Advocates who work with domestic violence victims in Connecticut say many times the workplace can be a key to stopping abuse and saving lives. And they say many of the state’s employers could be doing a whole lot more to help.
The law firm of O’Brien Tanski and Young is located right in downtown Hartford.
“We used to be a very open law firm. We didn’t lock the door and people came and went without thinking.”
Driving through downtown Hartford, you’ll see a lot of empty storefronts, plenty of parking garages, and some impressive high rises. And while the city has a hard time getting businesses to fill the office space - now at 26% vacancy -- developers can’t build housing fast enough to meet demand.
In fact, several of those old office buildings are being retrofitted for new housing. So people are voting for downtown housing with their dollars, but is there enough retail to keep feet on the street?
After Newtown, school nurses and teachers have been asking for training to identify the early signs of trauma in children. The Child Health and Development Institute held two training sessions last week for school personnel in Connecticut with several more planned in the following weeks.
Joining us this morning is Dr. Robert Franks, a trauma expert and Vice-President of The Child Health and Development Institute.
The air we breathe is usually not something we can see. Today, in Beijing, that is not the case. Activist Zhou Rong of Greenpeace tells NPR, "In the last three days, the air pollution is beyond index. It's the worst since we have readings starting from last year." But just because this blanket of smog highlight’s China’s less-than-stellar air quality, that doesn’t mean we’ve got the problem solved here at home.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging lawmakers to work with him to prevent future tragedies like the mass shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Malloy became emotional Wednesday as he spoke about the teachers and a therapist who sacrificed their lives to protect students, apologizing after he paused during his State of the State address to gain his composure.
There are plenty of roadblocks to healthcare, especially if you’re without insurance and money. But for many Americans, just finding a doctor can be difficult.
Although nearly a quarter of the U.S. population lives in rural communities, only a one in ten physicians practice there....they have only a third as many specialists as cities. The population’s older...it smokes more...and suffers from more accidental deaths.
The historic Colt complex in Hartford just got a new tenant. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. The Colt has been in development limbo for years, and it's gone through a series of developers. But things are looking up.
Students in three Connecticut school districts will start having longer school days beginning next year. Governor Dannel Malloy joined U-S Education Secretary Arne Duncan and leaders from four other states to announce the initiative in Washington DC. He says Connecticut will use a mix of state and federal funding to help pay for an additional 300 hours of school time next year.
The Sundance Film Festival just announced this year’s lineup - and it’s a record year for women. Eight of the sixteen films are directed by women, the most in the festivals 33 year history - the first time the entries have been split between male and female directors. So maybe females in the industry are making strides, but it’s still a hard road for independents of any gender.
We’ve been a bit hard on the Front Street Project in Hartford. It was a key piece of the Adriaen's Landing revitalization plan in the city, which was cooked up by former governor John Rowland in an era when he promised to get the New England Patriots to come to town. Remember that? Yeah, it was before he pled to corruption charges, went to prison and subsequently turned up on a commercial radio station complaining about big government spending projects. The irony’s not lost here.
A study of Hartford pre-school students shows that many of the city's young are obese by the time they are four or five years old. The study by UConn's Center for Public Health and Health Policy shows that Hartford has roughly the same rates of preschool obesity as other U.S. cities. Seventeen percent of the children measured classified as overweight; 20 percent of them qualified as obese. Both rates, though, are significantly higher than national averages.
Several people are working to create an Irish Heritage Trail in Connecticut. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke to Pat Heslin. She's a member of the CT Irish American Historical Society and heading up the project after receiving a $15,000 grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development.
Listen to the interview by clicking the audio link on the left side of the page.
You can learn more about the CT Irish American Historical Society and plans for the Heritage Trail here
With legal and political battles over the Affordable Care Act all but settled, it now appears that the health care overhaul law is here to stay. The goal of the law is to promise insurance coverage for more Americans and, if it works, increase access to care.
Five school districts in Connecticut have submitted proposals for the next round of Race to the Top grants. They’ll compete with districts nationwide for a share of nearly 400 million dollars in federal education funding.
This Race to the Top competition is open to school districts, " ...and its specifically targeted to personalized learning."
David Low teaches engineering and math at New Haven’s Sound School.
"Now that has some chance of creating innovative solutions that will actually have some hope of succeeding in the 21st century."
Compromise, cooperation, conversation - these are the topics in Washington after the election. But we’ll see how long that lasts.
Can the world of politics learn from the world of religion?
Hartford Seminary is one of the leading spaces for multifaith education - and this weekend, they celebrate a new chair in Abrahamic partnerships that is meant to enhance the Seminary’s role in bringing those of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths together.
The city is rapidly becoming famous for Election Day problems, and this year will be no exception. Power outages could cramp voting and so could the fact that ordinary polling places have now been converted to storm shelters.
The "patient-centered medical home" is a fairly new way of talking about what medical care used to be. The idea is that a patient has a primary care doctor who does more than just see them when they’re sick, but actually knows them, has all their records at hand, can suggest specialists, and most importantly, work with the patient on keeping him or herself healthy.
The last of Hartford's post-war, barracks style federal public housing has come down. And now, the city's housing authority is building something new in its place.
A few years back, the Hartford Housing Authority started relocating the people who lived at Nelton Court. Then, last year, the authority started knocking the place down. The housing authority says Nelton Court was beyond its useful life. And it housed too many people in too small a place.
As the civil war continues to escalate, humanitarian organizations are struggling to get aide to refugees inside Syria. One Connecticut resident is working to smuggle in food and medical supplies.
It's dangerous for humanitarian groups to bring aide to those inside Syria. A lot of that aide is going to refugees that have fled into neighboring countries. But there are still 5 million people inside the war-torn country that need help.
In the past decade, West African sounds and rhythm have become part of America’s musical mainstream. Less well-known is music from East Africa which blends African drumming with Middle Eastern melodic inflections.
A music and dance ensemble will bring the sounds of Ethiopia to Connecticut this weekend.
Endris Hassan is practicing his single stringed fiddle called the masenqo. He's part of Fendika, a collective of musicians and dancers.
Hartford public health officials say they are concerned with new data on Hepatitis C in the city. The numbers show ten to 20 cases a month of people newly-diagnosed with a chronic form of the disease. The city is using computer mapping to help it better target, test, and treat its residents.
We’re back at our “pop up” storefront at 90 State House Square, with help from the city of Hartford, in a former bank space. Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show are broadcasting here for two days, right on one of the city’s most bustling corners.
We’ve been talking a lot about “pop up” storefronts on the show - the attempt by cities to fill vacant spaces on their streets, temporarily, just to get a sense of possibility. So, with help from the city of Hartford, and 90 State House Square, we’re trying something new the next few days - “pop up radio.”
Yellow ribbons are back on the town green in Litchfield after being taken down recently by a group that oversees the historic district. The ribbons, which show support of the military, were removed in late summer by the borough warden and burgesses. The members voted to take four of them down without telling town residents who have maintained the ribbons, specifically the families of servicemembers. No reason was given.