Harriet Jones

Reporter/Editor

Harriet Jones reports on all aspects of the business world for WNPR. She's covered such diverse issues as the threat to close Connecticut's submarine base, the sub prime mortgage crisis and the impact of casinos on the state.

In 2011, she created WNPR's Small Business Project as a way to tell stories about the companies that make up 90 percent of our economy, but often get overlooked in the media.

She is the winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting on Connecticut's 2010 floods.

Harriet joined WNPR in October 2000 as Morning Edition producer and reporter. Born in Scotland, she worked for the BBC for much of her early career.

She was news director at Scotland's largest commercial radio station, ScotFM, and was lucky enough to cover that country's two biggest political events in 300 years - the referendum which delivered a new parliament, and the subsequent elections.

She has also taught broadcasting for the BBC at some of their international schools in Eastern Europe, delivering courses to journalists in Romania, Albania and Bosnia.

Harriet lives in Stonington with her husband, Bob Statchen, and their three children.

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President Barack Obama will be in New London Wednesday to give the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. It’s the second time he's been the keynote speaker for graduation at the Academy. He was last here in 2011. 

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A large number of gun parts were seized by federal investigators from a Connecticut manufacturer, according to a report in the Hartford Business Journal. The paper said 3,000 assault rifle parts were taken from Stag Arms in New Britain as part of a larger investigation into possible illegal activity. 

CT-N

State regulators have so far heard two days of testimony on how and whether to allow the Connecticut’s second largest electric utility to be taken over by a foreign corporation.

Pratt and Whitney

Pratt and Whitney says it's signed a deal to monitor engine data for customers of the Canadian plane maker Bombardier. It's the first major win for Pratt's data service, which it rolled out earlier this year.

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Eversource Energy, the former Northeast Utilities, has found itself placed last in a ranking for customer satisfaction. 

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Small businesses owners descended on the Capitol to protest proposals for tax hikes in the Democrats’ draft budget. At a public hearing organized by Republican lawmakers, companies provided seven hours of testimony on the budget bill, which would extend sales tax to a new range of services. 

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Business closures were up sharply in Connecticut in the first quarter of this year. New data from the Secretary of the State’s office show that almost 3,300 companies closed their doors between January and March.

Courtesy Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, the Cheshire-based company, will cut an $8.4 billion deal to buy another drug maker. Alexion says it has an agreement to buy Synageva BioPharma, located in Lexington, Massachusetts, for the equivalent of $230 a share. 

FuelCell Energy

The world’s largest fuel cell park could be built in Connecticut. The park, which would occupy eight acres in Beacon Falls, would produce 63 megawatts of power, making it four megawatts bigger than the world’s current largest installation, near Seoul, South Korea. 

The Connecticut Mirror

Waterbury Hospital has found a new buyer. The financially troubled institution could be acquired by a California-based hospital group.

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The chairmen of the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots made overtures to the Hartford-area business community on Monday, taking questions on their plans for a third Connecticut casino. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy wants to sell his transportation plan to businesses as a way to boost economic growth. He began with a company that likes to think differently about the way its employees get to work: insurance giant Travelers.

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Two UConn professors who’ve been accused of misusing funds from the National Science Foundation didn’t fully read documentation that required them to disclose a conflict of interest, according to state auditors.

There was no good news for the state from its latest revenue numbers. The Malloy administration’s previous estimates for tax receipts proved optimistic, and an April reality check saw the budget office now projecting a deficit of almost $162 million.

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Connecticut staked its claim as a leader in the field of stem cell research this week, as it hosted StemConn, a conference bringing together the latest discoveries in the field. 

Connecticut’s fiscal crisis is making strange bedfellows. Two groups usually at opposite ends of the political spectrum came together recently, to ask legislators to think differently about saving for a rainy day. 

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State Treasurer Denise Nappier wants to shake-up the way Connecticut pays off its debt.
 Her proposal follows a sharp disagreement with Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget chief over the amount that should be set aside to service state debt in the upcoming two-year budget.

Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority -- the body that runs the Mohegan Sun casino -- has entered a partnership to to develop an entertainment resort at a South Korean airport. The MTGA says it will work with the Incheon International Airport Corporation to build what they're describing as a gateway entertainment city.

Sujata Srinivasan

Connecticut’s labor market rebounded in March, adding 4,000 jobs. That came after a weak February where the state lost 2,900 positions. 

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Connecticut should act to close loopholes that allow big corporations to pay less tax. That’s the recommendation of pressure group ConnPIRG, which says small businesses in the state pay thousands of dollars extra each year to make up for corporate tax avoidance. 

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The Department of Revenue Services said the amount of tax fraud that it has identified and prevented this year is substantially higher than in previous years. 

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General Electric has posted a loss in the first quarter, because of the sale of large parts of its financial arm.

The Fairfield-based conglomerate took a one time charge of $16 billion in connection with the massive reshaping of its portfolio — selling off most of GE Capital, which became the cornerstone of its profits in the last decade. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy has struck back at a marketing campaign mounted by supporters of an Oklahoma Indian tribe after controversy over payday loans which charged illegal interest rates. 

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The current enthusiasm for expanded gaming in Connecticut has prompted the Connecticut Lottery to float the idea of keno once again. Lawmakers will hear testimony on a bill later this week that would allow the lottery to offer keno, which is a form of high speed video gaming.

General Electric has announced plans to sell a large part of its financial arm, GE Capital, as it focuses increasingly its industrial businesses. GE Capital is a big money generator, but also a source of risk that made stockholders nervous. Analysts have congratulated GE on a bold move.

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A bill that would block efforts to close a community college branch in Meriden because of anticipated state budget cuts has cleared the state Senate. 

Chion Wolf

Legislators are complaining that they’re being stopped from getting advice from departmental commissioners as they attempt to formulate a budget.

A memo from Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget chief, Ben Barnes, told agency heads that they can provide only facts and data to legislators. They may not express opinions about the best way to achieve cuts. 

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Health insurer Aetna has been fined $1 million, after it misled its members about which pharmacies were in its network. The Hartford based company was was given a civil penalty by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), after complaints from consumers soared this year. 

MGM Resorts International

A study, paid for by Connecticut’s two tribal casinos, estimates out-of-state competition could soon divert $703 million a year from Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. 

The two are seeking to bolster their case for legislation that would allow three new gaming sites within the state, as a way to fight back against new facilities in Massachusetts. 

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Pratt and Whitney says 2014 was a transformational year for the company, and it’s ready to put development problems behind it, as its new family of engines goes into service this year. 

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