Diane Orson http://wnpr.org en Proposal Would Allow Schools to Stock Epinephrine http://wnpr.org/post/proposal-would-allow-schools-stock-epinephrine <p>A bill that would allow schools in Connecticut to stock emergency medication for severe allergic reactions has been referred to the Appropriations Committee.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:33:55 +0000 Diane Orson 20304 at http://wnpr.org Proposal Would Allow Schools to Stock Epinephrine Malloy Announces Major Connecticut Transportation Projects http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-announces-major-connecticut-transportation-projects <p>Governor Dannel Malloy announced on Tuesday <a href="http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?A=4010&amp;Q=543374" target="_blank">several major transportation projects across the state</a> that are set to begin this spring.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:49:55 +0000 Diane Orson 20238 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Announces Major Connecticut Transportation Projects Sale in Greenwich of What May Be the Most Expensive Single-Family Home in U.S. http://wnpr.org/post/sale-greenwich-what-may-be-most-expensive-single-family-home-us <p>When the Copper Beech Farm in Greenwich went on the market last spring at an asking price of $190 million dollars, it was the most expensive single-family home ever to hit the American market. Many people thought it wouldn’t close at nine figures. But it has.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:29:45 +0000 Diane Orson 20192 at http://wnpr.org Sale in Greenwich of What May Be the Most Expensive Single-Family Home in U.S. One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing, a Connecticut Resident Remembers http://wnpr.org/post/one-year-after-boston-marathon-bombing-connecticut-resident-remembers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Connecticut residents who were there are looking back and remembering.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harold Kramer, Chief Operating Officer of the American Radio Relay League, talked about his experience on </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WNPR’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <em>Where We Live</em>.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:05:37 +0000 Diane Orson 20191 at http://wnpr.org One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing, a Connecticut Resident Remembers Reverse PILOT Proposal Considered Unfair By Some Connecticut Institutions http://wnpr.org/post/reverse-pilot-proposal-considered-unfair-some-connecticut-institutions <p>Some municipal and state leaders would like to see non-profit colleges and hospitals pay taxes to the towns where they reside. One higher education official said the particular idea currently being floated is unfair.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:14:12 +0000 Diane Orson 19705 at http://wnpr.org Reverse PILOT Proposal Considered Unfair By Some Connecticut Institutions Rowland Leaves Radio Talk Show http://wnpr.org/post/rowland-leaves-radio-talk-show <p>Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland announced Thursday that he's stepping down from his afternoon talk show on WTIC 1080. He ended his show by saying, “Today will be my last show, as I’m leaving the station to take care of some personal issues.”</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:30:47 +0000 Diane Orson 19591 at http://wnpr.org Rowland Leaves Radio Talk Show Connecticut to Open First P-TECH School in Norwalk http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-open-first-p-tech-school-norwalk <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials are to announce today that Connecticut’s first P-TECH model school will open in September.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">P-TECH stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, and by the start of the next academic year there will be about 27 of these schools across the country.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:57:31 +0000 Diane Orson 19586 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut to Open First P-TECH School in Norwalk Report: New England Should Develop Locally-Grown Food System http://wnpr.org/post/report-new-england-should-develop-locally-grown-food-system <p>A <a href="http://action.clf.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&amp;SURVEY_ID=4340" target="_blank">new report on sustainable agriculture policy recommends that New England build its own regional food system</a> with locally-grown products. Cris Coffin, New England director of the <a href="http://www.farmland.org/" target="_blank">American Farmland Trust</a>, a co-author of the study, said consumers in the region want to buy local.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:16:24 +0000 Diane Orson 19381 at http://wnpr.org Report: New England Should Develop Locally-Grown Food System ACA Expected to Increase Demand for Primary Care Doctors; Quinnipiac University Responds http://wnpr.org/post/aca-expected-increase-demand-primary-care-doctors-quinnipiac-university-responds <p>With the open enrollment deadline looming, organizations across Connecticut are helping people sign up for health insurance coverage. Health centers are open Monday in many cities, including Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich, and Waterbury, with extra in-person help.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:23:11 +0000 Diane Orson 19296 at http://wnpr.org ACA Expected to Increase Demand for Primary Care Doctors; Quinnipiac University Responds Connecticut-Based Non-Profit to Build a Children's Village in Tanzania http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-based-non-profit-build-childrens-village-tanzania <p>A Connecticut-based non-profit has received a major grant to start construction on a village for orphaned children in Tanzania. <a href="http://www.thesmallthings.org/" target="_blank">The Small Things, based in East Haven and Africa</a>, partners with the Nkoaranga Orphanage, which cares for youngsters from birth to five years old.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When they age out of the orphanage, some kids are able to move in with family members or live in foster homes, but most are sent away to boarding schools.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:42:46 +0000 Diane Orson 19056 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut-Based Non-Profit to Build a Children's Village in Tanzania Murphy: Sanctions Could Have "Catastrophic Effects for the Russian Economy" http://wnpr.org/post/murphy-sanctions-could-have-catastrophic-effects-russian-economy <p>President Barack Obama expanded economic sanctions against Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine, with further sanctions on top officials of the Russian government.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"In addition, we are today sanctioning a number of other individuals with substantial resources and influence who provide material support to the Russian leadership, as well as a bank that provides material support to these individuals," said Obama in a statement on the south lawn of the White House.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:28:40 +0000 Diane Orson & Tucker Ives 18779 at http://wnpr.org Murphy: Sanctions Could Have "Catastrophic Effects for the Russian Economy" Church Trial of Former Yale Dean is Dismissed http://wnpr.org/post/church-trial-former-yale-dean-dismissed <p>The New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church has announced that the case against the Reverend Dr. Thomas Ogletree is dismissed.</p><p>Dr. Ogletree, a Connecticut resident and former dean of Yale Divinity School was to have faced a church trial for officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:59:56 +0000 Diane Orson 18221 at http://wnpr.org Church Trial of Former Yale Dean is Dismissed Witness in New York City Terror Trial May Testify in Connecticut Sentencing http://wnpr.org/post/witness-new-york-city-terror-trial-may-testify-connecticut-sentencing <p>A witness,&nbsp;expected to testify today in a terrorism trial in New York,&nbsp; is also believed to be the person federal prosecutors want to testify at the sentencing later this year of two British citizens imprisoned in Connecticut for supporting terrorism.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:46:01 +0000 Diane Orson 18149 at http://wnpr.org Witness in New York City Terror Trial May Testify in Connecticut Sentencing Exhibit Highlights Traditional Arts By Refugees and New Immigrants http://wnpr.org/post/exhibit-highlights-traditional-arts-refugees-and-new-immigrants <p>A giant woven carpet, intricate hand-made lace, brilliantly colored baskets and textiles are some of the traditional arts featured at a new exhibition in Hartford.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:23:17 +0000 Diane Orson 17995 at http://wnpr.org Exhibit Highlights Traditional Arts By Refugees and New Immigrants Remembering Dr. Sherwin Nuland, Author of "How We Die" http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-dr-sherwin-nuland-author-how-we-die <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Best-selling author Dr. Sherwin </span>Nuland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has died. His 1994 book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">How We Die</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, took on the medical establishment and its unwinnable fight with death.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">How We Die</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> describes the messy, often harrowing process of dying.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:10:34 +0000 Diane Orson 17931 at http://wnpr.org Remembering Dr. Sherwin Nuland, Author of "How We Die" Mother of Trayvon Martin Speaks at UConn http://wnpr.org/post/mother-trayvon-martin-speaks-uconn <p>Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, was in Connecticut this weekend. She spoke at UConn as part of the university’s Black History Month events.</p><p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 23:31:31 +0000 Diane Orson 17774 at http://wnpr.org Mother of Trayvon Martin Speaks at UConn Concern for the Safety of Venezuelan Opposition Leader With Ties to Yale http://wnpr.org/post/concern-safety-venezuelan-opposition-leader-ties-yale <p>After recent anti-government protests in Venezuela, Amnesty International has<a href="http://worldfellows.yale.edu/opposition-leader-risk" target="_blank"> issued an urgent call for action on behalf of an opposition leader with ties to Yale University</a>.&nbsp;An arrest order has been issued for Carlos Vecchio.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:18:09 +0000 Diane Orson 17652 at http://wnpr.org Concern for the Safety of Venezuelan Opposition Leader With Ties to Yale Malloy's Pre-K Plan Targets "Most Vulnerable" Children http://wnpr.org/post/malloys-pre-k-plan-targets-most-vulnerable-children <p></p><p>Governor Malloy’s latest early childhood education proposal centers on universal access to pre-kindergarten. The phase-in plan would offer seats to 1,000 three- and four-year-olds for fiscal year 2015, and would expand to serve 4,000 additional children by 2019.&nbsp; Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:01:03 +0000 Diane Orson 17152 at http://wnpr.org Malloy's Pre-K Plan Targets "Most Vulnerable" Children Connecticut Continues to Report High Numbers of Flu Cases http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-continues-report-high-numbers-flu-cases <p>The weekly flu report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found flu cases trending downward nationwide for the week ending February 8. Connecticut, however, remained among six states continuing to report high numbers of cases of the flu. <a href="http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/infectious_diseases/flu/stats/2013_2014_fluseasonsummary.pdf" target="_blank">Over 2,600 flu cases have been reported</a> this season. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:20:12 +0000 Diane Orson 17134 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Continues to Report High Numbers of Flu Cases Federal Authorities Want Testimony From Man Convicted in Shoe Bomb Plot http://wnpr.org/post/federal-authorities-want-testimony-man-convicted-shoe-bomb-plot <p>Federal prosecutors want a man convicted in a failed 2001 shoe bomb plot to testify at the sentencing of two British citizens imprisoned in Connecticut for supporting terrorism.&nbsp; Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:11:30 +0000 Diane Orson 17119 at http://wnpr.org Federal Authorities Want Testimony From Man Convicted in Shoe Bomb Plot Governor Dannel Malloy Weighs In On Metro-North http://wnpr.org/post/governor-dannel-malloy-weighs-metro-north <p></p><p>With an increasing number of angry rail commuters, and calls by some state legislators for federal intervention, Governor Dannel Malloy opened the door on Monday to the possibility of putting the operation of Metro-North’s New Haven line out for bid. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:02:43 +0000 Diane Orson 16804 at http://wnpr.org Governor Dannel Malloy Weighs In On Metro-North Minnesota Orchestra Ends 15-Month Work Stoppage http://wnpr.org/post/minnesota-orchestra-ends-15-month-work-stoppage <p>After a 15-month lockout, the longest work stoppage for any symphony orchestra in U.S. history, <a href="http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/" target="_blank">the Minnesota Orchestra</a> performed its first homecoming concert last week. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:58:02 +0000 Diane Orson 16773 at http://wnpr.org Minnesota Orchestra Ends 15-Month Work Stoppage Ridgefield Supports Their Olympian With a Luge Screening http://wnpr.org/post/ridgefield-supports-their-olympian-luge-screening <p>The Olympic Games officially get underway on Friday in Sochi, Russia, with opening ceremonies airing Friday night. Three billion are expected to watch as teams from around the world gather in&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Fisht Stadium to celebrate the start of the games. </span> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:47:03 +0000 Diane Orson & Skyler Magnoli & Jayne Ashley 16641 at http://wnpr.org Ridgefield Supports Their Olympian With a Luge Screening Federal Officials Allow for Delayed Testing Requirements in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/federal-officials-allow-delayed-testing-requirements-connecticut <p>Federal education officials have granted Connecticut’s request to delay standardized testing requirements connected to the Common Core State Standards. That will allow some breathing room for teachers before new evaluations connected to the tests begin.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:21:32 +0000 Diane Orson 16469 at http://wnpr.org Federal Officials Allow for Delayed Testing Requirements in Connecticut New Haven Promise Reaches Out to Younger Children in Effort to Build a College-Going Culture http://wnpr.org/post/new-haven-promise-reaches-out-younger-children-effort-build-college-going-culture <p>A recently-released report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that as college tuition costs soared between 2007 and 2012, demand for federal student loans increased more than 300 percent.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:13:24 +0000 Diane Orson 16398 at http://wnpr.org New Haven Promise Reaches Out to Younger Children in Effort to Build a College-Going Culture Upgrade to Metro-North New Haven Line Begins http://wnpr.org/post/upgrade-metro-north-new-haven-line-begins <p>Work on a $10 million project to upgrade the power supply for Metro North’s New Haven Line begins on Monday. The upgrade is aimed at preventing the kind of catastrophic power failure that took place in New York last fall, seriously disrupting service.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Dannel Malloy announced the project Sunday at Union Station in New Haven. “Transportation is the backbone of our economy here in Connecticut,” he said. “As governor, I’ve been clear that we need to invest in bringing our highways and mass transit systems into the </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century after years of under-investment.”</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:37:31 +0000 Diane Orson 16385 at http://wnpr.org Upgrade to Metro-North New Haven Line Begins Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Perform in Connecticut This Weekend http://wnpr.org/post/ladysmith-black-mambazo-perform-connecticut-weekend <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The South African<a href="http://www.mambazo.com/" target="_blank"> a </a></span><a href="http://www.mambazo.com/" target="_blank">capella<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> vocal group </span>Ladysmith<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Black </span>Mambazo</a> will<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;be in Connecticut this weekend.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group began performing over 50 years ago during the period of apartheid, and became a worldwide sensation after performing on Paul Simon’s landmark&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Graceland</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;album in the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1980s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:56:01 +0000 Diane Orson 16204 at http://wnpr.org Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Perform in Connecticut This Weekend East Haven Police Chief Looks to Stop Immediate Transfers of New Trainees http://wnpr.org/post/east-haven-police-chief-looks-stop-immediate-transfers-new-trainees <p>East Haven's police chief is asking that something be done to stop town police recruits from completing their training and immediately transferring elsewhere. <a href="http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140129/east-haven-police-chief-furious-about-officers-jumping-ship" target="_blank">According to <em>The New Haven Register</em>, Chief Brent Larrabee has seen 26 officers of his 53-person force leave</a> during his two years on the job.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:43:21 +0000 Diane Orson 16208 at http://wnpr.org East Haven Police Chief Looks to Stop Immediate Transfers of New Trainees My Road Trip With Pete Seeger http://wnpr.org/post/my-road-trip-pete-seeger <p>It was the 1980s and I was a busy musician in New York City. Mine was an eclectic musical life as both a violinist and singer. One day I was seated in a chamber orchestra playing classical violin, the next I was gigging on my electric fiddle and singing back-up in a folk/Latin band.</p><p>One day, Mike, the leader of a folk band I played with, called to say that he and I were going to drive Pete Seeger to a music festival in Washington, D.C.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:32:41 +0000 Diane Orson 16159 at http://wnpr.org My Road Trip With Pete Seeger Yale Student Treks to the South Pole at Record Pace http://wnpr.org/post/yale-student-treks-south-pole-record-pace <p>Parker Liautaud, 19, is a sophomore at Yale University studying geology and geophysics. He’s also a polar adventurer who just returned from an expedition, where he and another explorer broke the world record for the fastest unsupported trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:28:09 +0000 Diane Orson 16032 at http://wnpr.org Yale Student Treks to the South Pole at Record Pace