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From self-service menus to self-driving cars to... androids around the water cooler? This hour, we explore the past, present, and future of workforce automation. 

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate confirmed former wrestling executive Linda McMahon today to lead the Small Business Administration.

The city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is in the middle of a debate about whether it should become a sanctuary city. This comes as federal courts are weighing the Trump administration’s ban on international refugees and puts the city’s Democratic mayor in a tough position as he tries to make the city welcoming, while working with the federal government.

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State Representative Patricia Dillon wants to re-examine what it means to "work through an injury" when it comes to student athletes. 

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Twenty-five-year-old hip-hop artist John Manselle-Young is well-known on the Connecticut stage -- performing under the pseudonym Tang Sauce. Coming up, we sit down with the musician to talk about his latest projects and hear his music live on-air. 

On Wednesday Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy nominated Gregory D’Auria, a veteran attorney in the state's Attorney General’s Office to serve as an associate justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court.

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Cigna said it’s ready with a plan B, in case a federal court blocks its proposed merger with rival insurer Anthem.

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Democratic lawmakers in Connecticut said they’re prepared to protect women’s health care and abortion rights in the state, whomever is confirmed to the vacant Supreme Court seat. 

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee says the state will continue to receive EPA grant money for its two largest projects. The announcement comes after President Donald Trump’s administration ordered the EPA to freeze its grant spending last week.

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President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States. He also suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days, and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen - from entering the country for 90 days. Chaos ensued, lawsuits were filed, and people protested nationwide against Trump for the second time since his Inauguration. 

No one knows what will happen to the Affordable Care Act, or to coverage for the roughly 300,000 Connecticut residents insured under the program. But the state office in charge of the ACA is still making plans for the future – hoping to make the private marketplace more attractive for insurers.

State Representative Edwin Vargas, a Hartford Democrat, has filed a bill that would make Connecticut a “sanctuary state.”

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With President Donald Trump is poised to sign a executive order calling for an investigation into allegations of massive voter fraud in the November election, Connecticut's Secretary of the State Denise Merrill reminded reporters Friday that voter fraud is rare, and there is no evidence that it happened in November on the scale suggested by the President. 

Connecticut officials are now projecting that the state will end this fiscal year with a $23 million surplus, as stated in a letter sent by Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget director to the state comptroller on Friday.

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Recently we asked you what questions you have about how your town government works.

This hour, two listeners join us to ask their questions and we try to answer them.

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Dozens of Democratic lawmakers nationwide said they would not attend Friday's presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. But Connecticut’s congressional delegation planned to be there, along with Governor Dannel Malloy -- and many Connecticut residents as they arrive to protest as part of Saturday's Women's March on Washington.

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For some, the journey to higher education can feel more like a dead end -- an opportunity stifled by rising tuition fees and the weight of student loans.

Here in Connecticut however, initiatives such as New Haven Promise and Hartford Promise are working to make college more attainable to students.

This hour, we find out how. We sit down with officials from each Promise program and we also hear from you. 

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Governor Dan Malloy faces low approval ratings and a fiscal crisis as he enters his seventh year in office. Speaking on WNPR's Where We Live, he said his popularity isn't his main concern in 2017. 

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Budget woes, pension costs, job recovery -- those were just a few of the themes highlighted during Governor Dannel Malloy’s State of the State address last week.

This hour, Governor Malloy joins us live in-studio as we take a deeper look at those issues and more. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy hasn’t yet ruled out cuts to municipal aid as he prepares his budget proposal. 

On Thursday Governor Dannel Malloy said Connecticut has become the first state in the country to match all the people it has identified as chronically homeless with housing.

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How mental illness is treated across our nation could change under a new federal law.

This hour — the Mental Health Reform Act — what is it and what does it mean for mental health and substance abuse treatment in our state?

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Labor pains and lessons from the north.

As Connecticut comes to terms with recent job loss, Massachusetts emerges as a regional leader in statewide job recovery. This hour, we explore the latest job market trends and find out what Connecticut stands to learn from the Bay State. 

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With a split majority in Connecticut's Senate and another massive budget deficit, the legislature started the 2017 session on Wednesday.

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The University of Connecticut has found a replacement for former coach Bob Diaco less than two days after the school announced he was relieved of his duties. Randy Edsall will return to navigate the program in 2017, according to a Wednesday news release. 

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