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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Hartford Wants To Improve Downtown Traffic

If you’ve ever gotten stuck in traffic in downtown Hartford, you’ll like this story.  The city is applying for a grant that will allow it to upgrade traffic signals in the central business district.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, the plan is to reduce congestion.

Here’s the story.

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How Affordable Will The Affordable Care Act Be For You?

State regulators have approved prices for health insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act.  But as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, figuring out how much a plan might cost you isn’t so easy.

Here’s the story.

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New Rules For Jury Duty and Pre-Trial Publicity

Exposure to pre-trial publicity is an issue when it comes to selecting jurors.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, the state Supreme Court has issued a new rule that will affect every trial court in Connecticut.

Here’s the story.

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Sept. 11 Graffiti On State Highways Gets State’s Attention

Graffiti (Jeff Cohen/WNPR)

Graffiti (Jeff Cohen/WNPR)

If you drive on Hartford-area highways, you’ve probably seen it — graffiti on state bridges that refer to the attacks of September 11.  And as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, they’ve become an annoyance for the state.

Here’s the story.

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