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Blog Update

Just a quick blog update for those of you who read this blog and who aren’t direct relatives (you’re in a pretty exclusive club, trust me).

I’m slowing the blog down as I figure out how to best use it going forward.  As I hope you know by now, our new WNPR News website is up, running, and awesome.  That’s where my attention is for the time being.

So, I’ll keep you posted.  Ha.  Get it?  Posted?

Jeff

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WNPR on NPR: 2 Connecticut Police Officers Accused Of Intimidating Latinos

Customers line up for lunch at Guti'z Bakery in East Haven. (Jeff Cohen/WNPR/

Customers line up for lunch at Guti’z Bakery in East Haven. (Jeff Cohen/WNPR/

I did a deep dive into East Haven and its history of allegedly harassing Latinos.

Here’s the result.

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WNPR on NPR: Connecticut Takes Obamacare To The People

Papillon Ferreiras and Emanuela Cebert talk healthcare.  (Jeff Cohen/WNPR)

Papillon Ferreiras and Emanuela Cebert talk healthcare. (Jeff Cohen/WNPR)

When I heard the folks at Access Health CT — the state’s healthcare exchange under Obamacare — were going to be at a Lil Wayne concert, I had a good sense this would be a story.

So here it is — a story that aired on NPR about the state’s outreach efforts.

 

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Connecticut Says It’s Ready To Implement New Healthcare Marketplace

There’s just a month to go before those without health insurance can go online to buy it through a state-sponsored website. WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports.

Here’s the story.

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Legislator Walks Back Michael Moore Comment, Stands By Vote

A big question since the massacre at Sandy Hook is how much, if any, information from the crime scene should be released to the public. As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, that debate continues.

Here’s the story.

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Newtown, The Public’s Right To Know, And Michael Moore?

Did the legislature pass a sweeping new privacy law after Newtown because of Michael Moore?

It did if you ask Republican State Sen. Len Fasano.

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Health Premiums Up, But Modestly

A lot of Americans get their health insurerance from their job.  And according to a new study, the price of that insurance went up by about four percent last  year.  WNPR’s Jeff Cohen has more.

Here’s the story.

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Differing Takes On Test Scores In Hartford

In Hartford, school district officials say test scores held firm and showed some healthy gains. But as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, the way you talk about test scores can be just as important as the scores themselves.

Here’s the story.

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Anyone Remember The Bottle Bill?

The state’s Supreme Court does.

But first, a review.

A few years back, the state tried to raise some revenue and balance its budget by grabbing all of those unclaimed bottle deposits. (What are bottle deposits? Just look on the side of your soda (beer?) can. It tells you how much you get back if you return the bottle.) The law let the state take the unclaimed deposit money going forward in time. It also claimed some revenues going back four months from the enactment of the law.
Anyhow, some of the beverage makers sued, saying that the state couldn’t go back and claim back-in-time deposits. It won at the trial court (and got more than $5 million in damages).

But today, the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned that ruling and found in favor of the state. You can read the decision here. We’ll hopefully have more on the news tonight. (Here’s the story that aired.)

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Hartford To Plant 1,000 Trees

The city of Hartford loses a few hundred trees each year.  But now, in a partnership with a local non-profit, the city is poised to plant 1,000 new trees this fall. WNPR’s Jeff Cohen has more.

Here’s the story.

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