School Security
4:27 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Would More Secure Doors Have Slowed Newtown Shooter?



The security of school buildings themselves is a hot topic around the country since the attack at an elementary school in Connecticut. The market is full of expensive options, everything from bullet resistant doors to electronic classroom locks. But according to one door and lock manufacturer, the best first step is for schools to make sure that what they already have works. Here's Jeff Cohen at member station WNPR.

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Newtown Shooting
5:13 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

A Month Later, Many Questions Remain In Newtown, Conn.



From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.


And I'm Melissa Block.

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In the workplace
9:03 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Employers Urged to Tackle Domestic Violence

Harriet Jones

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.”

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Gun Control
2:37 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

State Politicians React To President's Gun Proposals

Connecticut officials are welcoming President Barack Obama's sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence following the deadly shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Gov. Dannel Malloy credited the president with taking "the critical first step" in making sure such a tragedy doesn't happen again. Malloy said the president has offered "common sense measures" that "we should all be able to agree on."

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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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Gun Control
2:55 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

State's Democrats Continue Gun Control Push

As Vice President Biden prepares to issue his gun safety recommendations to the president early next week, Connecticut Democrats are keeping the pressure on. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say they've sent a letter to Biden, urging measures that would expand assault weapons bans, institute universal background checks for gun and ammunition purchase, and improve federal tracking of firearms.

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Gun Policy
3:04 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Conn., N.Y. Governors Want Tighter Gun Control



As we've been hearing, following the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, politicians have taken a renewed interest in gun control. The governors of Connecticut and New York have been leading the effort. Jeff Cohen of member station WNPR in Hartford reports on the proposals that are emerging.

JEFF COHEN, BYLINE: In his State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York could be a model for the nation.


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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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Newtown Shooting
10:27 am
Mon December 17, 2012

State Police Wait To Confirm Conn. Shooter's Identity



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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Where We Live
11:09 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Project Longevity

Chion Wolf

Alicia Caraballo’s story is far too common in Connecticut cities: “I have a 24 year old son. Only child. Did everything the right way. Went to school. Became a social worker. Became a school administrator. Little did I know I would be called to the hospital because my son was murdered.” She’s now Adult Education Director for the New Haven Board of Education - and one of many officials and activists throwing their support behind a new attempt at curbing gun crime: Project Longevity.

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Community Violence
5:55 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder In CT To Launch Anti-Violence Initiative

Diane Orson

Attorney General Eric Holder joined Connecticut officials in New Haven Tuesday to announce a new statewide anti-violence initiative.  The project involves face-to-face meetings with gang members who are most responsible for killings and homicides.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:36 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

The Nose Reacts To Shootings In Colorado, Portrayal Of Violence In Pop Culture

Flickr Creative Commons, Michael Melchoirre

What a strange day. I've just been reading the final tweets of a very young journalist named Jessica Ghawi also known as Jessica Redfield.

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School Arrests Reform
8:27 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Bill Aims To Reduce School-Based Arrests

A bill aimed a reducing the numbers of Connecticut students arrested at school passed a legislative committee this week. Supporters of the measure say too many kids are being arrested for low-level, non-violent offenses.

Connecticut Judicial Branch data show that nearly 20% of the cases that ended up in juvenile court during the first six months of the current academic year began when kids were arrested at school.  

"41% of those were for breach of peace or disorderly conduct."

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Legislative session
3:47 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Helping Victims of Domestic Violence

Connecticut legislators met on Monday to discuss how the state can do a better job helping victims of domestic violence. 

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Morning Edition
10:07 am
Fri July 22, 2011

New Report on Domestic Violence

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.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Big City Violence

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?  

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3:30 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Court-Appointed Hearing Officer To Determine If East Haven Police Chief Keeps His Job

The Mayor of East Haven will allow a court-appointed hearing officer to determine whether the town’s police chief should keep his job.  

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New Haven
8:12 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Dubey Family Benefit Concert

Many in New Haven are still reeling from last week's tragic shooting death  of 23 year old Mitchell Dubey. Last Thursday in an attempted robbery, a masked gunman entered Dubey's house, and ordered he and his roommates to sit down. After shooting Dubey in the chest, the gunman fled. Now one of those roommates, Andy Tabar is organizing a big music show this Sunday night at Toad's place in New Haven to raise money for the Dubey family. Andy Tabar joins us by phone.

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Connecticut Legislature
10:40 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Rep. Mae Flexer on Domestic Violence

Yesterday, the general Assembly's Judiciary Committee heard public testimony on a host of bills aimed at better protecting victims of domestic violence. Joining us by phone is State Representative Mae Flexer - she is a member of the legislature's Judiciary committee and chairwoman of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence.

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Where We Live
10:58 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Gun Control

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It’s been a little more than a month since the shooting of a congresswoman made the nation stop and really think about how it talks about guns.  Well, that didn’t last long.

Here’s a case in point:  When New Haven Mayor John DeStefano announced that he's laying off some city employees, including police, it prompted protests by officers. 

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Domestic Violence
3:18 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

More Victims Getting Help From Domestic Violence Services in Connecticut

A census on domestic violence services offered in Connecticut shows the need for them has grown in the last year.  

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Where We Live
10:20 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Islamic Deradicalization

Saud Anwar.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Terrorist plots on U.S. soil, and terrorist acts around the world, are blamed on “radical” strains of Islam. But what are the causes of “radicalization,” and how can they be reversed? A conference this month in East Hartford brings together leading thinkers and writers – tackling the topics of violent extremism, the U.S. relationship with Pakistan and Pakistani Americans, and ways in which the Muslim community here is helping to weed out terrorism.

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