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Two-term Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch announced Tuesday he is dropping his bid for re-election. Finch said he will back his former rival candidate, Mary-Jane Foster. 

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Of the 95 people being laid off from the Department of Labor because of funding cuts, only one is a manager. Officials from the Malloy administration faced questioning from lawmakers on the issue Monday. 

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The annual cost to operate Connecticut's bus-only system is rising as transit planners build out the route beyond its Hartford-to-New Britain corridor.

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Gov. Dannel Malloy is on the offensive over CEO compensation at the state's hospitals, as criticism of his Medicaid cuts mounts.

Malloy spoke to reporters after a State Bond Commission meeting in Hartford on Tuesday. He was questioned about recent cuts he made of more than $63 million to state Medicaid reimbursement.

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Environmentalists and elected officials appear united in their desire to keep commercial development off New York's Plum Island.

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Agricultural developments in the mid-20th century catapulted the farming industry to new levels of production. But that "green revolution" also fostered a population boom that's once again forcing farmers to innovate. 

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It was January 2012. The PGA golf association was hosting its merchandise show in Orlando, Florida – and the Back9Network was there.

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New FBI data show that violent crime in Connecticut dropped by nearly ten percent in 2014 compared with the previous year, continuing a downward crime trend seen across the country. 

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Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, and Sheryl WuDunn were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. Their latest book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity looks at people with great ideas who are making the world a better place and calls upon all of us to do our part.

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Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said her office has no legal authority to grant exceptions to state law on petitioning minor party candidates. Her statement comes in response to efforts by the Job Creation Party Committee in Bridgeport to get a petitioning mayoral candidate, incumbent Mayor Bill Finch, onto the ballot for the upcoming November election.

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Under current law, by the time students in this year’s sixth grade class reach 12th grade, there will be new, more rigorous requirements to graduate high school.

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State officials said they're concerned about the discovery of a highly invasive aquatic plant in Coventry Lake in Coventry.

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On September 30, 1865, Yale University played its first-ever baseball game, a Saturday afternoon matchup against Wesleyan. Last Saturday night, the two teams met in an exhibition game to celebrate the sesquicentennial of their rivalry, and of their respective baseball programs.

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Pope Francis was in Philadelphia this weekend and so were more than 250 pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Hartford.

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A new report shows there was a significant increase in certain crimes between 2013 and 2014 at the University of Connecticut's main campus in Storrs, including sexual assaults. 

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A former Connecticut lawmaker who had been charged with election fraud for allegedly voting in a district where she did not live has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators, but avoided prison time. 

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A software firm that helps community banks comply with government regulations has been named as the fastest growing technology company in the state.

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Yale University reported that its endowment grew to a record high $25.6 billion based on an 11.5 percent return for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

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Politicians from across Connecticut have been listening to the message of Pope Francis this week and now they're reacting to a world leader whose message seeks to avoid the partisanship endemic to Washington, D.C. 

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A new arts season dawns. And despite the lingering cloud of the Hartford Symphony labor impasse – it originally looked like the HSO season-opening concerts might be lost, but in fact they will go on as scheduled – the new cycle brings a reassuringly plentiful supply of music, both familiar and challenging.

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The school administrator from Avon who spearheaded the district's decision to replace social workers with school psychologists, has left Avon to work in New Britain. 

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Everyone is talking about native shrubs these days as we try to wean ourselves away from invasives, such as burning bush and Japanese barberry, which have been used for years as landscape plants. But it’s not enough to simply plant a native and hope for the best. 

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Connecticut has made strides in identifying and helping children who have experienced trauma – with more than 50,000 undergoing trauma screenings since 2007 – but more must be done to ensure all children’s needs are met, according to a report released today.

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At Wesleyan University, known for its liberal culture, a campaign to shut down the campus newspaper is coming from an unlikely source: its students. 

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Sculpture gardens bring together art, human creativity, and nature. There are several in Connecticut, including a private one nestled in a residential neighborhood in North Haven that winds in and around the home of artist David Millen.

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Having health insurance is a near necessity, but paying for it is getting increasingly hard for consumers.

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Connecticut hospital executives are asking the General Assembly to intervene and prevent $63.4 million in new cuts to state Medicaid payments to their health care facilities.

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Massachusetts is urging a judge to dismiss lawsuits challenging its decision to award Wynn a casino license.

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Connecticut police are still stopping black and Hispanic drivers at disproportionately high rates, according to new data released from Central Connecticut State University.