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12:45 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Hartford's Mayor Pedro Segarra Wants Another Four Years

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra to seek another term.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has said he’s running for a second term in office.

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FUSE Scandal
9:06 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Report Finds "Rampant Nepotism" At Hartford Charter School Organization

Jumoke Academy was managed by The Family Urban Schools of Excellence.
Helder Mira Creative Commons

A newly released investigative report describes “rampant nepotism,” and ineffective oversight of the Jumoke Academy charter school in Hartford, and its management group The Family Urban Schools of Excellence, also known as FUSE. The probe was commissioned by the State Department of Education and carried out by an independent special investigator. 

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Baseball
12:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

For Baseball Stadium, Hartford Changes Financing Plan

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, center, joined by Council President Shawn Wooden and Treasurer Adam Cloud to discuss the new stadium financing plan.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

The city of Hartford is planning to change the way it finances its new minor league baseball stadium, a move that officials say will save taxpayers millions. 

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undocumented immigrants
9:52 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Friday Marks The First Step For "Drive Only" Driver's License

Undocumented individuals in Connecticut can start applying for learner's permits on January 2nd, the first step toward a "drive only" driver's license
Credit hushed_lavinia / Creative Commons

Starting today, undocumented immigrants can apply for a "drive only" driver's license in Connecticut.

Connecticut and California join eight other states in allowing undocumented individuals to obtain a driver's license. The licenses are called "drive only" - they cannot be used as an identification card, and does not give the license holder the right to vote.

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New Year Reflections
7:42 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Some 2015 Predictions from Connecticut's Business Community

"Vuurwerk in New York"
PDPhoto.org wikimedia

WNPR’s Business Desk has a tradition at this time of year of asking our contributors from around the state to reflect on the year just past, and make a few predictions for the future. 

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Jazz Corridor
11:15 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Hartford Public Library Opens New Season of Free Sunday Matinee Jazz Concerts

Eli Yamin
Eliyamin.com

Besides being a gifted pianist, composer, bandleader, educator and co-writer of imaginative jazz musicals for children, New York City musical maven Eli Yamin is a devout, globetrotting evangelist for jazz and blues as a universally healing and unifying communal catalyst, an inspiring historical and cultural force that he calls “the heartbeat of the American experience.”

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Grossology
7:04 am
Wed December 31, 2014

The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body at the CT Science Center

Nigel Nose-It-All
Jonathan McNicol/WNPR

At Grossology, a new exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center, one of the first things you see is a nine- or ten-foot-tall model of a human nose with six- or seven-foot-tall nostrils. As you enter, you're surrounded by things like the olfactory epithelium and the conchae, and you learn things like how the Eustachian tubes regulate the pressure around your ear drums and so then a stuffy nose makes your ears feel clogged.

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Electric Rates
4:49 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Sen. Richard Blumenthal Wants Feds to Review CL&P Rate Hike

Sen. Richard Blumenthal in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling for a federal review of electric rate hikes by CL&P and other providers nationwide. 

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A Beautiful Life
3:26 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Remembering Ana Grace Through Music, Love, Community, Connection

Jimmy Greene's new album Beautiful Life
jimmygreene.com

It’s been two years since saxophonist Jimmy Greene lost his six-year-old daughter, Ana, in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. On his new album Beautiful Life, Greene memorializes his little girl.

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Russia
11:36 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Yale World Fellow and Putin Opponent Convicted in Russia

Russian activist and former Yale World Fellow Alexei Navalny
Evgeny Feldman Wikimedia Commons

Updated at 11:36 a.m. 

A Russian activist with ties to Yale University has received a suspended sentence on fraud charges. Alexei Navalny has become a prominent political opposition leader in Russia, leading protests over the years against President Vladimir Putin. 

According to the Associated Press, thousands of protestors took to the streets outside the Kremlin in response to the conviction. Navalny was subsequently arrested for breaking the terms of his house arrest and joining the protestors.

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Yik Yak Mobile App
10:36 am
Tue December 30, 2014

'Yaks' Threaten East Lyme and College Campuses Everywhere

Yik Yak logo for the popular social media app.
Yik Yak

Local, state police, and federal law enforcement are investigating a post on social media threatening a "hail of bullets" in East Lyme.  The post, which appeared anonymously Dec. 24 on the mobile app Yik Yak, said East Lyme should "get ready for the hail of bullets."

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Conservation
8:26 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Working to Preserve 1,000 Shoreline Acres

The Preserve is 1,000 acres along the shoreline in Old Saybrook, Essex, and Westbrook.
preserve1000acres.com

A fundraising effort to buy 1,000 acres of shoreline land is nearly complete.  The land is called The Preserve, and it spreads across Old Saybrook, Essex, and Westbrook.  

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Bogus Charges
3:43 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

T-Mobile May Owe You A Refund

Senator Richard Blumenthal and Jessical Rosenworcel
Credit Lucy Nalpathanchil

T-mobile customers may qualify for a refund after the cell phone company agreed to a $90 million dollar settlement over allegations of mobile cramming. The practice of "cramming" includes when third-party companies add bogus charges to monthly bills.

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Manufacturing
9:43 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Niche Manufacturers Still Attract Big VC Funds

Some venture capitalists are bucking the trend and betting big on manufacturing companies.
Sujata Srinivasan

Later stage manufacturing companies are not, as a rule, high on the venture capital radar. According to PriceWaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree Report, only three out of 53 VC financing transactions in Connecticut went to manufacturing firms last year. Of this, two were established businesses with a revenue-making product. So how are some manufacturers bucking the trend and attracting big VC investments? 

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Breastfeeding
9:30 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Breastfeeding Rates on the Rise, as Mother-Baby Support Systems Expand in Connecticut

Amy Devoe breastfeeds Zoe, five months.
Kathleen Schassler

Candid online posts describing the challenges of breastfeeding fill the Facebook page of Breastfeeding USA’s Connecticut chapter. The daily stream of anecdotes, questions and comments alternate in tone from exasperated to celebratory.

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Movies
10:46 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Two Connecticut Theaters to Show "The Interview"

A movie poster for "The Interview."
Sony Pictures

Moviegoers in Connecticut who want to watch "The Interview" have a choice of two theaters screening the film at the center of an international storm involving Hollywood, Washington, D.C., and North Korea. 

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Prayer Vigil
10:35 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Two Slain NYPD Officers Remembered in Prayer Vigil at Hartford City Hall

At a prayer vigil for the two slain NYPD officers, The Reverend Henry Brown called for unity between Hartford police and the community.
Ray Hardman

Mayor Pedro Segarra and Hartford area religious leaders held a prayer vigil on the steps of City Hall to remember the two New York City police officers shot and killed last Saturday, and to call for an end to violence in Hartford. 

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Health Insurance
9:51 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Kevin Counihan Says Affordable Care Act Shares Fundamentals With State Exchange

Kevin Counihan announcing his departure from Access Health CT earlier this year.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Kevin Counihan began 2014 as the head of Connecticut's health care marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. Now, he's the head of the entire federal Obamacare effort. WNPR checked in with him recently.

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Transportation
9:48 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Condition of State Roads, Bridges Evaluated in Research Group's Report

A flooded road in Granby, Connecticut.
Dave Ginsberg Creative Commons

A national transportation research group says Connecticut’s deteriorating roads are costing state drivers more than $4 billion a year. 

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Jazz Corridor
7:36 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Phil Bowler’s Reunion Band Celebrates New Release After 20-Year Hiatus

Pocket Jungle with William Bausch, Phil Bowler, Paul Carlon, Scott Latzky and Pete Smith.
Facebook

Every now and then, the jazz world needs a reminder that there are master musicians among us whose distinguished careers, elegant artistry, versatility, intelligence, resilience and well-honed craftsmanship are not given the recognition they so richly merit.

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Year in Review
3:20 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Ten Stories From WNPR Not to Miss in 2014

CintheaFox Creative Commons

We're nearing the end of another news-filled year. Take an entertaining and informative look back at 2014 as we benefit from the wisdom of the WNPR audience: below are ten most-viewed stories you shouldn't miss from our newsroom. 

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Clark Griswold
2:46 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

NASA Imagery Sees Holiday Lights From Space

Depicted in dark green are the areas where lights are 50 percent brighter during December.
NASA's Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen

We know that technology and price can drive electricity demand, but what about culture?

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National Parks
11:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

President Obama Signs Law Designating Connecticut Colt Gun Factory as National Park

President Barack Obama signs a bill into law in a White House file photo.
Pete Souza White House

A measure designating Samuel Colt's 19th-century gun factory in Connecticut as a national park was signed into law on Friday by President Barack Obama. 

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Health Care
10:27 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Gov. Malloy Sees No Possibility of Saving Tenet Deal

Gov. Dannel Malloy in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy has closed the door on a purchase of Waterbury Hospital and four other non-profit hospitals in Connecticut by Dallas, Texas-based Tenet Healthcare Corporation. 

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Police Safety
9:48 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Changing Safety Protocols for New Haven Police After Fatal New York Shootings

A New Haven police car patrols the streets.
Credit Facebook

New Haven police officers who normally work on their own are patrolling with a partner now, following the fatal shooting of two New York City officers in a squad car last weekend.

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Veterans
9:25 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A Study of Connecticut Veterans' Home Finds a Need for Change

A view of a portion of the Connecticut Veterans' Home in Rocky Hill.
Credit State of Connecticut

The Connecticut Veterans' Home in Rocky Hill includes a nursing home and a domiciliary that gives shelter and food to many veterans who were formerly homeless. A recent study of the facility points to a need for dramatic improvements. 

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Electric Rates
8:06 am
Tue December 23, 2014

State Legislators Call for Lower Residential Electric Rates

Creative Commons / angeloangelo

Legislators and lobbyists are calling for the state's largest electric utility to lower its fixed residential charge with a new proposal that would set Connecticut Light and Power's fixed rate at $10.00 a month.

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Record Settlement
1:52 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Connecticut Executives of Alstom Implicated in Global Conspiracy

Assistant U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Michael Gustafson.

The U.S. Justice Department has announced a settlement with French company Alstom that marks the largest-ever criminal fine levied in the U.S. over foreign bribery laws. Some of the conspiracy took place in Connecticut. 

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State Administration
1:43 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Gov. Malloy Taps Bridgeport Senator to Run DMV

From left, Andres Ayala with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Gov. Dannel Malloy, and outgoing Commissioner Melody Currey.

Governor Dannel Malloy is tapping a Bridgeport state senator as his new commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Motor Vehicles. 

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School Food
9:53 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Connecticut Schools Chosen for Farm-to-Cafeteria Program

Several Connecticut schools are taking part in a farm-to-school pilot program.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Unlike other parts of the country, New England has been seeing a growing number of new farms. Connecticut is among eight states recently chosen for a federal pilot program supporting locally-grown food in schools.

Existing federal funds in this year’s Farm Bill will now allow 16 school districts to use tax dollars to purchase fruits and vegetables from Connecticut farms for school lunches. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty calls it a double-win.

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