Race for Senate
6:12 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Favored In GOP Senate Primary, Linda McMahon Faces Critics Left And Right

Connecticut GOP Senate candidates Rep. Christopher Shays and Linda McMahon shake hands at a June 14 debate in Storrs. State Republicans vote Tuesday on which candidate will move on to the general election.
Stephan Savoia AP

Two years ago, Republican Linda McMahon ran for an open U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut, spent $50 million of her own money in the process, and lost.

In an otherwise Republican year, the former top executive at World Wrestling Entertainment was easily beaten by Democrat Richard Blumenthal.

Now, McMahon is trying again — running for the seat of outgoing Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent.

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Higher Traffic Local Road
1:46 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Downtown Crossing in New Haven Loses Support of Elm City Cycling

Courtesy City of New Haven

On August 6, New Haven's Board of Aldermen gave final approval to a major project that will remove highway 34, and replace the open land with biotech and medical facilities. It will also open up a part of the city that has been closed off to downtown by the highway since the 1950s.

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Nuclear Power
11:51 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Powering Connecticut

Dave L. (Wikimedia Commons)

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, Germany is undertaking a massive effort to eliminate its eight nuclear power plants. It will rely on more wind and solar power, and less on coal.

The Germans may spend as much as $250 billion over the next several years just to get this plan started. Japan, meanwhile, despite a worried public, is still considering how much nuclear power they want to have part of their future energy mix.

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News
11:25 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 54

Cindy Papish Gerber

 Having spent an afternoon with some of New Haven's most notable chefs, I got sense that the biggest mistake we make when selecting our food is a lack of mindfulness. Jason Sobicinski of Caseus (and of host restaurant Park Central Tavern) spoke about moderation - and the need to "...be focused on what you're putting in your mouth".

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Immigration
2:26 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Applications for Deferred Action to be Released Next Week

Applications for President Obama’s new deferred action immigration policy for young people are to be released next week. Officials in New Haven will partner with local lawyers, Yale Law School and other organizations in the city to help undocumented youth navigate the application process. 

Under the deferred action policy announced in June, undocumented immigrants who meet certain eligibility requirements will be considered for relief from deportation. 

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News
1:36 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Quarantine in New Haven County to Prevent Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

Courtesy of Flickr CC by USDA

Connecticut has a new, destructive resident that most likely is here to stay. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer has caused state officials to impose a quarantine in one part of Connecticut.

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News
2:51 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Stonington Gets Ready For Its Closeup

Harriet Jones

The tiny village of Stonington Borough is hoping Hollywood stardom can put it on the map. Hope Springs, the movie shot last year on location in the Borough, starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, opened Wednesday. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

The last time Stonington Borough hit the silver screen it had to give all the glory to its next door neighbor.

“I’m not going to be slinging pizza for the rest of my life.”

“The best pizza!”

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News
10:11 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Lunch With the Lab

On May 7, Kayley, our first summer intern, began her experience in the media lab. She was later joined by Anthony, Lucy, Kirsten, Tyler, Emily, and me. We did a total of 17 shoots over our three months here. In addition to having three of the four senatorial candidates come to our studio for the (I)NTERVIEW series, we went out for two Outdoor Enthusiast shoots, at Wadsworth Falls and Candlewood Lake. With all of our adventures across the state, I wanted to know what my fellow interns are taking away from their experiences.

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Where We Live
10:44 am
Wed August 8, 2012

The Future of Cities

Chion Wolf

TV shows and Sci-Fi books and  from the 1950’s and 60s brought us images of future cities filled with flying machines, moving sidewalks, helpful robots and meals at the push of a button.

Although we never quite got there,  we do have internet, a phone in our pocket that does everything and we sent a roving space lab on Mars.

But what do the visionaries of today have planned for the city of tomorrow?  

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News
10:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Future Cities

Chion Wolf

TV shows and Sci-Fi books and  from the 1950’s and 60s brought us images of future cities filled with flying machines, moving sidewalks, helpful robots and meals at the push of a button...

We never quite got there...but we do have internet, a phone in our pocket that does everything...a roving space lab on Mars.

But what do the visionaries of Today have planned for the city of tomorrow?  

How about, instead of transit systems that go 100 or maybe 200 miles per hour...you could go 10 times that fast?  

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News
10:21 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Where's W?

commons.wikimedia.org

I was listening to NPR's morning edition this past Tuesday, August 7th, and I noticed something odd during the broadcast. A story ran reporting the threat posed to Theodore Roosevelt's Badlands Ranch by the proposed construction of a bridge.

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News
5:51 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

The Man Who Would Be Hartford's Chief

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

James Rovella is the pick of Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra to be the city's next permanent police chief.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen recently sat down with Rovella for an interview.

Rovella has been interim chief since earlier this year, the second man to run the department after Daryl Roberts left when his contract wasn't renewed.

 

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News
4:16 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Hartford Gun Crimes Are Down

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

 

A year after the Hartford Police Department began its Shooting Task Force, the department released results today/yesterday.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, shootings and gun crimes are down.

 

For years, two numbers in the city's crime stats were the ones to watch -- the number of shooting incidents, and the number of shooting victims.  Because, for years, those numbers either stagnated or went up. 

 

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News
3:48 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Immigrant Rights Groups in CT, Nation Prepare for August 15

Courtesy of Flickr CC by J Colman

In June, the federal government announced a rule change that would allow some illegal immigrants to avoid deportation. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the date to apply for deferred action is coming up, prompting immigrant rights groups nationwide to get ready.

Congress has yet to pass The Dream Act, a federal law that would allow children brought to this country by their parents to apply for U.S citizenship. 

 

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News
2:04 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Swedish Pop, Electric TEENs, and Supernatural Psychedelia

This week on the Needle Drop, we're exploring new music from Swedish Pop duo Niki & the Dove; plus, we'll be hearing some compilation material from self-recording eccentric R. Stevie Moore. There will probably be a slew of other artists you're year to hear about as well. Let's go!

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Downpour
11:39 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Report Cites 73 Percent Increase in Extreme Downpours Over 65 Years

Pridatko Oleksandr (Wikimedia Commons)

Tropical Storm Irene, record snowfalls in 2011, and a freak snowstorm last October: even in a part of the country that has unpredictable weather, Connecticut has had its share of extreme weather in the last few years.

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News
11:31 am
Tue August 7, 2012

A Conversation With DCF Commissioner Joette Katz

Chion Wolf

The state’s child welfare agency said it's aware of roughly 100 children who have been sold for sex in the state during the past five years - and that’s just who they’ve identified.

Joette Katz - commissioner of DCF is launching a public awareness campaign to try to train both safety officials and the public to identify and treat these minors as victims rather than prostitutes.

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News
4:45 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Helping Entrepreneurs To Spread Their Wings

courtesy: FSW Inc.

Starting a new company is a lonely business. It can be particularly difficult if you have nowhere to turn for guidance or support. One program in Bridgeport has aimed to fill that gap for local entrepreneurs for the last 12 years. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

“Good to see you!.......

“Thank all of you for coming. Hope you guys are enjoying your meal….”

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News
4:31 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

New Haven Bucks Trend In Small Business Turnover

Sarah Miner

Cities all over Connecticut suffer periodically from empty storefronts and high business turnover. But a new survey shows New Haven is managing to provide some stability in its downtown. Sarah Miner reports from the city’s Ninth Square.

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Food Banks
4:03 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Feeding Hungry Families During The Summer

Chion Wolf

Summer is the time when hungry families are most in need of food assistance. Kids are home from school and food donations are at their lowest.

Standing at the corner of Dixwell and Argyle in the Newhallville section of New Haven, there’s a line of people around the block in front of the Believe In Me Empowerment Corporation. They’re waiting for an emergency food bank to open. 

"Basically this program helps us, me and my mother, when we don’t have food at the end of the month. It helps us to get something in the pantry while our food stamps come."

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News
2:26 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Hit By Recession, Franchising Hopes To Bounce Back

Harriet Jones

Franchised companies have been through very tough times, just like other small businesses during the recession, but some are betting they have what it takes to make a quicker recovery. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

This is Connecticut’s latest Wireless Zone location, in Cromwell, and it’s the grand opening day. Co-owner Matt Pensiero says for him, the cell phone business is a smart place to be.

“Maybe ten years ago it was kind of a toy, kind of, you know, something nice to have; but now, it’s a have-to-have.”

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News
1:37 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

A Fresh Start For Manufacturing Training?

Harriet Jones

State estimates say there may be as many as a thousand unfilled jobs in advanced manufacturing currently available in Connecticut. As our series continues on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, we look at how the state is preparing the workers who will take this industry forward. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

This is the precision manufacturing program at Asnuntuck Community College.

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News
1:24 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

STEM Skills Learning Lacks Coordination, Funding in CT

Connecticut’s Governor has staked a lot on reforming the state’s educational system. And a large part of the motivation is to provide a workforce literate in science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM skills. But the pace of technological change is getting quicker every year, and figuring out how to train workers for the high value industries of the 21st century is ever more challenging.

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News
12:08 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Lending Drops Amid Small Business Caution

Levels of lending to small businesses took a long dip this year, before recovering slightly in May. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it’s the first time since the height of the recession that borrowing has seen a prolonged decline.

It’s often said that credit is the lifeblood of a small business. And therefore when small businesses aren’t getting loans, it’s significant.

“Small business is at the forefront of the economy.”

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News
7:23 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 53

Cindy Papish Gerber

Just before our brainstorming session on etiquette, Guest Editor Joanne Kahan sent me an email that read “Pretty sure etiquette is dying a slow death. Perhaps, we should do a Memorial". That's when I realized we were in for an interesting afternoon!

 Joining Joanne at The Winchester, a great new spot in Woodbridge, were our "Memorial" participants: architect (and featured writer for the Guide) Duo Dickinson, author Anne Witkavich, radio personality Randye Kaye, and beer maker Rob Leonard.

 

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News
4:27 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Remembering Savin Rock

In the early 1900s, tourists from all over Connecticut and from other parts of the country as well flocked to the popular Savin Rock Amusement Park in West Haven.  In the minds of many, Savin Rock rivaled New York’s Coney Island.  It offered amusement park rides, a theater, and restaurants as well as swimming in the gentle waters of Long Island Sound.  Postcards in the collections of the Connecticut Historical Society show that visitors to Savin Rock in the early 1900ss enjoyed themselves in the same ways that visitors continue to enjoy similar resorts today.

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Environment
3:57 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Stamford Ramps Up Efforts To Test Groundwater For Pesticides

YVSREDDY (Wikimedia Commons)

Stamford is ramping up efforts to test private wells for potentially cancer-causing pesticides that may be in the water. But getting the word out is a slow process, and so far, surrounding towns haven’t shown much concern.

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News
6:33 am
Fri August 3, 2012

"Jobbing" At State Farmers' Markets

Coventry Farmer's Market

As the summer growing season nears its peak, farmers’ markets in Connecticut are more popular than ever. Each week, you’ll find at least 130 dotting the landscape. But some folks say not all of the produce is what it’s supposed to be. 

“Free range veal; beef and chevon; eggs and nettles; tomato, steaks, and compost”

Matt Staebner’s chant from his stall at the New Haven farmers’ market is practically poetic as it lists the many items from the family’s fourth generation Blue Slope farm in Franklin.

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News
1:27 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Tidal Energy Production Begins in Maine, May Come to Long Island Sound

Nick Woodward (Maine Public Broadcasting)

The Federal Government is touting the potential for tidal energy production, using underwater turbines. Thirty of these turbines are planned for New York City's East River by 2015, and a New York-based company is exploring an area of Eastern Long Island Sound known as "The Race" for a possible turbine site.

As Maine Public Broadcasting's Jay Field reports, that state is taking the lead in tidalenergy generation, lowering a 180-kilowatt turbine into the waters of Cobscook Bay. It will make Maine the first state to feed energy to the commercial electric grid.

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