Transit Oriented
12:25 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Urban Planners Hopeful Malloy Will Push Development Around Transit Hubs

Flickr user Payton Chung

Despite less than six months in office, Governor Dannel Malloy was a crowd favorite at Tuesday's transit forum in Hartford.

One of his fans was Floyd Lapp, director of the Southwestern Regional Planning Agency.

"Here comes another bouquet for former mayor Malloy," Lapp said.

Lapp was one of many at Tuesday's forum who said Governor Malloy’s experience rebuilding the area around Stamford's train station while mayor should serve the state well.

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Contests
11:21 am
Tue May 17, 2011

A Million Dollar Fish

Nancy Eve Cohen

The state Department of Environmental Protection has partnered with the store, Cabela's, to sponsor a fishing contest. The agency’s goal is to encourage more people to fish.

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Contests
11:21 am
Tue May 17, 2011

A Million Dollar Fish

Nancy Eve Cohen

The state Department of Environmental Protection has partnered with the store, Cabelas, to sponsor a fishing contest . WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the agency’s goal is to encourage more people to fish.

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Documentary
10:42 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Charles Vendetti

While making the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s in Connecticut," producers spent over a hundred hours interviewing subjects for the film.  Charles Vendetti, photo journalist and fashion photographer, was one of them.  His photographs can be seen in the documentary along with his commentary.  His full length interview is now available online.  

Interview Synopsis

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Language
4:42 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

New London Graduates Must Know English to Graduate

JECO Photo Creative Commons

New London's Board of Education has been getting attention recently for adopting a policy that will require all students beginning in 2015 to know English before they can graduate. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the requirement reaches beyond the school district’s large student immigrant population.

A little more than half of New London tenth graders are proficient in reading and writing. Some point to the school district's diverse population as a reason.  Almost thirty countries are represented in the student body.

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Recovering a Business
12:54 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

La Petite France Recovers From Roof Collapse

Harriet Jones

This was one of the snowiest winters in recent memory in Connecticut. There seemed to be almost an epidemic of roof collapses as buildings all over the state gave way under the weight of accumulated snowfalls. Many of those affected were businesses. WNPR’s Harriet Jones went to visit with one of them, to see how the recovery is progressing.

One snowy day last February, the two staff working at Alexandra Litor’s French bakery in Stafford Springs heard the sounds of the building collapsing all around them.

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Innovation
11:43 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Chemistry Students Get Clean Energy Grant

Horia Varian, Flickr Creative Commons

Students and teachers at West Haven High School are celebrating a small grant to research renewable energy. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports

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Higher Education
5:17 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

In-State Tuition Bill Approved in Connecticut House, Now Moves to Senate

A bill that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates has passed in the state House and now moves to the Senate.  

The legislation would allow students who have graduated from a Connecticut high school after attending for at least four years to be eligible for the state tuition rate at a public college or university.

A similar bill was vetoed by former Governor Jodi Rell in 2007. But this year, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy says he'll sign the bill into law.

Malloy's support is embraced by undocumented students like Carolina Bortolleto.

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Commuter Rail
4:04 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Connecticut Receives $30 Million for New Haven-Springfield Line

WNPR/Nancy Cohen

The New Haven to Springfield high speed rail line snagged $30 million in federal funding today. But that's far less than the $227 million Connecticut was hoping for.

Governor Dannel Malloy says he's not disappointed with the pay-out.

"You ask for a lot money in the hopes that you're going to get it. Amtrak asked for a lot more than they're getting. Everybody asked for more than they're getting," Malloy says. "No, I'm feeling great. We're going to compete time and time again. We're going to be in those fights. And we're not going to take passes."

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Transit Orientation
3:45 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Study: Low-Income Residents Have Transit, But Not Enough

Chion Wolf

A new report says almost all low-income residents in Connecticut's biggest cities have access to public transportation. But those buses, shuttles and trains are often too infrequent to get them to work.

After two years of crunching data, Alan Berube was surprised to find that nearly 70 percent of people in America's metropolitan areas have access to public transit.

That's true in Connecticut too. But "access" here could just mean a bus runs down your street every half hour.

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Commuter Rail
2:58 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Meriden Revitalizes as New Haven-Springfield Rail Line Chugs Closer

flicker user smaedli

Earlier this week, Connecticut received $30 million federal dollars for the New Haven to Springfield rail project. As the money starts to trickle in, WNPR is checking in with a few towns along the line to see how they're preparing. The first stop is Meriden, a city well on its way to welcoming the train.

Meriden's downtown isn't that different from those in other industrial towns in Connecticut. After manufacturing dried up, retail fled to the malls and slowly, all that was left behind started to crumble.

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Labor Concessions
2:50 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

DEAL

Negotiators for state employee unions and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tentatively agreed today on a package of concessions and other labor savings that will help Malloy balance the $40.1 billion biennial budget without 4,700 announced layoffs.

The deal, which is subject to ratification by nearly 45,000 employees in 15 unions, comes after weeks of intensifying negotiations and days after the first 186 of 4,472 layoff notices went out.

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Recipe Contest
1:55 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

West Hartford Student Chefs Enter U.S. Semi-Finals With Fiesta Wrap

Courtesy of Cloe Poisson, Hartford Courant

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Starting a New Business
10:01 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Starting a Business? Do It Right!

Harriet Jones

It can feel daunting and perhaps lonely to start a new business. So where can you turn for some friendly advice and seasoned experience?

It turns out there are hundreds of retired executives in Connecticut who offer free counseling services to small business. They're known as SCORE.

WNPR's Harriet Jones sat down with four SCORE counselors, Dennis Peoples, Nazz Paciotti, Joe Beerbower and Eric Steinmetz, who have a pretty good perspective on what small business people do right...and wrong...when getting started.

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Reform
9:15 am
Thu May 12, 2011

New Haven School Reform At Barnard Magnet School

Diane Orson

Last year, the city of New Haven announced the start of an ambitious 5-year education reform program. Schools were assigned levels, or “tiers". That’s something that might not affect kids as much as teachers and school administrators. 

With summer vacation just a few weeks away, we visited a lower-performing “Tier Three” school to talk with educators and parents about what’s changed this year.

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Budget
8:58 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Environmental Groups Attack Governor’s 'Plan B'

While Governor Malloy continues to negotiate with state employee 
unions for $2 billion in concessions, his budget chief has come up
with a contingency plan to balance the budget. It’s known as “Plan B”.

As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports, Plan B proposes cutting more than 20% 
of the new Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the 
entire staff at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Journalist Detained in Libya
6:23 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Family Waits For Journalist's Return; Harvard Holds Vigil

The Atlantic

It's been more than a month since freelance journalist Clare Gillis was detained in Libya.  Gillis' parents still live in New Haven, where she was raised, and they are anxiously awaiting her release.  Last night, friends held a candlelight vigil for her at Harvard.

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Documentary
3:02 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Kate Swift

In the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s in Connecticut," Kate Swift, feminist and author, shares her experiences of the 60s.  While making the documentary, producers spent over a hundred hours interviewing subjects for the film.  This interview with Kate Swift, was conducted in the fall of 2010; she passed away on May 8, 2011.

Agriculture
1:35 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Small Connecticut Farm's Plan to Evolve, Improve Business

Photo Courtesy Cricket Hill Garden

Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston, Connecticut is one of the only farms in the country cultivating a rare perennial variety ... the Chinese tree peony. As part of WNPR's Small Business Project, Andrew Huston spoke with members of the family who run the garden about their plans to improve the business.

In the coming weeks, the woody shrubs lining Cricket Hill Garden’s woodland terraced garden will burst with large, fragrant, colorful blossoms.

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Documentary
4:44 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Brad Davis

“In the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s in Connecticut", producers spent over a hundred hours interviewing subjects for the film.  Since the documentary can only include small portions of each interview, we are making the full interviews available on-line.  The "60s in Connecticut" can be seen on CPTV.  

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School Lunch
8:03 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Inadequate Health Inspections Plague School Cafeterias

DC Central Kitchen, Creative Commons

The Connecticut Health Investigative Team or C-HIT has uncovered that many school cafeterias in Connecticut are not getting regular inspections as required by law.  Some schools, who were cited for various health infractions, did not even get a follow-up inspection to ensure they had resolved their health issue.  We talked to C-HIT reporter and co-founder, Lisa Chedekel about the story.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Remembering 'The '60s In Connecticut'

Chion Wolf

Watching the new CPTV documentary "The '60s in Connecticut," I reminded again of the way collective memory shapes and archives traumatic events.

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Taking the Next Step Toward Business
1:03 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Is Connecticut Really Open For Business?

Harriet Jones

Governor Malloy has declared the state of Connecticut open for business. But many small businesses find when they come in contact with state government, their first experience is frustration. WNPR’s Harriet Jones looks at just how well the state is doing in streamlining its approach to business.

This is Larry’s Auto Power in Groton, and that’s a race car engine on the test block.

“We do street performance engine rebuilding, racecar engine building.”

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Conservation
5:28 am
Mon May 9, 2011

East Haddam Selectboard Votes No On Land Swap

Nancy Eve Cohen

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would swap a piece of preserved land in Haddam with a developer for a much larger property. But officials in East Haddam have voted against the deal and are sending a letter to lawmakers and the state’s environmental Commissioner arguing against the swap. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Recreation
10:21 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Keney Park in Hartford Receives $96,000 For Trails

Nancy Eve Cohen

Keney Park in Hartford has received a $96,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The money will be spent to improve hiking  trails. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

A crowd gathered in front of a windswept pond to celebrate the grant. The pond is part of the park’s 693 acres which includes trails for hiking, biking, and even a golf course. Henry Hester, of the Friends of Keney Park, says the money will pay for enhancing trails and creating a web-based trail guide

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Academic Progress
9:10 am
Fri May 6, 2011

State Intervention Starting To Close Achievement Gap

A new report finds noticeable academic progress in fifteen low-performing Connecticut districts where there’s been intensive intervention by the state.  Test scores in these districts show substantial improvement over time, particularly among minority students.

Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Waterbury and Stamford are among fifteen school districts that are part of the Connecticut Accountability for Learning Initiative or CALI.  All were identified as needing improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act.  

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Labor
5:42 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Malloy Avoids Black Friday, Delays Layoffs

Library of Congress

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has delayed the issuance of mass layoff notices planned for Friday, but a spokesman said today the change does not necessarily mean the administration is close to a deal for concessions and other labor savings.

"It's not a sign of a huge breakthrough. If it helps bring one, that would be welcome," said Roy Occhiogrosso, senior adviser to the governor.

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