Dilemmas
8:15 am
Fri February 4, 2011

No Good Place to Put the Snow

Flickr Creative Commons, Charles Jeffrey Danoff

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Testing
9:45 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Snow Days Could Affect CT Mastery Test Prep

Record-setting snowfall, sub-zero temperatures and treacherous travel conditions have meant plenty of missed school days this year.  Educators are worried that lost classroom time may affect preparation for standardized tests. 

State Department of Education spokesman Tom Murphy says he’s seen school closings, late openings and early dismissals in other years, "but this is really beyond what we’ve seen ever.  And it couldn’t happen at a worse time in our high schools, when we have our end of course exams" 

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Weather
7:10 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Despite Snow, Spring Will Be Early, Says Groundhog

Nancy Eve Cohen

After days of shoveling and scraping Connecticut residents may be happy to hear there’s been a prediction for an early spring. It came from Connecticut’s official state groundhog.

The Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester takes in wild animals that have been injured. Including a female groundhog who bears the weighty title, "Connecticut Chuckles the Seventh". Early this morning she went outside, sniffed the air and looked around, but did not see her shadow, according to Bob Eckerd, the executive director of the museum.

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Budgets
4:27 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Will New Jobs Save Connecticut's Budget?

Flickr Creative Commons, smemon87

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Budget
3:06 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

New Haven Mayor Says Change To Pension Plans Is Urgently Needed

Diane Orson

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano says changes to city pension plans are urgently needed to keep from bankrupting the funds.  

He says New Haven is facing a growing budget gap.

"Over four years the next year this is a total budget gap of $309 million. The largest single expenditure item contributing to that gap is the increasing city contribution to our two pension plans."

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Small Business
11:32 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Credit Issues Persist For Small Businesses

Cash is the lifeblood of any small business, and access to financing can be a critical factor in whether a small enterprise can grow and thrive. Businesses need credit to hire and to make capital investments. It may sometimes seem as if the chips are stacked against them.

For 17 years, Joe Petti ran a small manufacturing firm, Delaney Engineering in Milford. He says one of the biggest issues he faced growing his company was dealing with the banks.

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Agriculture
8:40 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Bringing Farmers and Chefs to the Table

Nancy Eve Cohen

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture convened a meeting today to introduce farmers to chefs looking for local food. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the agency held a kind of “speed dating” exercise to bring people together.

“30 seconds left! 30 seconds left!”

A clang of a cow-bell moves the participants from table to table. About two thirds are from restaurants, hospitals and food distributors. One third are harvesters and farmers, like Alysson Angelini from Jones Family Farms.

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Agriculture
8:06 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Winter Markets Help Northeast Farmers Survive

Nancy Eve Cohen

Farmers markets have seen huge growth in the past three decades. They give consumers access to local food, sometimes at a lower price. And farmers can sell without a middleman getting a cut.

Now, some markets now run through the entire winter. As part of a collaboration of Northeast stations WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the number of winter-long markets have doubled, tripled... even quadrupled in some states.

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Domestic Violence
3:18 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

More Victims Getting Help From Domestic Violence Services in Connecticut

A census on domestic violence services offered in Connecticut shows the need for them has grown in the last year.  

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Transportation
3:00 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Pep Rally for High-Speed Rail

small business
9:39 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Small Suppliers Seek Big Business

courtesy Larry Berk

“Buy local” has become a rallying cry for small businesses attempting to revive the high street. But it’s also a good message for those small businesses whose customers are big business. Plenty of small suppliers in Connecticut would like to see big corporations and state government look first in their own backyard when they spend money.

For the latest of WNPR’s small business profiles, business reporter Harriet Jones met with one such small supplier. 

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Civil Rights
3:09 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

East Haven Police Chief Testifies Before FOIC Commission

East Haven’s Police Chief says he’s done his best to comply with all requests for information in connection with a federal investigation into alleged racial profiling by the town’s police officers.  

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Canada
11:02 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Hydro Quebec: 'Green' Enough for the Northeast?

John Dillon

Northeast states are increasingly looking to Canada to meet a growing demand for low cost hydro electricity from renewable sources. But the energy imports are stirring controversy. In northern New Hampshire, local activists are fighting a power line that would send the electricity south. And questions are being raised about whether big hydro is really green.

As part of a collaboration of Northeast stations John Dillon of Vermont Public Radio reports:

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Higher Education
10:40 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Could ROTC Return To Yale?

Eastern Washington University, Flickr Creative Commons

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on higher education to reinstate the Reserve Officer Training Corps on college campuses. Many elite colleges and universities haven't had ROTC chapters since the late 1960s. But the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell could open the door. Most undergraduates at Yale University think its a good idea. 

Yale student Katherine Miller says President Obama’s message is clear. The military is becoming more inclusive. And that  means she’ll be able to pursue her dream of a career in uniform. 

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Housing
4:15 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Old Hotel Could Become New Apartments

(photo: Hartford.gov)

The long-vacant hotel at the center of downtown Hartford's Constitution Plaza may soon have a new use. The city says the hotel commonly known as the Sonesta has sat vacant for at least a decade.  Now, a New York-based development groups says it plans to buy the building this week, invest as much as $20 million dollars, and turn the building into high-end apartments.

Joseph Klaynberg runs Wonder Works Construction and Development.  He says this will be his first investment property in Hartford.

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Host's diary
2:15 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Does Anyone Want a Cat Named Bill Curry?

Animal rights activists have named this cat William Curry, after Connecticut's beloved former comptroller and gubernatorial candidate.

Here is what we know about it, via Julie Lewin of the National Institute For Animal Advocacy:

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Patient Rights
2:59 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

New Federal Rules for Hospitals Concerning Patient Rights

Nathan & Jenny Creative Commons

Hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid have new rules to follow concerning patient rights. Earlier this month, the federal Department of Health and Human Services implemented the new federal regulations that were first proposed by President Obama in 2010.

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Civil Rights
8:06 am
Tue January 25, 2011

East Haven Police Chief To Testify Before Freedom Of Information Commission

The Freedom of Information Commission in Hartford is to hear testimony on Tuesday from the Former Police Chief of East Haven.  He’s been subpoenaed in connection with an investigation into alleged racial profiling by East Haven police officers.

Former Police Chief Leonard Gallo is expected to testify about documents related to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into race-based violence, harassment and intimidation by East Haven police officers against Latinos.   

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White Nose Syndrome
4:57 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

DEP Asks Public to Report Odd Bat Behavior

CT Department of Environmental Protection

Five years ago this winter, a caver in New York photographed bats with a white fungus on their faces -- and found a few dead bats. Since then, more than one million bats have died in at least 12 states, including Connecticut, from a condition now known as “white nose” syndrome. Connecticut’s environmental agency is asking the public to keep an eye out for odd behavior in bats.

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Small Business
3:40 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Gracie Mae's Kitchen Takes Off

Harriet Jones

This year, WNPR’s Small Business Project is taking apart what it means to be a small business owner. As part of our coverage we’re showcasing the huge diversity of the state’s small businesses and what they’re accomplishing. Most businesses start very, very small—even at the kitchen table. For the first of our small business profiles, WNPR’s Harriet Jones visits a tiny commercial kitchen in Griswold.

Jennifer Chominski is spending the morning pressing out piecrust for her baking business, Gracie Mae’s Kitchen.

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Treating Diabetes
12:11 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

FDA Rejects Inhaled Insulin Treatment

Federal regulators have rejected a new inhaled insulin treatment from drug maker MannKind. The diabetes treatment was due to have been manufactured in Danbury. 

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Faith and Zoning
5:39 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Connecticut Jewish Group Stuck In Zoning Deadlock

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Now, a case of faith and zoning. In Hartford, Connecticut, an Orthodox Jewish group wants to run a religious center for nearby university students. Neighbors don't want it there, and the city wants it shut down.

As Jeff Cohen from member station WNPR reports, the argument could be decided by a relatively new federal law, one that offers some protection for religious groups.

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Finance
8:41 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Warren Buffett Hires Connecticut Hedge Fund Manager to Manage Portfolio

More details are slowly emerging about the Connecticut-based financial expert that Warren Buffett has chosen to oversee investments at Berkshire Hathaway. The billionaire has been trying to arrange succession planning at the company after his five decades in charge. 

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Presidential Visit
6:32 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Obama Rallies Base In Bridgeport

Chion Wolf, WNPR

The mood was electric as supporters waited to see the president. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy, and U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal warmed up the crowd, calling on voters to get to the polls and urge everyone they know to do the same on Tuesday.

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Campaign for Senate
6:05 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Lagging In Polls, McMahon Claims "Underdog" Status

Deirdre Shesgreen, Connecticut Mirror

Republican Linda McMahon called herself the "underdog" on Sunday, even as she disputed recent polls showing her behind Democrat Richard Blumenthal and touted a sophisticated field operation assembled by her $42 million-plus U.S. Senate campaign.

"I like being the underdog," McMahon told a crowd of several hundred well-heeled voters at a Republican rally in Darien. "We are undaunted."

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Campaign for Governor
5:54 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Clinton Rallies Supporters in Hartford for Malloy, Democrats

JOHN WOIKE / HARTFORD COURANT / October 31, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton told a partisan audience of 2,000 at the University of Hartford on Sunday night that Republicans have waged "a fact-free campaign" to convince America they are blameless for the recession. 

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Profiles
4:07 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Out in Connecticut: Fleurette King

Fleurette King is the director of the Rainbow Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. The mission of the Rainbow Center is to serve the diversity of the UConn Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied community and to provide resources and services to the wider community of students, faculty, staff, and local residents.

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Courts
2:38 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Judge Won't Immediately Rule in Attorney General Election

A state court judge said she would not immediately rule on the lawsuit brought by Republican Martha Dean that tries to disqualify Democrat George Jepsen from the race for attorney general. Dean filed suit earlier this week claiming that Jepsen didn’t have the required legal experience to serve as attorney general.

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Death and Taxes
11:02 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Can Malloy Win Without a No-Tax Pledge?

Photo by Paul Bass

As his opponent took a no-new-taxes pledge—and pulled even in the polls—Democrat Dan Malloy brought his gubernatorial campaign to the lunch-cart crowd by the hospital, determined to defend two unpopular positions with more than sound bites.

Days away from Tuesday’s election, Malloy at this last stage finds himself confronting the political version of those two verities facing all of mankind: death and taxes.

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