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The Bioscience Connecticut effort includes hundreds of millions of dollars for the construction of a new tower at the UConn Health Center, a Jackson Lab building, and facilities at other medical and research institutions across the state. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

The Bioscience Connecticut effort includes hundreds of millions of dollars for the construction of a new tower at the UConn Health Center, a Jackson Lab building, and facilities at other medical and research institutions across the state. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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PAT EATON-ROBB,Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Changing its official stance for the third time in two days, the Malloy administration says a bio-science firm will get credit for creating jobs that will be funded by the University of Connecticut.

State Sen. Len Suzio, R-Meriden, had complained after learning that 10 UConn scientists who would work at the planned $1.1 billion Jackson Laboratory facility in Farmington would be credited as among 300 jobs the lab agreed to bring to the state in exchange for $290 million in government aid.

After initially confirming Suzio’s understanding of the deal, the governor’s office said Wednesday night the UConn jobs would not help the company meet its job-creation obligation.

But on Thursday, Catherine Smith, the commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, reversed course and acknowledged they would.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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