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Bond Commission
2:05 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Gov. Malloy Ducks Bond Cap Question

Gov. Dannel Malloy in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy got a hint of the tough questions he may face over paying for his transportation priorities at Monday’s bond commission meeting. But the governor said he’s not yet ready to set limits on borrowing for this year.

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Crime Trends
1:38 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Hartford: Homicides and Violent Crimes at Four-Year Lows

Credit Tony Webster / Creative Commons

Homicides and shootings are at a four-year low in the city of Hartford, and overall violent crimes are down since last year, too, according to 2014 crime statistics released Monday. 

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Quakin'
1:14 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Five Small Earthquakes Recorded Within Five Hours in Connecticut

The U.S. Geological Survey's "Did you feel it?" map, showing the results of 263 responses from the region in 71 ZIP codes.
U.S. Geological Survey

Scientists on Monday recorded five small earthquakes within five hours in the same area of eastern Connecticut, including a 3.1-magnitude tremor felt more than 60 miles away in Massachusetts. 

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Springfield
12:06 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Springfield Looks to Balance Ethics and Casino Jobs

Springfield City Councilor Michael Fenton in City Hall. Fenton proposed an ethics ordinance that would limit public officials' ability to get jobs at a new MGM casino in the city.
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The Springfield, Massachusetts city council will discuss a proposal on Monday night that would restrict the city’s mayor or councilors from working for MGM for at least five years after leaving city employment. Non-elected officials considered “major policymakers” would face a two-year ban.

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Bond Commission
10:33 am
Mon January 12, 2015

State Bond Commission Approves Funding for Rail Stations

Ben Barnes.
Credit CT-N

Governor Dannel Malloy announced that $5.75 million was approved Monday by the state Bond Commission to improve railroad stations on the Hartford Line and the New Haven Line. 

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State Legislature
11:47 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Connecticut Black and Latino Caucus Names Leadership

Norwalk State Rep. Bruce Morris.
Connecticut House Democrats

Norwalk State Rep. Bruce Morris will be leading the General Assembly's Black and Latino Caucus in the new session. 

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Hospital Consolidation
4:39 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

State Senate Leaders Raise Hopes for Tenet Deal

The Connecticut State Capitol.
Credit Mamata.mulay / Wikimedia Commons

Leaders in the state senate say there may be hope of reviving the Tenet Healthcare deal to buy five Connecticut hospitals.

The Texas-based hospital company pulled out of the partnerships after the state’s Office of Healthcare Access specified unacceptable conditions for a deal involving Waterbury Hospital. 

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Policing
4:08 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

New Taser Law Takes Effect in Connecticut

A Taser stun gun.
Credit Playing Futures: Applied Nomadology / Creative Commons

The reform is the first of its kind in the nation, and it works like this: every time police fire a Taser, they'll have to file a "use of force report."

"It's a very thorough report," said David McGuire with the ACLU of Connecticut. "It goes through the person's race, their age, their height, their weight; how the Taser was used; what mode it was used in; how many times it was fired; whether the person had an injury; whether medical assistance was provided."

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Reaching Kids
3:47 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Connecticut Science Center's Revamped Energy Exhibit Aims at Engaging Children

Children can play in an energy conservation house.
Connecticut Science Center

Will a hands-on energy efficiency exhibit aimed at children help them to think about their carbon footprint? 

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Conspiracy Case
3:01 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Key Player in Former Gov. Rowland Conspiracy Case Sentenced to Probation

Brian Foley outside the New Haven federal courthouse in a file photo.
Credit Jeff Cohen / WNPR

A Connecticut businessman who admitted conspiring to hide payments from his wife's congressional campaign to former Connecticut Governor John Rowland has been sentenced to three years' probation, including three months in a halfway house. 

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State Economy
4:42 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Connecticut's Wealthiest Pay Smallest Share of Their Income in Taxes

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Connecticut's wealthiest residents pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than low- and middle-income households, according to a new report from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.

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Metcalf on Music
4:25 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Hail, Hail Classical Music

Roger Reuver Creative Commons

For the past several years, I have taught an informal, one-credit seminar at The Hartt School called "Communicating With Your Audience."

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Free Speech
2:58 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Cartoons Are Still Shaking the World, Surprising Some

A participant in a Paris vigil on January 7 holds a sign in support of free speech ("And I blaspheme if I want to!!").
Gerry Lauzon Creative Commons

Even though riots broke out around the world after satirical images of the Prophet Muhammad were published in Denmark ten years ago, one expert says analysts were surprised that cartoons could still provoke a terrorist attack like the Paris massacre.

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Medical Decisions
2:51 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Connecticut Supreme Court: Teen Can't Refuse Chemotherapy

Jackie Fortin, at center, is Cassandra C's mother, pictured with attorneys James Sexton, Mike Taylor and Cassandra's attorney, Joshua Michtom
Lucy Nalpathanchil WNPR

In a swift ruling on Thursday, the Connecticut Supreme Court decided that a teen recently diagnosed with cancer can't refuse life-saving chemotherapy.

According to the ruling, state officials are not violating the teen's rights by forcing her to undergo chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. The teen, known as Cassandra C, will be free to make her own medical decisions when she turns 18 in September.

For the past month, Cassandra has been held at a local hospital, undergoing chemotherapy treatment against her wishes. Doctors said chemotherapy would give her an 85 percent chance of survival and without the treatment, she could die.

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Obituary
2:25 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Remembering Acclaimed Pianist and Teacher Claude Frank

Claude Frank, 1925-2014.
Credit Columbia Artist Management

Claude Frank died late last month. According to The New York Times, the acclaimed pianist and teacher died from complications from dementia. He was 89.

As a teacher, Claude Frank encouraged his students to explore the entire piano repertoire, including new and avant garde works. As a performer, Frank tended to focus on only a handful of composers, especially the music of Beethoven. 

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Marketing Controversy
9:54 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Connecticut Brewery Seeks to End Uproar Over Gandhi-Bot

The Woodbridge-based New England Brewing Company's label for Gandhi-Bot.
New England Brewing Co. Facebook

A Connecticut brewery that drew condemnation in the U.S. and India for its beer that carries the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi said it's received threats and is seeking a way to end the uproar. 

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State of the State
5:07 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Transportation Takes Center Stage in Second Term For Gov. Malloy

Gov. Malloy delivers a brief inauguration address at the state armory earlier on Wednesday. He later delivered a state of the state address.
Jessica Hill The Associated Press

Governor Dannel Malloy has confirmed that investment in transportation infrastructure will be the signature issue of his second term. 

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Marketing Energy
4:40 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Northeast Utilities Renames Itself Eversource Energy

The outgoing Northeast Utilities name and logo.
Credit Northeast Utilities

Northeast Utilities is adopting a new name as part of a rebranding effort. 

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General Assembly
4:05 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Gov. Malloy Takes the Oath of Office, and Other Inauguration Day Events

Gov. Malloy takes the oath of office on Wednesday.
Jessica Hill The Associated Press

Democrat Governor Dannel Malloy took the oath of office for a second term on Wednesday, which also marked the opening day of this year's General Assembly session. 

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Alternative Energy
2:38 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Big Ambitions for Alternative Fuel Pellet Business in Norwich

Dr. Michael Curtis of Frog City Fuels in Norwich, Connecticut.
Harriet Jones WNPR

These days of falling oil prices may be causing alternative fuel suppliers a few sleepless nights. But one tiny company in Eastern Connecticut is forging ahead with plans to break into the fuel pellet market with a surprising new ingredient. 

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Cutting the Cord
2:10 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

ESPN Ventures Onto the Web

ESPN on the web: the cord-cutter's dream?
ESPN

It’s news that might be keeping some cable executives up at night: for the first time, viewers will be able to stream ESPN over the web. 

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Connecticut Legislature
1:52 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

State Sen. Andrew Maynard Receives Standing Ovation as Senate Opens

The Connecticut State Capitol.
David Wilson Creative Commons

Wednesday marked the opening day of the 2015 General Assembly session. The State Senate began its legislative session with State Sen. Andrew Maynard in attendance. 

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Jazz Corridor
11:51 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Guitarist Sinan Bakir’s Luxuriant Solo Ideas Take Root at Middletown’s Buttonwood Tree

Sinan Bakir
Sevim Yolacti

Guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir, a Nutmeg State transplant who’s originally from Ankara, Turkey, has set Gold Medal standards of excellence in expression in recent years with his two acclaimed recordings and live performances in many venues stretching from Connecticut to New York.

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Flu Fighters
10:58 am
Wed January 7, 2015

As Flu Season Ramps Up, Focus Falls on New Vaccine Made in Meriden

A retouched photograph of the H1N1 virus.
Wikimedia Commons

This year's flu shot might not work as well as in previous years, so focus is now on a new vaccine created in Connecticut.

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Cassandra C
8:57 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Connecticut Court to Hear Case of Teen Refusing Chemotherapy

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.
Diane Orson WNPR

The Connecticut Supreme Court will decide whether state officials were right to force a 17-year-old girl to undergo chemotherapy against her and her mother's wishes. 

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Hospital Errors
9:07 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Connecticut Hospital Reports Of Surgical, Medication Errors Climb

c-hit.org

Connecticut hospitals reported record numbers of patients killed or seriously injured by hospital errors in 2013, with large increases in the numbers of falls, medication mistakes and perforations during surgical procedures, a new state report shows.

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Music
7:42 am
Tue January 6, 2015

The Needle Drop's Anthony Fantano Recommends New Ear Candy

Anthony Fantano in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Anthony Fantano, host of The Needle Drop, came by WNPR studios and shared a few of his latest favorite musical sounds.

Appearing on WNPR's Where We Live, Fantano told host John Dankosky that it's been the best musical year that he can remember.

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Defense Procurement
2:12 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Sen. Chris Murphy Pursues Strengthened "Buy American" Legislation

Senator Chris Murphy

Senator Chris Murphy said he believes he can get debate this session on one of his signature issues – making the U.S. government buy American more often.

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Campaign 2015
12:45 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Hartford's Mayor Pedro Segarra Wants Another Four Years

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra to seek another term.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has said he’s running for a second term in office.

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FUSE Scandal
9:06 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Report Finds "Rampant Nepotism" At Hartford Charter School Organization

Jumoke Academy was managed by The Family Urban Schools of Excellence.
Helder Mira Creative Commons

A newly released investigative report describes “rampant nepotism,” and ineffective oversight of the Jumoke Academy charter school in Hartford, and its management group The Family Urban Schools of Excellence, also known as FUSE. The probe was commissioned by the State Department of Education and carried out by an independent special investigator. 

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