The Connecticut Economy is a quarterly review put out by the University of Connecticut that analyzes - well - the state’s economy. The latest edition was recently released and includes an analysis of Connecticut’s quality of life.
One major factor in any economic study is the unemployment rate and yesterday, the Connecticut Department of Labor released new statistics showing a slight drop to 8.4% in what the department calls a plateauing of the unemployment rate.
The University of Connecticut announced yesterday that it’s raising tuition starting in 2013. Yearly increases thru 2016 will be 6 percent, 6.3 percent, 6.5 percent and 6.8 percent...nearly doubling the cost of attending UConn in less than 12 years. Tuition and fees for an in-state student is currently $10,670. Under this plan, it could grow to $13,130 by 2016.
Hartford officials say they will likely miss their February deadline for picking a new person to run the police department. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the current police chief's tenure ends December 31st. Daryl Roberts is leaving after 30 years on the force and more than five years as the city's chief. He announced his retirement in September -- just before Mayor Pedro Segarra released the results of an outside investigation that said the police department had serious management issues.
We're bringing our music experts in today to give you their picks, especially those of you who have to buy stuff for other people during the holiday giving season. I decided to get out of their way and not bring in any picks of my own, but I'll use this little unencumbered moment to mention a few things.
A recent Trinity College study takes a look at socio-demographic trends among the United States' Mormon population. Mormons make up just 1.4% of the U.S. adult population and vote heavily Republican.
It is also a group with very high rates of voter registration. We talk with someone who worked on this study, Juhem Navarro-Rivera and take listener phone calls about the media's coverage of the Mormon presidential candidates.
A new report calls for a closer look at the role of race in Connecticut’s persistent achievement gap. The study finds that male students of color do not have the same educational opportunities as their white counterparts.
Many male students of color are struggling in school for reasons that have nothing to do with their socio-economic status, family background or perceived level of ability or motivation, says Jeremy Bond, spokesperson for the State Education Resource Center or SERC, which released the new report.
There are certain formulas you get used to if you regularly see any amount of dramatic theater. One of them starts with a Renaissance play that would’ve been seen as ribald when it was new. To that, a production adds whatever it needs to to make the play reek with ribaldry in the present day: vulgar language; vulgar humor of the sexual and toilet and anatomical varieties; even vulgar, outsized anatomical touches themselves, through makeup and costuming.
A few years ago, an Orthodox Jewish group opened a religious center for students at the nearby University of Hartford. But the city told them to stop. Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, a state court judge says the city was wrong. There are lots of big houses along Bloomfield Avenue. One of them used to be owned and operated by a Baptist church organization before it was bought for use as a Chabad house -- a place for Jewish university students to pray, celebrate and learn.