Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Political Souls, Polls, and Jabs

Political support in the form of buttons.
Credit Connecticut State Library / Creative Commons

Connecticut is generally a “blue” state, but the latest New York Times/CBS poll paints it a different color in the race for governor. But the poll itself was a different color too. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we’ll discuss the divided state of Connecticut with our team of reporters and analysts, including Bill Curry who says his Democratic party has lost its soul.

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Wrongful Conviction
4:27 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Man Wrongfully Imprisoned For 21 Years Seeks Damages From State

Kenneth Ireland spent 21 years imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. He's now seeking up to $8 million in damages from the state.
Credit Connecticut Innocence Project

Kenneth Ireland was released in 2009 after DNA tests exonerated him for a crime he didn't commit. Now, the state is holding hearings about how much to compensate him.

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Health Equity
3:49 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Obamacare, Doctor Pay, and the Access to Care

Dr. Doug Gerard in his New Hartford office.
Credit Jeff Cohen / WNPR

The Affordable Care Act is about insuring the uninsured. But insurance is one thing -- actual access to a doctor or a provider is another. One variable plays an important role in determining the quality of care that patients will get -- how much doctors are paid. 

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School Restraint and Seclusion
1:22 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Restraint and Seclusion, Legal in Public Schools

From the Connecticut Board of Education 2012-13 Annual Report on Restraint and Seclusion, this graph compares counts of recorded incidents between the past two years.
State of Connecticut Board of Education

A recent report by investigative news organization ProPublica exposes a controversial but legal practice in public schools. Students, often those with disabilities, can be restrained and secluded against their will. Nationwide, there are 20 known cases of death because of restraint or seclusion in the past two decades, with injuries far more common.

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Beetle Invasion
11:30 am
Tue July 29, 2014

As Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Spreads, Scientists Turn To Wasps

This is the time of year when you might see adult emerald ash borer beetles.
USDAgov Flickr Creative Commons

The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect first detected in the state in 2012, has now spread to 39 Connecticut towns. That's up from just five towns two years ago. The most recent addition? Bridgeport.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:06 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Mid-Summer Music Merriment!

Credit Jukka Zitting / Flickr Creative Commons
  • The Avett Brothers are riding the crest of the modern Americana music wave. John Hall, after a stint in Congress, is back leading Orleans and singing a song so catchy that simply to mention it would glue it to your eardrums for the rest of the day. And Glen Phillips is leading Toad The Wet Sprocket after a long layoff and successful Kickstarter campaign that launched their latest album, New Constellation.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:59 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Dreamland, a Cruise Through the Science of Sleep

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Today's show originally aired February 25 and April 10, 2014.  

From Faith Middleton: Science still can't say for sure why we need sleep, though we spend a third of our lives asleep, or trying to sleep. Those trying to sleep include the millions who have some sort of sleep issue, from insomnia to over-sleeping.

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Veterans Affairs
9:34 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Blumenthal Pushes Veterans Affairs Reform Bill

Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke in Hartford about a bipartisan compromise to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health program, which has been impacted by long patient wait times.

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Where We Live
9:09 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Restraint and Seclusion in Our Public Schools

Sarah Eagan.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Restraint and seclusion is a legal, albeit controversial, practice in our nation's public schools. Students -- often those with disabilities -- can be restrained and secluded against their will. This can result -- and has resulted on many occasions -- in injury to the student. Nationwide, there are 20 known cases of death because of restraint or seclusion in the past two decades.

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Commuter Rail
8:07 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Metro-North Train Evacuated After Smoke Spotted

Metro-North says delays have been minimal after a small fire was reported on a train in Fairfield (file photo).
Credit Connor Harris / Creative Commons

A Metro-North commuter train has been evacuated after a small fire was reported in the mechanism that connects the train to overhead electrical wires.

Railroad spokesman Salvatore Arena says smoke was spotted above the train at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Metro Station.

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