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2:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Beer Distributors Step Into the Spotlight

Harriet Jones

 

Connecticut is once again facing a fight over the beer and liquor industry. After the introduction of Sunday sales, this year the focus will be on alcohol pricing. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on a lesser known tier of the industry -- the distributors.

 

 

At a massive warehouse in West Haven, a forklift shifts several cases of beer to be loaded for a delivery. This is the premises of Star Distributors, one of ten liquor and beer distributing businesses in the state.

 

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2:07 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Tourism Districts Under Threat

Harriet Jones

 

Connecticut’s tourism districts are preparing to make their pitch to the legislature about why they should survive in these straitened economic times. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

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5:55 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

FDA Warns Doctors About Codeine For Kids Post-Surgery

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Nils Geylen

The Food and Drug Administration is warning health care professionals to not prescribe pain medicine containing codeine to children post-surgery. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports some hospitals like Connecticut Children's Medical Center are going further.

The FDA says codeine can cause death in some children. It issued the warning after reviewing more than a dozen deaths between 1969 and last year. During that time some children who were recovering from getting their tonsils or adenoids removed later died after taking medication containing codeine.

 

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3:28 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

State of the Union 2013 Reactions

CPBN Media Lab

During this year's State of the Union Address, President Obama discussed a long list of hard-hitting governmental issues. Live in front of Congress, he shared the nation's goals for creating cheaper and more efficient energy sources, preventing American businesses from outsourcing jobs and establishing more affordable healthcare; and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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1:06 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 71

Cindy Papish Gerber

This time we’ll be talking about “Grief and Loss”, an issue we’ve been struggling with since the unthinkable violence in Newtown on December 14th. As you’ll hear in the podcast, grief and loss comes in many different forms - everything from the the sudden death of a spouse or a child to the loss of a job, a pet, a relationship... or sometimes even “all of the above”.

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3:16 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Still No Word On Hartford's Search For Chief Operating Officer

 

It's been six months since the City of Hartford's chief operating officer resigned and Mayor Pedro Segarra said he'd do a national search for a successor.  But little has happened on that front.  And as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, some on the city council don't like it.

 

Councilman Ken Kennedy is a Segarra supporter.  But says he's not gotten any information from the mayor about his search for a new chief operating officer for the city.

 

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9:15 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Victim of Its Own Success?

Harriet Jones

 

The Malloy administration has made an explicit effort to change Connecticut’s reputation as a state that’s unfriendly to business. To that end, 2011’s Jobs Bill offered loans and tax incentives to companies already hard at work in the state. One of those programs might be about to become a victim of its own success. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, the Job Expansion Tax Credit might have more takers than the state has dollars.

 

 

 

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10:03 am
Sat February 16, 2013

Washington Didn’t Only Sleep Here

The first time George Washington traveled through Connecticut, in 1756, he was an ambitious young Virginia colonel headed for Boston on a mission he hoped would advance his career in the British military. When he last visited Connecticut in1789, he was the first president of the new United States, a nation that existed in large part thanks to Washington’s leadership of American troops to victory over that same British military in the war for independence.

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12:28 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Disabled Athletes Bring Bravado To The Ice In Sled Hockey

USA Hockey

HOST: Bravado and broken bones are commonplace in sled hockey. That's a version of ice hockey played primarily by the disabled. And the competition can be fierce. Patrick Skahill of member station WNPR reports from Newington, Connecticut, where amateur teams are hitting the ice hard for fun.

PATRICK SKAHILL, BYLINE: So let's not overcomplicate this. If you've ever watched ice hockey, then you probably understand the rules of sled hockey. There's penalties, passing, goals, puck handling and checking. Actually, there's a lot of checking.

 

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4:22 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Cooking by the Book

Did you know that the first cookbook ever written in America was published in Hartford?  The book, American Cookery, is assumed to have been self-published because the words “For the Author” appear on the title page.  It was printed by Hudson and Goodwin Company of Hartford, Conn. in 1796, only twenty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Before this time, all of the cookbooks that were printed in America were copied from English texts. 

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11:43 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Bloody Valentines and Cough Coughs

This week on The Needle Drop, we're trying out new tracks from Grave Babies, Beach Fossils, and Fat History Month. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from Everything Everything and My Bloody Valentine.

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8:38 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Power Restoration Largely Complete

Harriet Jones

 

Connecticut Light and Power says only around 140 homes remain without power after Friday’s storm. In all the utility has restored power to almost 70,000 homes, most of them in the Southeast of the state. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports from Stonington.

 

 

Sunday afternoon, a utility crew raises a bucket truck under wires running along Pequot Trail in Pawcatuck. According to CL&P’s Bill Quinlan, crews like these worked literally around the clock this weekend.

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3:57 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Blizzard of 2013

Paul Pfeffer

The storm known as "Nemo," at least by the Weather Channel who named it, has now been recognized as having caused sufficient damage to Connecticut to warrant a Presidential declaration of a state of emergency.

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2:44 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Malloy Wants To Phase Out Car Taxes

 

Governor Dannel Malloy presented his budget to the legislature today.  In it is at least one item intended to be attractive to the state's taxpayers.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Malloy wants to exempt most cars from the property tax.

 

Connecticut residents pay taxes based on the value of their cars, and they pay them to the town where the vehicle is registered.

 

Malloy says this system has been historically unfair.  So here's how he wants to address it.

 

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1:30 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Amazon Will Charge CT Sales Tax, Build Distribution Center

alancleaver_2000, Flickr Creative Commons

Connecticut residents will have to start paying sales tax on purchases from Amazon.com later this year. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, the web giant has plans to site a distribution facility in the state.

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8:46 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Starting Something at Startup Weekend

Harriet Jones

 

This Friday, wannabe entrepreneurs will gather at UConn for the second annual Startup Weekend Storrs. It’s a 54 hour marathon which aims to develop and launch new companies into the real world. But does it work? --  and does that matter? WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

 

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10:41 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

Sign of the Times

Paul Pfeffer

News Flash!

Athletes use substances to heal quicker, play longer and perform better.

Okay, not much of a news flash. Remember the outrage of state sponsored "soldiers" playing in the Olympics as "amateurs." Our outrage, at its most basic level, was that those athletes had a competitive advantage over others, principally ours. 

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4:26 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Former Hartford Assistant Police Chief Sues City

 

A former assistant chief of police is suing the city of Hartford, alleging he was penalized by current Chief James Rovella for investigating one of his allies.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

 

The suit was filed by former Assistant Chief of Police John Horvath, who says Rovella eliminated his job as a way to get back at him for investigating one of his friends. 

 

"Assistant Chief Horvath was punished essentially for being a good cop."

 

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3:31 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

At the Intersection of Art and Architecture

Storefront churches, a flock of chattering birds, a meaningful phrase repeated against a plain background: architect and artist Clifford Mitchell told a variety of stories in a distinctive style, using pencil and pen, oil paint, watercolors and collage. An African-American architect and artist born in Alabama, Mitchell spent most of his life in Hartford and West Hartford. The year after graduating cum laude from Hartford Art School, he began winning prizes at regional art exhibitions.

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12:27 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Obamacare Explained

courtesy Barbara Glassman Dell, MetroHartford Alliance

 

The Affordable Care Act is nothing if not complicated. Now a series of workshops aims to educate Connecticut employers about just how to comply. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

 

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11:25 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Screamo Comrades and Moving Bodies

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from California X, Oliver, Akron/Familiy, and more. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from electronic producer Gold Panda, math rock band This Town Needs Guns, and screamo outfit Comadre.

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1:40 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

At Legislature, Mental Health Takes Center Stage

 

Lawmakers are hearing/heard testimony on mental health services in the state, as part of the legislature's response to the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

 

Patricia Rehmer had a note of caution for lawmakers.  She's the state's commissioner of Mental Health and Addition Services.

 

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10:57 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 69

Cindy Papish Gerber

As we rounded the corner in to 2013, my thoughts turned from the food I had been eating during the holidays to the food I’ve been eating during the football playoffs, and I figured it was a good time to talk about what we put in our bodies on a daily basis.

For this conversation, I invited Yale Professor Kelly Brownell, writers Mary Elliott and Susan Campbell, Weatherman Matt Scott, home chef Rob Oliver and the formerly huge Duo Dickinson - to join me for a conversation about healthy eating.

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12:00 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Quaint

Courtesy Lynn (Gracie's Mom) Flickr Creative Commons

It is so quaint. Having to record audio on one device, edit on a second and distribute to a third. Like having to first hitch your horse to a wagon before you could go or having to shut off the gas to extinguish your lamp.

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3:59 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Wool…it’s not just for warmth!

Most of us associate wool with scratchy sweaters and bare-skinned sheep, but wool is much more than that.  Wool was used for clothing as early as 4000 BCE and over 200 different breeds of sheep produce it, and so do other animals like goats, camels, alpacas, and llamas.   

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1:51 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

UConn Study Focuses on Children Who Lose Autism Diagnosis

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A study by University of Connecticut researchers has found that some children diagnosed with autism at a young age improved to a point where they no longer had symptoms of the disorder.

Dr Deborah Fein, a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at UConn led the study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Fein says researchers recruited thirty-four children from mild to severe autism who are now considered to have had an optimal outcome. She says that means they no longer exhibit symptoms of autism spectrum disorders like limited communication and social skills. 

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11:59 am
Wed January 23, 2013

21st Century Masters and Almond Milk Paradises

This week on The Needle Drop, we're looking at the latest releases from pop/rock revivalists Foxygen, and experimental rapper Milo. We'll also be hearing new tracks from Factory Floor and Low.

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9:49 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Fire & Ice

The Connecticut Historical Society, Horace B. Clark Collection.

Hartford’s Union Station, completed in 1889, acts as downtown’s western boundary and is the visual transition point between the business district and the residential neighborhood of Asylum Hill. The station originally operated for multiple railways including the Hartford and New Haven Railroad, Hartford and Connecticut Valley Railroad, Central New England Railway, and the New York and New England Railroad.

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6:47 am
Fri January 18, 2013

100 Years Of Cole Porter At Yale

Yale

Yale University kicks off a yearlong celebration of the work of composer and lyricist Cole Porter this weekend.  Porter aficionados will be able to hear one of his most popular musicals in its original orchestration.

Kiss Me Kate is probably Cole Porter’s best known musical,  and his  most successful.

"Its so witty and sharp and fun and  kind of naughty."  Amber Edwards is producing Saturday’s concert version of the show at Yale, with a cast of students and professional alumni.

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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.

As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the town and the police union have worked out a deal to compensate these officers as they recover but their efforts don't stop there.

 

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