The Talk of Connecticut
 
Show Rundown for Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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GOP State Senate Leader LEN FASANO of North Haven Len talked about yesterday's "veto session" at the Capitol. Things got a bit tense between Len and a member of the Democratic leadership.

Professor DAVID CADDEN (Professor Emeritus at the Quinnipiac University School of Business) Professor Cadden with chat about news that Lockheed Martin is buying Sikorsky Aircraft. "Lockheed Martin's acquisition of Sikorsky was somewhat of a surprise,” Cadden said. “Of the major players in the aerospace defense industry, Boeing, Northrop-Grumman, Textron and Lockheed Martin, Lockheed Martin and Northrop-Grumman are the only companies without a presence in the helicopter field. Although Textron submitted a bid for Sikorsky, it apparently was insufficient compared to Lockheed Martin's bid. It would appear that Lockheed Martin is actively committed to being in the defense industry. It has a proportion of sales coming from defense-related units that is far higher than Boeing or Northrop-Grumman. Decades ago, Lockheed Martin lost a major helicopter contract with its highly advanced Cheyenne helicopter. This will be Lockheed Martin's largest acquisition in two decades. One hopes that the new parent firm will not immediately seek major job relocations."

Fox News Radio's JESSICA GOLLOHER (Live from Jerusalem) ASH CARTER IN ISRAEL: MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter was warmly welcomed by his Israeli counterpart Monday on the first Cabinet-level U.S. visit to the Jewish state since the Iran nuclear deal was announced. The Pentagon chief met at Israel's defense headquarters with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and on Tuesday is to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has strongly criticized the Iran deal. Netanyahu has argued that the deal clears the way for Iran to build nuclear weapons that would threaten Israel's existence and ultimately diminish U.S. and global security. Even as tensions between the U.S. and Israel have grown over how to contain Iran's nuclear program has grown, the U.S.-Israel defense relationship has deepened in recent years. The U.S. has invested hundreds of millions in an Israeli air defense system known as Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets, mortars and artillery shells fired into northern Israel from southern Lebanon and into Israel's south from the Gaza Strip. The U.S. has worked with Israel on anti-missile systems and a wide range of other defenses. Two years ago the Pentagon committed to providing advanced radars for Israel's fleet of fighter jets and KC-135 refueling aircraft, and making Israel the first country to buy the V-22 Osprey hybrid airplane-helicopter.

ANN WORCESTER (Tournament Director for the Connecticut Open) Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies is owned by the State of Connecticut and is a not-for-profit 501c3 chartiable organization. The event has always existed to give back to the community, and has always been much more than a tennis tournament; it is a leading example of leveraging a large-scale international sporting event to generate millions of dollars in regional economic impact and build community pride, spirit and engagement, especially among youth. The women's-only WTA event will feature five different competitions including WTA qualifying, WTA singles, WTA doubles, Men's Legends, and the US Open National Playoffs Championship.
WEBSITE: Connecticut Open

Fox News Radio's SIMON OWEN (Live from London) STEPHEN HAWKING AND THE SEARCH FOR LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE Scientists are about to embark on the biggest search yet for alien life, sweeping the skies for signals of civilizations beyond our solar system with $100 million from a Russian billionaire and the backing of physicist Stephen Hawking. Whether we are alone in the universe has engaged minds down the ages, and the recent discovery that there may be tens of billions of habitable planets in our galaxy alone has added urgency to finding an answer. "There is no bigger question. It's time to commit to finding the answer - to search for life beyond Earth," Hawking told reporters at the program’s launch in London on Monday. Some of the world's largest radio telescopes will be used to scan for distinctive radio signals that could indicate the existence of intelligent life. Astronomers will listen to signals from the million star systems nearest to Earth and the 100 closest galaxies, although they do not yet plan to send messages back into space. Hawking said some form of simple life on other worlds seemed very likely, but the existence of intelligence was another matter, and humankind needed to think hard about making contact.

Fox News Radio's EBEN BROWN (Live from Miami) WHAT'S THE REACTION IN MIAMI'S CUBAN COMMUNITY TO THE OPENING OF THE EMBASSIES IN DC AND HAVANA? Throngs of demonstrators gathered Monday to witness the raising of the Cuban flag over Cuba's embassy, the first time it has flown in Washington since the U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with the communist country 54 years ago. As American and Cuban diplomats stood side by side, three Cuban guards in white uniforms marched out of the building, attached the flag to a recently constructed flag pole and raised it above Washington's 16th Street, just 2 miles north of the White House, to mark the formal re-opening of the embassy. The move signaled the latest, and most visible, step toward normal ties between the United States and Cuba. President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced in December that the two countries would end their five-decade diplomatic freeze.

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