INTRO: Connecticut legislators are discussing a bill that would make some changes to the way plaintiffs can file medical malpractice lawsuits in the state. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on the testimony heard today by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A 2004 law requires a certain percentage of federal contracting dollars to go to small businesses owned by service disabled veterans. But a recent inspector's report from the Department of Defense finds that in 2010, more than two dozen contracts were awarded to companies that weren't eligible.
This week on the Needle Drop, we sample tracks from an album of heavy metal throwbacks from Washington band Christian Mistress. We'll also be sampling new tracks from Death Grips, Royal Headache, and the underground R&B outfit THEESatisfaction.
The New Haven Register celebrates its 200th anniversary this year - and closes its printing presses for good. That’s part of its new strategy to focus on digital first, and print last. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on the changes facing the newspaper.
The city of Hartford is facing a ten percent budget deficit next year. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, city officials say they may ask bigger non-profits to lend a hand...and write a check.
Hartford has billions of dollars in property. But about half of it isn't taxable, because it belongs to the state or to non-profits. That means schools, universities, hospitals, and others don't pay taxes on the land and property they own. And that means the city of Hartford is property rich, cash poor, and facing a $54 million budget hole next year.
In 2010, as state health officials were investigating allegations that Dr. Gerson Sternstein of Berlin was overmedicating patients, three pharmaceutical companies were showering thousands of dollars on the psychiatrist for meals and speaking engagements. Some of the payments continued even after his license was suspended in August 2010.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that state prison officials can restrain and force-feed inmates to protect them from life-threatening dehydration and malnutrition. Meanwhile, as WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the inmate who filed suit against the Department of Correction for force-feeding him is on a hunger strike once again.
Governor Dannel Malloy and other governors signed a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta voicing their concern with the DOD's proposed budget, specifically disproportionate cuts facing Air National Guard units. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports on how the budget will impact Connecticut's force.
Major General Thad Martin of the Connecticut National Guard anticipates there will be no reduction of the 1144 Guardsmen and women who serve with Bradley's 103rd Airlift Wing. The Defense Department releases firm numbers on Tuesday.
Connecticut Innovations has a new chief executive officer in charge of a potential merger and a much larger investment portfolio. Claire Leonardi spoke to WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan on how she plans to shake up the organization.
Claire Leonardi brings more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry to her new job as CEO of Connecticut Innovations – or CI – a state-funded organization in Rocky Hill that invests in advanced technology ventures.
Episode 36 was a bit of a college reunion; joining us my were fellow Hobart grads, New York Times Tech columnist Bob Tedeschi and ESPN producer Steve Petyerak. Rounding out this manly conclave: cohost Duo Dickinson, software engineer Justin Gill, and rugby coach and new media man John Broker.
Governor Dannel Malloy was on MSNBC's Morning Joe show again, this time talking broadly about education. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.
As legislators, teachers, activists, and others continue to debate Malloy's plans to overhaul education in the state, the governor took his show on the nationally-televised road. Malloy was on the air to talk about his education agenda in Connecticut. He told viewers what he has said for some time -- children in the state's larger cities are at a disadvantage.
Photography, Harriet Van Schoonhoven Thorne’s chosen interest, was an unusual one for a woman in the late 19th century. Harriet was an active photographer from 1885-1920, a time when photography was changing from a cumbersome process undertaken primarily by professionals to one that, thanks to hand-held cameras and flexible roll film, could be practiced by anyone. In the 19th century, photography was considered more of a science than it is now, and, with its emphasis on chemistry, optics, and technology, was dominated by men.
Connecticut’s angel investment tax credit appears to be working as new figures show increased funding for start-up companies. Less encouraging, venture capital investments, the next stage of funding required for a company to grow, declined statewide last year. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports.
The pullout of American troops in Iraq and those returning from Afghanistan have brought many service members back to their families and into the civilian job market.
While there is a new law that offers incentives to employers who hire them, many veterans across the country are trying to start their own businesses. A rigorous, free program started at Syracuse University is giving them the tools to be their own boss.
Governor Dannel Malloy will take his case for education reform directly to Connecticut residents through a series of town hall meetings.
It's the same format the Governor used last year, when he took his "shared sacrifice" budget on the road in a series of town hall type meetings. Now the issue is education reform. His 163-page education bill offers additional funding for failing schools, removes red tape for local school districts and expands access to early childhood education.
And a national overview shows that 11.5% of the country’s bridges are “structurally deficient.” But what does that mean exactly? Are they in danger of falling apart, like the span over I-35 in Minneapolis, or the Mianus River Bridge on I-95 that killed motorists in Connecticut in 1983?
TicketNetwork has pulled out of Connecticut’s First Five economic development program. The news comes after the recent arrest of Don Vaccaro, CEO of the South Windsor-based company. Vaccaro has been charged with a hate crime and has taken an indefinite leave from TicketNetwork.
Meanwhile, Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection has just submitted to lawmakers its analysis of the ticket sales industry, and its view on a controversial proposal to change ticket sale laws in the state.
The General Assembly's Veterans Committee is considering a bill that could strengthen programs to keep veterans out of jail. Veterans who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars face a variety of challenges when they return home including physical and mental health issues.
A version of this story aired on NPR's "All Things Considered" on February 29, 2012
A few months ago, WNPR reported on a unique training program for veterans at the University of Connecticut. A consortium of business schools run The Entreprenuership Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, which teaches veterans to be their own boss.
As part of our Coming Home project, WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil follows up with an EBV grad who is now a small business-owner.