Technical School System and the Workforce
4:02 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Businesses Protest Vo-Tech School Plan

Harriet Jones

For many small businesses, training Connecticut’s workforce is a key issue for the state’s economic future. That’s one reason why Governor Malloy’s recent proposal to move the state’s technical high schools into municipal control raised so many eyebrows. WNPR’s Harriet Jones looks at how well Connecticut is planning to meet its workforce needs in the new millennium.

You might think in an economy like this, employers with a job to fill would be inundated with qualified candidates.

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Taxes
3:12 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Segarra Presents Budget

Legislature
6:55 am
Sat April 16, 2011

Ticket Resale Debate

Andycox93, Flickr Creative Commons

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would ease restrictions on companies that resell concert, theater and sports tickets online.  But opponents say that would hurt consumers.

Connecticut’s general prohibition on ticket scalping was repealed in 2007.  And in the past few years, a lucrative online secondary ticket-sellers market has flourished.  

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Flood Stage
11:15 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Minor Flooding Forecast On Connecticut River

Nancy Eve Cohen

The Connecticut River rose above flood stage in parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts today and is expected to continue to rise Thursday. But the forecast is for minor flooding. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Environmental Protection
11:02 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Lecture Series Marks 40th Anniversary Of DEP

Chion Wolf

Forty years ago this month the state of Connecticut created the Department of Environmental Protection. The D.E.P. is marking the occasion by launching a lecture series. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the goal is to stimulate thinking about the agency’s expanding role.

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Time is Money
9:19 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Small Businesses Call For Reform Of Tax Code

It can cost small businesses between $5,000 and $10,000 just to administer their tax returns each year. That’s the finding of a new survey, which calls for radical improvements to the tax code. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

The National Small Business Association conducted a survey of its members on how much time and money it takes them to comply with the federal tax code.

“The tax code is incredibly complex”

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Opposition to Taxing the Nuclear Power Plant
9:01 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Millstone Threatens Shutdown Over Tax Issue

Legislators, municipal leaders and business people from Southeastern Connecticut have voiced opposition to a plan to tax the Millstone nuclear power plant. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

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Cambodian Dance
8:17 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Children of Bassac

Long Chean

This Sunday at 7pm, Hartford's Watkinson School host a performance of traditional Cambodian dance by the dance troupe, The Children of Bassac, Joining us by phone to talk about the troupe, and the performance is Phloeun Prim.

Visit: http://www.marioninstitute.org/blog/2011/03/children-bassac-us-tour-schedule

For a schedule of the group's upcoming performances.
For more infomation please contact info@cambodianlivingarts.org

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Morning Edition
7:59 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Morning Edition: Shutdown Averted, But Budget Cuts Abound

On Monday details of the budget deal that avoided a government shutdown Friday night were released.  Did it hurt or help Connecticut?

And Connecticut Congressman, John Larson, has teamed up with the oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens to introduce legislation this week that will push natural gas as a way of easing US dependence on oil.

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Corruption
8:53 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Roldan Campaign Hires Perez Confidants, Including Former Chief of Staff

CtHouseDems via Flickr Creative Commons

Over the weekend, questions were raised about Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s ethics disclosures to the city and whether or not he may be in violation of federal housing requirements.  Now, as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, it appears the people behind those questions were paid consultants to Segarra’s political opponent and former advisors of convicted Mayor Eddie Perez.

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Budget
3:24 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Mayors and Selectmen Lobby for State Aid as Labor Negotiations Continue

Chion Wolf Photo

Mayors and first selectmen from around the state  will gather at the Capitol Wednesday to urge legislators to not slash state aid to municipalities.

As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the lobby day coincidentally comes just after Governor Dannel Malloy unveiled a contingency plan that would target municipal aid if concessions from labor groups aren't met.

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Africa
2:56 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Discussion Of African Capital Markets At Yale

via WikiMedia Commons

The Deputy Chief Executive of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was in New Haven on Tuesday.  She spoke about African capital markets at a special Yale University event.

Nicky Newton-King says its important to talk about, in her words, the “elephants in the room."  "Things that we don’t talk about that we should talk about if we’re trying to improve and  position capital markets on my continent to be really meaningful global players."

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Arts/Culture
2:50 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

"The 39 Steps" Entertains and Impresses

The Hartford Stage

Love whodunits?  Can’t get enough of classic Hitchcock movies? Enjoy a good sight gag?   “The 39 Steps,” now playing at Hartford Stage, will captive and entertain you from beginning to end.  Hartford Stage says of its current production:

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Childhood
8:13 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Week of the Young Child

Pawel Loj, Creative Commons

This week has been designated The Week of the Young Child by the National association for the Education of Young Children, Joining us by phone is Maggie Adair, executive director of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.

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Housing
6:38 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

East Granby Woman Avoids Foreclosure With the Help of Friends and Facebook

Chion Wolf Photo

An East Granby woman was close to losing her home after falling behind on mortgage payments while she was unemployed.

Joan Wright-Lee found a new job but needed to raise $6000 to keep her home.
That's when her friends stepped in and created a website soliciting donations online. And through the power of Facebook, her story has been shared around the Internet thanks to her Facebook friends who posted her website address on their profile walls.

Wright-Lee spoke to WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil about this unconventional way to avoid foreclosure.

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New Haven
4:41 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Human Traffic Signals

Uma Ramiah photo

For at least 20 minutes on Friday evening, no one ran a red light at the corner of Church and Chapel Streets downtown.

It may have been all those human red lights, on a mission.

“We’re here because we’ve noticed a problem in New Haven, where drivers run red lights pretty frequently,” said Juli Stupakevich (pictured), who organized a “Red Means Stop” protest at that intersection. “Red just doesn’t mean stop anymore.”

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Fish Populations
12:18 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

So Few Smelt

Flickr Creative Commons, John Loo

Migrating fish just a half-foot long once flooded coastal rivers of the northeast every spring. In recent decades, rainbow smelt populations have been declining every year, and are fading to a dim memory in many places. But not in Down East Maine. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, Murray Carpenter reports that elsewhere in the region, scientists are trying to bring them back.   

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Entrepreneurship
10:00 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Recession Creates, Destroys Entrepreneurs

Photo: bodycoach2, Flickr Creative Commons

Starting a business from scratch is a mammoth undertaking. Starting a business in the midst of a bad economy might seem like an impossible task. But entrepreneurship traditionally spikes in any recession – and this latest downturn was no exception. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

Christina Kazanas used to be the principal grantwriter for the City of Stratford. Her friend Rebekah Harriman wrote grants for the City of Bridgeport.

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Marine Industry
6:56 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Changes Proposed For Connecticut's Marine Tax Laws

J. Holt, WNPR

Connecticut’s marine industry is one of many facing tax increases in governor Malloy’s proposed budget. But those in the industry say the changes could have unintended consequences. 

Early April is a quiet time for boating here in Connecticut. Most pleasure boats are still tucked under winter covers, but for Connecticut boatyards this is just as important a time of year as any other.

At pilot’s point marina in Westbrook, Rives Potts is inspecting a 46 foot sailboat that his yard has been rebuilding in one of their sheds.

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Carbon Trade
12:59 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Three Northeast States Debate Carbon Cap and Trade

Public Service of New Hampshire

The nation’s first carbon trade system, which started in the northeast, may be in trouble. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ten percent by 2018. But now, three of the ten states in the initiative are considering withdrawing, in part, because of the cost to electric ratepayers. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, Amy Quinton with New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

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Invasive Species
12:04 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Boaters Can Help Stop Spread Of Invasive Species

Andres Musta

The state Department of Environmental Protection is training volunteers to educate boaters about invasive species on Candlewood Lake. Last fall the invasive zebra mussel was found in Lakes Zoar and Lillinonah. The mussel can be carried in boats from one lake to another. Eleanor Mariani of the D.E.P. says the volunteers will ask boaters to make sure they’ve cleaned their vessels if they’ve been in a lake that contains the mussel.

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Recycling Waste
11:56 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Meeting On Mattresses

Violentz, Flickr Creative Commons

Government and businesses have figured out how to recycle a lot of things such as bottles and cans, old computers and even left-over paint. But how do you recycle something that’s big, bulky and may contain bed bugs? That’s the subject of the first national meeting on mattress recycling that will be held next Monday in Hartford. 

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Health Risks
11:11 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Learning About the Problem of PCBs

Nancy Eve Cohen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding a series of workshops this week on the human health risks of PCBs in the Housatonic River and the different approaches to cleaning them up. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Before the mid-1970s, when polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs were deemed toxic and banned by Congress, the chemical compound was commonly used in manufacturing. General Electric used PCBs when it made electrical transformers at its former plant on the Housatonic River in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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Contracts
3:24 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Nonprofits Take To The Capitol

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Connecticut's nonprofit service providers are trying to figure out how to improve their working relationship with the state in order to save money and enhance services.  Advocates for the state's non-profits gathered today/yesterday at the state capitol to talk about a recently released report that looks to answer this question: "How can we as a government smooth the path so that the non-profits can actually provide the services without having to worry so much about the bureaucracy and the red tape." That's Deb Heinrich.

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Manufacturing
9:16 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Connecticut Aerospace and Engineering Company Using Local Talent

In 1970, a former Pratt and Whitney employee, Henry A. Backman, started the aerospace engineering and manufacturing company HABCO in Glastonbury with only 5 employees.

40 years later, his daughter, Kristen Muschett, owner and CEO of the company, employs 32 people, and oversees a growing portfolio of innovative products. WNPR's Sarah Miner reports.

(Machines working on the shop floor)

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Transportation
8:46 am
Tue April 5, 2011

New Britain Busway

Governor Dannel Malloy has given his stamp of approval on construction of a New Britain to Hartford busway. The busway will travel along a 9.6 mile route of abandoned railroad bed, easing congestion on Interstate 84. Opponents and Supporters of the project met late last month with the Governor to offer their opinion on this controversial project.  One of those opponents is University of Connecticut Civil Engineering professor, Norman Garrick.

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Transportation
7:44 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Governor Gives Green Light for Busway

Capitol Region Council of Governments

Connecticut is closer to getting its first rapid transit system. Governor Dannel Malloy announced today his support for a rapid bus project from New Britain to Hartford. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the Governor says he also wants to devote state funds to study a rail project in Waterbury.

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