Hartford Region

Hartford Symphony Orchestra
5:32 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

It's Homecoming Weekend For Former HSO Music Director Lankester

Michael Lankester led the Hartford Symphony from 1985 to 2000.
Credit Hartford Symphony Orchestra

British born conductor Michael Lankester was the music director of the Hartford Symphony from 1985 to 2000. During his tenure the orchestra flourished with a combination of exciting guest artists, like Yo Yo Ma and Marvin Hamlisch, and programs that mixed traditional works with more challenging avant-garde pieces. 

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Sandy Ground Project
6:02 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Volunteer-Built Playground in Hartford Celebrates Sandy Hook Shooting Victim

The Sandy Playground Project has built playgrounds in New Jersey and Connecticut to remember the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook and restore the east coast after Hurricane Sandy.
Credit Alan Yu / WNPR

A corner of a Hartford's Elizabeth Park became a construction site last weekend, but this wasn't just any ordinary project.

Even on a chilly day in March, hundreds of people came to watch. The organizers hope the community will continue to feel a strong connection to the playground that was built.

A group called the Sandy Ground Project is building 26 playgrounds as living memorials to the children who died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Celebrating The Hartford Courant's 250th Year

This year, The Hartford Courant celebrates its 250th year of publication.
Credit NS Newsflash / Creative Commons

For centuries, Connecticut has housed one of American journalism’s greatest gems: The Hartford Courant. In 1764, a New Haven printer by the name of Thomas Green founded the capital-based newspaper. Since then, The Courant has evolved into an established and highly revered news enterprise, circulating well over 100,000 copies to readers each day.

Now, thanks to years of professional writing and reporting, The Courant is celebrating its 250th year of publication, thus maintaining its status as the nation’s oldest continuously-running newspaper. 

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Overdoses Rising
4:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Laced Heroin Seized in Hartford

A bag of heroin seized by Hartford police.
Credit Hartford Police Department

Hartford police said heroin-related overdoses are on the rise in the capital city, and they're trying to disrupt the drug's supply. Earlier this week, police arrested five people, and seized 2,000 bags of heroin. 

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Economic Development
11:54 am
Tue March 11, 2014

UTC Deal Questioned Over Lack of Hiring Demands

Pratt and Whitney's planned new headquarters building in East Hartford.
Credit Pratt and Whitney

The deal offered to United Technologies to redeem extra tax credits could be extended to other corporations in Connecticut. A legislative hearing Monday revealed more details about the huge economic development agreement.

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New Music
8:14 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Celebrating New Music, Diversity at the 2014 Women Composers Festival of Hartford

Members of the Sylvanus Ensemble, who performed at the 2014 Women Composers Festival of Hartford.
Credit Sylvanus Ensemble

Dissonant harmonies rattled the air of Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center on Saturday evening as members of the Sylvanus Ensemble delivered a delightfully curated program of works by 20th- and 21st-century female composers. 

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Exhibits
2:23 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Exhibit Highlights Traditional Arts By Refugees and New Immigrants

Lynne Williamson

A giant woven carpet, intricate hand-made lace, brilliantly colored baskets and textiles are some of the traditional arts featured at a new exhibition in Hartford.

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Minimum Wage
10:30 am
Thu March 6, 2014

CCSU Students React to Obama's Visit, Message

CCSU students were in the audience at President Obama's talk on Wednesday.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

President Obama spoke Wednesday to a packed gymnasium at Central Connecticut State University. Several CCSU students talked with WNPR about the president's call for a hike in the minimum wage, and opportunity for all.

Standing outside the Detrick Gymnasium, student Anna Battey said she thought President Obama’s speech was brilliant. "I work at a teas shop," she said. "I work for minimum wage, so anything helps. I'm a college student, so anything helps."

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Demonstrations
7:54 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Advocates Protested for Hours During President Obama’s Visit

A woman held a sign saying "Stop the raids and deportations" at CCSU during President Obama's visit.
Chion Wolf WNPR

President Obama pushed for a higher federal minimum wage in front of a friendly audience indoors at Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday. While that was happening, a smaller and different audience of around 100 people stood outside in the cold chanting and holding up signs.

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Rich and Poor
4:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

President Obama Outlines "Opportunity Agenda" in Connecticut Speech

"No young person should be priced out of an education," President Obama said at CCSU.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

During his speech at Central Connecticut State University today, President Obama touted his "opportunity agenda," a four-point plan to bridge the gap between rich and poor Americans. Most of the President's speech focused on raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the cornerstone of his agenda.

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Hartford's Former Mayor
9:58 am
Thu February 27, 2014

State Supreme Court Takes the Case of Eddie Perez

Credit Chion Wolf/WNPR

The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case of former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, according to the court's clerk.

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The Five Percent
3:18 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

To Change a City Charter, How Many Votes Is Enough?

Credit Chion Wolf, WNPR

How many people should have to vote to change a city's charter? 

That's a question being posed now at the state legislature. Last year, Hartford had some pretty significant reforms to its charter on the city's ballot. 

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Transportation
9:49 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Hartford-New Britain Busway is on Track, But Lacks a Marketing Budget

James Redeker of the DOT spoke about the busway during a state transportation committee meeting on Wednesday.
Credit CT-N

Connecticut transportation officials told state legislators on Wednesday that a multi-million-dollar bus corridor being built between Hartford and New Britain is on budget and on time.

But DOT Commissioner James Redeker also found himself fielding skeptical questions from members of the Transportation Committee as he pitched Connecticut's first bus-based mass transit project. 

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Transportation
4:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Why Hartford's I-84 Viaduct Is a Futureless Freeway

I-84 Viaduct
Credit I-84 Hartford Project

Hartford's Aetna Viaduct is among the top ten urban highways that deserve to be torn down, according to a new study by Congress for the New Urbanism. The yearly report, "Freeways without Futures" lists the elevated stretch of I-84 (in no particular order of futureless-ness) with such highways as I-10 in New Orleans, I-81 in Syracuse, and I-70 in St. Louis.

The criteria for being a futureless freeway?

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District Transition
5:29 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Kishimoto, Hartford's Reform Superintendent, Gets Another Job

Christina Kishimoto
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Last year, Hartford's board of education decided against renewing the contract of Superintendent Christina Kishimoto beyond this coming June. Now, Kishimoto, a reformer who took the job after Steven Adamowski, is leaving.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:46 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Living With Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Peter Wade is a neurologist at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Medical Director of the Mandell Multiple Sclerosis Center at Mt. Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital
Chion Wolf

  

The actresses Teri Garr and Annette Funicello, the television hosts Montel Williams and Neil Cavuto, the writer Joan Didion, Ann Romney, the wife of the presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the comedian Richard Pryor. These are some of the people that you quote-unquote know that have, or in Pryor's case had, Multiple Sclerosis.

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Hartford's Former Mayor
5:10 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

With Perez Convictions Overturned, What Happens to His Pension?

Eddie Perez in 2010.
Credit Chion Wolf/WNPR

A state law says public officials can lose their pensions if they commit a crime related to their public office. But what happens if a conviction is overturned? That’s the question in the case of former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez. 

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Wants Two New Trials
5:57 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Former Hartford Mayor Perez Files Papers With State Supreme Court

Credit Chion Wolf/WNPR

Attorneys for former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez have filed papers in the state's supreme court arguing that it should not get involved in his case.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Celebrating The Hartford Courant's 250th Year

This year, The Hartford Courant celebrates its 250th year of publication.
Credit NS Newsflash / Creative Commons

For centuries, Connecticut has housed one of American journalism’s greatest gems: The Hartford Courant. In 1764, a New Haven printer by the name of Thomas Green founded the capital-based newspaper. Since then, The Courant has evolved into an established and highly revered news enterprise, circulating well over 100,000 copies to readers each day.

Now, thanks to years of professional writing and reporting, The Courant is celebrating its 250th year of publication, thus maintaining its status as the nation’s oldest continuously-running newspaper. 

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Hartford Insurance Investigation
10:48 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Cloud Campaign Consultant Got Hybrid Insurance Job

Hartford Treasurer Adam Cloud.
Credit City of Hartford

A federal grand jury is looking into the business dealings of Hartford insurance broker Earl O'Garro. And from the beginning, what raised eyebrows was the relationship between O'Garro and city Treasurer Adam Cloud -- O'Garro did business with Cloud's family.

Now, there's another development. A woman who was a paid campaign consultant for Cloud's 2011 campaign also got a job with Hybrid.

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Hartford Insurance Investigation
9:24 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Troubled Insurance Broker O'Garro Due in Court

Earl O'Garro.
Credit Mike Priggins and Kyle Reyes / http://under30ceo.com

Earl O'Garro, the embattled insurance broker who is at the heart of a federal criminal probe, is due in state court Thursday on charges that he failed to pay his workers.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Connecticut's African American History

Martin Luther King, Jr. spent time in Connecticut
Credit Library of Congress

You may not think of Connecticut as a slave state, but in the mid 1700s, New London County held more slaves than anywhere else in New England. Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison referred to our state as the "Georgia of New England."

This fact is one of many that can unsettle our Yankee sensibilities. Connecticut residents, especially white ones, grow up thinking they were on the right side of abolition, of the civil war, and later, of the civil rights movement. But the history, and the real path for African Americans who live in the state, is much more complicated. 

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Connecticut First
1:46 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

CCSU Case Continued; Flu Cases Climb

David Kyem.
Credit New Britain Police Department

A former Central Connecticut State University student who triggered a campus lockdown and massive response by the SWAT team was set to be arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court on breach of peace and trespassing charges.

David Kyem, 21, wore a costume with a mask and BB handgun on campus November 4. Officials locked down the school for three hours. His case was continued to February 27. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:00 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

The Complications of Comedy

Didi Conn and Burke Moses
Chion Wolf

Dying is easy, comedy is hard. But, why is comedy so hard, especially on the stage, and what makes something funny?

The premise for a famously funny plot could easily sound like a tragedy.  An out of work actor is so desperate for employment that he dresses up like a woman and then falls in love with a beautiful co-star whom he deceives and betrays on several levels. That doesn't sound that hilarious. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

The Wheelhouse Asks Why Anyone Would Want to Be Lieutenant Governor

The Wheelhouse breaks down the week's news on <em>Where We Live.</em>
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

The race for governor has been underway for months now. But the race for lieutenant governor is just heating up. Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker announced he was throwing his hat in the ring for the number two job. But why?

Also, Connecticut's former Secretary of the State Miles Rapoport was just named the new president and CEO of Common Cause. He'll join us to talk about the work that lies ahead for him.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:04 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Why Compost?

Susannah Castle runs Blue Earth Compost.
Chion Wolf WNPR

You may think that composting all your kitchen waste sounds like a good idea, but you probably don't realize how many things really can be composted, what services are available if you can't get yourself organized to do it, and if you do have a compost pile, which animals visit it at night, and for what purpose?

This hour, a heap of information about compost!

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Public Housing
5:30 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Hartford Housing Authority Scraps Plans For Major Development

Dwayne Patterson stands outside his apartment building at Bowles Park in Hartford.
Credit Jeff Cohen / WNPR

Last summer, we told you the story of plans to knock down two of the biggest and oldest public housing complexes remaining in the city of Hartford. Officials at the Hartford Housing Authority hoped that developers would think big when it came to what's next.

But it turns out they didn't think big enough. 

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Connecticut First
6:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Sandy Hook Commission Meets; An Arrest Warrant Request for Insurance Broker

Scott Jackson, Hamden mayor, chairs the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.
Credit CT-N

Governor Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission met for the first time today since the state police released thousands of pages of documents stemming from the investigation into the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting in Newtown. One issued raised was how to keep people safe inside a building without hindering the progress of rescuers.

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Unpaid Wages
3:50 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

In Hartford Scandal, State Officials Seek to Arrest O'Garro

Earl O'Garro.
Credit Mike Priggins and Kyle Reyes / http://under30ceo.com

It's not getting any better for troubled insurance broker Earl O'Garro. The man at the center of a federal grand jury investigation in Hartford may soon be arrested for not paying his employees. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Understanding Connecticut's Quasi-Public Agencies

State Comptroller talks about quasi-public agencies on <em>Where We Live</em>.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Established in 1965, the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority has earned its title as the oldest quasi-public agency in our state. Now, it’s one of eleven quasi-public entities in Connecticut, agencies like Connecticut Innovations, Inc.; the Connecticut Development Authority; the Connecticut Lottery Corporation; and the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority -- to name a few. 

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