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Obama makes travel to Cuba easier for CT academics, others

Foreign tourists enjoy the colonial architecture of Old Havana.

WASHINGTON – President Obama’s move to ease the longstanding U.S. embargo on Cuba, including travel restrictions to the island, does not mean Connecticut residents can pack their bags for a new travel destination in the Caribbean. But it does make it easier to go for those who want to visit Cuba for an officially sanctioned reason. Continue Reading →

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Coltsville faces hurdles before official national park status

The Coltsville Historic District used to be known as Armsmear, home of Samuel and Elizabeth Colt.

It will likely be years before the Coltsville neighborhood near the Connecticut River in Hartford will welcome its first visitors to the Coltsville National Historical Park. Before the big day, a series of property transfers will have to take place and plans will have to be developed by the National Park Service, processes that typically take a long time. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut has winners, losers in $1.1 trillion U.S. spending plan

Republican efforts to challenge the president over his immigration policy will result in uncertain funding for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London.

WASHINGTON – The massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that Congress struggled to approve – with little help from the state’s Democratic lawmakers – has some clear winners and losers in Connecticut, including Pratt & Whitney, Aetna Inc., food stamp recipients and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy split on budget bill that averts shutdown

Washington – Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy split over a massive omnibus spending bill the Senate approved late Saturday little more than an hour before the government would have shut down due to a lack of funding. Murphy voted for the$1.1 trillion bill, Blumenthal did not.
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Coltsville wins approval as national park

Colt Armory

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Friday approved and sent to the president a defense bill that will turn Hartford’s Coltsville neighborhood into a national historical park. President Obama is certain to sign it into law. The action was the culmination of a decade of effort to memorialize the iconic Colt complex as a cradle of the American industrial revolution. Continue Reading →

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Murphy wins seat on Senate Appropriations Committee

MURPHY, CHRIS, OFFICIAL PORTRAIT

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy, who is still in his freshman term in the Senate, has been given a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee in the next Congress, a powerful panel that decides all spending issues and is responsible for the budget that funds all federal departments and programs. Continue Reading →

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Himes has tough win on Wall Street provision in spending bill

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WASHINGTON – For Rep. Jim Himes, House approval late Thursday of legislation that would allow banks to trade derivatives -- a measure he’s been promoting for years -- is a bittersweet victory. “I’m not happy that it became a super-hot button issue when it always received bipartisan support,” Himes said. Continue Reading →

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