Technology
1:11 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Virtual Reality Comes to the Shop Floor

Harriet Jones

WNPR’s Small Business Project has reported on the high cost of training a skilled workforce to meet the needs of the state and the nation.

This week Harriet Jones visits a small business in Connecticut that’s working on providing a cost-effective and innovative solution to that problem.

I’m in East Hartford at the premises of a company called VRSim, getting a lesson on how to spray paint a vehicle door, from Rebecca McKnight.

“So I’ll do a quick spray for you.”

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Budget
12:28 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

CT NonProfits Week At The Capitol

Wind Turbines
8:58 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Some In Colebrook Oppose Wind Proposal

Nancy Eve Cohen.

The Connecticut Siting Council held a hearing today on a proposal to build wind turbines in Colebrook. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports several residents voiced their opposition to the turbines

BNE Energy is proposing to build six turbines that could be the state’s first wind farm to supply energy to the electric grid. But some Colebrook residents say their small town isn’t the place for an industrial wind farm.

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Environmental Protection
8:01 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

D.E.P. Commissioner Goes D.E.E.P.

Chion Wolf

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Funding Energy Projects
7:47 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Somers Greenhouse Powers Up With Wood

Nancy Eve Cohen.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture gathered at a wholesale greenhouse in Connecticut, today to celebrate a federal program that funds  energy projects.  WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Immigration
7:51 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Malloy Writes Federal Officials on Behalf of Illegal Immigrant

Governor Dannel Malloy has written a letter to federal officials asking them to delay deporting a college student. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the Governor's intervention stems from his support of immigration reform efforts that would allow college students to receive permanent legal status.

Mariano Cardoso is an illegal immigrant from Mexico who has lived in the U.S. for most of his life after his parents brought him here when he was a baby.

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Corruption
4:39 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Was Perez Working While He Was On Trial?

Convicted former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is seeking what could amount to tens of thousands of dollars in back vacation and sick time.  But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, there's a question as to whether Perez was at work or on vacation while he was on trial last year for corruption.

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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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