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Chion Wolf

Yesterday, I asked the outside world to submit questions for Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Facebook and via email. The response reminded me of why I wouldn't want his job.
A lot of people are really mad at him for raising taxes.
A lot of other people are really mad at him for cutting spending.
A lot of other people are really mad at him for extracting concessions from state workers.
A lot of other people are mad at him because the concessions are nowhere near meaty enough to address the state's deficit problems.

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So. Bought your generator yet? During the long power outage, everybody, it seemed, became a preparedness expert, if not an out and out survivalist. But it's a mentality you might find hard to hold on to. You have to buy food you're NOT going to eat right away.

Chion Wolf

Principal Steve Perry has been hailed for his “tough love and high expectations” at Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford.

He’s had success in keeping kids in school in a city that’s struggled with dropout rates for decades. He preaches strict discipline and no excuses. He greets kids every morning at a school right downtown - in a famous former department store. The students wear uniforms - and he says all of them go to college.

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One pitfall a leader must avoid involves becoming a Charlie Brown or David Copperfield character. A person to whom things happen as opposed to a person who makes things befall others. 

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There are two Connecticuts right now. One has power and one doesn't. Actually, there might be even more Connecticuts than that, because within the group that has no power there are factions believing that other people are more likely to get their power back first because of socioeconomic status.

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In Petersberg KY, there's a Creation Museum where the exhibits at the museum teach that the Earth is 6,000 years old and was created in six 24-hour days. The founders say more than a million people have visited — 80 percent of which are from out of state. It's such a good economic development tool that the governor of Kentucky is supporting financial aid to a companion museum about Noah's Ark, with an ark built to biblical scale, to show people that the whole concept really could have worked. 

After Irene

Aug 29, 2011
Chion Wolf

Depending on where you live, this storm was either all hype - or a major disaster.

If you had power yesterday, and no trees came down in your backyard, you might have thought - “what’s all the fuss?”  

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Last night, I saw "Wicked" at the Bushnell and was reminded of all the little subversive political jabs in a musical that has otherwise succeeded in cornering the attention of 12 year old girls.

The Independent Voter

Aug 22, 2011
Chion Wolf

A Pew survey from earlier this year shows that a growing number of Americans are choosing not to identify with either party.

These so-called “independent” voters are thought to be key to the President’s re-election, and control of congress.  

But in another Pew poll conducted in late July, only about a third of independent voters said they wanted President Obama to be reelected. And for the first time, a majority of independents disapproved of the job he’s doing.

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If I told you last week that in response to political protest, a government shut down cell phone service, you would have thought I meant maybe Syria. 

Rebranding The "Rising Star"

Aug 17, 2011

For a decade now, Hartford has been “New England’s Rising Star.” It never really caught on, did it?

That “branding” campaign was pretty widely ridiculed from the moment it was first unveiled. Why? Because people who know the city...who know its story...don’t really believe in what that slogan says.

It IS however, a city with an amazing history...linked with innovation and risk...and its a place just struggling enough that someone with imagination, creativity and daring might make it big.

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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, and the state of Connecticut is paying tribute.

Earlier this year, we talked a bit about Connecticut’s civil war history - and got a big response.  Including from our friend, author and historian Bill Hosley.  

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Income tax increases are being felt in some paychecks while tax breaks are going out to some big companies.

Those tax increases are being felt mostly by Connecticut’s wealthiest residents...and are showing up in paychecks now.  It’s an issue of “fairness” according to some - but another look at the numbers shows the state’s revenue stream is more “volatile” because of a dependence on the rich.

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No matter what you think of trucks and truckers, trying going a day without anything that made at least part of its way to you on a truck. It would be a quiet day, I think. 

Photo by Mark Walz (Flickr)

The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival gets underway in East Hartford and runs through the weekend. Some of the best Bluegrass acts in the country will perform this weekend. What started 16 years ago as a small get together of local bluegrass musicians and fans has become one of the biggest Bluegrass festivals in the US.

Joining us by phone is C. Roger Moss, director of East Hartford's department of parks and recreation which organizes the event

West End, Park-Like Setting, Needs Work

Aug 1, 2011
State of Connecticut

As tempers flare over the contentious vote and revote on a labor concession deal, one of the questions that occasionally pops up on comment boards is this: Is the Malloy Administration really spending money to redecorate the governor's mansion as it is demanding labor givebacks?

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Today on the Nose, we talked about the controversial $200,000 marketing report released earlier this week.

Mike Poresky

Yesterday, Republicans who control the house finally addressed the issue that's been gripping the nation: Naming Post Offices.

Yes, when it became clear that House Speaker John Boehner's two-stage solution to avert the debt crisis was not going to get enough votes from within his caucus, the House quickly turned to the important task of naming the Post Offices in Peoria and Pasadena.   

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Yesterday, The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection announced its preliminary findings on the origin of the now-famous Mountain Lion that was struck and killed by a Hyundai SUV in Milford last month. 

We spoke with Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette today to hear the details.

Listen to our previous show that aired shortly after the news of the Mountain Lion's death here.

Photo by Jurvetson (Flickr)

When the space shuttle Atlantis lifted off on its final mission earlier this month, it brought along a little bit of Hartford with it. A group of eighth graders from the Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School in Hartford's North End wanted to measure the effect of microgravity on Tomato growth, so they wrote a proposal and it was accepted.

We talk to principal Melony Brady about her students' project.

William Tong

Jul 26, 2011
Chion Wolf

What do you get when a little-known candidate raises more than a half-million dollars in the first months of a run for Senate?  Could it be “tong fever"?

Well, at least that’s what Colin McEnroe called it.  The condition is named after William Tong, who in 2006, became the first Asian American elected to a state office in Connecticut.  

New Report on Domestic Violence

Jul 22, 2011

The Connecticut Domestic Violence fatality review committee has spent a decade looking into the factors that lead to domestic homicide. The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence which oversees the fatality review committee releases the findings of their first study on Friday.

The interim executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence joins us to discuss the study.

WNPR

In the wake of the failed labor concessions agreement between Governor Dannel Malloy and state labor unions, state agencies are feeling the crunch. The Office of the Chief public defender has to cut about 7.5 percent of their overall budget, which some believe will hinder the states poorest from getting proper legal counsel, and will make it difficult for public defenders to honor their constitutional obligations.

We are joined by Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice planning.

Chion Wolf

Before we get started on ferries, let me make a few things clear.

Federal lawmakers spent the weekend working on ways to break the standstill in budget talks. While there is still hope that lawmakers can come up with a package of spending cuts and taxes, including President Obama's $4 trillion so called grand bargain, with an August 2 deadline quickly approaching, a simple raise of the debt limit, as proposed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will be the more likely outcome.

Here to talk about reaction from Connecticut's congressional delegation is the Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen.

Big City Violence

Jul 14, 2011
Chion Wolf

The number of violent crimes in the US dropped significantly last year to the lowest rate in 40 years.

But then why haven’t Connecticut cities like Hartford and New Haven been able to join this trend?  

J Holt

If you imagine a summer camp based on a farm, kids learning about crops and barnyard animals probably come to mind. But profit margins and business plans? Not likely at the top of the list. WNPR’s J Holt brings us a story of one farm taking camp in a new direction.

The city of Bridgeport is the latest struggling school district to be taken over by the state.

The Board of Education in the city has essentially voted to dissolve itself - to be replaced by an oversight board hand-picked by the State Department of Education.

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Deficit cutting negotiations with President Obama and Congressional leaders continued yesterday with no apparent progress.  Time is running short to raise the government's debt limit.  We talk to Congressman John Larson about the impasse.

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What's the hardest and scariest sports event in the world?

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