Health Care
10:55 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Obama Health Care Reform, One Year Out

One year ago today President Obama signed into law his health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Today at the state Capitol a host of supporters, including most of Connecticut's Washington delegation, will join together to celebrate the anniversary.  We checked in with Judith Stein, the executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, to hear how this law has affected Connecticut residents over the past year.

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Railroads
10:34 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Malloy Expects To Get Money For Transportation

Brent Moore

Governor Dannel Malloy was in Washington D.C. today (Thursday) to meet  with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. They discussed Connecticut’s application for high-speed rail funding. WNPR's Jason Cunningham reports.

Governor Malloy says he's confident that Connecticut will receive a portion of the $2.4 billion in federal transportation funding released last week. Speaking by phone to reporters he said he'll continue to pursue the $100 million in transportation funding that Florida’s Governor passed up.

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Health Care Reform
10:29 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Connecticut Insurers Weigh in on Federal Reform

Courtesy of Aetna

Insurers in Connecticut say they’re in dialogue with state officials as the new federal health care exchanges are constructed. The exchanges are due to go into effect in 2014. 

The Malloy administration has put new efforts into implementing the federal health care reform law, and special adviser to the governor, Jeanette DeJesus says many stakeholders, including the insurers are active in the process.

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Health Care
10:13 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Businesses Question Health Care Reform in Connecticut

WNPR’s Small Business Project is taking an in-depth look at the health care crisis facing small employers. In the second of our two reports, WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on what’s being done to address the problem.

Almost everything about health care reform is controversial. But one thing everyone does agree on. It’s time to act.

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Health Care
9:59 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Health Care Crisis for Connecticut's Small Businesses

One of the biggest financial concerns most small businesses face is providing health care. This week, WNPR’s Small Business Project is taking a two-part look at the health care crisis facing small employers. In the first of her reports, Harriet Jones talks to the businesses that are feeling the pinch.

Adchem Manufacturing Technologies in Manchester is a very successful Connecticut small business, employing 35 people.

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Homeless
6:21 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Street Newspaper Calls Attention To Hartford's Homeless

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"Street newspapers" are designed, written and sold by the homeless. They are small, usually no more than a few pages, and feature articles, photographs and poetry about what it's like to live in shelters or on the street. They're easy to find in cities like Portland, Oregon or Providence and as WNPR's Patrick Skahill reports, now Hartford has its own street newspaper.

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JobTarget
2:37 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Recruitment Firm Grows Jobs

Harriet Jones

Governor Dannel Malloy has talked a lot about the importance of big business in his first few weeks on the job, and he’s sat down with many of the state’s largest employers. Monday in New London he visited with a small company, that ten years ago was just one man and his computer. WNPR’s Harriet Jones went along.

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Workforce Training
2:24 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Online Learning Attracts College Credits

A workforce training initiative in Eastern Connecticut has become the first in the country to offer college credits for free online work-skills courses. 

For six years, CT Works Careers Centers in Eastern Connecticut have offered their clients free three-month licenses to access over five thousand skills training courses via computer. The courses are concentrated either in IT skills or in health care certifications. John Beauregard of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board says the service is already a success.

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Connecticut Lawmakers
8:04 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Nuclear Plants, Lieberman, And Blumenthal's Maiden Speech

Paul J. Everett, Creative Commons

As the world watches the nuclear crisis unfolding in Japan, Federal lawmakers, including Connecticut's Washington delegation are rethinking nuclear power.  We talk to the Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen.  So what are Connecticut lawmakers saying?

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Small Business
3:10 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

New Market At Hartford 21 Set To Open

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Connecticut Legislature
11:49 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Marijuana Bills Get Hearing at Capitol

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Yesterday at the State Capitol, the General Assembly's Judiciary heard testimony on a number of marijuana related bills being considered by the state legislature this year, including the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of Marijuana, and the use of marijuana for medical purposes.  Joining us to talk about this is Stamford state representative Gerald Fox, the house chair of the Judiciary committee.

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Electronics
8:03 am
Tue March 15, 2011

State Launches E-Waste Recycling Program

Nancy Eve Cohen

Computer and T.V. manufacturers are constantly improving technology. Which means consumers regularly buy new stuff and throw out the old. The problem is computers and televisions contain toxic materials that are dangerous and end up in landfills or are shipped to developing countries. The state of Connecticut is now being very careful about where this waste ends up.

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Education
6:16 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Closing The Gap - In The Suburbs, Too

Connecticut Mirror

First of three parts

    WEST HARTFORD--Xavier Rosa is stuck. The fourth-grader at Braeburn Elementary School knows that five is not a factor of 57-he got the question right on his homework assignment. And he knows that any number that ends in five is divisible by five. But his teacher, Michele Cashman, presses him to remember what the other half of the rule is, asking him how many cents he would have if he had two nickels.

    "Ten," he says.

    "So, what's in the one's place?"

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    Speech
    7:43 pm
    Mon March 14, 2011

    Hartford Mayor Segarra Gives State Of The City

    Chion Wolf, WNPR

    Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra gave his state of the city speech Monday night.

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    Reducing Waste
    1:09 pm
    Mon March 14, 2011

    Bottle Bills Face Challenges

    Josie Huang

    Bottle deposit laws are facing challenges in two Northeast states. These laws require consumers to pay a deposit on a beverage bottle or can. The idea is to motivate people to return their empties, keeping the containers out of landfills and reducing litter.

    But members of the beverage industry say the laws are costly, especially for them. And now they're backing efforts to weaken laws that have been in place for decades.  As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations Josie Huang of Maine Public Radio reports.

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    Biodiversity
    7:50 am
    Mon March 14, 2011

    What UConn Huskies and Crows Have in Common

    photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/malfet/

    A Yale University ecologist has turned to college basketball to explain patterns of biodiversity. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen takes us down the court.

    Ecologist Robert Warren is a post-doc at Yale’s environmental school. He says in any natural system you’ll find “a remarkably consistent” pattern:

    "No matter what system you're in... jungle, woodland, you get a few very common species and lots of uncommon. And this is really intriguing for ecologists because there are very few patterns that we see repeatedly that are kind of universal.”

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    Exhibits
    10:19 am
    Fri March 11, 2011

    Mark Twain Meets Norman Rockwell

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    Illustrator Norman Rockwell was 16 years old when Mark Twain died, and while the two artists never met, they do share some fundamental similarities.  Now, the illustrator and writer will share an exhibit at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford.  American Storytellers: Norman Rockwell and Mark Twain opens today.  We're joined by Mark Twain House Chief Curator, Patti Philippon.

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    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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