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Tomorrow the Connecticut General Assembly will begin the 2016 legislative session. Lawmakers are facing some tough issues this year. The state budget has a big gap that needs to be closed. There’s the lockbox to protect funding for transportation projects. And GE is taking its headquarters out of Fairfield and relocating to Boston which will be a big hit to the state’s coffers. Susan Haigh, Capitol reporter for the Associated Press, joins us from the AP offices in Hartford to give us a preview of some of the top issues lawmakers will take on this year.

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Hartford, Connecticut saw dueling groups of protests Saturday over whether to accept Syrian refugees in the state.

Associated Press

A former Rhodes scholar who worked in the administrations of both President Barack Obama and Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will be the next mayor of Hartford.

Thirty-six-year-old attorney Luke Bronin defeated Republican Theodore "Ted'' Cannon and petitioning candidates Joel Cruz, Jr. and Patrice Smith on Tuesday.

Malloy said Bronin had won the race.

Hartford Public Schools

Every student in Hartford Public Schools will be eating free breakfast and lunch in their cafeterias beginning this week because of a free, federal meal program that Connecticut started participating in last year. Under the program, schools where more than 40 percent of students' families qualify for food stamps get funding to offer free meals to all students.


The deaths of black men at the hands of police have led to protests that sometimes turned violent in cities like Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland.

Some people worry Hartford, Connecticut could be home to the next violent protest. That’s why on Saturday, about 20 activists and five high ranking police officials came to a talk by the U.S. Department of Justice to avoid violence during protests.