FOIA http://wnpr.org en Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases http://wnpr.org/post/border-agency-chief-opens-about-deadly-force-cases The new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he is reviewing scores of incidents in which agents have used deadly force.<p>R. Gil Kerlikowske made that statement during an exclusive interview with NPR's <em>Morning Edition</em>. It was his first extended conversation about controversial incidents in which the Border Patrol has killed civilians without apparent accountability. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25497 at http://wnpr.org Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases The Wheelhouse: Cost of Clinton; Political Swiping; FOI Hit Again http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-cost-clinton-political-swiping-foi-hit-again <p>We learned that it cost $250,000 to bring Hillary Clinton to speak at UConn earlier this year. As the cost of higher education continues to soar, there are lots of questions being raised about this speaking fee. Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse discusses this story, and we check in on the race for governor as candidates start buying air time for those omnipresent campaign commercials. Also this week, the Connecticut Supreme Court took another swipe at Freedom of Information laws.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24928 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Cost of Clinton; Political Swiping; FOI Hit Again City Explains Hartford's Secrecy Around Proposed Stadium http://wnpr.org/post/city-explains-hartfords-secrecy-around-proposed-stadium <p>For the better part of a year and half, Hartford city officials negotiated a plan to move the New Britain Rock Cats to the capital city behind closed doors, saying the deal needed that kind of confidentiality, lest it fall apart.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:10:17 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23442 at http://wnpr.org City Explains Hartford's Secrecy Around Proposed Stadium Hartford State Senator Opposes New Rock Cats Stadium http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-state-senator-opposes-new-rock-cats-stadium <p>Earlier this week, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra called the plan to move the New Britain Rock Cats to the capital city a "done deal."&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:53:02 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23430 at http://wnpr.org Hartford State Senator Opposes New Rock Cats Stadium Report: Hamden Police Records Still Not Available http://wnpr.org/post/report-hamden-police-records-still-not-available <p>Seven of eight Connecticut police departments that three newspapers say refused to release documents required by state law have improved their access to arrest information.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140523/7-of-8-connecticut-police-departments-that-withheld-public-info-improve-in-2nd-check" target="_blank"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Haven Register</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reported that the </span>Hamden</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140523/7-of-8-connecticut-police-departments-that-withheld-public-info-improve-in-2nd-check" target="_blank"> Police Department's arrest log was not available</a>.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Police Chief Thomas </span>Wydra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said he would look into it.</span></p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 20:24:42 +0000 Associated Press 22528 at http://wnpr.org Report: Hamden Police Records Still Not Available FOI Advocates Pleased With Legislature's Lack of Action http://wnpr.org/post/foi-advocates-pleased-legislatures-lack-action <p>Efforts to change the state's laws regarding access to public information have apparently stalled. That comes as good news to those who advocate for freedom of information.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:33:02 +0000 Jeff Cohen 21460 at http://wnpr.org FOI Advocates Pleased With Legislature's Lack of Action Newspapers, Municipalities Still Divided Over Legal Notices http://wnpr.org/post/newspapers-municipalities-still-divided-over-legal-notices <p>The state's daily newspapers, and its towns and cities, remain divided over how to change the state’s laws on printed legal notices.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:13:24 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19227 at http://wnpr.org Newspapers, Municipalities Still Divided Over Legal Notices Environmental Group Challenges New England's Energy Policy Coordination http://wnpr.org/post/environmental-group-challenges-new-englands-energy-policy-coordination <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">An environmental advocacy group is challenging how energy policy is coordinated by New England's six governors. The Conservation Law Foundation has submitted public records requests to the region's six states.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:59:47 +0000 Craig LeMoult 18990 at http://wnpr.org Environmental Group Challenges New England's Energy Policy Coordination Checking In With Senate President Don Williams and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey http://wnpr.org/post/checking-senate-president-don-williams-and-house-speaker-brendan-sharkey <p>Today, conversations with Connecticut’s top two lawmakers - Senate President Don Williams and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey - about two big issues: Freedom of Information and taxes.</p><p>Williams has announced his retirement after 20 years in the legislature after this session ends. We talk about his tenure, which included the aftermath of the scandal that sent Governor John Rowland to jail. And about his testimony over proposed legislation that would limit access to public records.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18919 at http://wnpr.org Checking In With Senate President Don Williams and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey Connecticut Police Departments Withhold Public Information http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-police-departments-withhold-public-information <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Five municipal police departments in Connecticut and one state police troop failed to follow Freedom of Information law by refusing to release basic information upon request.</span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:20:55 +0000 Betsy Kaplan 18707 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Police Departments Withhold Public Information Papers Fight Proposals to Alter Publication of Legal Notices http://wnpr.org/post/papers-fight-proposals-alter-publication-legal-notices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As newspaper advertising revenue continues its slump across the country, publishers are trying to hold on to one line of stable cash: the printed legal notice. In Connecticut, municipal leaders are pushing for a change in state law that would allow them to save money and cut back on those notices. And newspapers are pushing back.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:08:06 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18456 at http://wnpr.org Papers Fight Proposals to Alter Publication of Legal Notices Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Still Has Limited Access to Records http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-advisory-commission-still-has-limited-access-records <p>This week, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/03/17/140317fa_fact_solomon?currentPage=all" target="_blank"><em>The New Yorker</em> published an article by Andrew Solomon featuring an extended interview with Peter Lanza</a>, the father of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza.</p><p>A member of Governor Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission said the interview does provide more information on the killer's medical and psychological background, but the commission has had limited access to other information while putting together its report.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:01:48 +0000 Tucker Ives 18317 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Still Has Limited Access to Records The Wheelhouse Talks FOI, Peter Lanza, and Daylight Saving Time http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-talks-foi-peter-lanza-and-daylight-saving-time <p>It's been a busy week in the news. In 2014 campaign news, the number of Republican candidates for governor went from six to five and then right back up to six. At the state capitol, lawmakers held two public hearings at the same time, both of which ironically had to do with Freedom of Information legislation.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18291 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Talks FOI, Peter Lanza, and Daylight Saving Time Lawmakers Consider Legislation to Restrict Public Information After Sandy Hook http://wnpr.org/post/lawmakers-consider-legislation-restrict-public-information-after-sandy-hook <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two legislative committees met at the same time on Monday to discuss two very similar bills that would limit access to public documents. The bills are part of the state's response to the 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:15:59 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18172 at http://wnpr.org Lawmakers Consider Legislation to Restrict Public Information After Sandy Hook Government Administration and Elections Committee Meets to Weigh Recommendations http://wnpr.org/post/government-administration-and-elections-committee-meets-weigh-recommendations <p>T<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">he Connecticut legislature's Government Administration and Elections Committee met Monday to</span><a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/JUDdata/pha/2014PHA00310-R001300JUD-PHA.htm" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank">&nbsp;discuss an act that would implement the recommendations</a><a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00388-R00-SB.htm" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank">&nbsp;of the Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know.&nbsp;</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some legislators acknowledged they're struggling over whether to support the proposed legislation, which would limit public access to 911 audio tapes, additional types of crime scene photos, and law enforcement audio recordings.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:15:29 +0000 Heather Brandon 18161 at http://wnpr.org Government Administration and Elections Committee Meets to Weigh Recommendations Judiciary Committee Meets, Considers Privacy Task Force Recommendations http://wnpr.org/post/judiciary-committee-meets-considers-privacy-task-force-recommendations <p>The Connecticut legislature's Judiciary Committee met on Monday to <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00388-R00-SB.htm" target="_blank">discuss an act that would implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know</a>.<a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00388-R00-SB.htm" target="_blank"> </a></p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:03:38 +0000 Heather Brandon 18160 at http://wnpr.org Judiciary Committee Meets, Considers Privacy Task Force Recommendations The Scramble: Losing at Jeopardy, Finding Lost Dogs, and Winning Back Lost Freedom of Information http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-losing-jeopardy-finding-lost-dogs-and-winning-back-lost-freedom-information <p></p><p>Amanda Hess is one of our favorite social critics. She writes for Slate and lately, well always, she's thinking about the depiction of women in mass media, including a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/03/05/gender_differences_in_jeopardy_alex_trebek_says_women_wager_less_in_daily.html">statistical disparity between the performances of men and women on Jeopardy</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:36:50 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18152 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Losing at Jeopardy, Finding Lost Dogs, and Winning Back Lost Freedom of Information Keyword Searches for Newtown Commission Open Window Into Process http://wnpr.org/post/keyword-searches-newtown-commission-open-window-process <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is continuing its work.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As it does, </span><a href="http://www.mdmc-law.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the law firm that advises it</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has done a lot of legwork itself, making a searchable database out of the thousands of pages of the Connecticut State Police Newtown investigation. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:08:27 +0000 Jeff Cohen 16858 at http://wnpr.org Keyword Searches for Newtown Commission Open Window Into Process Victim Privacy Task Force Meets to Discuss Final Report http://wnpr.org/post/victim-privacy-task-force-meets-discuss-final-report <p>The state's Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know met on Friday <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/gae/VPTF/docs/Task Force Proposed Final Report.pdf" target="_blank">to consider approval of its final report</a>, which passed by a 15-2 vote and now heads to the General&nbsp;Assembly.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:10:31 +0000 Heather Brandon & Ray Hardman 15909 at http://wnpr.org Victim Privacy Task Force Meets to Discuss Final Report Sandy Hook Commission Speaking With Representative of Lanza's Family http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-commission-speaking-representative-lanzas-family <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The head of the governor's commission studying the Newtown shootings said he is direct contact with the family of gunman Adam </span>Lanza<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The commission that met Friday is hoping to learn more about Lanza's medical history.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:17:48 +0000 Jeff Cohen 15250 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Commission Speaking With Representative of Lanza's Family Progress, But More Work Needed on Statewide Transparency Efforts http://wnpr.org/post/progress-more-work-needed-statewide-transparency-efforts <p>It’s been one month since State Comptroller Kevin&nbsp;Lembo&nbsp;announced the expansion of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.osc.ct.gov/openCT.html">Open Connecticut</a>&nbsp;-- an online source for state finances -- to include financial information for Connecticut’s quasi-public agencies and federal programs.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:23:20 +0000 Lydia Brown 15215 at http://wnpr.org Progress, But More Work Needed on Statewide Transparency Efforts Understanding Connecticut's Quasi-Public Agencies http://wnpr.org/post/understanding-connecticuts-quasi-public-agencies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Established in 1965, the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority has earned its title as the oldest quasi-public agency in our state. Now, it’s one of eleven quasi-public entities in Connecticut, agencies like Connecticut Innovations, Inc.; the Connecticut Development Authority; the Connecticut Lottery Corporation; and the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority -- to name a few.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Lydia Brown, John Dankosky, Catie Talarski & Tucker Ives 15188 at http://wnpr.org Understanding Connecticut's Quasi-Public Agencies Newtown State Police Investigation Actually Concluded In September http://wnpr.org/post/newtown-state-police-investigation-actually-concluded-september <p>The state police have released the results of their investigation into last year's Newtown shootings. But some remain critical of how long it took them to do so.</p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 19:15:13 +0000 Jeff Cohen 14849 at http://wnpr.org Newtown State Police Investigation Actually Concluded In September What Does State Police Newtown Report Reveal About Lanza's Medical History? http://wnpr.org/post/what-does-state-police-newtown-report-reveal-about-lanzas-medical-history <p>Last month, the state prosecutor who investigated the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/newtown-report-released" target="_blank">released his much-awaited report</a>.</p><p>Now, <a href="http://cspsandyhookreport.ct.gov/" target="_blank">the state police have released a report of their own into the shooting</a> that left 20 children and six educators dead. Officials said they are redacting<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the state police file, which is several thousand pages long.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:14:52 +0000 Jeff Cohen 14546 at http://wnpr.org What Does State Police Newtown Report Reveal About Lanza's Medical History? What Was the Top Story of 2013? http://wnpr.org/post/what-was-top-story-2013 <p>What is your top story from 2013? We wrapped up the year on <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-puts-bow-2013">WNPR's news roundtable The Wheelhouse </a>by asking this question. The following are some of your picks for story of the year as well as some other notable events up to this point.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:53:05 +0000 Tucker Ives 14166 at http://wnpr.org What Was the Top Story of 2013? Task Force on Privacy and the Public's Right to Know Meets, Votes on Recommendations http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-privacy-and-publics-right-know-meets-votes-recommendations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut's </span><a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/gae/VPTF/taskforce.asp" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> met for most of the day on Tuesday to piece together recommendations for the General Assembly in advance of a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;January 1 deadline.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The task force voted 14-3 on a recommendation to allow the public to privately review certain crime scene photos, 911 audio tapes, and other information related to homicides in Connecticut.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:51:38 +0000 Heather Brandon 14081 at http://wnpr.org Task Force on Privacy and the Public's Right to Know Meets, Votes on Recommendations Task Force Tries to Balance Victim Privacy and Public Information http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-tries-balance-victim-privacy-and-public-information <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/gae/VPTF/taskforce.asp" target="_blank">state task force</a> met today as it works to find ways to balance victim privacy with freedom of information laws. But consensus is still hard to come by.</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:24:34 +0000 Jeff Cohen 13102 at http://wnpr.org Task Force Tries to Balance Victim Privacy and Public Information The Newtown Report: Privacy, Public Information and Mental Health Policy http://wnpr.org/post/newtown-report-privacy-public-information-and-mental-health-policy <p>This week, <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/newtown-report-released">the long-awaited report</a> was released on last year’s shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. On our weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse, we discuss the report and <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/judge-orders-release-newtown-911-tapes">other evidence that may soon be released to the public.</a> Also on the day the report came out, we had yet another campus scare, this time at Yale University.</p><p><strong>Note:</strong> During the show, Colin mentioned this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/two-gunshots/" target="_blank">New York Times story about a death in St. Augustine, FL</a>. That story presents what we see as a compelling reason for the public release of crime scene documents and 911 calls. This story was also the subject of a <a href="http://www.cpbn.org/program/frontline-program-page/episode/frontline-death-st-augustine" target="_blank">PBS Frontline documentary</a>, which you can <a href="http://video.cptv.org/video/2365128108/" target="_blank">watch here via CPTV</a>. - jd</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:19 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 13044 at http://wnpr.org The Newtown Report: Privacy, Public Information and Mental Health Policy Closed Investigation of Sandy Hook Shooting Prompts Nuanced Legal Questions http://wnpr.org/post/closed-investigation-sandy-hook-shooting-prompts-nuanced-legal-questions <p>State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky's<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/Sandy_Hook_Final_Report.pdf" target="_blank"> summary report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting</a> said that the investigation is now closed, and there will be no criminal prosecution in the case. None of the evidence points to collaboration in the crime, and the shooter is considered solely responsible.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:30:17 +0000 Heather Brandon 13016 at http://wnpr.org Closed Investigation of Sandy Hook Shooting Prompts Nuanced Legal Questions Judge Orders Release of Newtown 911 Tapes http://wnpr.org/post/judge-orders-release-newtown-911-tapes <p>The <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/education/2013/11/26/judge-orders-release-newtown-recordings/RS2w9UOvhwkF7Wt5J47iTJ/story.html" target="_blank">Associated Press is reporting</a> that a <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/0044_001.pdf" target="_blank">state court judge has ordered the release of 911 recordings</a> from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. But the tapes won't be immediately&nbsp;unsealed.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:07:12 +0000 Jeff Cohen 13038 at http://wnpr.org