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Massachusetts Lottery officials say they are prepared for the new competition from the casino industry.

State lottery officials say they are using zip code analysis to detect any shift in sales patterns in the convenience stores, gas stations, and bars located near Plainridge Park, the state’s first casino that opened to capacity crowds on June 24. 

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who oversees the lottery, vows the agency will compete with the casinos.

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Aetna will become the nation’s second largest health insurer as it announces a deal to buy Kentucky-based Humana. The $37 billion dollar deal will significantly increase Aetna’s presence in the market for government plans like Medicare Advantage, which offers privately-run versions of Medicare plans. 

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The Supreme Court may have given health insurance companies more certainty on the Affordable Care Act, but merger speculation continues in the industry. Will the Big Five end up as the Big Three?

And what will that mean for consumers? 

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In the United States, men named John, James, Robert, and William hold more corporate board seats than women hold altogether. It’s a pretty striking reality, which begs the question: Why aren’t there more women in corporate America? 

The U.S. economy keeps adding jobs at a steady pace, but the Labor Department report for June also shows more people are leaving the labor force and wages are not rising.

The economy added 223,000 jobs last month as unemployment fell to its lowest rate since 2008, the Labor Department said Thursday. The jobless rate dipped to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent in May.

The Justice Department says it is investigating "possible unlawful coordination" by several major airline carriers. American, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines have all confirmed receiving letters from the Justice Department.

In a statement, American said the department "seeks documents and information from the last two years that are related to statements and decisions about airline capacity."

A United spokesman said the company is complying fully in regard to the probe.

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Business leaders in Connecticut say the changes in the budget implementer bill that passed the General Assembly this week are only a start.

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State regulators look poised to reject a $3 billion foreign takeover of Connecticut’s second largest utility. 

Manufacturers in Connecticut are among those who say they’ll suffer with the expiry of the federal Export-Import bank. There are more than a hundred companies in Connecticut that use the services of the federal agency, known as the Ex-Im bank.

I'd been renting a Toyota Camry to give free rides around the city for my series Streets of Shanghai, about the lives of ordinary Chinese. But the monthly rental fees were killing me, so I figured I could save money by buying a used car.

I went to a reputable used car dealership. The first hint that this would be different than shopping in the U.S. came when I met my salesman, a fresh college grad.

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Connecticut could see its job growth actually decline this year and next, according to a dire new forecast from UConn’s Center for Economic Analysis.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. says it will expand its presence in research centers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, while cutting jobs in Connecticut.

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Governor Dannel Malloy said he’s not worried about a potential visit to Connecticut by Florida’s governor, Rick Scott. Florida has become the latest state to begin courting Connecticut corporations after the controversy over business taxes in the state budget. 

When you hear the words "green brewery," you might picture gleaming solar panels or aerodynamic wind turbines. But the most valuable piece of technology at the $24 millionheadquarters of Smuttynose Brewing Co. on the seacoast of New Hampshire isn't quite as sexy.

"The place you have to start is the building envelope," says Smuttynose founder Peter Egelston.

The first casino in Massachusetts opens to the public Wednesday.

Plainridge Park Casino, located at a harness race track near the Rhode Island border, has 1,200 slot machines, but no table games.  

The more upscale resort casinos planned in Springfield and greater Boston won’t open for at least two years. 

Casino industry expert Clyde Barrow said Massachusetts should do well with its first casino.

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Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill setting out a multi-step process that could lead to a new tribal casino along the Connecticut border. The measure allows the tribes to request proposals from communities interested in hosting a casino.

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Governor Dannel Malloy has taken to citing a tax study by Ernst and Young which he claims shows Connecticut has among the lowest corporate tax rates in the nation.

But the lead author of the study doesn’t agree with the governor’s interpretation, and on Monday, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association invited Andrew Phillips to explain why.

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After weeks of rumors at least one potential deal in the health insurance industry is out in the open - but it may be going nowhere. On Sunday Bloomfield’s Cigna publicly rejected an offer from Anthem, calling the $47 billion bid "deeply disappointing." 

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Last week, non-profit Hartford Healthcare said they would cut the jobs of over 400 people if the state increased taxes on hospitals to what they say are unsustainable rates.

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Connecticut added 6,400 jobs in May, and the state’s unemployment rate fell to six percent. The figures mean so far in 2015, the state is showing its strongest performance since the post-recession recovery began. That’s despite the fact that the department also revised April’s figures from a 1,200 job gain to a 600 job loss. 

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Hartford Healthcare will lay off hundreds of staff, saying the cuts are necessary because of reduced reimbursement for Medicaid patients. 

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You don’t have to be an expert to see the auto industry is finally back on track. After the financial crisis several years ago and the $80 billion government bailout of GM, GMAC and Chrysler, car manufactures around the country seem to be doing quite well on their own these days.

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Historic West Hartford firearms maker Colt has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. But the company says it plans to keep its doors open. 

Ten small and medium-sized Connecticut aerospace companies are heading for Europe this weekend, as the Paris Airshow gets underway. 

The annual European airshow is held alternate years in England and in France. This year it’s the turn of Paris - although those in the industry describe it as Mecca. “If you’re an aerospace engineer, there’s no better place to be than over either in Paris or Farnborough,” said Colin Cooper of Whitcraft, a precision parts maker in Eastford.

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A coalition of activists and labor unions has written an open letter to General Electric, accusing the corporation of paying no taxes in the state of Connecticut, and commending the legislature for its attempt to increase business taxes in the recent budget bill.

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The stadium being built for the minor league Hartford Yard Goats now has a sponsor and a name, and the Yard Goats will play baseball at Dunkin' Donuts Park.

What if there were an app where a user could have all of the news he was interested in, from the outlets he trusted, all in one place?

That's the goal of Apple's new iOS 9 feature, called, simply, News. It will be a permanent fixture on the iPhone and iPad home screen, just like Calendar, Maps and Weather.

Homeowners interested in switching to solar energy will soon have the option to do so with no upfront costs. The nation’s largest rooftop solar installer is coming to Rhode Island. Starting this week, California-based SolarCity will offer Rhode Islanders loans to buy home solar systems.

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Scattered across Connecticut’s landscape are thousands of old mills and factories. Places like the Gardiner Hall Jr. Company in Willington and Whiting Mills in Winsted now stand as architectural relics from our rich, industrial past. 

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