Wrongful Conviction
4:27 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Man Wrongfully Imprisoned For 21 Years Seeks Damages From State

Kenneth Ireland spent 21 years imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. He's now seeking up to $8 million in damages from the state.
Credit Connecticut Innocence Project

Kenneth Ireland was released in 2009 after DNA tests exonerated him for a crime he didn't commit. Now, the state is holding hearings about how much to compensate him.

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Health Equity
3:49 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Obamacare, Doctor Pay, and the Access to Care

Dr. Doug Gerard in his New Hartford office.
Credit Jeff Cohen / WNPR

The Affordable Care Act is about insuring the uninsured. But insurance is one thing -- actual access to a doctor or a provider is another. One variable plays an important role in determining the quality of care that patients will get -- how much doctors are paid. 

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School Restraint and Seclusion
1:22 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Restraint and Seclusion, Legal in Public Schools

From the Connecticut Board of Education 2012-13 Annual Report on Restraint and Seclusion, this graph compares counts of recorded incidents between the past two years.
State of Connecticut Board of Education

A recent report by investigative news organization ProPublica exposes a controversial but legal practice in public schools. Students, often those with disabilities, can be restrained and secluded against their will. Nationwide, there are 20 known cases of death because of restraint or seclusion in the past two decades, with injuries far more common.

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Beetle Invasion
11:30 am
Tue July 29, 2014

As Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Spreads, Scientists Turn To Wasps

This is the time of year when you might see adult emerald ash borer beetles.
USDAgov Flickr Creative Commons

The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect first detected in the state in 2012, has now spread to 39 Connecticut towns. That's up from just five towns two years ago. The most recent addition? Bridgeport.

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Veterans Affairs
9:34 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Blumenthal Pushes Veterans Affairs Reform Bill

Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke in Hartford about a bipartisan compromise to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health program, which has been impacted by long patient wait times.

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Commuter Rail
8:07 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Metro-North Train Evacuated After Smoke Spotted

Metro-North says delays have been minimal after a small fire was reported on a train in Fairfield (file photo).
Credit Connor Harris / Creative Commons

A Metro-North commuter train has been evacuated after a small fire was reported in the mechanism that connects the train to overhead electrical wires.

Railroad spokesman Salvatore Arena says smoke was spotted above the train at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Metro Station.

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Capitol History
4:56 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns

Interns who host tours on Capitol Hill, stopping at sites like the small Senate rotunda, don't always have their facts straight.
The Architect of the Capitol

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:35 am

Every summer thousands of interns flood the offices of Capitol Hill. One of their primary duties is to give constituents tours of the famous buildings. They parade visitors from the rotunda to statuary hall, offering stories and anecdotes.

But while these intern tours provide a great deal of information, they are sometimes a little short on actual history.

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Middle East
8:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Netanyahu: Israel Is Prepared For 'Long Operation' In Gaza

Palestinian relatives cry when mourners carry out the body of Baraa Mogdadm, 6, one of nine people killed in an explosion at a park in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday.
Adel Hana AP

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 8:40 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday dismissed international calls for an immediate cease-fire in the country's conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

"We need to be prepared for a long operation until our mission is accomplished," Netanyahu said in televised remarks.

He defined that mission the same way Israeli officials have since launching a ground offensive in Gaza: taking out the tunnels Hamas uses to infiltrate Israel.

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A Reporter's Legacy
4:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Margot Adler on Being Wiccan and NPR Discrimination

Margot Adler, 2004
Credit wikimedia commons

Margot Adler's NPR career was just beginning in 1979 when she published her book, Drawing Down the Moon, an exploration of the Pagan community of which she was a member. When she died Monday, she left a long legacy as a reporter, and as an outspoken Wiccan.

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Air Travel
2:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines

A Boeing 737 jetliner operated by Southwest awaits loading at the Little Rock, Ark., airport.
Danny Johnston AP

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that it intends to fine Southwest Airlines $12 million for flying Boeing 737 airplanes without making proper repairs.

Beginning in 2006, Southwest began "extreme makeover" alterations to address cracking of aluminum skin on 44 jetliners, the FAA said in a news release.

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Sandy Hook Promise
10:22 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Sandy Hook Mother Remains Committed to Ending Gun Violence

Nicole Hockley of Sandy Hook Promise
Credit Chion Wolf

A mother who lost her son in the Newtown school shootings remains committed to ending gun violence. Nicole Hockley is Communications Director for Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, a first grader who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. 

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Cities
10:03 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In?

"Flower Power" by Icy and Sot on the back wall of Rochester's Good Luck restaurant.
Mark Deff Photography Courtesy of WALL\THERAPY

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:45 am

The race has started. It's going to be run fast and hard and it won't be over for a while. It's a race whose winner doesn't matter as long as someone, somewhere makes it to the finish line.

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Middle East
8:53 am
Sat July 26, 2014

U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting

In a photo taken on Thursday, smoke rises from a residential area in Tripoli, Libya. Deadly clashes erupted between Islamist fighters and pro-secular militias earlier this month.
Hamza Turkia Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:42 pm

Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET.

The U.S. has temporarily closed its embassy in Libya and evacuated diplomats amid what is being described as a significant deterioration in security, with rival militant factions battling in the capital, Tripoli.

"Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

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New London Schools
12:38 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

New London Board of Education to Investigate Incoming Superintendent

Terrence P. Carter.
Credit New London Public Schools

The New London Board of Education has voted to launch an independent investigation into allegations that the city’s incoming superintendent may have misrepresented, or allowed others to misrepresent his credentials. 

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Reversing Outsourcing
11:33 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Sen. Murphy Urges Support for Bring Jobs Home Act

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) in a file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy hopes for a strong vote in the Senate this week on the Bring Jobs Home Act. The bill would take away the ability for businesses to get a tax break for sending jobs overseas, and instead incentivizes companies to bring jobs back to the United States.

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Charter Schools
9:43 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Hartford's FUSE Scandal Has Advocates Taking a Closer Look at How Charter Schools Operate

Jumoke Academy in Hartford.
Helder Mira Creative Commons

As the FBI continues its investigation of a disgraced Hartford-based charter school company, some education advocates think it's time to take a closer look at charter school accountability in the state.

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Culinary Delights
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Hungry for Variety? Hartford Has a Taste

A sample meal from Trumbull Kitchen. Scallops, zucchini, and sticky rice with soy and orange glaze. Each meal component is from a different part of Connecticut.
Katherine Peikes WNPR

Food lovers have a chance to savor unique culinary dishes from over 30 restaurants in the capital city as the annual Taste of Hartford continues.

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Seeking a Truce
8:40 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play

A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in a strike on a compound housing a U.N. school, to the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 5:33 pm

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called reports that Israel's government had rejected a U.S. truce in Gaza "a mischievous leak" and said he's confident a deal can be reached.

Referring to earlier reports by Israeli TV that a seven-day cease-fire had been unanimously rejected, Kerry, speaking at a news conference in Cairo, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had assured him that the report is "an error and inaccurate.

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Planet Money
7:10 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune

The cover of Michael Bunker's self published book Pennsylvania Omnibus.
Michael Bunker

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 1:32 pm

Five years ago, printing your own book was stigmatized and was seen as a mark of failure.

"But now," says Dana Beth Weinberg, a sociologist at Queens College who is studying the industry, "the self-published authors walk into the room, and they say, oh, well, 'I made a quarter million dollars last year, or $100,000, or made $10,000.' And it is still more than what some of these authors are making with their very prestigious contracts."

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State Senate
10:27 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

For Some Political Incumbents, the Races Are Real

Democrats Shawn Wooden, Sen. Eric Coleman, and Len Walker at a candidate forum in Hartford Thursday night.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Good government advocates sometimes lament how easy it is for incumbent politicians return to office, often uncontested. That's not always the case, though. One long-time, Democratic state senator is facing two challengers from within his party. 

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Stacks of Smoke
4:45 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Capping Carbon Emissions Could Provide Economic Benefits, Study Finds

A new study quantifies the potential economic impact of a new federal plan to regulate carbon emissions.
Credit CandiceDawn/iStock / Thinkstock

Federal proposals to cap carbon emissions could actually benefit some states economically, according to a new study released on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

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Russian Forces
3:20 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops

Ukrainian troops camouflage their multiple rocket launcher at a checkpoint in Kryva Luka, in eastern Ukraine, earlier this month. The U.S. says Russia is planning to provide similar systems to the rebels.
Evgeniy Maloletka AP

The U.S. says it has "new evidence" that Russian forces have been firing artillery across the border to attack Ukrainian military positions, and that Moscow is planning to ship powerful rocket artillery to the rebels it backs in the country's east.

"We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said during a daily briefing.

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Ticket Websites
2:49 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

TicketNetwork Agrees To Fix "Unfair Trade Practices"

Ticket resale company TicketNetwork settled with the State of Connecticut and the Federal Trade Commission.
Bradley P. Johnson Creative Commons

A settlement has been reached between South Windsor-based TicketNetwork and the State of Connecticut. In the deal, TicketNetwork agreed to clearly disclose that it is a ticket resale company, and not an official box office outlet.

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Professor Joe Lieberman
12:57 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Former Senator Lieberman to Be Professor in New York

Former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman will be a professor at Yeshiva University (file photo)
Credit Chion Wolf, WNPR / WNPR

Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The private New York university named him the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service.

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Skeeters
9:49 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Staging a War Against West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis

The state announed mosquitoes trapped in East Haven on July 16, 2014 have tested positive for WNV.
Johnan J.Ingles-Le Nobel Flickr Creative Commons

Mosquitoes trapped in East Haven are the first this year to test positive for West Nile Virus.

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Podcasting
9:45 am
Thu July 24, 2014

A Listener's Guide to Podcasts

arinahabich/iStock Thinkstock

If you're interested in podcasts, but aren't sure what to listen to, have no fear. We're here to help.  

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Charter School Probe
7:14 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Federal Investigators Look for State Education Department Emails

Stefan Pryor, Commissioner of the State of Department of Education, in a file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

As federal investigators continue their probe of a troubled Hartford charter school group, agents are now seeking to obtain all department correspondence, including Commissioner Stefan Pryor's emails that relate to FUSE, Jumoke, Michael Sharpe or Hartford's Milner School.

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Show me the money
2:35 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

For Development Around Stadium, Hartford Wants Federal Funding

Here's what Hartford city hall says the neighborhood could look like.
Credit City of Hartford

Hartford officials recently held a pre-bid conference for developers and others interested in building a new minor league stadium and its surrounding neighborhood. While the city fielded questions about available land and other infrastructure improvements it has in mind, one big question sticks out: "Have you identified promising sources of federal or state funds?"

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Transgender Teen
1:58 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Connecticut Child Advocate Criticizes DCF for Care of Transgender Teen

Connecticut's child advocate, Sarah Eagan, in a file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

The Office of the Child Advocate is criticizing the Connecticut Department of Children and Families for its "public shaming" of Jane Doe after a recent incident at the state locked unit for troubled girls. Child advocate Sarah Eagan is also concerned about how often DCF staff is restraining youth at the state's locked facilities for girls and boys.

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State Parks Centennial
1:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Gov. Malloy Announces Free State Parks Weekend in Connecticut

Huntington State Park in Redding.
David Brooks Creative Commons

Have you been to a state park lately? On July 26 and 27, you'll be able to visit any state park in Connecticut for free.

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