Newtown

Workers Compensation
6:22 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Town, Police Union Agree On Deal to Help Newtown First Responders

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More than a dozen police officers in Newtown haven't returned to work since the day they responded to a mass shooting inside an elementary school. Twenty children and six adults were killed.

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Where we Live
1:40 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Treating Trauma Before It Hurts

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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.

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Gun Control
10:21 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Gun Violence Survivors Urge Walmart To End Assault Weapon Sales

Diane Orson

Gun violence survivors and consumer advocates gathered at a  Wal-Mart store near Newtown Tuesday. They’re calling on the nation’s largest gun retailer to end assault weapon sales.

Nearly 300,000 Wal-Mart customers have signed an online petition urging the retail giant to stop selling assault weapons and munitions.

About sixty people met to deliver the petition to the Wal-Mart in Danbury, a few miles away from the site of the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Among the crowd were survivors of gun violence.

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Gun Control
4:32 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Legislators Create Bipartisan Task Force After Newtown

Connecticut legislators are establishing a bipartisan task force to recommend possible legislation to prevent gun violence, provide mental health care and improve school safety. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, this comes a month after the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

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Where We Live
10:24 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Police Roundtable on Gun Violence

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The recommendations on gun safety from Vice President Biden to President Obama include: requiring background checks for all gun sales, banning the sale of certain rapid-fire weapons and ensuring mentally ill people can’t acquire guns

Other proposals like these are being considered at the state houses in Hartford and Albany. Since the Sandy Hook shootings, we’ve been talking a lot about guns: about magazine capacities and 2nd Amendment rights.  About “assault weapons” and arming teachers.

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Sandy Hook Promise
9:30 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Families Of Newtown Victims Launch New Initiative

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

Family members of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, have spent the past month grieving. Now, some of them have banded together and say they're ready to be part of a national discussion about how to make our communities safer. They call themselves the Sandy Hook Promise. Jeff Cohen, of member station WNPR, has the story.

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Where We Live
10:10 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Gov. Dannel Malloy on Newtown, Gun Control

Chion Wolf WNPR

Last month, on December 13, Governor Malloy appeared on our show for his monthly visit. We talked about the budget and the upcoming legislative session, and the issues he hoped to work on in the coming year.  

The next morning, everything changed.

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Newtown Shooting
5:02 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Malloy Says Newtown Motive May Never Be Known

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

The investigation into last month's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School may take months to complete. The governor says the shooter's motive may never be known.

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Where We Live
10:21 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Safe School Climate

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The children of Sandy Hook Elementary school go back to class today, in a new school in Monroe.

Officials of that district are putting a premium on the safety of these students - physically and emotionally - as they try to return their lives to normal.

But around the country, students are heading back to a school today where they DON’T feel safe - whether it’s from bullying, exclusion, or violence that projects from outside the school walls.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:37 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Nose: NRA Weighs In On Newtown Massacre

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One of the verbal melodies that sustained me during the past year was the notion that people can be divided into two camps: those who think they're living in a comedy and those who think they dwell in a drama.

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Newtown
1:25 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bells for Newtown Victims Ring Across CT, Nation

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

The sound of bells reverberated throughout the nation and in towns across Connecticut Friday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. to remember the twenty children and six adults who were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School one week ago.

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Where We Live
12:34 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Remembering A Tragedy With Music

Chion Wolf

Church bells across the state and the nation tolled 26 times to honor those killed one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

So much has changed about where we live in this last week. And we've spent this time trying to grapple with the emotions - and the possible solutions. But after so much talk - and so much more to come - we thought we'd take today to listen.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:58 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Coping With An Unimaginable Loss: Resilience After Newtown

Chion Wolf

John Woodall is a psychiatrist whose work has taken him to Bosnia, New Orleans, Uganda, and to New York City after 9/11.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:34 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Guns in Our Post-Newtown World

Chion Wolf photo

Banning guns and ammunition—does it make sense and will it make us safer? We have a Connecticut police lieutenant with twenty-six years of experience, a consultant internationally on violence prevention. We look at whether gun bans will work and what we need to do to protect soft targets like schools and churches. He's frank; he's seen a lot in the communities he visits. It's not just America's problem, it turns out. It's a worldwide problem.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:49 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

How Should Media Cover Mass Murder?

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Watching the coverage of Newtown unfold on Friday, I grew upset by the number of wrong reports.

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Where We Live
11:39 am
Tue December 18, 2012

The Gun Control Impasse

Francois Polito (Wikimedia Commons)

Beyond the horror of the childern and teachers killed, why do mass shootings, like the one in Newtown, affect us so deeply?

We hear statistics all the time about how unlikely an event like this is -- how schools are actually safer.

Here’s Daniel Webster from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research last night on NPR’s All Things Considered:

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Newtown
9:54 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Grieving in Newtown

Neena Satija

Hundreds of people from across the region continue to pay their respects in Newtown today, where a makeshift memorial has sprung up just down the street from Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Mourners leave bouquets of roses and posters with words of prayer and the names of 27 victims. Children have tucked toys and stuffed animals among the cluster of decorated wreaths and little Christmas trees. And people who’ve never met embrace each other.

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Newtown
6:12 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Superintendents Work on Strengthening School Emergency Plans

Photo by Chion Wolf

School leaders are talking about ways to improve school security and crisis plans after the shooting deaths at a Newtown elementary school. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports 

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Newtown
4:58 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Back To School, With Security

Across the state, children went back to school again today/Monday.  And in many school districts, there's an increased security presence. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. It's the first day back at school and I'm in Canton -- an hour from Newtown.  I came to Cherry Brook Primary School to speak to parents as they dropped their kids off.  One parent cried and then apologized when I asked her to talk.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

The State of Mental Health Care in Connecticut

Chion Wolf

I'm not a big fan of getting ready to fight the previous war. Our next crisis will not be Adam Lanza. It will not be an exact replica of the facts of his life, not that we know those for sure yet. (I would say, parenthetically, that the worldwide rush to diagnose Lanza makes me massively uncomfortable.)

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Newtown
2:30 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Schools Beef Up Security, But Parents' Questions Remain

Harriet Jones

Security will be heightened at many Connecticut schools as students return to class. But as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, that won’t begin to address the questions that many parents have.

“….we intend to have a normal day tomorrow….”

Superintendent of Hamden schools, Fran Rabinowitz addresses a crowd of around 200 parents Sunday at a meeting intended to reassure them about the reopening of school. Rabinowitz says she wasn’t surprised by the high turnout.

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Where We Live
11:26 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Mourning for Newtown

Chion Wolf

President Barack Obama and Governor Dannell Malloy spoke at an interfaith prayer vigil held last night in Newtown, Connecticut. As that community attempts to heal - we’ll be looking at how our entire state is dealing with this tragedy.

Last Friday the tragedy was unfolding as we were finishing up a lighthearted program about what makes Connecticut unique. As we heard from the President - this could have happened anywhere in America...and since he’s been president, it has.

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Newtown Shooting
10:27 am
Mon December 17, 2012

State Police Wait To Confirm Conn. Shooter's Identity

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We're going go get an update now on the shooting rampage today at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-seven people at Sandy Hook School were killed, including the gunman. Craig LeMoult of member station WSHU is with us now. And, Craig, what's the latest there?

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Newtown
11:48 am
Sun December 16, 2012

"Such Tragedy Must Not Go Unanswered"

Diane Orson

Prayer vigils were held across Connecticut and around the country this weekend for the victims of Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown. 

Bells on the New Haven green tolled 27 times for each of those who died.

Several hundred people gathered Saturday evening for a candlelight vigil. They stood near the flagpole on the New Haven green, a few steps away from the glow of the city’s Christmas tree.

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Newtown
9:11 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Spared In Shooting, Holiday Spirit Comforts Family

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

In Newtown, Connecticut, the small New England community continues to mourn after Friday's shooting that claimed the lives of so many children. Families with children in the school who survived the shooting are struggling to explain the tragedy to their kids. But they're also trying to retain some normalcy in the holiday season.

Jeff Cohen, from member station WNPR, met up with one family.

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