The Daily

Rail Safety
2:59 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

DOT's James Redeker: Metro-North Can Achieve Safety and On-Time Performance

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Connecticut’s transportation commissioner has rejected criticism that his department is more concerned with reliability than with safety on the Metro-North Railroad. 

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Immigration
2:12 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Rosa DeLauro Supports Obama's Executive Action, Doesn't Fear More Gridlock

Rep. Rosa DeLauro blamed her own chamber for partisan gridlock in Washington.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Republican lawmakers are already denouncing President Barack Obama's planned executive action on immigration and the idea of another government shutdown has been floated. But Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro says the gridlock is a product of her chamber in Washington.

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Connecticut Business Briefs
1:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

State Adds Jobs; Unemployment Rate Remains Steady

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Connecticut employers added 3,600 jobs in October, with the biggest gains coming in the retail sector. The state’s unemployment rate, which is based on a separate survey, remained steady from September at 6.4 percent. In the first ten months of the year, Connecticut has added 18,300 jobs, up from 13,700 in the same period of 2013.

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Metcalf on Music
8:57 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Christmas Music: There's a Lot More Than "Messiah"

Hartford Chorale performs Handel's "Messiah."
Hartford Chorale

Merry Christmas!

Oh, sorry – too soon?

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Metro-North
8:17 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Federal Report Recommends Attention to Sleep Disorders for Safer Railroads

On December 1, 2013 a Metro-North train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx.
Steve Guttman Creative Commons

The National Transportation Safety Board released a report Wednesday recommending better training for the nation's doctors in identifying and treating sleep disorders. This follows last year's deadly Metro-North derailment in the Bronx that it blames on an engineer's sleepiness. 

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Congressional Check-In
3:44 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Jim Himes on Wall Street Regulation and Transportation Deficiencies

Rep. Jim Himes will represent the 4th district for his 4th term.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Connecticut's Fourth District Congressman Jim Himes was in the running to lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee but lost out to New Mexico congressman Ben Ray Lujan.

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Cities
3:01 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Group Details Burdens on Connecticut Cities

Connecticut cities in CCM's latest report.
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

An advocacy group for Connecticut's cities and towns is calling attention to what it describes as the disproportionate burdens on poor communities. 

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Bond Commission
12:35 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

State Bond Commission Approves $5 Million for New Sandy Hook Elementary

A rendering of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Svigals & Partners

The state bond commission has approved a $5 million grant for the new Sandy Hook Elementary school. 

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Insurance Capital
12:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Resigns

Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi.
Credit State of Connecticut

Connecticut's insurance commissioner is moving on for a job in the financial services industry. Thomas Leonardi will leave the agency in December.

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Immigration
12:28 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Connecticut Governor OKs Limiting Cooperation With Immigration Authorities

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

Immigration reform advocates are praising a decision by Governor Dannel Malloy to improve Connecticut's TRUST Act. A change to Department of Correction policy will narrow the times the state will agree to hold an inmate for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

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Underwater Archeology
10:36 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Discovery of 17th-Century Shipwreck Provides Window Into Violent Past

Kroum Batchvarov, assistant professor of maritime archaeology at UConn, measures a cannon under water.
Dean Winter

There's only so much history you can learn from books. Sometimes, you just need to go underwater and travel back in time.

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Connecticut Business Briefs
9:54 am
Wed November 19, 2014

State Seeks Input on Public Retirement Plan

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Connecticut officials are seeking public input on a proposal to create a state-administered retirement plan for private sector workers. 

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Cost of Obesity
8:35 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Obese Workers Costing Connecticut Millions in Lost Productivity

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Absenteeism among obese workers is costing the nation billions in lost productivity, according to a new study.

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Jazz Corridor
7:41 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Pianist Fred Hersch Leads Tight-Knit Trio at Historic Chester Meeting House

Fred Hersch.
John Rogers

A rare artistic species, the great pianist/composer Fred Hersch is a true original, as independent a voice and as rugged and self-reliant an individual creating in the American grain as, say, Henry David Thoreau or Walt Whitman, Bill Evans or Thelonious Monk.

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Talky Tina
2:55 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Need Help With Obamacare in Connecticut? Meet Tina

An avatar named Tina greets users visiting accesshealthct.com.
accesshealthct.com

Have a question about the Affordable Care Act? Meet Tina.

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Global Engagement
2:08 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Ambassador Samantha Power Sees Hope in New Congress

Ambassador Samantha Power at the United Nations.
Samantha Power Facebook

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told a Connecticut audience on Monday that she’s hopeful of meaningful cooperation with Senate Republicans as the Obama administration shapes its foreign policy. 

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Remembrance
11:53 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Joseph Steinberg, Judge, Writer, and Former Public Television Show Host, Dies at 86

Retired Connecticut Judge Joseph Steinberg, who hosted a weekly news program with reporters on public television for two decades and wrote books on real estate and other topics, has died. He was 86. 

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Congressional Check-In
11:49 am
Tue November 18, 2014

No Longer a Freshman, Elizabeth Esty Plans to Stay the Course

Rep. Elizabeth Esty returns to Congress for her second term.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Despite being a political target of national Republicans, Connecticut's Fifth District Democratic Representative Elizabeth Esty survived her first re-election campaign.

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Connecticut Business Briefs
9:20 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Gov. Malloy: Expanded Gaming Up to Connecticut Legislature

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Governor Dannel Malloy said he’s not among those who are calling for expanded gaming in Connecticut to counter new competition from Massachusetts. The governor told reporters that the decision whether to allow more gambling facilities is a legislative matter, and he won’t be playing a lead role.

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Energy
8:06 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Connecticut OKs Higher Electric Generating Rates

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Connecticut regulators have approved higher rates to generate electricity for residential and business customers of two utilities. 

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Beetle Invasion
7:45 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Changes Are Coming to Connecticut's Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

Beginning Dec. 5, Connecticut will join a federal quarantine zone restricting the movement of ash firewood.
USDAgov Flickr Creative Commons

It looks like the Emerald Ash Borer has won. Since 2012, the tiny invasive green beetle has spread to dozens of towns, posing a deadly risk to ash trees and resulting in six counties falling under wood quarantines. Now, with winter just around the corner, the state has announced it will modify those rules to make it easier for consumers to transport firewood around the state. 

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Remembrance
5:48 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Connecticut Judge and POW John T. Downey Dies at 84

John T. Downey talking in New Britain following his release from China in 1973.
Bettman Corbis

Connecticut Judge John T. Downey has died. Downey was the longest-held captive of war in U.S. history.

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Wellness
1:37 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Hartford Surgeon Discusses Disproportionate Barriers to Health

Dr. Nissin Nahmias.
Credit vcu.edu

Though all people and communities deserve equal opportunities to be healthy, there are many barriers to good health in communities across the U.S. Low-income communities, particularly those of color, face a disproportionate number of barriers.

St. Francis Hospital in Hartford co-hosts a town hall meeting on Tuesday titled, "Is Food Making Us Sick? A Conversation About Food and Our Health" with a panel of experts who will talk about food and health. WNPR's Diane Orson spoke with bariatric surgeon Dr. Nissin Nahmias, whose work centers on people struggling with obesity.

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Stamford
10:53 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Feds Fine Stamford Over Police Station Asbestos

Stamford Police Department.
Credit Facebook

Federal health and safety officials have fined Stamford about $2,700 for asbestos and water contamination at the city's police headquarters. 

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Sexual Harassment
10:07 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Yale Removes Cardiovascular Research Center Director

Michael Simons, MD.
Credit Yale School of Medicine

The New York Times reports that Yale Medical School has removed the director of its Cardiovascular Research Center, Dr. Michael Simons, after a university committee found he had sexually harassed a postdoctoral researcher. 

Simons was the former chief of cardiology at the Yale School of Medicine. 

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Connecticut Business Briefs
9:12 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Pfizer, Merck in Cancer Drug Partnership

Cancer cells in a 3D rendering. Merck and Pfizer will initially target lung and ovarian cancer.
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Pfizer has signed a major cancer drug deal with German firm Merck. The news dampens speculation that Pfizer is still interested in a renewed bid for British drug maker AstraZeneca. 

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Time-shifting the News
5:52 am
Mon November 17, 2014

NPR's Clocks Are Changing! (What Does That Mean For You?)

Helder Mira Flickr Creative Commons

When radio folks talk about "the clock," we don't mean the thing on the wall (although we care how accurate those are, too). Our clocks are simply the schedules by which we run our mix of news headlines and features, underwriting credits and weather forecasts, and even Birdnote.

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Demographic Shifts
3:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

College-Educated Young May Be Squeezing Connecticut's Urban Housing

Hartford, Connecticut.
Wonderlane Creative Commons

The number of college-educated people aged 25 to 34 moving to U.S. city centers has surged, up 37 percent since 2000, even while those cities’ populations have shrunk slightly, according to a report from economist Joe Cortright at City Observatory, a think tank based in Portland, Oregon.

The Hartford metro area saw a 25 percent increase of educated young adults living within three miles of its city center between 2000 and 2010, according to the think tank.

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Wake of Newtown
3:25 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Newtown Families Address State Commission

Nelba Marquze-Greene addresses the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission on Friday in Newtown.
CT-N

Governor Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission met in Newtown on Friday. The panel heard from three parents of children killed in the Newtown tragedy, who offered a host of policy recommendations based on their experiences over the last 23 months since the massacre. 

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State Senate Dilemma
2:39 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Kevin Rennie, Rob Simmons at Odds Over State Sen. Andrew Maynard's Benefits

Columnist Kevin Rennie in a WNPR file photo.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Republican columnist Kevin Rennie took issue with one of his own in his latest Hartford Courant column, scolding former Congressman Rob Simmons for suggesting that the injured Andrew Maynard be awarded a pension and health benefits should he be incapable of serving the term to which he’s just been elected.

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