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Governor Dannel Malloy announced this week that 15 Connecticut towns will receive funding through the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP).

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Hartford school officials have decided to tear down Clark Elementary School because of extensive PCB contamination. The district had planned on renovating the school, but after discovering the extent of the problem, that option has been taken off the table.

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The Isham-Terry house, a lone Italianate villa, sits on a corner in Hartford within view of drivers headed eastbound on I-84. 

The house is the last of what was once an affluent neighborhood -- and it survived, though not without a fight, the construction of I-84 in the 1960s, one of the few historical buildings to avoid the wrecking balls of Hartford’s urban renewal projects. 

Additional hearings have been scheduled to review the latest plans for the $950 million MGM Springfield casino. 

The Springfield City Council, which has already held four hearings on the site plan for the resort casino, has scheduled two additional hearings later this month. 

City Council President Mike Fenton said he’s been assured by MGM officials that the extended review will not hold up the construction of the casino which is scheduled to open in 2018.

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Governor Dannel Malloy’s transportation goals for the state include a plan to widen the entire length of I-95 in Connecticut. The state’s transportation commissioner said on WNPR Friday that the widening plan is actually tied to congestion pricing to discourage highway use.

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More trains! Wider roads! Fixed bridges! The governor’s big plan to fix our transportation system has a lot in it but the state is still figuring out how to pay for it. Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker stops by for an update on the state of Connecticut’s current transportation infrastructure and plans to overhaul the system.

Thanks in part to the mild snow-free winter so far, the reconstruction of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield is ahead of schedule.

   MassDOT CEO Stephanie Pollack said the contractor on the $185 million project appears to be on track to earn a $9 million bonus by completing the work by the end of 2017.

"Between the mild winter and those rewards the contractor has every incentive to bring the project in ahead of schedule and it is my understanding that may well happen," Pollack told reporters in Springfield Wednesday.

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Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced Wednesday a deal between the city, the developer of Hartford’s new minor league baseball stadium, and the Hartford Yard Goats that will cover a $10.3 million shortfall to complete the stadium.

The city said the stadium will be ready for the team's home opener on May 31. The stadium was originally scheduled to open April 7. 

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Part of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s $100 billion transportation overhaul includes an $11 billion allocation for widening I-95 the span of the entire state. But Connecticut advocacy group ConnPIRG said on Tuesday that widening I-95 that distance won’t be a “good return” for the state -- and won’t address the problem of congestion.

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Congestion tolling, a higher sales tax, and increasing the state gas tax to the 1990s rate of 39 cents per gallon are among the ideas being recommended to help fund Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's proposed $100 billion transportation overhaul.

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The Federal Railroad Administration is looking at ways to overhaul the Northeast Corridor -- the busiest commuter rail system in the country that runs through parts of Connecticut. 

MGM has announced major demolition work will begin next week as it prepares the site in downtown Springfield where a $950 million resort casino is planned.

Almost a year after the former Zanetti school building served as the backdrop for the MGM Springfield groundbreaking, it will be demolished beginning Tuesday, according to a press release from MGM. 

The much anticipated major construction work follows state environmental and city zoning approvals. 

MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis said the casino remains on track to open in the fall of 2018.

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The state of Connecticut is to close an annex to the York Correctional Institution, the fifth prison closure in recent years. 

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Connecticut made "far more progress than anyone ever expected" in 2015 on improving the state's transportation infrastructure, Governor Dannel Malloy said on Monday.

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What news mattered most to you this year? In Connecticut, many national headlines took a localized form in 2015. 

MGM Resorts International is planning to start demolishing buildings in mid-January to clear the site in downtown Springfield where the company intends to build the first casino in western Massachusetts.  2015 was a year of delay and downsizing for the casino project.

When MGM held the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Springfield casino in late March with the former Zanetti school building as the backdrop for photographs with construction workers and machinery no one would have predicted the building would still be standing nine months later.

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A $19 million line item in the new federal budget that's dedicated to much-needed improvements and modernization along the Northeast Rail Corridor is being hailed as a "foot in the door" for possibly more federal funding.

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Amtrak said the entire Northeast Corridor now has Positive Train Control.

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When Metro-North trains run through the East Side neighborhood of Bridgeport, passengers don’t see much beyond a jungle of abandoned factories.

But on the site of an old ammunition factory, the state plans to build a second rail station for the city. It’s a part of Bridgeport that needs development the most, some say.

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The state announced transportation improvements on Tuesday, including changes to Heroes Tunnel in New Haven. The state plans to dig a third tunnel to do necessary repair work so it doesn’t tie up traffic.

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When eleven people – eight adults and three children – moved into a mansion in Hartford’s West End, neighbors cried foul.

After months of preparation, construction work is to start in earnest on a major highway project in western Massachusetts.

MassDOT announced Tuesday that the major rehabilitation of the elevated part of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield will begin in mid-December.

The number of travel lanes will be reduced by one in each direction.  Seven ramps leading to and from the highway will be closed.

        MassDOT boss Stephanie Pollock said detours will be in place and key intersections monitored by newly installed cameras.

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A new federal transportation funding bill recently signed by President Barack Obama will provide Connecticut with an extra $310 million in financial aid over the next five years.

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A plan to expand commuter rail service from New Haven, Connecticut, to Springfield, Massachusetts, will take about a year longer and $135 million more than expected, but Connecticut officials said they've secured a crucial commitment from Amtrak to keep work on schedule.

The latest plans by MGM Resorts International for building a casino in Springfield will be carefully scrutinized in the next few weeks by local officials and Massachusetts gaming industry regulators.  The public will also have opportunities to comment.

The city of Springfield’s Office of Planning and Economic Development has announced it has received a complete site plan application for the MGM casino project triggering a 30-day internal review and setting the stage for a public hearing by the city council within 45 days.

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Speaking at a press conference Monday, Governor Dannel Malloy said the state Department of Transportation is resurfacing more roads this year -- one step in creating "best-in-class system" for transportation infrastructure in Connecticut. 

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How to best rebuild the massive, elevated I-84 viaduct flowing through the center of downtown Hartford remains an open question and state officials find themselves facing a dizzying array of engineering questions and lots of numbers. 

A controversial natural gas pipeline proposed to cut across Southern New Hampshire has submitted its application to Federal Regulators. 

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Connecticut’s persistent transportation woes are getting attention in two recent reports. The studies highlight how aging infrastructure is causing problems for highway travel in the state.

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