News
10:05 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Cut to Pest Control Program Leaves Farms Vulnerable This Summer

Jan Ellen Spiegel

As Connecticut’s growing season heads towards its peak, farmers are facing greater risks from more pests and diseases than they’ve seen in recent years. The situation could turn even worse because, as WNPR's Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, a popular pest management program was cut at the last minute. And that means there will be fewer eyes on the fields, just when they may be needed most.

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Geography
9:44 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Sea Levels Rising Fastest in a "Northeast Hot Spot"

NASA (Wikimedia Commons)

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey say that in the past 20 years, the sea level has risen more in an area they call the "Northeast hot spot" than anywhere else on the continent, a finding they say was unexpected.

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Refine
9:10 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Hartford Wins $10 Million for Smart Growth

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The grant, announced last week, is part of the TIGER program begun by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2009. Several dozen cities and towns across the country, out of hundreds of applicants, were awarded a total of $500 million for projects following smart-growth principles.

The city plans to use most of the money to improve access from Union Station to Main Street and Asylum and Pearl streets downtown. That way more people can take the train to Hartford and easily get to their nearby office -- potentially dramatically changing the fabric of downtown.

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News
10:16 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Cultural Competency for Kids

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Students are learning math and reading, but do they know how to get along with others around the world?

It’s called “cultural competence” - a facility with different languages, an understanding of climate and geography, and familiarity with global financial markets. And according to the Connecticut World Affairs Council, it’s what our students lack.  A “global context.”

Those who share this view say covering science, technology, engineering, and math - is great, but it isn’t enough.

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News
9:50 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Can Small Be Revolutionary Too?

Sarah Miner

 Tourism in Connecticut seems to revolve around a few big names. The Seaport, the Aquarium, and the casinos. These are prominently featured in the state’s new marketing campaign. But the industry is also sustained by hundreds of small businesses – inns, restaurants and small attractions. They’re wondering if they’ll get a fair shake in this new focus on state marketing. WNPR’s Sarah Miner reports.

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Not-So-Easy On The Eyes
9:04 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Health Risks of Artificial Light

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The American Medical Association has adopted the recommendations of a report that links health problems, including cancer, to exposure to artificial light. Joining us is one of the co-authors of the report, and perhaps the first scientist to make this link, is Dr. Richard Stevens, professor in the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Department of Community Medicine and Health Care. 

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News
8:17 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Fiona's Back and Swedish Synth Pop

This week on the Needle Drop, we're sampling tracks from the latest releases from Swedish synth pop songstress iamamiwhoami, and piano rock warrior Fiona Apple.

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Police
5:51 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

East Haven Starts Search For New Police Chief

Diane Orson WNPR

The town of East Haven has begun a nationwide search for a new police chief. 

Local volunteers have been asked to help, and on Tuesday the mayor drew names of applicants out of a hat. Twenty four people out of 30,000 East Haven residents entered the drawing to help in the search for a new police chief . 

Standing outside his office, Mayor Joe Maturo, Jr. selected ten names.  

"Number fourteen, Jeffrey Cofrancesco. Number seven, Glenda Gonzalez."

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Health Care
4:03 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Proposed State Medicaid Changes Prompt Concern

State officials say a recent Medicaid expansion is over enrolled and costs too much money, so it's asking the federal government for permission to ramp the program down a bit. That move is being met with objections.

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News
3:50 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Arts and Ideas: Scottish Theater, Australian Acrobats, Music for Change

Chion Wolf

Every summer, a world of arts and ideas descends on New Haven Connecticut - and we're here to take a look and a listen.

Today, we're broadcasting live from The Study at Yale - a beautiful, modern hotel, right in the heart of the city on Chapel Street.  We're only a block from a few of Yale's terrific art galleries. But honestly, during the Festival of Arts and Ideas, art is everywhere.  

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Juvenile Law
5:03 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Supreme Court Ruling on Juveniles May Have Limited Effect in Connecticut

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The U.S. Supreme Court says it's unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder. The ruling will have limited effect in Connecticut. Connecticut has something called capital offenses -- things like murdering a police officer or a young person.  And the penalty for capital offenses is mandatory -- either death or life in prison without parole.  But because the Supreme Court already outlawed the death penalty for juveniles, those young people who are convicted of capital felonies can only be sentenced to life without parole. Until, it seems, now.

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News
3:13 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Helping to Heal with Songbirds

Wesleyan University

 

A new finding by a Wesleyan University professor may hold promise for people suffering Neurological Disorders like Alzheimer's and Epilepsy. WNPR's Ray Hardman speaks to Dr. John Kirn, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at Wesleyan University whose work focuses on the brain of a small songbird.

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News
2:23 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Steve Blass On Living The Pirate Life

Design by James Slate and Andy Hansen. Photo from AP Images.

Most major league players have a lot of stories to tell. But Steve Blass might have more than most. He went from a skinny prospect in the tiny Connecticut town of Falls Village to become the star pitcher on a World Series team, where he befriended a baseball icon.

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News
2:08 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Title IX

Chion Wolf

Title IX is 40 years old this week...and slowly over that time, it’s meant a big boost in Women’s athletics.

Just to give you some idea - there are nearly 10 times as many high school girls playing organized sports today as there were the year the law went into effect. At the college level, nearly half of the athletic scholarships go to female athletes.

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News
9:29 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Hartford Bowling Center On Course To Avoid Closure

J Holt

Late last week it looked certain that Hartford's last remaining duckpin bowling center would close, as its owner faced mounting expenses and changing priorities. But one day after a last ditch effort to save Highland Bowl failed, the historic business experienced a dramatic turnaround. WNPR's J Holt was there.

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News
2:21 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

CUSTER’S COMMANDER

On June 25, 1876, over two hundred men serving under George Armstrong Custer were wiped out by a combined force of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in present-day Montana. Custer’s Seventh Cavalry was part of a larger military operation intended to round up the remaining free Plains Indians and force them onto reservations. This larger force was led by General Alfred H. Terry, Commander of the Department of Dakota.

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News
2:19 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

CUSTER’S COMMANDER

On June 25, 1876, over two hundred men serving under George Armstrong Custer were wiped out by a combined force of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in present-day Montana. Custer’s Seventh Cavalry was part of a larger military operation intended to round up the remaining free Plains Indians and force them onto reservations. This larger force was led by General Alfred H. Terry, Commander of the Department of Dakota.

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News
11:37 am
Fri June 22, 2012

In The "Obamacare" Waiting Room

Matt Renlund (Flickr Creative Commons)

It’s officially called the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Some detractors call it “Obamacare.” And, soon the court may call it unconstitutional.

We’ve been waiting for months to hear what the US Supreme Court will rule on the health care reform that is seen as “transformational” - even by those who don’t like it too much.

It is meant to provide health care coverage to all Americans - but the provision that mandates purchase of that coverage is what has it in front of the court.

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News
3:33 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Health Care, The Supreme Court, and You

In all likelihood, the US Supreme Court will rule next week on one of the biggest political issues of the year -- President Obama's health care overhaul.  To understand a little bit more about what the law entails and what is at stake for Connecticut, WNPR's Jeff Cohen sat down with Victoria Veltri -- the state's healthcare advocate.

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News
9:54 am
Thu June 21, 2012

While Hartford Violent Crime Goes Down, Other Crimes Go Up

 

Violent crime in the city of Hartford is down.  But other crimes -- like robbery, larceny, and car theft -- are up over last year.  In the second installment of a two-part interview with WNPR's Jeff Cohen, Mayor Pedro Segarra says the problem is people coming back to the community from prison...and he's looking to the state for help.

 

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Hospital Merge
4:01 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Yale-New Haven Hospital to merge with Hospital of Saint Raphael

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Earlier this month Attorney General George Jepson signed off on the merger between The Hospital of Saint Raphael and Yale-New Haven Hospital. The merger between the two elm city hospitals was proposed last fall, as the Hospital of Saint Raphael faces a multi-million dollar shortfall, and Yale-New Haven is looking for more hospital beds. Here to talk about the merger is the President and CEO of the Hospital of Saint Raphael Christopher O'Connor.

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Cenorship Target
11:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Judy Blume Uncensored And Coming To Hartford

News
10:50 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Susan Herbst on Ambition, Expansion, and Sports

Chion Wolf

University of Connecticut president Susan Herbst has had a busy first year on the job.

She’s pushed for a major expansion of its faculty – part of a plan to get more students into the classes they need and get their degrees in four years. The university is hiring 275 new faculty over the next four years. 

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Tuition Price
9:43 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Experts Say - Sometimes College Tuition Data Can Be Misleading

Connecticut College has the highest tuition in the nation among private, not-for-profit four-year colleges, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. But experts say sometimes statistics can be misleading.  

The College Affordability and Transparency Center website is part of President Obama’s push to make the costs of higher education more transparent. Schools are ranked in several categories, including tuition sticker price, and net cost to families.

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Economic Development
9:29 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Alexion Pharmaceuticals To Anchor New Haven Downtown Crossing

Diane Orson

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. has announced it will move its headquarters to New Haven with up to $51 million in state aid. Governor Malloy announced the move on Tuesday as part of his "First Five" economic development initiative.

For years, New Haven’s Route 34 highway connector separated the Hill neighborhood and Medical district from the downtown area. Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ move is part of a project to knit New Haven back together.

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News
4:24 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Segarra, Frustrated By Violence, Says Police Could Soon Make Arrests In Recent Homicides

 

A week and a half after a violent weekend , Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra says police investigators are making inroads.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

 

I met with Segarra in his office.  I walked in as the acting police chief walked out.  And here's what the mayor said about investigations into the shootings that killed two people and wounded nine others.  One of the dead was a cousin of City Council President Shawn Wooden. 

 

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News
3:38 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Thrashy, Metallic Hardcore and Dreamy Hip Hop Beats

This week on the Needle Drop, we're observing the dreamy, atmospheric sounds of hip hop beats from the new Clams Casino instrumental compilation. We're also giving the new Black Breath album a go, Sentenced to Life--not to mention trying out new tracks from Recondite, Grizzly Bear, and Fiona Apple.

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Strong Sense of Community
11:52 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Green Haven, a Cohousing Neighborhood, Planned in Bethany

Joe Mabel (Wikimedia Commons)

More and more cohousing neighborhoods are cropping up nationwide. These are intentionally planned neighborhoods committed to a strong sense of community. A group of Connecticut residents have gathered together, hoping to create Connecticut's first cohousing neighborhood, called Green Haven.

Green Haven is in the planning stages. Jack Nork, one of the participating residents, joined us to tell us about it.

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News
11:22 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Revitalizing New Haven's Neighborhoods

Payton Chung, Creative Commons

New Haven was once known as the “model city” - for a massive urban redesign in the 1950s and 60s.

That renewal - 50 years later - has divided the city. Literally and emotionally.  Now, some of the damage is being repaired - a plan to reconnect a “downtown” crossing where homes and businesses were destroyed to make way for a highway.

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News
11:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Are Big Sports Tournaments Worth It?

Matthew Kenwrick (Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, the Traveler’s Championship week kicks off in Connecticut. It was known for years as the Greater Hartford Open...the GHO. It’s always raised lots of money for charities and always attracted thousands of visitors. But on a few occasions in its history, it has almost gone away. The corporate community stepped in once again - with a local title sponsor - and the tournament is expected to mean nearly $30 million to the local economy.

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