Newtown http://wnpr.org en Gov. Christie Visits Connecticut Following Gun Bill Veto; a Local Perspective on Ukrainian Conflict http://wnpr.org/post/gov-christie-visits-connecticut-following-gun-bill-veto-local-perspective-ukrainian-conflict <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ed94eae2-6d7c-af77-dd1a-ff3231cd9702"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-chris-christie-vetoes-bill-to-decrease-capacity-of-gun-magazines-20140703-story.html" target="_blank">making headlines once again</a>. </span></span></p><p><span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Just a few weeks ago, he vetoed a bill that would have restricted the size of gun magazines from 15 rounds to 10. The decision angered a number of gun control advocates, including some Sandy Hook parents. </span></span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:35:04 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25896 at http://wnpr.org Gov. Christie Visits Connecticut Following Gun Bill Veto; a Local Perspective on Ukrainian Conflict A Conversation With Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson http://wnpr.org/post/conversation-hamden-mayor-scott-jackson <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffcc0265-eccd-dc26-f622-c1b806b35881"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A few months ago, I was asked to be part of a panel discussion about politics, and sat next to Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson.</span></span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24504 at http://wnpr.org A Conversation With Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson Air Force Awards Sikorsky Contract; State Insurance Rates Increasing http://wnpr.org/post/air-force-awards-sikorsky-contract-state-insurance-rates-increasing <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rRTpudm_QVI" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The Air Force has awarded a 1.3 billion dollar contract to Stratford- based Sikorsky for the H-60 combat rescue helicopters. The Air Force has awarded a contract for 112 of the helicopters.</p><p><strong>Increasing State Health Insurance Rates</strong></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:58:20 +0000 Teri McCready 24406 at http://wnpr.org The Second Amendment, Colt, and Tracing Guns http://wnpr.org/post/second-amendment-colt-and-tracing-guns <p>The Second Amendment is just 27 words long, but it has caused more debate than just about anything else in the Constitution. "It’s confusing and self-contradictory and we spend a lot of time trying to figure out what its clauses and commas mean," said <a href="http://www.brennancenter.org/expert/michael-waldman" target="_blank">Michael Waldman, author of the new book <em>The Second Amendment: A Biography</em>.</a> We talk to him about the history and odd syntax of this Amendment and the debate over it that was renewed by the tragedy in Newtown.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 23850 at http://wnpr.org The Second Amendment, Colt, and Tracing Guns Task Force Makes Mental Health Recommendations; Governor Signs Pet Shop Legislation http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-makes-mental-health-recommendations-governor-signs-pet-shop-legislation <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QftpNRSArW4" width="560"></iframe></p><p>A task force created after the Newtown school shooting is recommending state lawmakers take steps toward improvement of mental health services to children and young adults. The 20-member panel, charged with examining mental health services for people between the ages of 16 and 25 released 47 recommendations on Tuesday for the General Assembly to consider when it reconvenes in January.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:33:25 +0000 Teri McCready 23854 at http://wnpr.org The Bodyguard Blanket: Sensible, or a Sign of Resignation? http://wnpr.org/post/bodyguard-blanket-sensible-or-sign-resignation <p>A new product is out called the <a href="http://bodyguardblanket.com/" target="_blank">Bodyguard blanket</a>, designed to provide protection for children and teachers while at school. It's a bullet and tornado-projectile resistant item, resembling a yoga mat, that a child or adult can fasten around the shoulders and waist.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:12:25 +0000 Heather Brandon 23369 at http://wnpr.org The Bodyguard Blanket: Sensible, or a Sign of Resignation? Children's Book Authors, Illustrators Visit Newtown http://wnpr.org/post/childrens-book-authors-illustrators-visit-newtown <p>Some of America's favorite children’s book authors will visit Newtown this weekend including the creators of <em>Diary of A Wimpy Kid</em>, <em>Ella Enchanted, </em>and <em>The Spiderwick Chronicles</em>. They’ll go to schools and talk with students on Friday and participate Saturday in panels and workshops.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:01:07 +0000 Diane Orson 23123 at http://wnpr.org Children's Book Authors, Illustrators Visit Newtown The Present and Future of Gun Control In America http://wnpr.org/post/present-and-future-gun-control-america <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest mass shooting in California has left many questioning America’s gun control policies, and left a grieving father pleading for action from lawmakers -- not sympathy.</span></p><p>This hour, we look at the present and future of gun control in America. We also consider how to celebrate the 200th birthday of Samuel Colt, the man who revolutionized and popularized the gun.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 22770 at http://wnpr.org The Present and Future of Gun Control In America State Holds Overdose Summit; Texts Added to Do Not Call Registry http://wnpr.org/post/state-holds-overdose-summit-texts-added-do-not-call-registry <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-AKeUFO9DbA" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The Connecticut Overdose Prevention Summit was held on Thursday in Meriden, bringing together practitioners and policy experts from neighboring New England states, and their Connecticut counterparts, to hear about successful opioid overdose prevention programs.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:40:10 +0000 Teri McCready 22735 at http://wnpr.org Newtown Dad Posts Open Letter To Father Of UCSB Victim http://wnpr.org/post/newtown-dad-posts-open-letter-father-ucsb-victim <p>The father of one of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary has posted an open letter to Richard Martinez, who tearfully lashed out at "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/27/316348718/rampage-victims-father-inaction-of-gutless-politicians-killed-his-son" target="_blank">irresponsible politicians and the NRA</a>" after his son Chris was killed on Friday in the shooting rampage in Santa Barbara, Calif.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:44:58 +0000 Scott Neuman 22709 at http://wnpr.org Newtown Dad Posts Open Letter To Father Of UCSB Victim Shooting Victim's Father Blames Tragedy on Failure to Act After Newtown Massacre http://wnpr.org/post/shooting-victims-father-blames-tragedy-failure-act-after-newtown-massacre <p>The grieving father of a college student at the University of California, Santa Barbara who was killed last Friday in a mass shooting said his child died because lawmakers failed to respond to the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 14:05:54 +0000 Diane Orson 22568 at http://wnpr.org Shooting Victim's Father Blames Tragedy on Failure to Act After Newtown Massacre Senators Push For Cruise Ship Records Access; Senator Opposes Efforts to Limit 911 Tapes http://wnpr.org/post/senators-push-cruise-ship-records-access-senator-opposes-efforts-limit-911-tapes <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WmvoBxaltzE" width="560"></iframe></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 21:23:19 +0000 Teri McCready 21700 at http://wnpr.org 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 Stabbing Leaves Milford Student Dead, Police Searching for Motive http://wnpr.org/post/stabbing-leaves-milford-student-dead-police-searching-motive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Police are investigating the stabbing death of student at Jonathan Law High School in Milford on Friday morning.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maren</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Sanchez was attacked in the hallway around 7:15 am.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:24:11 +0000 John Dankosky 20809 at http://wnpr.org Stabbing Leaves Milford Student Dead, Police Searching for Motive 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