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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.

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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