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9:35 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Revitalizing Sandy Hook Center After Newtown

Michael Gambina

Four months after tragedy struck in the Sandy Hook neighborhood of Newtown, businesses there are struggling to recover from a lack of visitors. They are rallying to bring back life and customers to the area.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

After Newtown, Gauging Emotions' Pull In American Politics

Flickr Creative Commons, jareed

Most political arguments are about authority, in the sense of "Who's wielding it right now?" and "Where does it truly reside?" 

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News
4:56 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Malloy Signs New Gun Laws

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law a sweeping package of gun measures that he says should set an example for the nation.  The governor called it a profoundly emotional day.

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Wake of Newtown
4:07 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Debate On Newtown Laws, And Guns, Begins

Where We Live
11:48 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Gun Laws Changing State-By-State

Chion Wolf

After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, support for gun control laws was up to 57-percent according to a CBS News poll - it has since dropped 10 percent.

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Where We Live
10:39 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Chion Wolf

Two years after the uprisings of the “Arab Spring” - and the overthrow of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, that country is in political turmoil. The state - and it’s president - Mohammed Morsi was even the target of the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.

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Where We Live
10:18 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Pedro Segarra on Gun Control

Chion Wolf WNPR

American politicians at all levels have been debating the role of guns in society since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. State lawmakers have struck a deal on expanded background checks on rifles along with a broadening of the assault weapons ban and a ban on the sale of high capacity ammunition magazines. But even in the state that’s been touched directly by this violence, lawmakers struggled to reach bipartisan consensus.  

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Newtown
8:37 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Legislative Leaders Reach Deal on Guns, School Security, and Mental Health Post Newtown

State lawmakers have reached a deal on what they're calling some of the toughest gun laws in the country.   The announcement is the product of weeks of bipartisan talks after the Newtown shootings.

If it passes, the bill would mean universal background checks for the sale of all firearms.  It would also tighten the state's existing ban on assault weapons, require a background check to buy ammunition, and ban the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.

Democrat Don Williams is the state senate president.

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Where We Live
11:56 am
Fri March 29, 2013

New Information on the Newtown Shooter

Chion Wolf (File photo)

Prosecutors in Connecticut have released new information about last year's deadly school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.  One things appears clear: gunman Adam Lanza had easy access to weapons.

In the hours and days after the Dec. 14 shooting, Connecticut police searched the house Lanza shared with his mother and the car he left at the school. Now, under pressure from legislators and with the blessing of the state's governor, prosecutors have released an inventory of what they found.

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News
7:31 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Searching for a Teachable Moment in Torrington

TV cameras persist in Torrington nearly a week after vicious online comments about an alleged statutory rape victim went viral. Now the town is wrestling with some difficult questions. School district officials say they’re doing their best to protect student confidentiality and to move forward.

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Where We Live
10:41 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Gideon At 50

Flickr, The Commons

Gideon v. Wainwright is arguably one of the most influential cases in law history. Fifty years ago this month, it changed American law by providing counsel to those who could not afford it on their own.

Today, on Where We Live, we reflect with Connecticut public defenders on this landmark verdict. The anniversary comes in the midst of funding troubles for public defenders and concerns about overzealous and overreaching prosecutions. We talk about work being done in the state to free those who have been wrongfully convicted.

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Where We Live
11:31 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Reality On The Ground In The Middle East

FreedomHouse2, Flickr Creative Commons

President Obama is on an historic visit to Israel and the West Bank, as Palestinian militants fire rockets out of Gaza into an Israeli border town.

The President spoke of “unbreakable bonds” with Israel, and a red line on nuclear arms with Iran.  Meanwhile another “red line” in the region is fuzzy at best - as the Syrian government and opposition forces trade accusations that the other used chemical weapons in their long and bloody war.

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Right to Die
6:39 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Bill Would Legalize Physician Assisted Suicide

The legislature’s Public Health Committee heard testimony Wednesday from supporters and opponents of a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Connecticut. 

The legislation would allow a physician to prescribe medication to a patient who has six months or less to live, and has been deemed mentally competent. The patient could then take the drug to end their life. 

Critics says Connecticut’s bill lacks adequate safeguards and could lead to abuse of the disabled and elderly. 

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Taxes
3:46 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Sharkey: Malloy's Car Tax Proposal Doesn't Have Legislative Support

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy's plan to get rid of the car tax for most of vehicles in the state will not likely pass the legislature. That's according to the office of Democratic House Speaker Brendan Sharkey. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. A spokesman for Sharkey says that the car tax is one of the most regressive taxes the state has. On that, he's in agreement with Malloy. But Sharkey doesn't think that the governor's plan is the right one. So he's asking a legislative committee to study the issue further.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:05 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The Iraq War: How Collected Memories Shape The Past

Flickr Creative Commons, The U.S. Army

If you had to tell the story of 10 years ago today, the story of our invasion of Iraq and its aftermath, what story would you tell? How hard would it be to assemble a narrative?

Today we'll look at that story through the lens of collective (or collected) memory, a fascinating branch of history that looks at the way people and societies assemble and preserve factual narratives.

 We'll also look at one high school history teacher's attempt to teach the Iraq War even as it hovers on the cusp that separates contemporary issues from history.

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Military
4:02 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Connecticut's National Guard Forced To Adapt For War

From colonial militias to combat reserve, the role of the National Guard has varied in more than 376 years. It shifted again after the attacks on 9-11. Appearing on WNPR's Where We Live, Colonel John Whitford of the Connecticut National Guard says people enlisted for different reasons over the last 13 years. "You've seen the guard change from a strategic force to an operational force. That's when you've seen many Connecticut National Guard army and air units going to Iraq to provide that assistance to the combatant commander."

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Coming Home Project
2:28 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Trumbull Resident Honors Veterans and Their Families

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

Forty men and women from Connecticut died in the Iraq War. Trumbull resident Mike Mastroni created the Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation to remember veterans killed after 9-11 and to honor their families.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with him in Hartford about his decision to get involved in this way.

More about the Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation can be found here. The state of Connecticut has also created a website to remember local veterans who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

 

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Where We Live
10:57 am
Tue March 19, 2013

The Iraq War: Ten Years Later

U.S. Air Force photo - Tech. Sgt. Rick Sforza (Creative Commons)

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. Throughout the day, we're looking back at what has changed over the last 10 years both there and here at home. It was a war that cost trillions of dollars and more importantly, thousands of lives.

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Gina McCarthy
3:36 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

McCarthy Is Obama's EPA Pick

Environmentalists are hailing President Obama's choice of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, partly based on work she did here in New England.

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Invention Dispute
4:34 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Did the "First Flight" Happen in North Carolina or Connecticut?

North Carolina and the famous Wright brothers are known for being “first in flight.” But Connecticut has been in an ongoing battle for that status. Some historians argue that German immigrant Gustave Whitehead made the first flight in 1901 in Bridgeport. New research this week provides more evidence in favor of Whitehead.

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Where We Live
10:26 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Governor Malloy and Catherine Smith Discuss Economic Incentives

Chion Wolf WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy’s popularity is at an all-time high, jumping five points in a new poll to 48 percent. What do people like about the job the governor’s doing? Well, they say he’s good in a crisis...and he’s had plenty of those to deal with.

They’re less pleased with his handling of the state budget and tax policy.

A big part of his time in office has been spent trying to overhaul the state’s economy - investing millions in programs like “First Five” - which promises incentives to certain companies that create new jobs.

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Gun Control
4:05 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Gun Makers, Owners Rally At State Capitol

Legislative leaders are meeting this week to try and cobble together new laws in response to the Newtown shootings. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, gun makers and owners showed up to the state capitol in force today to weigh in. Manufacturers of guns and gun parts say it's simple: some of the proposed gun laws will cost the state jobs.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Epidemic of Mass Incarceration

James Cridland, Creative Commons

For the first time in a long time, observers of the phenomenon of mass incarceration in America have seen some good news. The rate of African Americans in prison has dropped sharply over a decade - a trend that pushes back against a historical disproportionality of blacks in our prison system.  These numbers come from The Sentencing Project.

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Gun Control
4:35 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Bipartisan Gun Committee Releases Partisan Gun Recommendations

A bipartisan group of lawmakers reviewing possible new gun laws after the Newtown shootings has decided to issue two lists of recommendations -- one from Democrats, another from Republicans. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, that wasn't exactly the plan.

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Where We Live
10:18 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Obama Picks McCarthy To Head EPA

WNPR

President Obama has announced his next round of administration officials...including one who might have the toughest job in Washington.

“The New EPA Administrator will have a tall task to perform here. This is a big deal. The new administrator will be one of the most powerful directors in the next decade”

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Immigration
7:45 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Thousands Attend Hearing On Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Residents

Diane Orson

A huge crowd turned out last night for a transportation committee public hearing in New Haven. People testified in support of proposals to allow undocumented residents in Connecticut to obtain driver’s licenses. 

Close to 2,000 people crowded into Wilbur Cross High School. Angela Munoz of Bridgeport says she’s been driving for ten years without a license.  

"I want my driver’s license. Because I need it for pick up my children. And I need my car for my job, too."

She says her children live in fear that she’ll be arrested.

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Taxes
4:35 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Small Towns Speak Out Against Malloy's Car Tax Plan

Small town leaders from across the state were at the state capitol today. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, they were there to push back against one of Governor Dannel Malloy's budget proposals -- the elimination of some car taxes.

Malloy wants to eliminate the property tax for cars worth less than $28,000. He says it will provide middle class tax relief and that it will curtail the "most hated and regressive tax in the state." John Elsesser doesn't like the tax, either. He's the town manager for Coventry.

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Where We Live
12:03 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Decoding Sequestration

Borman 818, creative commons

So, let’s say Where We Live was like the federal budget, and because of some self-imposed deadline, our show was subject to a “sequester” -  A cut of 2.3%. 

Well, you’d lose about 1 and a quarter minutes off the show. Doesn’t seem too bad, right?  But what if it was completely arbitrary - cutting the first minute that explains what we’re talking about, or the precise moment our guest Bill Curry says something that might change your world.  Doesn’t sound the the best way to trim things, huh?

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Where We Live
11:07 am
Thu February 28, 2013

The Rights and Dangers of Bearing Arms

Michael Saechang Creative Commons

Today - we’re talking about guns. It seems like that’s all we’ve been talking about since the mass shooting in Newtown that left 20 children and 6 educators dead.

While that crime left people stunned because of the horrific circumstances, Newtown is only part of a much bigger problem. 

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Connecticut Legislature
8:10 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Violent Video Games Get Public Hearing

woodleywonderworks (Flickr Creative Commons)

The state legislature is mulling over a host of bills in response to the Newtown tragedy. Most concern gun policy, or mental health care but yesterday, the Children's Committee heard public testimony on three bills addressing violent video games.

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