a fifth term.

"It is my deep care for FIFA and its interests, which I hold very dear, that has led me to take this decision," Blatter said, according to FIFA's translation of his remarks.

Nearly 100 years after their heroic deeds, two World War I U.S. Army soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor, America's highest military honor, on Tuesday. Historians say Sgts. William Shemin and Henry Johnson hadn't been properly recognized for their bravery under fire.

It's not often that the Dalai Lama calls out a fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

But that's what happened last week when he was asked about Aung San Suu Kyi, who has declined to speak out on the worsening plight of the Rohingya minority in her homeland of Myanmar.

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Commuting in Connecticut

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Biking In: Connecticut's Slow Embrace of Commuter Cycling

When Alice Shea decided to start biking to work, it wasn’t easy at first. The ride from her house in East Windsor to her job at Travelers Insurance in Hartford was about 17 miles, and at the time, she wasn’t an active cyclist. Shea thought that taking a local bus line part of the way until she built up her stamina would be the easiest solution. There was only one complication: in 2006, there was no place for Shea to put her bike on the bus.
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More News: Privacy

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Connecticut Teachers Union Spars With Reform Group Over Student Data Access

A controversy has erupted between the state’s largest teachers union and an education reform group over student privacy. The Connecticut Education Association claims that Hamden Public Schools gave an education reform group school data that risks exposing personal information about students.
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More News: Health Care

State's Obamacare Exchange Plans for Life Without Federal Money

The agency that runs the state's insurance marketplace under Obamacare approved a new budget Thursday, and this will be the first year that Access Health CT will operate without substantial federal support.
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More News: Performance

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Rob Ruggiero on Luck, Choices, and "Good People"

WNPR's Diane Orson sat down with Rob Ruggiero, the director of “Good People,” to discuss the play and his approach to directing. “Good People” runs May 22 to June 28 at TheaterWorks in Hartford. The following has been lightly edited for clarity.
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Summer Plus Music: Pretty Much Why We Live Here

Memorial Day now behind us, it's time to take out the calendar and begin the serious business of penciling in the summer concert-going plans.
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