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A new railroad investment is about to get underway in eastern Connecticut that its backers hope will be a boost for the economy right along the tracks and into greater New England. Instead of giants scissors, the New England Central Railroad chose a train to cut the ribbon on this new project.

Sounds, particularly those made by other humans, rank as the No. 1 distraction in the workplace. According to workplace design expert Alan Hedge at Cornell, 74 percent of workers say they face "many" instances of disturbances and distractions from noise.

"In general, if it's coming from another person, it's much more disturbing than when it's coming from a machine," he says, because, as social beings, humans are attuned to man-made sounds. He says overheard conversations, as well as high-pitched and intermittent noises, also draw attention away from tasks at hand.

Telecom giant AT&T has reached an $85.4 billion deal to buy media titan Time Warner. The news of this transformational merger has shaken up both industries, raising eyebrows on Wall Street and drawing criticism from lawmakers and even the presidential campaigns.

AT&T's proposed $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner is already raising eyebrows among an important constituency: politicians. Reaction to the deal, which was announced Saturday night, has been swift, and skeptical, from both sides of the aisle.

At a rally in Gettysburg, Pa., earlier Saturday, after news of the deal had started to trickle out, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said it was "a deal we will not approve in my administration because it's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few."

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Bloomfield-based health insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy that required physicians to fill out extra paperwork before they could give patients a drug used to treat opioid addiction. 

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A Canadian startup, Dream Payments, will be relocating to grow its business in Connecticut, after winning the state’s first ever international pitch competition. 

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Connecticut business leaders are sounding the alarm about the state’s economic direction after the third straight month of job losses.

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Running a small business will always be a challenging way of life. But if your home country is occupied by a foreign power and you are part of a diaspora of refugees spread across the world, your challenges rise to a new level. 

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The lawyers who work for the state’s Attorney General have voted to join a union. A total of 181 attorneys working in the office are eligible to join the AFT.

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The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is seeking $610 million in compensation from the state of Connecticut, because of the loss of tribal land over more than a century. 

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South Windsor and East Windsor are now also in the running to host the state's proposed third casino. Candidates from those two towns submitted new bids for consideration to the partnership of Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes, the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans. 

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One of Connecticut’s AAA affiliates announced it will now resume issuing drivers licenses to non-members, after the state threatened to sue.

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Verizon Wireless is to close two call centers in Connecticut, affecting 550 workers. The two sites that will be shuttered are in Wallingford and Meriden. Verizon will offer the affected employees new positions outside of the state. Those who don’t relocate will be eligible for a separation package. 

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The proportion of people in Connecticut who are working, and yet still struggling to make ends meet has risen in the last two years. That's according to a new study from United Way.

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Health insurer Aetna is looking to reduce its workforce through early retirement, and will also change some of its workforce policies. The Hartford-based company issued a statement saying it wants to position itself for continued growth in 2017 and beyond.

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In oral arguments on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court enters the smartphone wars.

The case, which pits Samsung against Apple, could have major repercussions for tech products across the board.

The two smartphone giants have been battling each other — not just in the marketplace but also in the courts — since 2011, a year after Samsung unveiled a new set of smartphones, including the Galaxy. Like iPhones, the Samsung products, for the first time, had rounded corners and square icons on a touchscreen.

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The Teamsters union representing many workers at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford has voted in favor of a deal that will bring production of a new heavy lift helicopter to Connecticut. But the package also means a 25 percent pay cut for workers who are hired from 2017 onward. 


The physicians of Yale Medicine will remain within Anthem’s network. The provider group and the health insurance company said Wednesday that they came to terms, just three days before a deadline that would have seen them part ways. 

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Tech giant Yahoo and the Democratic National Committee have been some of the latest organizations to fall victim to high profile hacks. But cyber attacks are also a very real threats to small businesses – many which call Connecticut home.

This hour, we talk cyber security -- how to prevent hacks and stay secure. 

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The tribal partnership that proposed a third casino for Connecticut said it’s heard from new towns that might want to host the facility. But the communities that were originally in the running are finding the process frustrating. 

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There is no shortage of places to gamble in the northeast -- with casinos in states like New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and of course Connecticut where high rollers can try their luck at Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods Resort Casino in the southeastern part of the state.

And more casinos are on their way.

This hour, we get an update on MGM Springfield and where plans stand to open a third casino in North Central Connecticut operated jointly by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes. 

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A prominent physicians group in Connecticut and health insurer Anthem face a deadline this week to reach an agreement to keep the doctors within the insurer’s network. The brinksmanship of this particular face-off is attracting the attention of lawmakers. 

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State Treasurer Denise Nappier will review all of Connecticut’s business relationships with Wells Fargo, as the bank is mired in scandal over bogus accounts. Wells Fargo is leading a bond sale for Connecticut next month; Nappier now says she will appoint Morgan Stanley to partner in managing that sale. 

One of the four ballot questions Massachusetts voters will decide this November would expand the state’s five-year-old casino gaming law to allow a second slots parlor to open here in the Bay State. The referendum is being backed by a developer with a very specific plan in mind.