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Oz Griebel has been at the helm of the MetroHartford Alliance — since 2001 — promoting economic development in the Greater Hartford region.

This hour, we sit down with Griebel — after his announcement he’ll step down from his role as President and CEO at the end of this year. We talk about the region, the state, and his hopes for the future.

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The state of Connecticut is mired in a financial crisis. Facing a projected $1.7 billion deficit over the next two years, the General Assembly has yet to agree on a new budget to cover that gap while maintaining crucial services. Earlier this week, an article published in The Atlantic asked the question, "What on Earth is Wrong with Connecticut?"

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Nonprofits that provide social services for the state of Connecticut are trying to calculate the cost of the current budget impasse. Some say they’ll be scaling back or even closing facilities. 

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Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has signed an executive order to keep state government open without a new two-year budget deal. The new fiscal year begins tomorrow, but the legislature could not come together to pass a full biennial budget. 

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Connecticut House Democrats said they've come up with a two-year budget proposal that could be ready for a vote on July 18.

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Legislative Democrats say they won't have a budget ready for a vote this week, making it more likely Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy will have to temporarily run state government using his executive authority.

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Legislators in Hartford recently passed over a bill to aid the Millstone nuclear station. Plant owners now say they have authority to close the facility, which employs over 1,000 people in Waterford and accounts for about half of Connecticut’s net electricity generation.

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Governor Dannel Malloy has outlined principles to manage the state government if a budget fails to pass before the end of the fiscal year. 

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Climate scientists and activists are writing to state policy makers, urging more support for the Millstone nuclear power station. Meanwhile, a bill to assist Connecticut’s only nuclear plant failed this legislative session.

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Connecticut legislators have a June 30 deadline to craft and pass a budget, but Republican and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly have dug in their heels on a host of issues associated with the budget -- things like tolls, casinos, recreational marijuana, and the concession deal Governor Dannel Malloy worked out with state labor union leaders. 

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This hour, we pull apart Attorney General Jeff Sessions's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee

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Hartford is inching closer and closer to insolvency — at a time when Connecticut is facing a fiscal crisis of its own.

This hour, we talk about the B word. Without the state to lean on, could Hartford file for bankruptcy?

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This hour: bridging West Africa’s communication gap. We hear how one Connecticut-based nonprofit is bringing community radio to Senegalese villages. It's something host Lucy Nalpathanchil reported on during her visit to the country late last month. 

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Connecticut lawmakers have wrapped up a challenging legislative session without finalizing a budget, and that means they're already looking ahead to a special session in order to pass a new two-year agreement. Meanwhile, several other issues were settled Wednesday.

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Though they won’t have a budget by the time the regular legislative session comes to an end Wednesday night, Connecticut legislators have debated bills ranging from economic development to highway tolls. 

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