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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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Tributes and condolences keep pouring in on social media for dancer, teacher, and choreographer Lee "Aca" Thompson, who died earlier this month at the age of 82.

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A bipartisan group of legislators and advocates are urging passage of a bill that would allow all pregnant women in Connecticut access to insurance coverage for pre- and post-natal care.

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A new Yale University study finds that nearly one in four victims of domestic violence in Connecticut are threatened by their abuser with a gun.

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The Ukrainian world music quartet DakhaBrakha combines rhythms and instruments from several continents with folk music from their native country. The group is scheduled to stop in Connecticut on Thursday for a performance.

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White House lawyers were in court on Wednesday in Honolulu to argue that President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, issued earlier this month, should be allowed to take effect. But U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, the same judge who temporarily blocked the travel ban hours after it was issued, decided to extend his first order, which will block the travel ban indefinitely.

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During confirmation hearings for Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy urged the nominee to commit to workforce training programs that could be cut in Trump's budget proposal. 

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The General Assembly is considering a bill that would require gun owners who openly carry a weapon to produce their gun permit if asked by law enforcement. Changes to the proposed language in the bill are causing some contention among members of the Judiciary Committee, which held a public hearing on the legislation Wednesday.

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The Connecticut General Assembly's Public Health Committee had some tough questions for the co-sponsors of a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in Connecticut.

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House of Time performs this weekend in New Haven. The New York-based ensemble is dedicated to authentic performances of 17th and 18th century music -- including performances played on instruments from that era in classical music.

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Alumni from the Yale School of Music were well represented at the Grammys this year. In all, five graduates of the Yale School of Music were up for Grammys.

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The Connecticut General Assembly is considering a bill that would raise the legal age for buying and using tobacco products from 18 to 21.

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A Westport musician has been working with the Smithsonian Institution to collect musical instruments and other ephemera related to Memphis soul music. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy announced on Friday his two-year tax and spending plan will include a proposal that would shift some of the burden of teacher's pensions to Connecticut cities and towns.

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President Donald Trump's first National Prayer Breakfast was notable -- not only for his criticism of "The Apprentice" host, actor Arnold Scwarzenegger -- but for his promise to "destroy" the Johnson Amendment.

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