While we're busy being distracted by fake marriage proposals on ballfields, plants are growing in Connecticut, or will be if some in the state have their say. Those stories and more you might have missed.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWER APPROVED IN MIDDLETOWN Former factory space may become quite "green."
The recent early retirements of four US nuclear reactors, because they’re too expensive to keep up, has some wondering how much longer the two working Millstone reactors in Waterford, Connecticut might last.
The state's first microgrid projects have been announced. Nine projects in eight communities have been approved as part of a microgrid pilot project - the first in the nation - conceived after Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm in 2011 left large swaths of the state without power for more than a week.
That's the question being asked after a report from the Danbury News-Times says 10 rounds were fired before officers entered the school. Their source says there was a delay in how quickly the officers entered the building but, "The question is whether it was significant or justified."
On the latest edition of our weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse we talk with the paper's editor, Tom Baden about the report.
You ever notice how gas prices tend to rise, just when we’re all on the road for summer get-aways?
Well, starting today, we’ll see the prices go even higher – as a Connecticut tax goes up. It’ll give the state some of the highest prices in the country – but at least that extra revenue will pay to repair the roads…or, not.
This week we’ve been exploring why gas prices are so high in Connecticut. One culprit is a little-known state tax on the wholesale price of gas. On July 1 that’ll go up in the largest gas tax increase in state history. But the money won’t go to helping Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure.
Last week I paid $3.79 cents for a gallon of gas. 46 cents of it went straight to the state of Connecticut. And I was frustrated. So was my fellow gas-guzzler Tracy Fusco.
If you’ve ever wondered why gas prices in Connecticut are so high, WNPR’s Neena Satija is finding out this week. Yesterday she explained that a little-known wholesale fuel tax has a lot to do with it. Today she digs into the history of this tax, which will add around 4 cents to the price of a gallon of gas in July.
No one was ever really supposed to notice that we had a wholesale tax on the price of gasoline in Connecticut. First of all, the oil companies were supposed to pay it – although they passed it on to drivers instead.
In the middle of Yale's gothic campus is a discreet arched building, shaped like a barn. Kroon Hall is one of the world's greenest office buildings. On this Earth week, WNPR's Samaia Hernandez takes us on a tour:
The 50 environmentally-conscious workers at Kroon Hall love this place. How much?
Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication addressed a crowd that included U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in a town hall-style meeting on climate change. The event was held on March 27 at Yale.
In his second inaugural address Monday, President Obama addressed the nation on the need for clean and renewable energy, but he might as well have been talking about Connecticut.
Each state has developed its own plan to harness wind, solar, hydro and geothermal power. And by most indicies Connecticut ranks in the bottom half of the states in terms of renewable energy -- far behind our neighbor Massachusetts.