Bridging the gap between the media and the military: that's the goal of a week-long conference hosted by the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Fort Leavenworth Combined Arms Center. Seventeen journalists including myself were accepted into the program because of our interest and backgrounds covering military issues.
Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts has announced he is leaving the department at the end of the year when his contract expires. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Roberts has served as chief since July 2006 and is a 30-year veteran who worked his way up from patrol. A city native, he was the hometown pick to replace Patrick Harnett -- the New Yorker who served before him. And he's been known as a chief who speaks his mind about his city -- where young people and guns too often find their way to one another. But he's also had a rough go of it.
After two years with Connecticut’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Deputy Commissioner Peter Boynton is moving on.
Boynton was first appointed to the post under Republican Governor Jodi Rell. During his tenure, he’s led the department through Presidential disaster declarations for federal aid, earthquakes, blizzards and most recently Tropical Storm Irene.
The department he leaves is very different from the one he entered in 2009. Back in July, his department became part of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon announced today she’ll run again for the U-S Senate in 2012. McMahon stressed her business background at the top of the professional wrestling world.
Linda McMahon declared her candidacy for US Senate at a small family-run manufacturing company in Southington, CT. "Ladies and gentlemen, I am a proven job creator and today I’m announcing that I’m a candidate for United States Senate"
Municipal officials are giving Connecticut utility companies mixed reviews for their power restoration efforts following Tropical Storm Irene. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, today/yesterday was the first of two legislative hearings on the storm. They praised the work of the crews.
Every ten years, a bipartisan committee made up of members of Connecticut's General Assembly go through the tedious process of redrawing legislative and congressional maps. Often the Reapportionment committee's work breaks down into partisan politics. Earlier this week, the Reapportionment committee wrote a letter to Governor Dannel Malloy acknowledging that they will miss their September 15th deadline, which is today. Joining us by phone is House Minority leader and co-chair of the Reapportionment committee Lawrence Cafero.
Hartford's state's attorney said Thursday there was no basis for the motor vehicle charges filed against state State Treasurer Denise Nappier last week that resulted in her car being towed after a traffic stop.
And now, a spokeswoman for the Hartford Police Department is saying the same thing.
"She didn't do anything wrong," said spokeswoman Nancy Mulroy. "The chief began an investigation Friday, the officer has been reassigned pending the results of the investigation, and at this time there's nothing to indicate that State Treasurer Nappier did anything wrong."
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.
Governor Dannel Malloy has appointed his interim Department of Transportation commissioner to oversee the agency permanently. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Governor Malloy named James Redeker to run the department, which employs 3,000 people and oversees the state's highways, ports and airports. Redeker was appointed as the interim commissioner in March as the governor conducted a national search to fill the job. But Malloy said that the national search eventually turned up the local guy. "It turns out that the right person was here in our own backyard.
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.
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.
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?
There’s not much that Republicans and Democrats agree on in the current debt-ceiling standoff. But one thing that all sides accept is that the nation's legal borrowing cap has failed in its primary goal: limiting the nation's red ink. From Washington Deirdre Shesgreen of the Connecticut Mirror reports.
No one can anyone argue that the debt ceiling has served to rein in federal borrowing. The cap has been lifted at least 80 times and the U.S. government’s total debt stands at about $14.3 trillion.
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.
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.