Hartford Region

Youth Advocacy
7:58 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Panel Discusses Challenges Facing Connecticut's Children

State lawmakers and policy leaders met in Hartford on Tuesday to outline challenges facing Connecticut’s children.   Some of the key issues may come up in the 2012 legislative session.

Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Jewell Mullen listed several areas of particular concern.  "They include the disproportionate incidence of infant mortality, particularly in New Haven, but in our urban areas and increasingly in our smaller cities; the rising prevalence of childhood obesity;  also, needing to put a new focus on preventing violence and injury."

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Where We Live
1:34 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Small Business Breakfast: Young Entrepreneurs

Chion Wolf

We keep hearing that the job prospects for young workers aren't very good. So, what if they start their own businesses? 

Today, we're live from the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford for the last Small Business Breakfast of the year. It's taking place as part of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

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Energy
4:31 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Two Storm Panel May Rethink How Utilities Pay For Infrastructure Costs

Chion Wolf Photo

The panel looking into the state's response to two damaging storms this year heard from electricity providers today/yesterday. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the panel want to know what needs to happen to keep the lights on the next time weather strikes. Executives from United Illuminating and Connecticut Light & Power appeared before the panel. Joe McGee is the body's co-chair, and he was particularly interested in two areas of inquiry.  First, he wanted to know whether the prospect of fining utilities could prompt them to do more before a storm approaches. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:34 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Occupy Hartford Discusses Future; While Protesters Are Forced From Zuccotti Park

Flickr Creative Commons, david_shankbone

New York did not cover itself in glory last night as it used the wee small hours of the morning to play rough with the press and Occupy Wall Street.

Reports are jumbled, but there doesn't seem much doubt that reporters doing their jobs were shoved around and in some cases arrested.

These are not the tactics of a free society.

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Affordable Care Act
1:48 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Supreme Court to Decide Case on Federal Health Care Reform

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether it's constitutional to make Americans buy health insurance -- and if not, whether the rest of the health care overhaul can take effect.  The court's announcement means some uncertainty for Connecticut and states across the country.

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Where We Live
10:34 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Poverty in the Suburbs

Chion Wolf

By the end of  2010, over 15 percent of the nation’s population lived below the federal poverty line— that's just over $22 thousand dollars for a family of four.

Over a ten-year span, the US saw the poor population grow by 12.3 million, driving the total number of Americans in poverty to a historic high of 46.2 million.

...and the number of those poor people living in the suburbs increased by 25%. New research from the Brookings Institute explores how poverty is shifting from inner cities to the suburbs.

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Jobs
3:43 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Hartford Searches For New Police Chief

In September, Hartford's police chief announced he'd be retiring at the end of the year.  Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, city officials say a new chief won't be selected by the time the old one leaves. Daryl Roberts is retiring after 30 years on the force and more than five years as the city's chief. His contract expires on December 31.  Roberts announced his retirement just before Mayor Pedro Segarra released the results of an outside investigation that said the police department had serious management issues.

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Wed November 9, 2011

On Deadline

thomasbonte, creative commons

Today CL&P faces their final deadline to have everyones power back on. Are you still in the 1%?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Would Town-Controlled Power Grids Get the Lights On Faster?

Flickr Creative Commons, Steve Snodgrass

Jewett City, a community of 2.5 square miles in southeastern Connecticut, has its own power company, owned by the town. There are seven non-profit companies like this in the state. They're small, which means they can coordinate closely with other branches of government. Heck, they can coordinate with branches on trees.

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Where We Live
10:12 am
Mon November 7, 2011

West Hartford Center

conbon33, creative commons

Donald Poland’s research focuses on the remaking of urban spaces, and he’s using West Hartford Center as a case study.

Poland argues that this type of space is not “explained” by current studies of urban areas - which focus instead on big cities and metro areas.

Today - where we live - we’ll explore West Hartford Center which he describes as both “resilient and mundane.”

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Still In The Dark

Chion Wolf

Governor Dannel Malloy deployed the troops six days after the snowstorm that tore down powerlines and left millions of Northeast residents in the dark.

Still, as of this morning, 300 thousand customers are without power in Connecticut - making the state the slowest to respond.  

Some residents in the hardest-hit areas are forming “vigilante” tree crews to clear debris - something that CL&P officials say could be dangerous.  

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Weather
5:28 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

After Storms, Middletown Arboretum Takes A Hit

The Colin McEnroe Show
1:49 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Walking With Wallace Stevens

Chion Wolf

Yesterday, Wolfie and I walked the Wallace Stevens route with our friend the Hartford film-maker Helder Mira and intern Andrew Kufta. We started at the first marker.

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Where We Live
11:22 am
Thu November 3, 2011

A Banking Roundtable

Chion Wolf

President Obama just unveiled a new plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure...but what other help is out there?

The state of Connecticut is working to help homeowners as well...sponsoring a mortgage assistance event  on Tuesday November 15.  

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Weather
4:32 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Open Hearth Sells Wood, Warms Homes

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

As Frustration Mounts, Will October's Storm Change State Policy?

Chion Wolf

In the audio embedded here, you'll hear Wednesday afternoon interviews with Gov. Danel P. Malloy, energy and environment commissioner Dan Esty, a vice-president for CL&P, an electrical workers' union official, a key state legislator and a consultant on how utilities can change their infrastructure to make it more storm-resistant.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:30 am
Mon October 31, 2011

The October Snowstorm For The Record Books

Chion Wolf

The freak October storm that hit the state this weekend caused more power outages than Hurricane Irene. And, for people in many parts of the state, it could be at least a week until they get their power back. Transmission lines are out to the Northwest corner of the state - where many towns are 100 percent out. Many state schools are closed - power is out to businesses, and hundreds of roads are either closed or barely passable because of downed trees and lines.

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Prison
2:52 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Main Page For Leaving Prison: A WNPR Series

Here are links to our recent WNPR series called Leaving Prison.

Part One: Getting Ready To Leave

Part Two: Release Day

Part Three: A Train To Virginia

The Colin McEnroe Show
12:18 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Poster Boy Subverts Advertising, One Slice At A Time

Patrick Raycraft, The Hartford Courant

You're about to meet Poster Boy, an artist who defaces and rearranges advertising posters so that new messages appear. His work is up at Real Art Ways and we recorded this interview late last week.

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Prison
3:54 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Leaving Prison: A WNPR Series

Where We Live
10:26 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Special Session Roundtable

Chion Wolf

The state legislature is calling a special session tomorrow. It’s a tale of two bills: Jobs and Jackson Labs.

Governor Malloy has unveiled a jobs plan.  It’s focused on small business growth, startup investments for innovative firms, and streamlining the process for business to get things done.  
These are all ideas that the governor and legislative leaders expect to get some level of bi-partisan support.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:03 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

The Vanishing Urban Republican Candidate

whatleydude, Flickr Creative Commons

There ARE city Repiblicans, but in New Haven, there's an 18-1 registration ratio, and there are no Republican candidates running for Alderman or Mayor. In Hartford, the Republicans have crossed-endorsed Mayor Segarra. Hear from Hartford Republicans about why it is that the Republican party is not representing in urban areas.

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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Jobs
2:43 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Malloy Releases Bipartisan Agenda On Jobs

Governor Dannel Malloy has unveiled the agenda for next week's special legislative session on jobs.  And as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, he says the plan has bipartisan support. Malloy called for the session over the summer, in part because he wanted the state to present a unified front on economic development.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Why Police Chiefs Don't Have As Much Power As You'd Think

Flickr Creative Commons, davidsonscott15

Being a police chief is a difficult job. Chiefs manage an entire department and have to contend with politicians, citizens and unions. It's hard to satisfy everyone. In Connecticut, there's recently been a lot of shakeups among police chiefs.

Here's our story so far - In Hartford, police Chief Daryl Roberts has decided to retire or has been squeezed out, depending on whom you believe. Over in New Haven, Police Chief Frank Limon has left that job way ahead of schedule, maybe by mutual consent, depending on whom you believe.

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