Hartford Region

Our Hartford Region coverage includes stories about all the towns in the Greater Hartford area, ranging from Granby, Suffield and Enfield to Southington, Rocky Hill and Glastonbury.

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There's a shell of an old Pontiac car dealership at a corner of West Hartford’s industrial district that to the public eye -- and perhaps the public’s ire -- is littered with trash and weeds, with four lanes of fast traffic rushing by.

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Over the last year, the Connecticut Historical Society has been traveling the state asking residents "what was it like growing up in Connecticut?" 

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Tensions between the city of Hartford and the developer building a new publicly-funded minor league baseball stadium have never been higher. The city said it has lost confidence and is putting the developer's insurer on notice, and the developer says the city shares the blame. 

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As the pace of change grows ever faster, technology companies must innovate or die. 

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Connecticut's high school graduation rates reached an all time high last year. But a closer look at the figures reveals the state still has some work to do.

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West Hartford officials are planning to buy a University of Connecticut property instead of allowing a for-profit international school to come to town.

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Why are prescription drugs so expensive? And what can be done to make them more affordable? A forum held Wednesday in Hartford aimed to answer those questions.

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The developers of the city's new minor league baseball park will not meet Tuesday's deadline to deliver a substantially complete stadium, and the planned opening day of May 31 for the Hartford Yard Goats likely won't happen, according to the chairman of the Hartford Stadium Authority. 

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Tuesday is the day that Hartford’s new minor league Dunkin' Donuts Park is technically supposed to be done. On Monday, I took a tour. 

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Students from the Journalism and Media Academy magnet school abandoned their typical blue uniforms for formal attire as they interviewed an American civil rights leader who also struggled to end apartheid alongside Nelson Mandela.

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When we last looked in on the Hartford Symphony Orchestra a little more than three months ago, the management and players had just settled on a new four-year contract.

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FBI investigators were back at the Manchester home of reputed mobster Robert Gentile this week, presumably looking for a half billion dollars worth of art stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

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The developers of the new minor league baseball stadium in downtown Hartford said they’ll be mostly finished with construction in two weeks, but the city's representative said that's unlikely. 

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The Connecticut House has passed a bill late Wednesday night that would prohibit anyone with a temporary restraining order against them from possessing firearms. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.

As Primary Ballots Are Cast, Connecticut Voters Weigh in

Apr 26, 2016
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Connecticut Democrats and Republicans are voting on Tuesday in the state’s primaries. 

Ohio Governor John Kasich was in Connecticut again Friday, trying to reassure his supporters that he still has a chance to win the presidential nomination at the Republican convention in Cleveland.

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The University of Connecticut has signed an agreement to spend $4 million to renovate and lease space inside the Hartford Public Library.

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The city of Hartford and Trinity College have resolved a legal dispute over whether the school should be allowed to use artificial turf for new athletic fields. The move avoids a fight between a new administration and one of the city's biggest stakeholders.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was in Hartford on Thursday, speaking alongside family members of victims of gun violence. 

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Chelsea Clinton stopped off in Hartford on Wednesday to raise funds for her mother, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 

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After computer outages caused delays at Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles branches statewide, the agency has urged residents to postpone their Wednesday visits.

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Basking in warm, sentimental, adulatory acclaim, pianist Emery Austin Smith -- a high-energy octogenarian and one of the last great patriarchs of Hartford’s first Golden Age of Jazz -- returns once again.

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Layoff notices continue to be issued to Connecticut state employees.

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As a small boy, Robert Cotto, Jr. moved with his family to Hartford, where most of his extended family was living in the city’s North End.

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Remember Hartford's Six Pillars? Gov. John Rowland’s plan to revitalize Hartford -- begun almost 20 years ago -- included a convention center and sports megaplex, a downtown higher education center, up to 1,000 housing units, Civic Center renovations, expanded downtown parking, and riverfront improvements. 

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Most cities would be thrilled to have a major or minor-league sports franchise come to town. It will bring crowds and new business and prosperity, right? Colin talks with panelists about the benefits, history, and costs of professional sports in Hartford.

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Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin wants to close next year’s budget deficit by laying off 40 city employees, demanding millions in union concessions, draining every last dollar from the city’s rainy day fund, and not raising the tax rate. 

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Ivan Backer narrowly escaped the Holocaust, and for the last 70-plus years, he's been trying to give back.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tailored his stump speech for the economic problems facing the state of Connecticut. He spoke to roughly 6,000 to 7,000 people at the Hartford Convention Center Friday night. Those who made it inside were met by thousands of protesters when they left.

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In 2013, a public affairs firm made a strong accusation in court, claiming that a state-related agency rigged a public bid when it chose to do business with the firm of Tom Ritter -- a former Democratic House Speaker in the Connecticut legislature. Now, a state court judge has again weighed in, saying the antitrust claim doesn’t have merit. 

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