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Connecticut tobacco farmers eyeing Cuban market

WASHINGTON – Before the Cuban Revolution brought on the U.S. economic embargo on the island about 55 years ago, Cuba’s world-class cigars were often wrapped in special tobacco leaves grown in Connecticut. Connecticut farmers want access to that market again, and Sen. Chris Murphy wants to help them get it. Continue Reading →

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Larson joins a stream of lawmakers visiting Cuba

Rep. John Larson

WASHINGTON — While millions of Americans visit the beach, mountains or relatives this Memorial Day weekend, Rep. John Larson has packed his bags to go to Cuba. Larson, D-1st District, will join the stream of lawmakers who have traveled to Havana since President Obama moved to normalize relations with Cuba late last year.
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DeLauro tells Obama to end program enticing Cuban doctors to defect

WASHINGTON – Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, doesn’t think President Obama has gone far enough with opening relations with Cuba –and she has told him so. She and 14 other liberal Democrats sent Obama a letter Wednesday urging the end of a Bush-era program that makesit easier for Cuban doctors to defect.
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Obama makes travel to Cuba easier for CT academics, others

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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