Newtown http://wnpr.org en Equal Pay Day Tuesday; Sandy Hook Assistance Payments Not Taxable http://wnpr.org/post/equal-pay-day-tuesday-sandy-hook-assistance-payments-not-taxable <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yyQFUwFGhRQ" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman observed Equal Pay Day by citing their administration’s progress on the issue today. Malloy says raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour will improve the economic security of women and their families in Connecticut. But he says it is unacceptable for women, doing the same work, to earn 78 percent of what men earn.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:29:22 +0000 Teri McCready 19786 at http://wnpr.org Anti- and Pro-Gun Advocates in Connecticut Continue Their Fight http://wnpr.org/post/anti-and-pro-gun-advocates-connecticut-continue-their-fight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gun control advocates rallied with Democratic leaders at the capitol Thursday, announcing a new effort to support lawmakers who passed last year's gun measures. The meeting came as pro-gun activists plan a rally of their own.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:21:22 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19540 at http://wnpr.org Anti- and Pro-Gun Advocates in Connecticut Continue Their Fight Rowland Quiet About Scandal; Malloy Makes Announcement About Pfizer Site http://wnpr.org/post/rowland-quiet-about-scandal-malloy-makes-announcement-about-pfizer-site <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yWyyRvdrU-0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Former governor John Rowland is staying &nbsp;quiet over a scandal to which he is connected. Rowland told listeners during his radio show yesterday that he would respect the process of a case involving former congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley. Both pleaded guilty on Monday to illegal contributions after they gave Rowland $35,000 and failed to report it on financial disclosures.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:55:14 +0000 Teri McCready 19476 at http://wnpr.org Metro-North Braking Upgrade Complete; Bill Considered to Address Absenteeism http://wnpr.org/post/metro-north-braking-upgrade-complete-bill-considered-address-absenteeism <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Lc7N8-GLFKE" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Metro-North has finished upgrading its signal system. That means trains approaching five moveable bridges and two critical curves on the New Haven Line will automatically stop when engineers fail to slow down. The emergency stop provisions were put in place at two curves-- one in Bridgeport, the other in Port Chester, New York. The Federal Railroad Administration issued the order in December after a deadly train derailment in The Bronx.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:44:03 +0000 Teri McCready 18942 at http://wnpr.org Governor Malloy Discusses College Affordability; Panel Approves PTSD Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-discusses-college-affordability-panel-approves-ptsd-proposal <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/akX8BOOqvDA?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:17:16 +0000 Teri McCready 18699 at http://wnpr.org Volunteer-Built Playground in Hartford Celebrates Sandy Hook Shooting Victim http://wnpr.org/post/volunteer-built-playground-hartford-celebrates-sandy-hook-shooting-victim <p><font size="2">A corner of a Hartford's Elizabeth Park became a construction site last weekend, but this wasn't just any ordinary project. </font></p><p><font size="2">Even on a chilly day in March, hundreds of people came to watch. The organizers hope the community will continue to feel a strong connection to the playground that was built.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">A group called the Sandy Ground Project <a href="http://www.thesandygroundproject.org/" target="_blank">is building 26 playgrounds as living memorials</a> to the children who died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.&nbsp;</font></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Alan Yu 18569 at http://wnpr.org Volunteer-Built Playground in Hartford Celebrates Sandy Hook Shooting Victim For Sandy Hook Killer's Father, Tragedy Outweighs Love For His Son http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-killers-father-tragedy-outweighs-love-his-son We still don't know why Adam Lanza killed his mother, then 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School before turning a gun on himself in December 2012. But we do know more about Lanza's life, what his doctors had to say about him and what his parents did to try to help him.<p>His father, Peter Lanza, broke his media silence by granting a series of interviews to writer Andrew Solomon. They met six times for interviews that lasted up to seven hours. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:52:00 +0000 editor 18389 at http://wnpr.org For Sandy Hook Killer's Father, Tragedy Outweighs Love For His Son 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 Cyclists Ride From Newtown to D.C. With Message for Lawmakers http://wnpr.org/post/cyclists-ride-newtown-dc-message-lawmakers <p>A group of cyclists completed a 400 mile bike ride on Tuesday from Newtown, Connecticut to Washington, D.C. This is the second annual Sandy Hook Ride on Washington.</p><p>Team 26, a group of 26 cyclists from Newtown and around the country, left Newtown's Edmund Town Hall on Saturday. On the way to D.C., they&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">held rallies in Harlem; Morristown, New Jersey;&nbsp;</span>Doylestown<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Pennsylvania; and Baltimore, Maryland.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:00:07 +0000 Ray Hardman 18263 at http://wnpr.org Cyclists Ride From Newtown to D.C. With Message for Lawmakers Privacy of Information Hearings Held; Calls for Connecticut Office of Inspector General http://wnpr.org/post/privacy-information-hearings-held-calls-connecticut-office-inspector-general <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8J9fnwP1syk?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Two legislative committees today held simultaneous public hearings on bills that would implement recommendations of a task force created after the Newtown school massacre to balance the privacy of crime victims with the public’s right to know. The task force recommended that lawmakers allow only restricted access to certain crime scene photos, 911 audio tapes and other information from homicides.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:42:40 +0000 Teri McCready 18168 at http://wnpr.org 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 Sandy Hook Killer's Father Wishes His Son Hadn't Been Born http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-killers-father-wishes-his-son-hadnt-been-born "How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he's my son? A lot."<p><em>The New Yorker</em> has <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/03/17/140317fa_fact_solomon?currentPage=all" target="_blank">posted a long piece</a> based on six interviews with Peter Lanza, whose son Adam <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/167276841/shootings-in-newtown-conn" target="_blank">killed 20 first-graders and six adults</a> at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18153 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Killer's Father Wishes His Son Hadn't Been Born Father of Adam Lanza Speaks Publicly About Newtown Massacre http://wnpr.org/post/father-adam-lanza-speaks-publicly-about-newtown-massacre <p>For the first time since the Newtown school shooting, the father of gunman Adam Lanza&nbsp;is speaking publicly.<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/03/17/140317fa_fact_solomon?currentPage=all" target="_blank"> Peter Lanza told <em>The New Yorker</em> magazine, in an extensive interview</a>&nbsp;by Andrew Solomon, about his relationship with Adam.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:26:07 +0000 Heather Brandon & Tucker Ives 18146 at http://wnpr.org Father of Adam Lanza Speaks Publicly About Newtown Massacre Lawmakers Discuss Road Treatments; State Police Start Tailgating Initiative http://wnpr.org/post/lawmakers-discuss-road-treatments-state-police-start-tailgating-initiative <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/z9kCnhjGi-w?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The General Assembly's Transportation Committee heard testimony today on a bill that would require the Department of Transportation to analyze the corrosive effects of chemical road treatments on vehicles and highway infrastructure. Connecticut Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said he'll review whether it makes sense to add rust inhibitors to the chemical road treatments.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:46:50 +0000 Teri McCready 17716 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Hears From Law Enforcement http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-advisory-commission-hears-law-enforcement <p>A state panel reviewing the Newtown school shooting heard from law enforcement professionals on Friday, including Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe, about incident management.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:42:32 +0000 Heather Brandon 17701 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Hears From Law Enforcement New Gun Law Poses New Questions About Those Who Break It http://wnpr.org/post/new-gun-law-poses-new-questions-about-those-who-break-it <p>It appears <a href="http://www.courant.com/business/hc-haar-gun-registration-felons-20140210,0,3161975.column" target="_blank">thousands of Connecticut residents may have failed to comply with the state's new gun registration law</a>. The state banned the sale of certain so-called assault weapons after the Newtown shootings, and created a registry for residents who already own them.</p><p>Failure to register is a felony, but officials have no way to identify the new group of criminals, and no plans to round them up.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:48:37 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17446 at http://wnpr.org New Gun Law Poses New Questions About Those Who Break It New Law Stubs Toe On A Tough Unknown: Who Owns The Guns? http://wnpr.org/post/new-law-stubs-toe-tough-unknown-who-owns-guns Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It appears thousands of Connecticut residents may have failed to comply with that state's new gun registration law. The sale of guns categorized by the state as assault weapons were banned after Newtown. Connecticut also created a registry for residents who already own them. Failure to register is a felony. But Jeff Cohen of member station WNPR reports that officials have no way to identify the new group of criminals and no plans to round them up. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17362 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Battles a Nor'Easter; Snow Removal Budget Depleted http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-battles-noreaster-snow-removal-budget-depleted <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9tHBqZ25nPs" width="560"></iframe></p><p>A winter storm&nbsp;has dropped heavy wet snow on Connecticut, along with rain and sleet that began in the southern part of the state overnight before moving northward. Total snow accumulations were about 10 inches in many areas. Connecticut has depleted its budget for snow and ice removal. A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said this week that the agency has spent all $30 million on a dozen storms for the season.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:58:31 +0000 Teri McCready 16931 at http://wnpr.org 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 When We First Met "Baby" http://wnpr.org/post/when-we-first-met-baby <p>"This song is about unrequited love - loving someone that just won't be able to give it back to you," said <a href="http://goodnightbluemoon.com/">Goodnight Blue Moon's</a> Erik Elligers. He's talking about a song off his band's new EP&nbsp;<a href="http://goodnightbluemoon.com/a-girl-i-never-met"><em>A Girl I Never Met&nbsp;</em></a>called "Baby"&nbsp;and it's a song that has special meaning for us at WNPR.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:23:43 +0000 Tucker Ives 16269 at http://wnpr.org When We First Met "Baby" Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Meets; Behavioral Health on the Agenda http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-advisory-commission-meets-behavioral-health-agenda <p>Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission met on Friday morning to hear from experts in behavioral health and crisis counseling services.</p><p>The first slate of presenters included Dr. Daniel Dodgen of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Thomas Demaria of Long Island University, and Vincent Giordano of Denizen Consulting. <a href="http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/lib/malloy/SHAC_Agenda_2014.01.24.pdf" target="_blank">Read more in the agenda for the meeting.</a></p><p></p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:49:00 +0000 Heather Brandon 15891 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Meets; Behavioral Health on the Agenda Sandy Hook Panel Examines Autism Link; Attorney General Warns About Power Spikes http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-panel-examines-autism-link-attorney-general-warns-about-power-spikes <p>Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Commission has been told there is no data connecting people with autism to increased violent criminal behavior. A Stony Brook University psychology professor addressed the panel on Friday saying there is nothing that links autism to the type of planned massacre that occurred in in Newtown in 2012. Recently released documents show gunman Adam Lanza had been diagnosed in 2006 with a profound autism disorder.</p><p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 01:25:30 +0000 Teri McCready 15618 at http://wnpr.org Why Talk About the (Alleged) Lanza Audio? http://wnpr.org/post/why-talk-about-alleged-lanza-audio <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/exclusive-lanza-twisted-call-radio-station-article-1.1580984">Ever since <em>The New York Daily News </em>published the audio</a> of a phone call to the radio show of an Oregon grunge&nbsp;anarcho-primitivist, I've been wondering what the hell to do with what appears to be the sound of Adam Lanza talking, about a year before the Newtown shootings.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:33:54 +0000 Colin McEnroe 15619 at http://wnpr.org Why Talk About the (Alleged) Lanza Audio? Discussions With Adam Lanza's Father Continue http://wnpr.org/post/discussions-adam-lanzas-father-continue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission met Friday&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to discuss mental health and autism. As it did, it got an update from its chairman, </span>Hamden<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mayor Scott Jackson, on his discussions with the father of Newtown gunman Adam </span>Lanza<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:47:13 +0000 Jeff Cohen & Harriet Jones 15602 at http://wnpr.org Discussions With Adam Lanza's Father Continue Newtown Action Alliance Protests Gun Industry's Marketing Tactics http://wnpr.org/post/newtown-action-alliance-protests-gun-industrys-marketing-tactics <p>The Newtown Action Alliance and the Campaign to Unload held a rally on Monday morning outside the offices of Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:24:00 +0000 Ray Hardman 15393 at http://wnpr.org Newtown Action Alliance Protests Gun Industry's Marketing Tactics Sandy Hook Commission Meets; An Arrest Warrant Request for Insurance Broker http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-commission-meets-arrest-warrant-request-insurance-broker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission met for the first time today since the state police released thousands of pages of documents stemming from the investigation into the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting in Newtown. One issued raised was how to keep people safe inside a building without hindering the progress of rescuers.</span></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Teri McCready 15273 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Commission Meets; An Arrest Warrant Request for Insurance Broker 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 Study: Tighter Gun Laws May Drive Gun Homicides Up http://wnpr.org/post/study-tighter-gun-laws-may-drive-gun-homicides <p>In the wake of the Newtown shootings, there's been a lot of debate about whether tighter gun laws save lives. A&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/201401/Gius_research_%282%29.pdf" target="_blank">new Quinnipiac University study </a>says two such laws don't, and one may even cause gun deaths to rise.</span></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:54:38 +0000 Jeff Cohen 15027 at http://wnpr.org Study: Tighter Gun Laws May Drive Gun Homicides Up Was Adam Lanza a Psychopath? http://wnpr.org/post/was-adam-lanza-psychopath <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Neuroscientist James Fallon&nbsp;</span><a href="http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/11/the-neuroscientist-who-discovered-he-was-a-psychopath/" style="line-height: 1.5;">found something shocking&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">when he was looking at brain scans of serial killers for research, and brain scans of his family for signs of disease. According to the scan, his own brain was no different than that of a psychopath. The discovery opened up a new world of research,</span><a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/jim_fallon_exploring_the_mind_of_a_killer.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;TED talks&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and his recent book,&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:00:10 +0000 Catie Talarski 14915 at http://wnpr.org Was Adam Lanza a Psychopath?