CONNECTICUT

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MGM International has announced its intention to build a resort casino in Bridgeport. The gaming giant Monday held a ground-breaking ceremony for the project at Steelepoint Harbor on the city’s waterfront. 

The LEGO Group's U.S. headquarters is in Enfield, Conn.
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The town manager in Enfield, Connecticut, said officials are willing to talk to toy-maker LEGO about possible incentives to keep as many employees there as possible.

Denmark-based LEGO Group announced this week it would cut some 1,400 positions worldwide, but has not said how many cuts would affect its U.S. headquarters in Enfield, which employs 715 people.

The LEGO Group's U.S. headquarters is in Enfield, Conn.
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LEGO plans to cut about 1,400 jobs worldwide. The toy company, whose U.S. headquarters is in Enfield, Connecticut, saw revenue drop 5 percent for the first half of 2017, compared to the same period last year.

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he accepted a bribe from one contractor and tried to extort another, ending a decade-long saga that forced him from office in 2010, changed this city’s political landscape, and forever linked his “local boy does good” story with the word corruption. 

Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, where the Yard Goats play.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

It's been quite a year for Hartford's minor league baseball team, after an inaugural season full of stadium blunders. Nonetheless, the Double-A Yard Goats wrap up their final home-stand of the season on Thursday. For the season, the Yard Goats have drawn nearly 400,000 in 2017 – the second best in the league. 

In a small church in one corner of Connecticut, a massive musical project has been underway this summer.

Scenes from a rally in Northampton, Mass., on Aug. 13, 2017, opposing white supremacists.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Rallies sprang up around New England Sunday in solidarity with the anti-Nazi protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia.

As Kevin Sullivan slowly rumbles his pickup truck across his 60 acres of property near the Connecticut-Massachusetts border, he leans in and asks a question: What’s farmland?

Construction of the MGM casino in Springfield, Mass., as of Oct. 2016.
Don Treeger / The Republican

New legislation allowing Massachusetts casinos to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. gives them a competitive advantage over gambling facilities in several neighboring states.

With approval from regulators, the Bay State could allow casinos to serve booze several hours later than any other New England state with legal gambling.

Casinos in Connecticut and Rhode Island must stop selling alcohol at 2 a.m. on weekends, and 1 a.m. during the week. In Maine, they can serve until 1 a.m.

State officials announced on Monday the operator of a new commuter rail line between New Haven and Springfield, and said the launch of that service will be delayed into mid-2018.

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