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Residents of Small Connecticut Town Oppose Large State Police Firearms Training Center

Residents of Willington, Connecticut meet Tuesday to discuss the proposed relocation of a large state police firearms training facility to the small New England town.
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Track Construction Begins on New Haven-Springfield Rail Line

Construction of a second track has begun for the expanded New Haven-to-Springfield, Massachusetts, rail line, with commuters being bused along the route for the next year.
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The commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said he's confident the state can comply with President Barack Obama's plan to impose stricter carbon dioxide limits on states.

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Aetna has reported second-quarter earnings of $731.8 million, a 33 percent bump on the same time last year, and a number that exceeded analysts’ expectations. 

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The state comptroller says Connecticut is on track to close out the last fiscal year with a $70.9 million budget deficit.

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A state website published information about college students and their salaries, violating their privacy rights. The incident has called attention to a number of other concerns surrounding transparency and privacy.

State officials will be investigating Tuesday whether a circus tent at the Lancaster fairgrounds that collapsed in a storm Monday evening - killing a father and daughter - was properly set up, State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan said.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is asking anyone who was there to reach out to the fire marshal's office.

An epic legal battle is about to begin over President Obama's plan to address climate change, in which the Environmental Protection Agency is putting in place new limits on greenhouse gases from power plants. Critics argue the plan is on shaky legal ground, but the administration says it's prepared to defend the regulations in court.

In announcing the "Clean Power Plan" on Monday, Obama predicted some of the arguments his critics would make.

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Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and gun safety advocates in Hartford on Monday to urge firearms dealers to wait until background checks are complete before selling a weapon. 

Larry Lucchino's role in seeking a new Providence ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox "remains unchanged," a team spokeswoman said Saturday, even though Lucchino is winding down his impactful role as CEO of the Boston Red Sox.

"Larry's role remains unchanged with respect to the PawSox ownership group," Patti Doyle said via e-mail. "He remains focused on achieving a renegotiated agreement with the state on relocating the team to a new ballpark on lands within the I-195 District [area] in Providence."

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is extending the contract of its music director, who last year became the orchestra's youngest conductor in a century.

The story of hitchBOT — the robot that had visited Europe and New York City, but couldn't make it out of Philadelphia in one piece — may not be over. A Philadelphia tech group is offering to rebuild the robot and hoping to repair their city's reputation.

A kid-sized robot that's built around a plastic bucket and sports a friendly LED face, hitchBOT had been on a mission to travel from Massachusetts to San Francisco, relying on the kindness of humans it meets along the way.

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