cities http://wnpr.org en Bridgeport and New Haven Weigh Whether to House Migrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/bridgeport-and-new-haven-weigh-whether-house-migrant-children <p>The mayors of&nbsp;Connecticut's cities will take part in a conference call this week to discuss whether their communities have space to host some of the children from&nbsp;Central America&nbsp;who have been flooding the U.S. border.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:15:11 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25704 at http://wnpr.org Bridgeport and New Haven Weigh Whether to House Migrant Children Protesters Rally, Speak Against Hartford Baseball Stadium Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/protesters-rally-speak-against-hartford-baseball-stadium-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 50 people opposed to plans for a new minor league baseball stadium in Hartford held a march and protest Monday.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:11:42 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25665 at http://wnpr.org Protesters Rally, Speak Against Hartford Baseball Stadium Proposal Is Boston Fit to Carry the Olympic Torch? http://wnpr.org/post/boston-fit-carry-olympic-torch <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-edfdb3fa-204d-8043-737f-eb93c427e656"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We’ve spent a lot of time considering whether it’s a good idea to build a new minor league ballpark in Hartford to lure a team up the road from New Britain. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25047 at http://wnpr.org Is Boston Fit to Carry the Olympic Torch? 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 Springfield Mayor Renews Call For Moratorium On Refugee Resettlements http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-mayor-renews-call-moratorium-refugee-resettlements The Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts has renewed a call for an end to new refugee resettlements in Springfield.&#160; Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal said the mayor has raised concerns that need to be addressed.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit City of Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201206/Domenic_Sarno.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/06/refugeeban2_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Mayor Domenic Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:27:41 +0000 Paul Tuthill 24174 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Mayor Renews Call For Moratorium On Refugee Resettlements How Effective Is Bridgeport's Youth Curfew? http://wnpr.org/post/how-effective-bridgeports-youth-curfew <p>The trial of the alleged killer of a 14-year old Bridgeport youth began Monday. Justin Thompson was one of three teens killed amid a spate of deadly violence in the city in 2012.</p><p>Following calls by residents for better police protection, Bridgeport imposed a youth curfew that year. For the past two years, <a href="http://www.bridgeportct.gov/filestorage/89019/89755/90919/Curfew_Resource_Guide.pdf" target="_blank">kids under age 18 have needed permission from a parent or legal guardian to be on the streets after 11:00 pm</a> on weeknights, and after midnight on weekends.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:44:24 +0000 Diane Orson 24163 at http://wnpr.org How Effective Is Bridgeport's Youth Curfew? Stadium Deal Not Approved Yet, But Hartford Goes Out to Bid http://wnpr.org/post/stadium-deal-not-approved-yet-hartford-goes-out-bid <p>There's a lot of work yet to be done before a minor league baseball stadium in the state's capital city becomes a reality. For starters, it has to be approved by the Hartford city&nbsp;council, and that won't likely happen until later this summer.</p><p>Mayor Pedro Segarra, however, isn’t waiting around for the city council to act.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:04:06 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24138 at http://wnpr.org Stadium Deal Not Approved Yet, But Hartford Goes Out to Bid Listen: Five Ways to Make Connecticut Better http://wnpr.org/post/listen-five-ways-make-connecticut-better <p>Known as The Land of Steady Habits, the Nutmeg State, and somewhere you can be "Still Revolutionary," Connecticut is ever-changing, if sometimes very slowly.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:04:21 +0000 Patrick Skahill & Heather Brandon 24124 at http://wnpr.org Listen: Five Ways to Make Connecticut Better Springfield Budget For New Fiscal Year Approved Without Cuts http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-budget-new-fiscal-year-approved-without-cuts The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has a budget in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1<sup>st</sup>.&#160; The city’s elected officials are in agreement that following years of recession-forced spending cuts, the budget for fiscal year 2015 moves the city forward.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno&#039;s recommended budget was approved by a unanimous vote of the Springfield City Council" data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/bu Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:40:02 +0000 Paul Tuthill 23820 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Budget For New Fiscal Year Approved Without Cuts Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tentatively Awards Casino License to MGM http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-commission-tentatively-awards-casino-license-mgm <p>The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted on Friday to award a western Massachusetts casino license to MGM Springfield, as soon as a repeal issue is resolved. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno called the casino one of three essential ingredients to revive the city's "urban core."</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:51:54 +0000 Heather Brandon 23586 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tentatively Awards Casino License to MGM Head Injury Risk Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out http://wnpr.org/post/brain-injuries-rose-cities-after-bike-sharing-rolled-out <em><strong>Editors' Note:</strong> This post has been revised to clarify and correct reporting on the findings of the bike helmet study. The researchers looked at head injuries, not just brain injuries, so the descriptions have been changed to head injuries throughout. The lead researcher said in response to follow-up questions that the study was designed to look at the risk of head injuries as a proportion of all injuries related to bicycling, so the headline and descriptions of the work have been changed to reflect that distinction. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:34:00 +0000 editor 23551 at http://wnpr.org Head Injury Risk Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out 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 Gambling Regulators in Massachusetts Begin Review of Proposed Springfield Casino http://wnpr.org/post/gambling-regulators-massachusetts-begin-review-proposed-springfield-casino <p>State gambling regulators considering awarding the state's first casino license to MGM Resorts International have given its proposed $800 million casino in Springfield high marks for its finances and its building and site design.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:26:46 +0000 Heather Brandon 23371 at http://wnpr.org Gambling Regulators in Massachusetts Begin Review of Proposed Springfield Casino Rock Cats Ballpark Economics, By the Numbers http://wnpr.org/post/rock-cats-ballpark-economics-numbers <p>There are a lot of numbers that jump out when it comes to the proposed new minor league ballpark in Hartford – the 600 permanent, full-time jobs, the more than 9,000 seats, the 25-year deal, the $500,000 annual rent payment to the city.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But there’s also the </span>price tag<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> itself.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:02:44 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23129 at http://wnpr.org Rock Cats Ballpark Economics, By the Numbers Should the Rock Cats Move to Hartford? http://wnpr.org/post/should-rock-cats-move-hartford <p>Hartford city officials held a news conference on Wednesday to discuss what Mayor Pedro Segarra&nbsp;called a "major sports announcement." A deal is in place to move the New Britain Rock Cats minor league baseball team to Hartford.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:26:10 +0000 Heather Brandon 23040 at http://wnpr.org Should the Rock Cats Move to Hartford? UConn, City of Hartford Mark Development Agreement http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-city-hartford-mark-development-agreement <p>UConn officials and the city of Hartford marked a development agreement milestone on Tuesday. The university is capping an effort to move its West Hartford campus to a new location called UConn Hartford.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:13:10 +0000 Heather Brandon 22978 at http://wnpr.org UConn, City of Hartford Mark Development Agreement The Cause http://wnpr.org/post/cause <p>When you jump off a bandwagon, it rolls on<br />toward the cities’ high places,<br />and you’re left without music on an empty road,</p><p>nothing to guide you. Not even the moon<br />drenches each milepost. No joyous faces<br />when you jump off a bandwagon. It rolls on,</p><p>its pipers shrill, its drummers too loud,<br />yet you listen: thick notes, then thin traces<br />and you’re left without music on an empty road.</p><p>Just you versus you—your pro, your con,<br />your rabbits in hats, your sleeves, your aces<br />when you jump off. A bandwagon? It rolls on.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:46:09 +0000 Dick Allen 22966 at http://wnpr.org The Cause Empathy Lessons: Training Police to Understand People With Mental Illness http://wnpr.org/post/empathy-lessons-training-police-understand-people-mental-illness <p>Earlier this month, Somerville Police Officers Alan Monaco and Timothy Sullivan responded to a call about a fight between two young men. They found one of them, Mike, in an agitated state.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 14:19:37 +0000 Carey Goldberg 22715 at http://wnpr.org Empathy Lessons: Training Police to Understand People With Mental Illness 'Oh My Jesus!': Shots Fired During NPR Interview In Chicago http://wnpr.org/post/oh-my-jesus-gun-violence-interview-gets-close-example An NPR interview in Chicago included an all-too-real example of the city's violence when a burst of gunfire erupted down the street from where NPR's David Schaper was conducting an interview Wednesday. He had been speaking to a neighborhood activist when a gunman opened fire nearby.<p>David was reporting a story on efforts to reclaim and repurpose community eyesores when the shots were fired. Thu, 29 May 2014 13:15:32 +0000 Bill Chappell 22714 at http://wnpr.org 'Oh My Jesus!': Shots Fired During NPR Interview In Chicago Bridgeport Police Respond to Arrest Video http://wnpr.org/post/bridgeport-police-respond-arrest-video <p>Bridgeport police are defending the actions of a police officer shown in an Internet video forcefully arresting a teenager.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:28:01 +0000 John Dankosky & Heather Brandon 22654 at http://wnpr.org Bridgeport Police Respond to Arrest Video Stratfords of the World Unite In Connecticut This Summer http://wnpr.org/post/stratfords-world-unite-connecticut-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People from the six places called Stratford are coming to Connecticut this summer.</span></p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Alan Yu 22402 at http://wnpr.org Stratfords of the World Unite In Connecticut This Summer Starwood Gets $30 Million Hospitality Package From State http://wnpr.org/post/starwood-gets-30-million-hospitality-package-state <p>The Starwood Hotel group said it will create 340 new jobs at its Stamford headquarters, bringing its total workforce in the city's Harbor Point to more than 1,300.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:24:15 +0000 Harriet Jones 22389 at http://wnpr.org Starwood Gets $30 Million Hospitality Package From State Climate Change Is Here; How Do We Adapt? http://wnpr.org/post/climate-change-here-how-do-we-adapt <p>The <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/">National Climate Assessment</a> released earlier this month paints a bleak picture of the effects of climate change on not only the world - but right here in the northeast.&nbsp;“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the report says.</p><p>We’re teaming up with <em>The Colin McEnroe&nbsp;Show</em> for a big discussion on climate change and how we’re adapting to a changing world.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 22245 at http://wnpr.org Climate Change Is Here; How Do We Adapt? New Plan for I-91 Viaduct In Springfield Said to Address Residents' Concerns http://wnpr.org/post/new-plan-i-91-viaduct-springfield-said-address-residents-concerns <p>Massachusetts transportation officials said a new construction plan for replacing the Interstate 91 viaduct in Springfield will cause fewer traffic headaches than a previous version.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:12:15 +0000 Kari Njiiri 22239 at http://wnpr.org New Plan for I-91 Viaduct In Springfield Said to Address Residents' Concerns Big Ideas (That Didn't Work) http://wnpr.org/post/big-ideas-didnt-work-0 <p>If you watch "House of Cards," you might have noticed a main storyline about a bridge from Long Island to Connecticut. Sounds crazy, right? Well, here's the thing: it was a real idea!</p><p>From bridges, to highways, to malls, <em>Where We Live </em>takes a look at some outlandish project ideas that -- for some reason or another -- just never worked. Why isn’t there a bridge connecting Connecticut and Long Island? And why wasn't the New Haven Galleria mall ever built?</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 21974 at http://wnpr.org Big Ideas (That Didn't Work) Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado http://wnpr.org/post/job-training-planned-springfield-neighborhoods-hit-2011-tornado The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is soliciting bids from organizations to do workforce training in poor neighborhoods hit by the tornado three years ago.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The South End Community Center was destroyed by the tornado on June 1, 2011. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:37:11 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21884 at http://wnpr.org Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed http://wnpr.org/post/across-us-bicycle-commuting-picks-speed As bicycling goes, America is far behind Copenhagen, the promised land where roads look like bicycle highways as people pedal to work. But commuting by bike in the U.S. is catching on — though geographic, income and gender disparities persist.<p>In Chicago, busy Sheridan Road is the start of the Lakefront bike trail on its north side. Thu, 15 May 2014 07:05:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 21859 at http://wnpr.org Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Hold Final Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-commission-hold-final-public-hearing-mgm-springfield-casino The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to hold a final public hearing in Springfield today on the casino proposed by MGM.&#160;&#160; It is a last chance for commissioners to gauge public sentiment before completing a lengthy evaluation of the sole resort casino applicant in western Massachusetts.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis addressed the Massachusetts Gaming Commission during a public hearing in Springfield April 1, 2014" data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/ Wed, 14 May 2014 16:31:39 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21885 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Hold Final Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino Gaming Regulators To Hold Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino http://wnpr.org/post/gaming-regulators-hold-public-hearing-mgm-springfield-casino The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is meeting in Springfield Wednesday to listen to public comments for the last time on MGM’s casino project.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit MGM Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201401/mgmcasinorendering.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/05/casinohearing.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The commission continued a public hearing from April 1<sup>st</sup>&#160; to give people a chance to comment on the Wed, 14 May 2014 12:07:55 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21813 at http://wnpr.org Gaming Regulators To Hold Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino Blue Mic Radio Talks Fashion on Hartford's Pratt Street http://wnpr.org/post/blue-mic-radio-talks-fashion-hartfords-pratt-street <p>Students at the Journalism and Media Academy in Hartford took to Pratt Street downtown recently to talk to people on the street about fashion.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 13:09:11 +0000 Catie Talarski & Heather Brandon 21746 at http://wnpr.org Blue Mic Radio Talks Fashion on Hartford's Pratt Street