Conservation
9:08 am
Thu May 26, 2011

These Islands Are For The Birds

Nancy Eve Cohen

Beginning this week, residents are being asked to stay off two Connecticut islands. Connecticut’s environmental agency wants to allow the birds to nest, undisturbed. The public will not be allowed on Duck Island in Westbrook or on Charles Island in Milford until the beginning of September.

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Conservation
9:08 am
Thu May 26, 2011

These Islands Are For The Birds

Nancy Eve Cohen

Beginning this week residents are being asked to stay off two Connecticut islands. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports Connecticut’s environmental agency wants to allow the birds to nest, undisturbed

The public will not be allowed on Duck Island in Westbrook or on Charles Island in Milford until the beginning of September.

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News
8:39 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Morning Edition: Libya Involvement Raises Questions in War Powers Act

ISAF Public Affairs

Last Friday marked the 60 day mark of U.S. military involvement in Libya. That's significant because without Congressional authorization for the military presence in Libya, President Obama is in violation of the War Powers Act. We talked to the Washington Correspondent for the Connecticut Mirror, Deirdre Shesgreen. 

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Some in Congress growing restive over U.S. involvement in Libya 

Public Spaces
4:40 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

New Beginnings for New Haven's Institute Library

Uma Ramiah

New Haven is home to one of the last remaining membership libraries in North America. The Young Men's Institute Library hired a new executive director in February, and hopes to become the center of community life it was nearly 200 years ago.

Tucked between a vacant storefront and a tattoo parlor in the Young Men's Institute Library in New Haven would be easy to miss. But on a recent Saturday morning, volunteers could be found renovating the unused top two floors of the library. 

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New Haven
4:40 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

New Beginnings for New Haven's Institute Library

Uma Ramiah

New Haven is home to one of the last remaining membership libraries in North America. The Young Men's Institute Library hired a new executive director in February, and hopes to become the center of community life it was nearly 200 years ago.

Tucked between a vacant storefront and a tattoo parlor in, the Young Men's Institute Library in New Haven would be easy to miss. But on a recent Saturday morning volunteers could be found renovating the unused top two floors of the library. 

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New Haven
3:54 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

You Could Stand To Read a Positive Story, Right? About Gelato and Pianos?

Thomas MacMillan Photo

People told Giuliana Maravalle she was crazy when she moved her piano bar and gelato factory to a neglected industrial warehouse on Sargent Drive. One year later, she’s ready to expand the business with a new country and western bar, and people are eating her “artisanal” Italian treat from the Boston Symphony to JFK airport thanks to the work of a dozen additional employees.

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Technology
2:23 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

UConn Reaches Out to Tech Companies

courtesy eGen

Connecticut would like to reinvent itself as the next Silicon Valley. Some economic development experts say our future lies with the state’s small technology companies. If that’s to become a reality, Connecticut’s universities will have to be a key part of the change. A conference today at UConn aims to show the way. 

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UConn Conference
2:23 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

UConn Reaches Out To Tech Companies

courtesy eGen

Connecticut would like to reinvent itself as the next Silicon Valley. Some economic development experts say our future lies with the state’s small technology companies. If that’s to become a reality, Connecticut’s universities will have to be a key part of the change. A conference today at UConn aims to show the way. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

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Natural Disaster
6:25 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Fuko Chiba: This I Believe

15- year old Fuko Chiba was visiting her family in Japan in March when a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the island. She’s a ninth grade boarding student at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Connecticut.  Here’s her “This I Believe” essay about what happened.

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Documentary
10:10 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Joe Hoke

Joe Hoke, veteran advertising executive, was interviewed in the fall of 2010 for the CPTV original documentary "The 60s in Connecticut."  In an effort to share the many hours of rich content that does not appear in the hour long documentary, we are making this full length interview available on-line.  

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Transportation
5:10 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Route 11 Study Begins... Again

Polaron, Wikipedia

Governor Malloy announced today the state will re-start the planning process for the completion of Route 11. The highway now stops in Salem, but the original plan was to extend it to I - 95 in Waterford. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports Malloy is open to putting tolls on the road.

Congressman Joe Courtney says when President Obama attended the Coast Guard Academy graduation in New London last week, he was a little late.

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Home Building
12:29 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Connecticut Home Builders Find Ways To Survive

Harriet Jones

This recession began with the bursting of the housing bubble, and home building has been one of the industries hardest hit in its aftermath. Eighty percent of new houses in Connecticut are built by local, small construction companies. WNPR’s Harriet Jones went to find out how those survivors have reinvented themselves.

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National Small Business Week
12:06 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Bringing The Small Business Message To Washington

Courtesy Dymax

This has been National Small Business Week. The President proclaims this week to honor and recognize the contribution of small businesses to the economy. Tonight the Small Business Person of the Year will be chosen in a special ceremony in Washington DC. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

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Somalialand
4:37 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Somaliland 20 Years Later

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Erjkprunczyk

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Somaliland, a region where residents are fiercely proud of their independence from southern Somalia.

It has a population of three and a half million with its own President, flag, military, currency, and parliament, all separate from Somalia and war-torn capital, Mogadishu.

But the international community does not recognize it as an independent African nation.

Here in Connecticut, there are about 200 families from Somaliland. They call themselves Somalilanders.

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Health & Wellness
3:01 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Study Finds Link Between Lead Poisoning And Mastery Test Scores

Editor B, Flickr Creative Commons

A new study finds a link between lead poisoning in young children and lower scores on the CT Mastery Tests.  And black children in the state are more likely to be exposed to lead.

First, researchers looked at blood lead data for all Connecticut 4th graders in the 2007-2008 school year. Then they studied test scores on the CMTs.  

Rebecca Anthopolis is a statistical analyst with the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Duke University where the data were analyzed.

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Desmond Tutu
5:46 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Archbishop Desmond Tutu To Give Last U.S. Speech In Hartford

Serri Graslie/WNPR

Archbishop Desmond Tutu will give his last public speech in the U.S. tomorrow night in Hartford. Tutu says his message will call on young people to change the world.

Tutu says he'll warn his audience to look out for people like him -- "oldies," he calls them.

"For goodness sake, don't allow yourself to be infected by the cynicism of oldies. Dream, dream that this world can become better," he says.

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Budget
2:42 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Unions For Prison Workers Take Aim At State

(http://www.council4.org)

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Invasive Species
2:18 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

On the Lookout for a Tree-Eating Invasive

takomabibelot, Flickr Creative Commons

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect from Asia that has killed more than 50 million ash trees in the U.S. in the past decade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is setting more than 60,000 traps in 48 states, including Connecticut, to look for the beetle. 

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Commencement Address
10:16 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Obama: Coast Guard "Never Been More Important"

Chion Wolf/WNPR

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President Obama gave the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday afternoon. Although he generally steered clear of policy, the President says the branch has never been more important.

President Obama only mentioned the recent death of Osama bin Laden once during his speech. But he did give the Coast Guard credit as part of the front line for Homeland Security.

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Documentary
4:17 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Carrie Saxon Perry

Carrie Saxon Perry, community activist in Hartford, was interviewed in the late fall of 2010 for the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s inConnecticut."  While small portions of her interview do appear in the documentary, her full length interview is only available online.

Interview Synopsis:

In the 1960s Carrie Saxon Perry worked as a community activist in Hartford.  She experienced first hand the frustrations and rewards of rolling up her sleeves and helping the poor and disenfranchised in her home town.  

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Accident Research
3:47 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Yale Study Pinpoints Motorcycle Riders Who Don't Wear Helmets

Flickr user superde1uxe

A new Yale University study has pinpointed the types of riders involved in motorcycle accidents. Researchers think the data could be used to justify a mandatory helmet law in the state.

Adam Landman is an emergency room doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He says he's tired of seeing motorcycle crash victims.

"My goal would be to go out of business," Landman says. "I don't want to be taking care of crash victims in the emergency department."

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Contract Negotiations
3:36 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

New Haven Musicians Protest Symphony Cuts

Uma Ramiah

Contract negotiations are underway between musicians and management of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. But some of the proposed changes have performers taking to the streets. 


Dressed in her concert black, cellist Chris Coyle stood in front of Woolsey Hall, passing out bright yellow flyers to audience members as they arrived for an evening performance by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

"We're afraid that our next season we're going to be cut down to the bone, playing very small works, leaving out some of our colleagues."

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Teacher Evaluation
3:18 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

New Bill Would Create Model For Evaluating Teachers

Flickr user woodleywonderworks

Connecticut lawmakers heard from education advocates Thursday afternoon about a new bill that would create a model for evaluating teachers. But the state's teachers' unions don't agree on it, and others say it doesn't go far enough.

Hundreds of teachers face lay-offs in the state due to budget constraints. But using seniority as the only means to decide who stays and who goes is unprofessional, says Alex Johnston. Johnston is the CEO of ConnCann, an education advocacy group.

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Food Services
2:51 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

State Wants To Feed Hungry Kids This Summer

Flickr user sampsyo

If Tim Cipriano has his way, food trucks won't just be for trendy urbanites anymore.

"It's like the big craze out there so we're looking to capitalize on the craze and get one donated to us that's similar to an ice cream truck that would be outfitted with refrigeration," Cipriano says.

Cipriano is a chef and director of food services in New Haven's public schools. He wants to use the truck to deliver meals to areas that aren't covered by the summer food service program. Right now, most of the food is served at schools, parks and summer camps.

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Middle East
2:25 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Lieberman Says U.S. Should Stay In Libya Until Gadhafi Is Gone

ISAF Public Affairs

Senator Joe Lieberman has advocated for a no-fly zone in Libya since the rebel uprising started. Now that one is in place, he says the U.S. needs to stay until leader Moammar Gadhafi is gone.

Lieberman says there's no room for Gadhafi in Libya anymore.

"If all this ends and Gadhafi is still the president of Libya or a part of Libya, this will not be considered a success," he says.

Speaking in downtown Hartford, Lieberman says he thinks the UN-sanctioned no-fly zone has already made an important point to pro-Gadhafi forces.

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Connecticut Legislature
2:09 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Democrat Governor Brings Bills Closer to Passing

CT House Democrats

After years of failed lobbying, some legislation in the state may be creeping closer to the governor's desk now because a Democrat sits there. Bills on the death penalty and paid sick leave all have a better chance of passing this year.

Bruce Morris, D-Norwalk, is a state representative and also a reverend. And he admits he doesn't always see eye to eye with his fellow faith leaders on theological issues.

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Connecticut Legislature
1:06 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Lawmakers Fight To Keep Death Penalty

CT House Democrats

As a potential repeal of the death penalty looms in Connecticut, opposing lawmakers are drafting legislation that would change the appeals process.

Representative Steve Mikutel is a Democrat from Griswold who supports the death penalty. He says voters shouldn't worry about executing innocent people in Connecticut.

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