Hartford Region

Property
2:26 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Hartford Votes To Take Capitol West Building

Courtesy Kenneth Gosselin/The Hartford Courant

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Budgets
4:58 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Malloy: Would Work With Legislature If Cuts Are Necessary

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy said his administration is continuing its talks with state labor unions to fill a $2 billion hole in the proposed budget.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

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Technology
2:08 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Smartphone App Teaches Teens About Healthy Relationships

Photo by Yutaka Tsutano, Courtesy of Flickr CC

This week, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence is announcing a new way to teach teenagers about healthy relationships. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the message is coming right to a teen's cell phone.

There aren't many teenagers these days who don't have a cell phone. Smartphones like the Iphone and Droid are "the" phones to have because they allow teens to text messages, take pictures and videos, listen to music, surf the web and of course play a ton of cool games.

"I have a lot of games. My mom yells at me for having all the apps."

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Budget
12:28 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

CT NonProfits Week At The Capitol

Corruption
4:39 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Was Perez Working While He Was On Trial?

Convicted former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is seeking what could amount to tens of thousands of dollars in back vacation and sick time.  But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, there's a question as to whether Perez was at work or on vacation while he was on trial last year for corruption.

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Where We Live
10:46 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Our Growing Cities

Chion Wolf

It might be a stretch to say Connecticut cities are “booming,” but new census figures show they are growing.

People are starting to move back into Connecticut’s cities. This reverses a decades-long trend toward suburban sprawl and urban decline.  The five largest cities in the state have gained close to 23,000 residents.  There are more housing units, and more of those homes are filled with people.  

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Morning Edition
8:38 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Morning Edition: Community Investment Act

Six years ago the Community Investment Act was signed into law to preserve and protect the places that are important to Connecticut's identity and character, while also creating more affordable housing and offering municipalities help for capitol improvement projects. Now the Community Investment Act is touting it's successes since 2005 with a press conference today, and an exhibit at the State Capitol. Joining us by phone is Senate President Donald Williams who originated the law.

Learn more about the Community Investment Act 

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Taxes
3:12 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Segarra Presents Budget

Where We Live
10:22 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Tax Day

Chion Wolf

When critics say the state shouldn’t increase taxes on the wealthy, they often say that it’ll force the rich to leave Connecticut.  So, is it true?

Two new studies show - well, that’s it’s not true at all.  That other factors, beyond the tax rate, are what drives people to make decisions about where to live.  

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Cambodian Dance
8:17 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Children of Bassac

Long Chean

This Sunday at 7pm, Hartford's Watkinson School host a performance of traditional Cambodian dance by the dance troupe, The Children of Bassac, Joining us by phone to talk about the troupe, and the performance is Phloeun Prim.

Visit: http://www.marioninstitute.org/blog/2011/03/children-bassac-us-tour-schedule

For a schedule of the group's upcoming performances.
For more infomation please contact info@cambodianlivingarts.org

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Morning Edition
7:59 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Morning Edition: Shutdown Averted, But Budget Cuts Abound

On Monday details of the budget deal that avoided a government shutdown Friday night were released.  Did it hurt or help Connecticut?

And Connecticut Congressman, John Larson, has teamed up with the oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens to introduce legislation this week that will push natural gas as a way of easing US dependence on oil.

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Corruption
8:53 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Roldan Campaign Hires Perez Confidants, Including Former Chief of Staff

CtHouseDems via Flickr Creative Commons

Over the weekend, questions were raised about Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s ethics disclosures to the city and whether or not he may be in violation of federal housing requirements.  Now, as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, it appears the people behind those questions were paid consultants to Segarra’s political opponent and former advisors of convicted Mayor Eddie Perez.

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Budget
3:24 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Mayors and Selectmen Lobby for State Aid as Labor Negotiations Continue

Chion Wolf Photo

Mayors and first selectmen from around the state  will gather at the Capitol Wednesday to urge legislators to not slash state aid to municipalities.

As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the lobby day coincidentally comes just after Governor Dannel Malloy unveiled a contingency plan that would target municipal aid if concessions from labor groups aren't met.

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Arts/Culture
2:50 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

"The 39 Steps" Entertains and Impresses

The Hartford Stage

Love whodunits?  Can’t get enough of classic Hitchcock movies? Enjoy a good sight gag?   “The 39 Steps,” now playing at Hartford Stage, will captive and entertain you from beginning to end.  Hartford Stage says of its current production:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Poetry, Politics & (Bully) Pulpits

Politics
7:45 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Government Shutdown Looming, Again

With a Midnight deadline looming, President Obama and congressional leaders are scrambling to finish a budget for the rest of the year, and avoid a government shutdown. Connecticut's congressional delegation is scrambling as well, in case the government goes into shut down mode. The Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen has been checking in with Connecticut lawmakers and joins us.

Read Deirdre Shesgreen's Article in the CT Mirror

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:42 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Colin McEnroe Show: Good Friends Of The CMS

Flickr Creative Commons, kennymatic

Luanne Rice has written 28 novels, many of them bestsellers, with translations into 24 languages and five TV adaptations.

She's a bi-coastal literary force, welcome in and familiar with the power corridors of New York publishing and the L.A. entertainment industry.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:54 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

'Color Me Obsessed' ... Not Crazy

Chion Wolf

*This episode originally aired April 6, 2011*

We all know what it's like to slip into the gravitational pull of a musical artist. You might have a few weeks where you just can't stand to listen to to anything else. In fact, the musical universe seems divided up exactly that way - Your Guys. And Everybody Else.

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Contracts
3:24 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Nonprofits Take To The Capitol

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Connecticut's nonprofit service providers are trying to figure out how to improve their working relationship with the state in order to save money and enhance services.  Advocates for the state's non-profits gathered today/yesterday at the state capitol to talk about a recently released report that looks to answer this question: "How can we as a government smooth the path so that the non-profits can actually provide the services without having to worry so much about the bureaucracy and the red tape." That's Deb Heinrich.

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Transportation
8:46 am
Tue April 5, 2011

New Britain Busway

Governor Dannel Malloy has given his stamp of approval on construction of a New Britain to Hartford busway. The busway will travel along a 9.6 mile route of abandoned railroad bed, easing congestion on Interstate 84. Opponents and Supporters of the project met late last month with the Governor to offer their opinion on this controversial project.  One of those opponents is University of Connecticut Civil Engineering professor, Norman Garrick.

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Transportation
7:44 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Governor Gives Green Light for Busway

Capitol Region Council of Governments

Connecticut is closer to getting its first rapid transit system. Governor Dannel Malloy announced today his support for a rapid bus project from New Britain to Hartford. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the Governor says he also wants to devote state funds to study a rail project in Waterbury.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:13 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Telling Hartford's Story

Chion Wolf

Think of a story from your neighborhood over the past weekend. Anything happen?

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Wildlife
8:32 am
Mon April 4, 2011

State Closes Trail to Protect Nesting Eagles

goingslo, Flickr Creative Commons

The state Department of Environmental Protection is closing down a hiking trail  for a few months in Windsor Locks to keep people away from a nesting pair of Bald eagles. 

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Public Notice
3:20 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

State May Allow for Online Public Notices

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Connecticut towns and cities are mandated by law to publish public notices in local newspapers.  But that could soon change.

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Connecticut Legislature
10:40 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Rep. Mae Flexer on Domestic Violence

Yesterday, the general Assembly's Judiciary Committee heard public testimony on a host of bills aimed at better protecting victims of domestic violence. Joining us by phone is State Representative Mae Flexer - she is a member of the legislature's Judiciary committee and chairwoman of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence.

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Corruption
5:13 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

State's Case For Perez's Pension Continues

In Hartford, a state court judge has allowed a civil case over whether former Mayor Eddie Perez can collect his city pension…to continue. Attorney General George Jepsen said he's pleased with the decision. He says a judge could eventually consider whether Perez is entitled to a portion of his pension. "At some point, if the issue goes to trial, the issue of how much of Mayor Perez's pension should be revoked will be something the judge will consider." Perez was found guilty last year on corruption charges.

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