BRIDGEPORT - State officials announced today that nearly 60 state troopers who lost their jobs more than a month ago will soon return to work. Officials say the decision came about when state police retirements freed up enough money to reinstate the unemployed troopers. Union leaders say all 56 Connecticut State Troopers laid off in late August will head back to work to fill their original duties.

The troopers were let go in an effort to close the state's $3.5 billion budget deficit. In a private hearing in Hartford over the summer, a judge rejected a temporary injunction to save the jobs.

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