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The December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has led to calls for increased police presence in Connecticut schools. Lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a measure concerning school-based arrests. The bill aims to reduce the number of students arrested at school for low-level, non-violent offenses. Schools would be required to report the number of arrests, and boards of ed would have to have written agreements with local police departments detailing the role of law enforcement in their schools.

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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2004-04-2013.mp3 If you take a look at movies or TV, you’d think that having a disability is the worst fate possible-- maybe even worse than death. Better to not be born at all than struggle through life unable to walk, hear, see or talk.

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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2003-28-2013.mp3 It's an unusual time to be the president of a state university in Connecticut. The Malloy administration has been trying to overhaul the system of state colleges and universities, the legislature is trying to reign in spending by the Board of Regents which oversees that system. A tuition increase is going into effect, which has drawn protests from students and even some faculty, who feel that the University of...

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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Wher%20We%20Live%2003-27-2013%20.mp3 We all know the story. Monkeys in a science lab, top secret research, something goes terribly wrong. It’s no surprise that most cinematic attempts to depict research like this ends up focusing on what happens to the humans. But what about the ethics of this research, and what it means for the test subjects? In many cases, chimpanzees have been seen as viable in research because of their close relationship to...

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20130325%20Htfd%20public%20schools.mp3 Hartford Public Schools have signed an agreement with federal education authorities to improve supports and services for students who are English Language Learners. A complaint was filed with U.S. Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights in 2007 on behalf of Somali-Bantu, Liberian and Spanish-speaking students in the Hartford Public Schools. Students did not have appropriate amounts of supports,...

As a federal push for an assault weapons ban seemingly fades, gun control advocates at the state level are keeping the pressure on. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference today with the vice president and Newtown families calling for tougher gun laws. Bloomberg says he's is passionate about gun safety. "Because we believe that we have a responsibility to help free our country from the gun violence that takes lives and breaks hearts every single day, all year round."...

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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...

Working For Equality

Mar 20, 2013
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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Samaia/Where%20we%20Live%2003-20-2013.mp3 Womens rights pioneer Marcia Ann Gillespie was in state for Womens Day at the capitol. We talked to her about her rise to prominence as the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, and the fight for gender and racial equality. But first, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity started out as a small grassroots organization... And next year will turn 25. It is building in eight different cities and towns in the region...

Governor Dannel Malloy says he wants bipartisan agreement on a plan to ban the sale of the kinds of weapons used in the Newtown shooting last December. But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the governor says that if he doesn't have Republican support, there's more than enough Democrat leverage to push a plan through. Malloy was speaking to a friendly crowd at the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, DC. And as legislators from both parties still try to come to an agreement on...

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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/2013/2013_03_19_LN%20120319%20ctfallen%202-way.mp3 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...

A Look at Libraries

Mar 18, 2013
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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/mcnicolpants/fms%2020130318.mp3 Think about your local library. Do you still picture a dusty old building full of dusty old books? Do you imagine little old ladies with their glasses down at the ends of their noses, shushing you every time you speak?

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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Betsy/Where%20We%20Live%2003-15-2013.mp3 When we need to go to the hospital, we usually don’t care what it costs to make us better. We just want to get better.

And when you think about it, you shouldn't have to worry about how much it costs when you’re sick or hurt.

But in America, where we’re likely to spend $2.8 trillion dollars on health care this year, the care we receive doesn’t cost the same for everyone.

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Busloads of employees from Colt Manufacturing and other gunmakers came to the state capitol today. And as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, they say an assault weapons ban would cost the state jobs. They came in buses, and they came with their bosses, who say they've all got a lot to be afraid of. Colt makes and sells rifles that Governor Dannel Malloy wants to ban. And the company's brass fears that losing the modern sporting rifle in the state could devastate their local sales and their national...

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. "I'm Jonathan Scalise. I own Ammunition Storage Components in New Britain, Connecticut. We're a manufacturer of rifle and pistol magazines." Some Democrats in...

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. The goal was that the legislative subcommittees on mental health, school security, and guns would each forward one list of recommendations to legislative leaders. Then, together, the leaders would craft bills from there. But on guns that got...

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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Betsy/Where%20We%20Live%2003-05-2013%20Seg%20BC.mp3 Good teaching is the single biggest indicator for student success, and while we spend more money to teach our students than in any other country, we achieve at lower levels than our foreign counterparts. So, what makes for a good teacher, and how do we know it when we see it? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asked that question of 3,000 students and their teachers in a recently released study...

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...

The superintendent of schools for Aurora, Colorado spoke to Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission today/Friday. Aurora was the scene of a mass shooting last July. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Malloy's task force is meeting to come up with policy recommendations after the Newtown shootings. As part of that, they heard from John Barry -- he runs the Aurora, Colorado public schools. He spoke via Skype, and said that preparation before an event happens is the most important thing...

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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%202-21-2013.mp3 A few years ago, we broadcast from "The Grove" in New Haven's Ninth Square, when it was part of "Project Storefront" - an attempt to breath life into a neighborhood that needed help.

Now, this co-working space, which draws entrepreneurs from all over, is part of a state-sponsored innovation "hub" - as well as a center of activity for a thriving neighborhood.

It's not just tech startups...

Vice President Joe Biden was in Connecticut to talk about gun control measures at a conference with Governor Dannel Malloy. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, an otherwise somber governor did a little bit to try and make the crowd laugh. Without the vice president in the room, Malloy gave his remarks and said that anytime you get to spend part of your day with Joe Biden is a good day. And then he said this: "I'm going to bet that he's going to mention either his grandmother or his grandfather at...

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"The average American, in my experience, has no idea what the immigration experience is today." So writes a woman on my Facebook page today. She spent ten years reapplying for work status renewal as what's called a "temporary non-immigrant." It was, she said, a bureaucratic nightmare and each renewal application also renewed her worries she would not be allowed to stay. Our immigration show today tells some of those stories: A woman whose husband is in prison awaiting deportation to Australia...

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/2013/2013_02_13_LN%20130214%20doma%20DOD.mp3 Earlier this week, the Department of Defense officially announced it will extend certain spousal benefits to partners of gay and lesbian service-members. It's another step in a policy shift to treat all service members equally since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The news was embraced by a Waterford, Connecticut couple who are the lead plaintiffs in a suit challenging the federal law that defines...

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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/wwl%202-7-13.mp3 The Shubert Theater in New Haven turns 100 next year - At one time it was a test stage for future Broadway shows, but since then has struggled to make ends meet, and now the city wants to hand over operations and expenses to a private company.

But the Shubert’s a success story, in that it survived the wrecking ball, while other, once thriving performance and movie houses have fallen to pieces, long ago torn down and...

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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/2013/2013_01_31_LN%20130201%20trauma%20grant.mp3 A New Haven mental health clinic has received a federal grant to help the children of military families. The clinic aims to use the funding to fill a gap that exists in the VA health care system. In its 100-year history, Clifford Beers clinic has focused on mental health care. The clinic now specializes in services for children and families. Executive Director Alice Forrester says a new $1.6 million...

Interstellar Travel

Jan 23, 2013
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http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Lydia/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2001-23-2013.mp3 When you think of all the things here on the ground that don't work right, the notion that we should consider traveling to other stars seems a little crazy. But one thing doesn't have to be the enemy of the other. A civilization that strives and reaches will solve a whole bunch of other problems along the way. And there was a time when travel across an ocean seemed insurmountable. So did manned flight. So...

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