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Longtime Democratic state lawmaker Betty Boukus has died at the age of 73. The Plainville state representative recently lost her bid for a 12th term in the General Assembly.

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Two state legislators want to allow towns to give loans to homeowners who have crumbling concrete foundations. Hundreds of homes in eastern Connecticut have been affected by the fault, which is caused by a mineral called pyrrhotite mixed into the concrete aggregate.

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Two new reports give more information about the potential budget difficulties ahead for the state of Connecticut.

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The state bond commission has greenlighted a package of aid for one of the world’s top hedge funds, but Comptroller Kevin Lembo voiced his opposition Tuesday morning.

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Voters in Massachusetts approved the recreational use of marijuana starting in 2018. It's a measure some Connecticut legislators have pushed for in the past without success. But now proponents think the tide might be changing in Connecticut.

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About 52 percent of Connecticut voters cast their vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. Now all voters are contemplating the next four years under President-elect Donald Trump.

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Connecticut’s Democratic governor will have to reckon with a new legislative landscape when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. The state Senate is now split evenly between Republicans and Democrats, and the GOP also picked up eight seats in the House, leaving Democrats with a slim, seven-seat majority.

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Connecticut’s state Senate will be tied in the new session, with 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans after Tuesday's election. The GOP also made gains in the House, marking the biggest shift in power at the Capitol in a generation.

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While the extraordinary spectacle of the presidential battle has commanded most of the attention in this election, there are interesting things at stake here in Connecticut on the state level.

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Republican leaders in Connecticut are condemning a recent digital advertisement linking Republican candidate for state legislature William Petit to presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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One of Connecticut’s top Democrats has fired a shot across the bows of the state’s largest business organization.

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Listen live on Wednesday at 9:00 am. The first vice presidential debate likely had a much smaller audience and far less excitement than the Trump-Clinton showdown. But this hour, we review some of the highlights.

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The General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a bill giving a $220 million aid package to helicopter maker Sikorsky. Both chambers met in special session Wednesday for just one day to consider the legislation.

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Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal is vying for a second term in the U.S. Senate. His challenger? Forty-nine year-old Republican state representative and military veteran, Dan Carter .

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

An inadvertently-sent text message has renewed a political feud between two Connecticut politicians. The rivalry between Republican Tim Herbst and Democrat David Alexander goes back several years to their college days.

It’s the 25th anniversary of Connecticut’s income tax. Opponents of that tax will tell you lots of reasons why it’s hurt the state. Proponents will tell you that it’s a necessary tool to pay for government services. But one reality has really taken hold over the last few years.

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Connecticut’'s medical marijuana program is proving to be a success. The program has been up and running since 2014 with more than 12,000 patients and a growing list of certified doctors, according to the Department of Consumer Protection.

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Governor Dannel Malloy’s decision to cut funds to several state watchdog agencies may soon be under legal review.

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A couple of familiar names won’t be returning to the General Assembly this fall, after being toppled in primary contests Tuesday.

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This hour, we discuss Governor Malloy's Second Chance 2.0 legislation and find out why it failed to pass during the 2016 session. We also look at what some Connecticut communities are doing to support re-entry. And we talk to a local restaurant owner about his decision to hire ex-offenders .

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The Connecticut Low Wage Employer Advisory Board is holding its third hearing on Wednesday in Bridgeport.

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Connecticut's Bond Commission has approved more than $2.1 billion in borrowing since January 1, 2016. It's become a source of political contention between Democrats and Republicans as the state remains in an ongoing fiscal crisis. What is the purpose of bonding and how does that compare with what's happening in the Capitol today? This hour, we get a primer on bonding, which is a common but confusing term in state government.

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Republicans in Connecticut said the state needs to put away its credit card and curb its debt habit.

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