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The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus will draw its curtain for the last time this year. The company that owns the circus says it’s ending the show because of declining ticket sales. Animal rights advocates also objected to its use of elephants in its shows.

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The United Congregational Church, one of the oldest churches in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is being purchased by an Islamic Center. The Bridgeport Islamic Community Center will be taking over the space by this summer.

Reverend Sara Smith, senior minister at UCC, says it’s been hard for their 300-person congregation to financially maintain the building. She says selling it is a way to preserve their legacy that dates back to 1695.

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Cindi Bigelow, president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, says women need encouragement to thrive in the business world, and that’s what drives her philanthropy in Connecticut.

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Social service groups in Bridgeport, Connecticut, met with hundreds of formerly incarcerated people on Monday to give them help with things like jobs and housing. It’s part of a city initiative to help people re-enter the workforce after serving prison time.

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The mayor of Connecticut’s largest city says he balanced the city’s budget within the first six months of his term. Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim says he did this by selling land and collecting overdue taxes, among other things.

Ganim says he inherited a $20 million budget deficit from his predecessor Bill Finch. Ganim is a former mayor and ex-convict. He defeated Finch in a heated primary last year. Av Harris, Ganim’s spokesperson, alleges Finch didn’t tell Ganim about the deficit.

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