Lucy Nalpathanchil http://wnpr.org en Transgender Teen Outlines Years of Abuse While in DCF Custody http://wnpr.org/post/transgender-teen-outlines-years-abuse-while-dcf-custody <p>A temporary restraining order has been filed in federal court on behalf of a transgender juvenile being detained at Connecticut's women's prison. It includes <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/4.14.14Affidavit%28Redacted%29%28Reduced%29.pdf" target="_blank">an affidavit&nbsp;from the 16-year-old alleging multiple accounts of physical and sexual abuse</a> while she was in DCF custody.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:01:45 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 20125 at http://wnpr.org Transgender Teen Outlines Years of Abuse While in DCF Custody DOC: Transgender Teen Will Remain at Adult Women's Prison http://wnpr.org/post/doc-transgender-teen-will-remain-adult-womens-prison <p>Attorneys for the transgender juvenile at a Connecticut women's prison say the Department of Correction will not transfer the teen to Manson Correctional Institution, a male facility.</p><p>Aaron Romano, who is representing the juvenile in federal court, is working with the DOC on a plan that he hopes will be more rehabilitative, despite the fact the 16-year-old is in a correctional adult facility.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:30:54 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 20032 at http://wnpr.org DOC: Transgender Teen Will Remain at Adult Women's Prison Attorneys Go to Federal Court in Case of Transgender Teen at York http://wnpr.org/post/attorneys-go-federal-court-case-transgender-teen-york <p>Attorneys for a transgender teen recently placed at Connecticut's women's prison said the Department of Correction is expected to announce on Friday whether she will remain there, or be sent to a male facility.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, an attorney for the 16-year-old was in federal court Thursday morning.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:44:40 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19930 at http://wnpr.org Attorneys Go to Federal Court in Case of Transgender Teen at York Transgender Teen Sent to Connecticut Adult Prison http://wnpr.org/post/transgender-teen-sent-connecticut-adult-prison <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time in state prison history, a transgender juvenile is being detained at an adult prison.</span></p><p>The juvenile was sent to York Correctional Institution in Niantic on Tuesday after a judge transferred custody of the teen from the state Department of Children and Families.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:19:29 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19863 at http://wnpr.org Transgender Teen Sent to Connecticut Adult Prison A Lot Riding on a Bill to Limit Liability For Connecticut Horse Owners http://wnpr.org/post/lot-riding-bill-limit-liability-connecticut-horse-owners <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Are all horses naturally vicious? The State Supreme Court didn't answer that question in its recent ruling about a horse named </span>Scuppy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who bit a toddler in 2006.</span></p><p>However, a majority of justices agreed that all horses are inclined to bite. This presumption has upset horse owners and equine business owners in Connecticut, who say a lot is now riding on legislation that would reduce their liability to personal injury lawsuits.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:27:16 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19750 at http://wnpr.org A Lot Riding on a Bill to Limit Liability For Connecticut Horse Owners Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Refugee Students http://wnpr.org/post/meeting-mental-health-needs-refugee-students <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Refugees face many challenges after resettling in a new country and it can be especially hard for children. On Saturday&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at Luce Hall Auditorium</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;Yale School of Medicine and Yale's MacMillan Center are hosting a conference for educators to learn about ways to help refugee students adjust.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:41:57 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19566 at http://wnpr.org Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Refugee Students Horses Can Bite; Connecticut Justices Send "Scuppy" Case Back to Lower Court http://wnpr.org/post/horses-can-bite-connecticut-justices-send-scuppy-case-back-lower-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that owners of horses or other domestic animals must prevent the animal from causing injuries, siding with a family whose child was bitten by a horse. The court on Wednesday upheld an Appellate Court ruling that said a horse belongs to "a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious."</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:23:04 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19078 at http://wnpr.org Horses Can Bite; Connecticut Justices Send "Scuppy" Case Back to Lower Court UConn Business School Recognized in Military Times http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-business-school-recognized-military-times <p>UConn's School of Business is included in a ranking of the<a href="http://projects.militarytimes.com/best-for-veterans/business-schools/2014/" target="_blank"> top 60 business schools for veterans</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the second year </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Military Times</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;issued the ranking after surveying 140 colleges and universities.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:39:20 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18963 at http://wnpr.org UConn Business School Recognized in Military Times Insurers Often Don't Cover Residential Rehab http://wnpr.org/post/insurers-often-dont-cover-residential-rehab <p>In 2012, a legislative committee found seven percent of&nbsp;Connecticut&nbsp;adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 had substance abuse issues. And the majority of those who needed treatment did not receive it.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the last story of a three-part series, </span>WNPR <span style="line-height: 1.5;">reports on the challenges families encounter with their insurance plans when seeking help for their teenage son or daughter.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18786 at http://wnpr.org Insurers Often Don't Cover Residential Rehab Few Residential Treatment Programs for Connecticut Adolescents http://wnpr.org/post/few-residential-treatment-programs-connecticut-adolescents <p>One out of every 22 Connecticut high schoolers has taken medication such as painkillers that weren’t prescribed for them, according to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health. In the second of a three-part series, WNPR looks at treatment options available for local teens with substance abuse issues.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18700 at http://wnpr.org Few Residential Treatment Programs for Connecticut Adolescents Addiction: A Guilford Family's Story http://wnpr.org/post/addiction-guilford-familys-story <p>A big increase in opiate overdoses nationwide has focused attention on substance abuse. Nine&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">out of ten adults suffering from addiction said they began using drugs or alcohol when they were adolescents.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the first of a three-part series on youth battling addiction, WNPR introduces you to the Harmons of Guilford.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18628 at http://wnpr.org Addiction: A Guilford Family's Story U.S. Attorney General Suggests Police Carry Narcan http://wnpr.org/post/us-attorney-general-suggests-police-carry-narcan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's widespread attention on an increase in heroin overdoses nationwide. On Monday, U.S Attorney General Eric Holder called it an "urgent public health crisis" and <a href="http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php">suggested law enforcement carry </a></span><a href="http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php">Narcan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or </span>naloxone</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php">,</a> a drug that can reverse opiate overdoses.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:32:15 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18169 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Attorney General Suggests Police Carry Narcan Connecticut Museums and Libraries Among National Medal Finalists http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-museums-and-libraries-among-national-medal-finalists <p>Each year, the federal agency that supports libraries and museums recognizes 30 outstanding institutions for service to the community. This year, four finalists are in Connecticut.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They include the Otis Library in Norwich, the </span>Mattatuck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Museum in Waterbury, and Mystic Aquarium in Mystic.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:58:06 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18004 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Museums and Libraries Among National Medal Finalists President Obama: "It's Time to Give America a Raise" http://wnpr.org/post/president-obama-its-time-give-america-raise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama came to&nbsp;Connecticut&nbsp;on Wednesday to push for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. He spoke to a friendly crowd at&nbsp;Central Connecticut&nbsp;State&nbsp;University&nbsp;this afternoon telling them, "It's time to give&nbsp;America&nbsp;a raise."</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:27:48 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 17946 at http://wnpr.org President Obama: "It's Time to Give America a Raise" Connecticut Veterans Fired For Military Service Can Sue in State Court http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-veterans-fired-military-service-can-sue-state-court <p>A recent decision by the Connecticut Appellate Court could help local veterans who have been wrongfully terminated because of their military service.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:37:17 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 17491 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Veterans Fired For Military Service Can Sue in State Court West Haven VA Hospital in Spotlight for Unsanitary Conditions http://wnpr.org/post/west-haven-va-hospital-spotlight-unsanitary-conditions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Senator Richard </span>Blumenthal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has asked the Connecticut VA Healthcare System to report in a month how it will ensure sanitary conditions at its West Haven hospital.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, visited the hospital Friday morning after a VA Inspector General's report outlined several areas of concern from a June 2013 inspection at the VA hospital.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:47:22 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 17364 at http://wnpr.org West Haven VA Hospital in Spotlight for Unsanitary Conditions Demand for Heroin in Connecticut Keeps Cops and Counselors Busy http://wnpr.org/post/demand-heroin-connecticut-keeps-cops-and-counselors-busy <p>Over the last six years, <a href="http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm" target="_blank">heroin use&nbsp;nationwide has nearly doubled</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In&nbsp;Connecticut, attention has focused on the city of&nbsp;Torrington, where there are reports of multiple fatalities last year from heroin overdoses.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:06:53 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16851 at http://wnpr.org Demand for Heroin in Connecticut Keeps Cops and Counselors Busy New Canaan Couple Among 50 Most Generous Donors of 2013 http://wnpr.org/post/new-canaan-couple-among-50-most-generous-donors-2013 <p></p><p>A New Canaan couple is among a list of the 50 most generous donors in 2013. <a href="http://philanthropy.com/article/No-18-TheodoreVada/144491/" target="_blank">Theodore and Vada Stanley were number 18 on <em>The Chronicle of Philanthropy</em>’s annual list.</a> They gave $143 million to medical research and to a family foundation.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:20:30 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16759 at http://wnpr.org New Canaan Couple Among 50 Most Generous Donors of 2013 Fundraising Efforts Pick Up for National Coast Guard Museum http://wnpr.org/post/fundraising-efforts-pick-national-coast-guard-museum <p><span style="font-size: small;">Like many cities, New London has plans to revitalize its downtown.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">One project local leaders hope will bring in&nbsp; tourist dollars is the construction of a <a href="http://www.coastguardmuseum.org" target="_blank">National Coast Guard Museum</a> on the city’s waterfront.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:56:15 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16521 at http://wnpr.org Fundraising Efforts Pick Up for National Coast Guard Museum Sixteen Minors Rescued in Trafficking Ring Around Super Bowl 48 http://wnpr.org/post/sixteen-minors-rescued-trafficking-ring-around-super-bowl-48 <p>The FBI and dozens of law enforcement agencies rescued 16 juveniles in four states, including Connecticut, during an operation that targeted forced prostitution around the Super Bowl.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:26:28 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16488 at http://wnpr.org Sixteen Minors Rescued in Trafficking Ring Around Super Bowl 48 Task Force on Pet Shops Issues Final Recommendations http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-pet-shops-issues-final-recommendations <p>A task force created to examine the sale of cats and dogs in Connecticut pet stores has issued its recommendations to curb the sale of animals that come from puppy mills.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:46:33 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16298 at http://wnpr.org Task Force on Pet Shops Issues Final Recommendations Sex Trafficking Isn't Just an Overseas Problem http://wnpr.org/post/sex-trafficking-isnt-just-overseas-problem <p>A woman who was was forced into prostitution as a teenager spoke at the state's first conference on domestic sex trafficking.&nbsp;</p><p>Audrey Morrissey, 51, is a Massachusetts resident who detailed how she was forced into prostitution after suffering from low self-esteem and lack of nurturing at home. She eventually turned her life around, and now counsels young girls through the initiative, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mylifemychoice" target="_blank">My Life My Choice</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:32:31 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16190 at http://wnpr.org Sex Trafficking Isn't Just an Overseas Problem Yale Study Examines Rate Youth Are Hospitalized for Gun Injuries http://wnpr.org/post/yale-study-examines-rate-youth-are-hospitalized-gun-injuries <p>Firearm injuries are the second leading cause of death among children in the U.S., but there has been scarce information available about the number of young people nationwide who are hospitalized because of gun injuries.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now Yale researchers have <a href="http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/01/22/peds.2013-1809.full.pdf" target="_blank">analyzed hospital data, and their study was published Monday in the journal <em>Pediatrics</em>.</a>&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:08:17 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16039 at http://wnpr.org Yale Study Examines Rate Youth Are Hospitalized for Gun Injuries Senate Bill Would Restore COLA Benefit for Veterans http://wnpr.org/post/senate-bill-would-restore-cola-benefit-veterans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Senator Richard </span>Blumenthal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> promised to fight for a <a href="http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-unveils-and-calls-for-action-on-historic-comprehensive-veterans-legislation-" target="_blank">wide-reaching veterans' bill</a> that includes restoring a cut to cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislation, Senate bill 1950, is more than 300 pages. It includes money to help the federal VA eliminate its claims backlog, and extends the number of years that returning veterans can access VA health care. It also expands benefits for caregivers.</span></p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:42:46 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 15873 at http://wnpr.org Senate Bill Would Restore COLA Benefit for Veterans Mohegan Sun Makes Its Pitch for Revere, Massachusetts Resort Casino License http://wnpr.org/post/mohegan-sun-makes-its-pitch-revere-massachusetts-resort-casino-license <p>An overflow crowd packed the Boston convention center on Wednesday to hear from the firms competing for a coveted eastern Massachusetts resort casino license.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut's </span>Mohegan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sun is one of two companies in the running for the license.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:31:26 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 15832 at http://wnpr.org Mohegan Sun Makes Its Pitch for Revere, Massachusetts Resort Casino License Undocumented College Students Need Financial Aid, Too http://wnpr.org/post/undocumented-college-students-need-financial-aid-too <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been two years since the in-state tuition law went into effect.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It benefits students without legal status who have graduated from a Connecticut high school.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The young people who fought for the in-state tuition law for undocumented students are launching a new campaign. Their new goal is to help these students access financial aid. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:44:08 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 15495 at http://wnpr.org Undocumented College Students Need Financial Aid, Too Grant Awarded to Study a Legal Partnership with the Veterans Administration http://wnpr.org/post/grant-awarded-study-legal-partnership-veterans-administration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A legal services non-profit that assists veterans has received a sizable grant to study outcomes for those getting help through the federal VA.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Haven-based</span><a href="http://www.ctveteranslegal.org" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> Connecticut Veterans Legal Center </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and its project partners in New York City received a two-year $700,000 grant from the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:01:15 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 15377 at http://wnpr.org Grant Awarded to Study a Legal Partnership with the Veterans Administration Iraq War Veterans Reflect on Fallujah http://wnpr.org/post/iraq-war-veterans-reflect-fallujah <p>It’s been two years since the U.S. military left Iraq. Some of the deadliest fighting was in the western cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, where more than 1,400 Americans died battling Al Qaeda insurgents. This week, news broke that Al Qaeda has taken control of the cities.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 05:32:51 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 15172 at http://wnpr.org Iraq War Veterans Reflect on Fallujah Special Visa Program For Iraqis Extended http://wnpr.org/post/special-visa-program-iraqis-extended <p>During the Christmas holiday, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that has the potential to help more than 2,000 Iraqis. It extends the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">special immigrant visa</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;program for Iraqis.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:36:13 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 15023 at http://wnpr.org Special Visa Program For Iraqis Extended Connecticut Veterans Commissioner Leaves Big Shoes to Fill http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-veterans-commissioner-leaves-big-shoes-fill <p>Governor Dannel Malloy's office is searching for a new Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The woman who has held the job, Linda Schwartz, will be heading to Washington D.C. once the Senate votes on her nomination to the federal VA.</p> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 04:31:27 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 14601 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Veterans Commissioner Leaves Big Shoes to Fill