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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.