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Connecticut motorists are paying about 13 cents a gallon more for gasoline this week than last, according to the weekly survey by AAA.

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Scarlett Lewis is on a mission. She lost her six-year-old son, Jesse, during the 2012 Newtown school shooting that left 20 children and six educators dead. But somehow, through something barely short of a miracle, she’s been able to use that pain and turn it into something powerful. 

Lewis created the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation to honor the message her son left on the family’s chalkboard the day he died – nurturing healing love. One of the things she’s trying to do is bring social and emotional learning into public schools.

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We'll get you in the mood to explore our state with the author of Insiders' Guide to Connecticut, now in its second edition. It's pure pleasure cover to cover. And we'll send the book right to your door as a thank you gift for supporting this show and WNPR.

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Connecticut’s labor market rebounded in March, adding 4,000 jobs. That came after a weak February where the state lost 2,900 positions. 

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Sean Connolly is the new Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. He's also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve who says he wants the state to do even more to serve all veterans.

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Connecticut should act to close loopholes that allow big corporations to pay less tax. That’s the recommendation of pressure group ConnPIRG, which says small businesses in the state pay thousands of dollars extra each year to make up for corporate tax avoidance. 

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The Department of Revenue Services said the amount of tax fraud that it has identified and prevented this year is substantially higher than in previous years. 

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Mental disorders surpassed respiratory problems and all other ailments as the leading cause of hospitalization in Connecticut in 2012 for children ages five to 14, teenagers, and younger adults, according to a new state health department report.

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Fishermen can be pretty clever with where they hide their illegally-captured fish.

"We've had people hide them in secret compartments in boats. We've had them hide them in vehicles, rocks, all kinds of places to prevent us from finding them," said Cpt. Ryan Healy of the state environmental conservation police.

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Governor Dannel Malloy on Friday named the state's interim education commissioner, Dr. Dianna Wentzell, to the role permanently.

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General Electric has posted a loss in the first quarter, because of the sale of large parts of its financial arm.

The Fairfield-based conglomerate took a one time charge of $16 billion in connection with the massive reshaping of its portfolio — selling off most of GE Capital, which became the cornerstone of its profits in the last decade. 

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Asian Longhorned Beetles, Emerald Ash Borers, Hemlock Woolly Adelgids: all these bugs pose threats to trees in Connecticut. Now, you can add another bug to that list: the southern pine beetle.

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Connecticut's tourism industry contributed $14 billion to the state's economy in 2013, a three percent increase from the year before, according to a new economic impact study.

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The prestigious 2015 Pen Literary Award nominations were announced on Thursday, featuring several writers with Connecticut backgrounds.

The Pen American Center awards a total of $150,000 to writers, translators, and editors whose work distinguishes them among their peers. Categories range from new books to emerging writers to achievements in translation.

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Dozens of Connecticut librarians rallied at the Capitol building in Hartford Wednesday to oppose nearly $4 million in cuts in Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed two-year budget.

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When Jeff Barnhart, a ragtime and traditional jazz piano virtuoso, and his wife Anne, a classically-trained flutist, got married in 2000, one might have thought the sectarian differences between the faiths of jazz and classical music would prevent this Connecticut couple from ever hitching up in a harmonious professional musical partnership.

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Governor Dannel Malloy has struck back at a marketing campaign mounted by supporters of an Oklahoma Indian tribe after controversy over payday loans which charged illegal interest rates. 

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The federal VA is trying to cut down the amount of time veterans are left waiting for care by hiring more health care professionals. For former service members, working at the VA may not be a tough sell.

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We'll get you in the mood to explore our state with the author of Insiders' Guide to Connecticut, now in its second edition. It's pure pleasure cover to cover. And we'll send the book right to your door as a thank you gift for supporting this show and WNPR.

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The current enthusiasm for expanded gaming in Connecticut has prompted the Connecticut Lottery to float the idea of keno once again. Lawmakers will hear testimony on a bill later this week that would allow the lottery to offer keno, which is a form of high speed video gaming.

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Legislators are complaining that they’re being stopped from getting advice from departmental commissioners as they attempt to formulate a budget.

A memo from Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget chief, Ben Barnes, told agency heads that they can provide only facts and data to legislators. They may not express opinions about the best way to achieve cuts. 

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A new report compiled data from all traffic stops in Connecticut concludes that minority drivers are statistically more likely to be stopped by law enforcement than white drivers. 

The UConn women's basketball team won its tenth national championship on Tuesday night. The Huskies were dominant throughout this year's tournament, beating opponents by an average of more than 37 points.

So with UConn winning over Notre Dame by only 10 points, it was a more even match -- and an exciting one to watch. 

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Health insurer Aetna has been fined $1 million, after it misled its members about which pharmacies were in its network. The Hartford based company was was given a civil penalty by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), after complaints from consumers soared this year. 

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At just over six-foot-five, the modest but immodestly talented musician Jovan Alexandre speaks softly but carries a big-toned tenor saxophone that speaks with a deeply expressive personal sound full of towering promise.

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Hike through any forest in Connecticut and you're bound to encounter a relic of the state's agricultural past: stone walls. Decades ago, the walls enclosed large tracts of open pasture and farmland, which was ideal habitat for animals like the New England cottontail rabbit.

But as farms were abandoned and that open space turned into mature forest, those rabbits disappeared. Now, federal efforts are underway to recreate some of that open space, and bring the New England cottontail back.

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A study, paid for by Connecticut’s two tribal casinos, estimates out-of-state competition could soon divert $703 million a year from Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. 

The two are seeking to bolster their case for legislation that would allow three new gaming sites within the state, as a way to fight back against new facilities in Massachusetts. 

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Thousands of low-income adults and children have gained access to dental services in recent years as the number of dentists accepting Medicaid and HUSKY patients has soared, according to state data.

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There's a potential financial windfall waiting for thousands of Connecticut taxpayers. 

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday that he's learned there is $13.4 million worth of unclaimed tax refunds from 2011 owed to Connecticut taxpayers. 

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Two men from Massachusetts and Connecticut have been charged in an insider trading scheme that prosecutors say netted more than $1 million. 

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