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State Acquires Development Rights for North Canaan Farm

Jun 15, 2015
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A 220-acre farm in North Canaan is the latest to be protected under Connecticut's Farmland Preservation Program.

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A new information sharing system for Connecticut law enforcement agencies has been delayed two years, while the estimated cost has ballooned nearly 40 percent to more than $52 million.

Ten small and medium-sized Connecticut aerospace companies are heading for Europe this weekend, as the Paris Airshow gets underway. 

The annual European airshow is held alternate years in England and in France. This year it’s the turn of Paris - although those in the industry describe it as Mecca. “If you’re an aerospace engineer, there’s no better place to be than over either in Paris or Farnborough,” said Colin Cooper of Whitcraft, a precision parts maker in Eastford.

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This month, advocates for women's rights are marking the 50th anniversary of Griswold vs. Connecticut. In Connecticut, they gathered at the State Capitol to celebrate the legacy of the landmark court decision.

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When Jules Bashkin was in his mid-80s, he saw a sign at the Wallingford Senior Center looking for people interested in playing music.

The former mattress salesman dug his son's old saxophone out of the closet, dusted it off, and joined the group. He'd played as a teen, but 60 years later, he had a bit to catch up on.

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The race to be the next Hartford mayor is underway. And with just over a month to go until the city's Democratic leaders endorse their candidate, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra defended his record at a debate Thursday night.

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Handgun purchasing laws in Connecticut have resulted in a 40 percent drop in statewide gun deaths, according to a new study out of Johns Hopkins University. 

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A coalition of activists and labor unions has written an open letter to General Electric, accusing the corporation of paying no taxes in the state of Connecticut, and commending the legislature for its attempt to increase business taxes in the recent budget bill.

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The state legislature left some work to do after the regular session ended, but it did change the way the car tax is applied across the state. 

Speaking on WNPR's Where We Live, panelists broke down the way the state budget would affect the tax and how complex it appears to be.

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Hartford's City Council has approved a municipal identification card program. The IDs will give undocumented immigrants and others better access to city services.

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Senator Chris Murphy is pushing for congressional action to ban the deployment of U.S. ground troops to Iraq and Syria. Murphy spoke about his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

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Hunting with a bow and arrow on Sundays could soon be legal on private properties in Connecticut. The state says it's a necessary move to control deer populations, especially in Fairfield County.

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Johann Sebastian Bach and John Coltrane are seldom invoked in the same sentence, much less the same piece of music.

Nevertheless, an ambitious new musical work – scheduled to receive only its second public performance later this month as part of the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas – makes a point of doing exactly that.

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A bill that would clarify the nature of mental health services covered by insurance policies is awaiting Governor Dannel Malloy’s review.  

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The state of Indiana is suggesting three major Connecticut employers that openly criticized planned tax increases consider moving to the Hoosier State. 

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  A new list of  the "best and worst cities to retire" puts Hartford and New Haven near the bottom.

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Connecticut House Speaker Brendan Sharkey called for new leadership at Quinnipiac University this week, citing problems caused by students living in residential neighborhoods.

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With her ecumenical embrace of everything from traditional to contemporary genres, bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones is soaring to success on a victorious mix of musical verve and a voracious appetite for variety and versatility.

17 Arrested in Downtown Hartford Protest

Jun 9, 2015
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Dozens of protesters gathered near the Old State House in downtown Hartford on Monday to call for changes to the justice system, schools, and housing. 

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The chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party says the state GOP plans to raise and spend $500,000 to try and win control of the General Assembly.

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CTfastrak will expand to East Hartford and Manchester by the summer of 2016. The bus rapid transit system currently runs along a 9.4-mile bus only route between New Britain and Hartford, and Governor Dannel Malloy announced Monday that the state's new two-year budget includes funding to expand CTfastrak east of the Connecticut River.

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Squaring growing demand for locally grown food with new national farm regulations has been a point of frustration for many in agriculture and farm officials from around the northeast are meeting in New Haven this week to talk about it.

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Connecticut's second-highest court has ruled that a transgender teenager's due process rights were violated when the state's child welfare agency sought her transfer to a prison last year.

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The results of a year-long study about the health of the Long Island Sound were released on Monday. 

 

The Integration and Application Network at the University of Maryland conducted the study. The “Long Island Sound Ecosystem Health Report Card” was initially funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Long Island Sound Futures Fund in January 2014.

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Hartford has seen a dramatic rise in homicides this year. Twelve people have been killed so far since the start of 2015 -- more than twice as many as this time last year.

On Saturday, the Reverend Al Sharpton joined a march and rally in Hartford, calling for peace in the wake of this violence.

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A technology that allows police to remotely detect gunfire is going to cover a third of New Haven.

Police Chief Dean Esserman told the New Haven Register that ShotSpotter will cover five square miles by October -- more than tripling its current coverage.

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The leader of Connecticut’s largest business organization has written to Governor Dannel Malloy asking for an emergency summit on the budget. 

Winter Conditions Ideal for Start of Strawberry Season

Jun 8, 2015
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Connecticut's strawberry growers are predicting they'll have a robust crop despite a dry spring.

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Kaman Aerospace is to start making helicopters in Connecticut once again. The announcement comes more than ten years after production ceased in the state.

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Sarah Eagan, Connecticut's Child Advocate, said this legislative session accomplished a lot for children.

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