Heather Brandon

Digital Content Editor

Heather Brandon is digital content editor for WNPR. She previously worked as a producer for Where We Live, The Colin McEnroe Show, and news broadcasts. Heather lives in Hartford with her husband and three children. She has a master's degree in public policy from Trinity College, and a bachelor's degree in urban studies from Bryn Mawr College. 

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New York
9:22 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Syracuse University Cancels Photographer's Visit Over Ebola Concern

Michel duCille.
Credit kalishworkshop.org

Syracuse University has "uninvited" a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer to a journalism workshop because he had covered the Ebola crisis in Liberia. 

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Election 2014
11:31 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Watch: Candidates for Connecticut Governor Debate in New London

From left, Joe Visconti, Gov. Dannel Malloy, and Tom Foley at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Tim Cook The Day

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy, Republican challenger Tom Foley, and Independent candidate Joe Visconti met on Thursday for a gubernatorial debate at the Garde Arts Center in New London. 

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Ebola Outbreak
5:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

New Haven Patient Tests Negative in Preliminary Result After Isolation for Ebola-Like Symptoms

Dr. Thomas Balcezak of Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Credit NBC Connecticut

Yale-New Haven Hospital confirmed Thursday that a patient hospitalized with Ebola-like symptoms tested negative for the virus, according to a preliminary notification.

The hospital admitted and isolated the patient, a doctoral student who recently returned from an Ebola research trip in Liberia, late Wednesday night pending an evaluation.

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Ebola Outbreak
3:19 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Gov. Malloy Directs Connecticut Hospitals to Test Preparedness for Ebola Virus

Governor Malloy with state agency heads at the Emergency Operations Center in Hartford.
Office of Gov. Malloy

On Thursday, Governor Dannel Malloy directed all hospitals in Connecticut to perform a drill in the next week to be sure they are prepared to handle potential Ebola virus cases.

The announcement came while a patient at Yale-New Haven Hospital remained in isolation, awaiting Ebola test results, which could come as soon as Thursday afternoon.

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Ocean Science
4:22 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Oceanographer Ballard Exits Mystic Aquarium After 15 Years

Robert Ballard.
Inst. for Exploration and Inst. for Archaeological Oceanography

Oceanographer Robert Ballard has ended his 15-year relationship with Mystic Aquarium that exhibited his discoveries of wrecks including John F. Kennedy's PT-109 and the Titanic.

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White House
1:45 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Obama Postpones Connecticut Visit to Consult Cabinet on Ebola Outbreak

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the Oval Office in September.
Pete Souza White House

President Barack Obama is postponing a trip to Bridgeport, Connecticut on Wednesday night in order to meet with his cabinet on the Ebola outbreak. 

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Election 2014
12:23 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Economy Takes Center Stage at Second Congressional District Debate

Joe Courtney, left, and Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh debate in New London.
Sean D. Elliot The Day

Four-term Democratic congressman Joe Courtney faced his Republican challenger in the second district in a debate hosted by WNPR and The Day newspaper.

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Election 2014
8:57 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Candidates for Connecticut's Second Congressional District Face Off at Debate

Joe Courtney, left, and Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh debate Tuesday night.

Two candidates vying for Connecticut's Second Congressional District seat, which represents the eastern half of the state, faced off at a debate in New London on Tuesday evening at the Garde Arts Center. 

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Homecoming
4:56 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

EPA Head Gina McCarthy Tours Connecticut

Gina McCarthy, at left, visiting the Sound School in New Haven with Rep. Rosa DeLauro.
Patrick Skahill WNPR

Gina McCarthy, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, visited Connecticut on Tuesday.

It was a homecoming of sorts for McCarthy, who was commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection from 2004 to 2009. 

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Election 2014
12:09 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State Sen. Maynard's Family Gives Update on His Condition

Credit Connecticut State Democrats / Creative Commons

Connecticut Democrats have faced pressure for more transparency on State Senator Andrew Maynard's condition as election day approaches. His family released a statement on Tuesday regarding his recovery, clarifying that he is still going to be on the November ballot as an incumbent.

Maynard suffered an injury in July. There was some speculation that he might not stand for re-election in his southeastern Connecticut district. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

The Return of the American Streetcar

Jay Galvin Creative Commons

Sometimes called trams, sometimes called trolleys, the streetcar was once a primary method of transportation in many American cities. Nowadays, well, not so much. But as many metropolitan districts grapple with issues like traffic congestion and economic development, some have begun looking to streetcars as a potential solution.

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Mass Transit
3:55 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Is Connecticut Ready for a Streetcar Revival?

Portland, Oregon has a working streetcar system.
Sam Churchill Creative Commons

Many cities across the country are bringing back the streetcar. Providence, Rhode Island just received $13 million in federal TIGER grant funding to build a streetcar system. Could a Connecticut city be far behind?

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Election 2014
5:55 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Gov. Malloy, Tom Foley Debate at Broadcasters Conference

Tom Foley, left, and Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley debated on Thursday before a panel moderated by WNPR's Colin McEnroe. A third candidate for governor on the ballot, Joe Visconti, was not invited to this debate. 

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Hartford Firefighters
10:02 am
Wed October 8, 2014

One Firefighter Dies, Three Injured in Hartford Blaze

Kevin Bell.
Credit Hartford Fire Department

A Connecticut firefighter has died and three others have been injured in a house fire in Hartford. 

The firefighter killed was Kevin Bell, 48. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Art Treasure
10:38 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Bearden Murals, Rescued From XL Center, Delivered to Hartford Public Library

Romare Bearden's mural, Untitled, is carefully delivered to Hartford Public Library on Friday morning.
Hartford Public Library

Two valuable Romare Bearden murals were delivered Friday to the Hartford Public Library after being salvaged from the nearby XL Center, which is undergoing a renovation.

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Corruption Charges
3:01 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Three Owners of Land Planned for Massachusetts Casino Indicted for Fraud

A rendering of the planned Wynn Everett esplanade and winter garden.
Wynn Resorts Holdings, LLC

Three men who own land in Everett, Massachusetts that is planned for a Wynn Resorts casino have been indicted on state and federal charges of fraud and corruption, according to reports. 

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Election 2014
1:34 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Connecticut Governors Race Among Nation's Least Positive

Screenshots of negative ads from both Tom Foley and Dan Malloy's campaigns.

Negative campaigning is nothing new, but a new study finds that Connecticut’s race for governor is one of the least positive in the country.

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Historic Sites
9:41 am
Wed October 1, 2014

State Establishes Shoreline Park in Southeast Connecticut

Seaside in Waterford closed in the 1960s, according to state library records.
Artondra Hall Creative Commons

Connecticut is establishing its first shoreline state park in 50 years.

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Election 2014
11:36 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Teachers Union Endorses Malloy After Internal Debate

Sheila Cohen, president of the Connecticut Education Association, in a file photo.
Credit CEA

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy appears to be mending fences with teachers, many of whom were angered by remarks he made about tenure and by the roll-out of his public education reform initiative.

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Pension Payments
8:18 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Despite Federal Conviction, Rowland's State Pension Will Continue

Former Gov. John Rowland leaves federal court in New Haven.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland's state pension of nearly $53,000 a year will not be affected by his second felony conviction. 

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Thermal Plume
9:56 am
Mon September 29, 2014

State Probing Millstone Water Dumped Into Long Island Sound

Millstone Power Plant.
Credit Northeast Utilities

State environmental officials are taking a closer look at the impact of more than two billion gallons of water discharged into Long Island Sound from Connecticut's nuclear plant.

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Campus Sexual Assault
9:56 am
Fri September 26, 2014

UConn Makes Changes in Wake of Sexual Assaults

UConn President Susan Herbst in a file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

University of Connecticut president Susan Herbst said the school has made significant changes to better prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus.

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Moneyball
2:59 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Report: Hartford Stadium Project Could Give City "Considerable" Benefits

Urban Design Associates

A consultant for Hartford's city council says the baseball stadium development "has the potential to create a new neighborhood" with "considerable" benefits for the city.

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Wake of Newtown
12:05 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Reviews Draft Recommendations

Scott Jackon, mayor of Hamden, chairs the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission meeting on Tuesday.
Credit CT-N

The panel created by Governor Dannel Malloy to review the Newtown school shooting reviewed its recommendations at a meeting on Tuesday. 

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission discussed draft language proposed by groups' recommendations on law enforcement, safe school design and operation, and mental health. 

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Funding Education
11:19 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Connecticut Most Reliant State in U.S. on Property Taxes to Fund Public Education

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities says a range of actions are needed by the state to address education funding issues.
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

A new report by The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities says the state remains the most reliant in the nation on the property tax to fund pre-K to 12 public education. 

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Middle East
10:35 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Obama: Airstrikes in Syria "Not America's Fight Alone"

President Barack Obama speaks on Tuesday morning on the White House lawn.
whitehouse.gov

President Barack Obama said the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone."

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Remembrance
9:20 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Emmy-Winning Actress Polly Bergen, of Southbury, Dies at 84

Polly Bergen with Fred MacMurry in "Kisses for My President," 1964.

Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut on Saturday. Bergen played the terrorized wife in the original 1962 film "Cape Fear," and the first woman president in the 1964 film "Kisses for My President." She was 84 years old.

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Civil Rights
8:19 am
Sat September 20, 2014

On 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act, What Have We Accomplished?

Panelists talk at the University of Hartford about education and health care access disparities.
Lorraine Greenfield

All week, the University of Hartford hosted events marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The programs were designed to encourage reflection on what was accomplished back then, as a way to ask ourselves, “What can we do now?”

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Conspiracy Trial
3:55 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland Found Guilty on All Counts in Conspiracy Trial

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gustafson, center, outside the federal courthouse in New Haven.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland has been found guilty on all seven counts in his federal conspiracy trial. The announcement was made shortly after 2:30 pm on Friday.

Federal prosecutors charged Rowland earlier this year in a seven-count indictment because of what they described as “his efforts to conceal the extent of his involvement in two federal election campaigns.”

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Conspiracy Trial
6:32 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Closing Arguments End in Rowland Trial; Jury Begins Deliberation

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland leaves the federal courthouse in New Haven with his wife, Patty. (File photo)
Credit Mark Pazniokas / The Connecticut Mirror

Closing arguments ended on Thursday afternoon in the federal criminal trial of former Connecticut Governor John Rowland, and now the case is in the hands of the jury.

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