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Ray Hardman

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Ray Hardman began his broadcasting career at WFSU in Tallahassee Florida where he served at different times as a producer, Operations manager, and Morning Edition host. Ray joined the WNPR staff in 1996, as a reporter and host. He later became the Music Director for WNPR, and in 2002 he went back to his newsy roots as the host of WNPR’s Morning Edition.

From 2002 to 2009 Ray divided his time between WNPR and CPTV, first serving as a correspondent on CPTV’s news magazine Main Street. He later became the host of Main Street, and from 2005 to 2009 was the host and producer for CPTV’s Front and Center with Ray Hardman.

Ray holds degrees from St. Mary's College of Maryland and Florida State University. In his spare time, Ray fronts a garage band called The Radiation. Ray lives in West Hartford with his wife Kathleen, and their sons Benjamin and Jackson. 

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After 41 years, Trinity College music professor Gerald Moshell will retire at the end of the spring semester. He conducts his final concert at Trinity on Friday night.

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The Connecticut legislature approved a Republican-backed budget early Saturday, sending it to the desk of a governor who promises to veto it and prolonging the state's fiscal uncertainty.

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The systematic mistreatment of a patient at Connecticut's maximum security forensic hospital has sparked outrage and calls for major changes at the facility.

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The Connecticut Authors Trail wraps up its ninth season Thursday with a reading by Connecticut author Beatriz Williams at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theater.

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A West Hartford youth baseball team is keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Irma as it pummels the Caribbean. Irma is on track to make landfall in Cuba, where the team visited and played baseball back in April.

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Calling it a "sad and outrageous day," Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal has called on Congress to quickly replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

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The office of Connecticut's Chief Medical Examiner released some grim statistics earlier this week. With a record 539 accidental drug deaths in the first six months of 2017, this could be the deadliest year ever for drug overdoses in Connecticut.

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Four letters written by reclusive American author J.D. Salinger went on the market earlier this week at Westport-based universityarchives.com. Three of the letters were written in Westport, where Salinger lived when he wrote his classic novel The Catcher in the Rye.

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A Suffield man is among the sailors missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker Monday in the Pacific Ocean.

Chaquinequea Brodie became a crusader against domestic violence after her sister, ECSU student Alyssiah Wiley, was killed by her boyfriend four years ago.

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In 2016, there were 917 accidental drug deaths in Connecticut, most of them from opioid abuse, according to the office of the state’s Chief Medical Examiner.

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New Fairfield resident Joel Colindres said he’s grateful to have been given a temporary stay from deportation by immigration officials.

“I just want nobody in the world to go through this. The pain that we’ve been having all this time -- it’s very hard,” Colindres said at a press conference Friday.

On Thursday, a federal judge granted Colindres the stay only 90 minutes before his plane was scheduled to take off for his native country of Guatemala.

Best Video Film and Cultural Center in Hamden is asking the Greater New Haven community for funds to help keep it afloat. The store has thrived in the post-video rental era, but a series of setbacks may force the non-profit to close for good.

Best Video got its start in the 1980s, where it had a reputation for stocking classic and foreign films and other hard-to-find gems.

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In the wake of the horrific events last weekend in Charlottesville, state legislatures are taking a second look at their hate crimes laws. Connecticut is ahead of the curve. Earlier this summer, the state legislature overwhelmingly passed a new hate crimes bill, one of the strongest in the nation.

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy has taken to the roadways of Connecticut for his second "Walk Across Connecticut," a chance to hear face to face from constituents about their concerns. Along the way he is holding daily town hall forums and eating at local restaurants.

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