DEEP
5:46 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Committee Recommends Esty to Head Environmental Agency

Nancy Eve Cohen

Connecticut lawmakers have voted to recommend that Daniel Esty become the new commissioner of the state's environmental agency. WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports.

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Connecticut Legislature
8:16 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Boards of Education Day at the Capitol

Bonnie Brown, Creative Commons

Today is Connecticut Association of Boards of Education day at the state Capitol.  Some 200 school board members, students, and teachers will spend the day talking with state lawmakers about their concerns and their legislative agenda.  Joining us is Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel of The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. 

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Elections
9:56 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Bridgeport Mayor's Advisory Panel Releases Recommendations

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The Bridgeport Mayor's Election  Advisory Panel released a report today (Thursday) detailing dozens of recommendations to change how Connecticut runs its elections. The proposal is meant to restore trust in the system after Bridgeport's infamous failure to order enough ballots during last November's elections.

One recommendation allows Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to recommend how many ballots a town should order.  And, after review, it could allow her to force the town to order enough ballots for all of the town's registered voters.  

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Small Business
7:05 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Incubator Assists Small Businesses in New Haven

Photo Courtesy of Connecticut Innovations

Connecticut doesn’t yet have a reputation as a breeding ground for new high-tech companies, but there are efforts underway to change that image.  In 2008, Connecticut Innovations introduced the CTech Incubator Program. WNPR’s Andrew Huston reports on some of the companies growing there.

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Where We Live
10:10 am
Mon March 7, 2011

A Look At Microfinance

Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work pioneering the concept of “micro credit,” providing small loans to village entrepreneurs as a way to fight poverty. 

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Dance
5:25 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Clone of B-Boys Hit Up the Suburbs at Battle Royale, 2011 Winter Edition

Michelle Lee

While the quaint, nearly empty road of Main Street stood quietly on a cold, snowy Saturday evening, one spot was waiting to be packed with energy. At Vinnie’s Jump and Jive Community Dance Hall, a classic urban event was about to take place: Battle Royale 2011 Winter Edition, a break-dance tournament.

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Connecticut Legislature
10:45 am
Fri March 4, 2011

When Cash Register Receipts Cost Too Much

Chion Wolf

The Environment Committee is considering legislation that would ban the use of cash register receipts that contain the chemical, BPA. The bill would also require a research institute at UConn to develop a list of toxic chemicals. 

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MPAA
8:10 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Dodd Takes Hollywood

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Earlier this week, retired US Senator, Chris Dodd, came out of his 8 week retirement.  We talk to the Connecticut Mirror's Deirdre Shesgreen about Dodd's new gig.

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Ethics
1:41 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Bioethics at Yale, Revisited

Andres Rueda, Creative Commons

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Agriculture
4:46 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Looking for Places to Sell Local Wine

Chion Wolf

Connecticut farms that make and bottle their own wine are looking for more venues to showcase their products. Some package stores oppose two proposals that would give farmers more places to sell bottled wine.

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MPAA
2:13 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Dodd Takes the Red Carpet Job

Xurble photo via Flickr Creative Commons

Ending months of speculation, the Motion Picture Association of America announced Tuesday that retired U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd would be the movie industry's man in Washington D.C., effective St. Patrick's Day (March 17). 

The job comes with an estimated $1.2 million salary and the "duty" of handing out much-sought-after inivtations to movie screenings in the MPAA's 70-seat D.C. theater. 

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Tourism
11:26 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Fight Brews Over Tourism Dollars

Harriet Jones

Tourism is vital industry for Connecticut, generating some $14 billion in visitor spending each year. Small businesses are the mainstay of the sector. But as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, many are worried about the future.

Governor Dannel Malloy says he gets it on tourism.

“We’re going to rethink in its entirety our approach to tourism—we’re going to work where partnerships work and we’re not going to carry partnerships that don’t work.”

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Governors
11:25 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Malloy is the Anti-Christie

Chion Wolf

Wednesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told MSNBC that he’ll be waiting at the border for Connecticut’s jobs after Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed tax hike drives business out of Connecticut. Malloy responded to his claims again Thursday.

Malloy drew a line between him and Christie by wanting to slightly raise taxes to help balance his state’s budget.

“I suppose I’m the anti-Christie.”

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Hartford City Hall
4:17 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Hartford Parking Semi-Amnesty

Photo by Mira Hartford via Flicker Creative Commons

Looks like if you have overdue -- the wrong kind of "outstanding" --  parking tickets in Hartford, this could be your chance. From the press release it sounds like you’ll be able to pay the ticket but not the related fees. Release is below.

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HARTFORD ANNOUNCES PARKING TICKETAMNESTY PROGRAM
—NEWS ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25—
4:00 p.m. — Mayor Segarra and the Hartford Parking Authority will announce a Parking Ticket Amnesty Program for the month of March.

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State Treasurer
4:03 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Denise Nappier Hospitalized

Chion Wolf Photo

Treasurer Denise L. Nappier remains hospitalized today after seeking help Friday for what her staff described only as "a hyper-tension-related illness."

The treasurer's office issued a brief statement today saying that Nappier sought treatment Friday afternoon at Hartford Hospital.

"She is resting comfortably and handling work-related matters as necessary," the statement said. "Treasurer Nappier asks for privacy as she recovers fully."

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New Haven
2:01 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

600 Attend Yale's “Rebellious Lawyering Conference”

Students, lawyers and activists from across the country gathered at Yale University in New Haven recently for a conference on creative ways to fight for social change. As WNPR's Lauren Takores reports, one panel looked at the link between criminal justice and Native American tribal law.

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Every Child Ahead
11:29 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Balancing Business At Home

Harriet Jones

Many communities around Connecticut rely on small businesses to provide essential, basic services. For WNPR’s latest small business profile, Harriet Jones visited a home-based daycare in Hamden that’s helping children and parents alike.

Morning exercise is all part of the routine at Every Child Ahead in Hamden.

“I just care for them like they’re my children, and I think that’s why I keep my daycare full.”

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Childcare
11:12 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Childcare Businesses Grow At Home

Harriet Jones

If Connecticut is to have an engaged and productive workforce it must have reliable childcare. Childcare comes in many different forms, but an increasing number of providers are small, home-based businesses. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

In a tiny condo in Hamden, Lushanna Thompson is allowing her small charges to let off some steam.

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Aplicare
10:53 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Bringing Work Back To Connecticut

Aplicare

Getting into the international market can be both exciting and challenging for a business. It offers the chance for new customers and growth, but it’s also a steep learning curve. WNPR’s Harriet Jones visited one Meriden firm that’s sending Connecticut-made medical products all around the world, and bringing work back from overseas.

“So this is our production floor. We have 21 production lines, that are operating on two shifts….”

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Natural Resources
10:43 am
Fri February 25, 2011

The Secret Life of Water

Nancy Eve Cohen

Environmentalists want to protect the states’ rivers from running dry. The state and federal government want to keep public water supplies safe from terrorists. These competing interests have led to a battle over information, which is going before the state’s Freedom of Information Commission tomorrow. 

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Hartford Schools
6:10 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Hartford Superintendent Process Continues to Stir Debate

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra's decision earlier this week to intervene in the board of education's search for a superintendent continues to reverberate.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

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Consumer Protection
9:13 am
Thu February 24, 2011

When A Cord Is Not A Cord

Nancy Eve Cohen

Record-setting snowfall and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast have led to increased demand for firewood this heating season. There’s also been an uptick in complaints by consumers who say they’re getting less firewood than they pay for. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, WNPR’s Diane Orson reports. 

Northeast environmental reporting is made possible, in part, by a grant from United Technologies.

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Hartford
3:57 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Board of Ed Chairman Disappointed in Segarra, Says He’s Considering Next Steps

Chion Wolf Photo

One day after Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra upended the search for a school superintendent at the last minute possible, the chairman of the city's board of education sat down with WNPR and expressed his displeasure.

David MacDonald became chairman of the Hartford board of education just last week.  He said he was disappointed in Segarra's call on Tuesday for a national search.  MacDonald says that Segarra's concerns about the transparency of the search for a new superintendent showed great disrespect.

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Transportation
7:44 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Debate Over Busway Heats Up

Capitol Region Council of Governments

Connecticut’s Transportation Committee is considering a proposal to take funds designated for a New Britain to Hartford bus project and spend it on reinvigorating train service from Waterbury to Hartford. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

The “busway” project, as it’s known, is designed to reduce the congestion on Interstate 84 by building a separate 9.4 mile road just for busses. There would be elevated platforms, similar to a train station with service every three to six minutes during peak commuter hours.

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Legalization
1:54 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

State Senator Proposes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

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In his state budget address, Governor Dannel Malloy proposed changes to how Connecticut deals with drug offenders.  WNPR’s Jason Cunningham reports on one of four new proposed bills that tackle marijuana reform.  

“There are too, there are simply too many people also, who have been arrested for and jailed for minor, non-violent or drug offenses.”

While Governor Malloy didn’t directly address the issue of marijuana reform in his budget proposal, he did talk about "alternative forms of punishment" for those convicted of some minor crimes.

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Hartford Schools
8:51 pm
Sun February 20, 2011

Questions Arise About the Filling of the Hartford School Superintendent Job

Chion Wolf WNPR

The Hartford board of education is scheduled to meet Tuesday to pick a successor to Superintendent Steven Adamowski, who is leaving after this year.  But there's some concern in the community that the process was flawed.  The district’s spokesman has been advocating for one of the two candidates to take Adamowski’s place.

You might know the name Elizabeth Horton Sheff.  She's the Sheff in Sheff vs. O'Neill, the landmark school desegregation case in Hartford.

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Governor's Proposal
4:14 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Budget: Shared Sacrifice, Fair Sacrifice

Governor's Budget
8:33 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Malloy Recaps His Budget Address

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy unveiled his new two year budget yesterday.  The $19.7 budget for 2012 seeks to close a $3.2 billion deficit through tax hikes, spending cuts, and 2 billion dollars in union concessions.  

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Governor's Budget
2:31 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Malloy Presents His Budget

Chion Wolf/WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy presented his plan to close the state’s $3.2 billion budget gap to a joint session of the state legislature today. 

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