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Bradley Airport put the “International” back into its name Wednesday as a daily flight from Hartford to Ireland gets underway. Irish national carrier Aer Lingus will operate the evening flight to Dublin. 

States that have legalized marijuana are contending with a new criminal tactic — smugglers who grow and process it for export to states where it’s illegal and worth a lot more.

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Wednesday will see Connecticut lawmakers reconvene in Hartford in special session to consider a package of aid for Stratford based Sikorsky. The general assembly must give its blessing to the deal negotiated between Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration and Sikorsky’s parent Lockheed Martin. 

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Big tax deals with First Five corporations or with aerospace giants have been grabbing headlines, as Connecticut tries to improve its economy. But the state is also making a much less publicized effort to recruit small companies from overseas. 

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News of General Electric's departure rang loudly across Connecticut this year, causing some to point fingers at the state's so-called “anti-business climate.” Still, that hasn't stopped some international businesses from putting down roots here. 

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The tax incentive package Governor Dannel Malloy has offered to Sikorsky Aircraft appears to have bipartisan backing in the General Assembly. 

The hum of textile looms once filled the 19th-century mill buildings throughout downtown Lawrence. Immigrant workers from Ireland and Germany were among some of the first laborers.

Today, many of the mill buildings in Lawrence are home to refurbished work spaces — buzzing with the sounds of artists, innovators and entrepreneurs like Angie Jimenez, who is arranging pots and pans in the site of her future cooking classroom.

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The state of Connecticut has cut a deal with helicopter maker Sikorsky to keep the company’s headquarters in Stratford. 

The state’s latest employment numbers sound a warning note for growth, with the state's largest business organization calling them "bitterly disappointing." But experts at the Department of Labor still believe the state’s fundamentals are still improving.

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The partnership of two tribes that’s planning to build a third casino in north central Connecticut has been criticized for soliciting more bids as its picks a site for the facility. But the tribes said that decision is all about transparency.

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Pratt and Whitney’s president said the East Hartford based engine maker will look to hire 8,000 people in Connecticut over the next decade.

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After months of intense criticism, and under threat of subpoena of her personal financial information, the state’s insurance commissioner now says she will recuse herself from considering the merger of Anthem and Cigna.

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Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London will merge with Yale New Haven Health. The long-pending deal got the go-ahead from Connecticut's Office of Health Care Access late Thursday -- the last regulatory approval the partnership needed. 

Connecticut’s moratorium on new hospital mergers will last a bit longer. Governor Dannel Malloy ordered a temporary halt to more consolidation last February, when he appointed a panel to study the way the state regulates hospital mergers. 

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Double-digit hikes in premiums look set to make health insurance even less affordable in Connecticut. But advocates say there will be few quick fixes for the rising cost of health care. 

If you're like me, somewhere in your house you imagine there must be a pile of lost white iPhone earbuds. The pile is probably right next to the stack of single socks. It's one of several reasons I never liked wireless Bluetooth headphones. They're smaller and even easier to lose.

Two months after former Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson accused Fox News' then-Chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, the network has agreed to pay Carlson $20 million and make a "highly unusual public apology," NPR's David Folkenflik reports.

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From self-driving cars to 3D printing to hydrokinetic energy technology, New Englanders are at the forefront of the latest cutting edge tech. 

This hour, we explore the latest gadgets and tech trends and learn about their impact locally and around the globe.

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Connecticut may be adding jobs each month as it still charts a slow recovery from the great recession. But according to a new report, many of those jobs won’t sustain a family.

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The two liquor retailers who had been openly defying Connecticut laws on minimum prices have backed down on their crusade. Total Wine & More, the first chain to begin advertising illegal discounts, has agreed to raise its prices, and will pay a fine to the state of $37,500. 

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A Connecticut advocacy group is calling for better federal regulation of predatory lending, to help states crack down on the worst practices. ConnPIRG just released its latest analysis of data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

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Two liquor chains who are openly flouting state law on minimum pricing of alcohol are creating fresh political tension over the issue. 

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In an era awash in the rollout of brand new gadgets, gizmos, fashions, and fads, it's easy to think of obsolescence as part of the natural order -- remember popped lapels, pay phones and laserdisc players? But the idea that an object should quickly fall from favor, lose functionality, and find itself in a landfill somewhere is quite new -- and it didn't come about by accident.

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Connecticut Innovations, the state agency that invests in tech companies, said it's seeing a rise in entrepreneurial activity in the state. It's also seeking new opportunities to invest both in Connecticut companies and globally.

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Recently we did a show about the science of loving where you live and we heard from plenty of Connecticut residents who really do love living here. But that sentiment is not shared by everyone. Some residents say high taxes are driving them away to places like Florida and North Carolina.

This hour, we talk about out-migration from Connecticut. We also explore the number of people who are moving into the state — what’s known as in-migration. And we want to hear from you. Are you looking to leave Connecticut once you retire? If not, why do you want to stay here?  

A year ago, as Germany opened its borders to a surge of migrants and refugees, Chancellor Angela Merkel said,"Wir schaffen das" -- "We can do it." More than a million asylum seekers arrived in Germany last year, and they're eligible to start working after three months.

Casino giant MGM International won't get its wish for more details about negotiations for a potential casino at Bradley International Airport. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy's office released a report that it said proves the controversial First Five incentive program has been a success for the state’s economy. 

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As General Electric becomes a Massachusetts company, the health of Connecticut’s economy is once again coming into question. But the indicators show a mixed picture. 

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Connecticut’s early settlers came to this region in part for our fertile farmland — but what is the state of farming in Connecticut today?

This hour, we explore agriculture in the Nutmeg State.

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