Monthly Archives: April 2010

House Passes Regionalism Bills

The state house of representatives has passed a package of bills that house Democrats say will promote regionalism and, eventually, save money.

Listen to our story tonight during All Things Considered.  Or listen now online.

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Man Pleads Guilty In 2008 West Indian Day Shootings

Michael Ledbetter (Photo: Hartford Police Department)

Two years ago, a man was killed and six juveniles were shot in a violent end to Hartford’s West Indian day festivities.

Police arrested Michael Ledbetter not long after the Aug. 9, 2008 shootings. On Thursday, the 19-year-old Ledbetter pleaded guilty to seven charges – one count of first degree manslaughter with a weapon and six counts of first degree accessory assault.

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Third In A Series: Life After Parole

There are nearly five thousand people out of prison and under state supervision in Connecticut.   Each week, people on parole across the state descend on an old building in downtown Hartford to check in with the people who check in on them.

With the third in our series on life after prison, WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports.  Listen Thursday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, or listen  now online.

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Second In A Series: Life After Prison

Last month, we began a series of stories looking at life after prison in Hartford.

The series continues Wednesday and Thursday with our next two stories — the first about a parole officer, the second about the people he works with.

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City Holds Budget Public Hearing

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez introduced next year’s proposed budget last week, and it came with a five percent increase in the city’s tax rate.  On Tuesday, the mayor and the city council held a public hearing on the budget at Bulkeley High School.

Listen Wednesday during Morning Edition for more.  Until then, here’s an outline of what you’ll hear.

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LaHood Sounds Optimistic On Rail Funding

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U S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in Connecticut Monday to hear about the region’s plans for a high-speed rail between New Haven and Springfield.

Listen to our story this afternoon on WNPR, or listen online now.

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“Ban The Box” Is Back

The Connecticut house of representatives has passed a bill that would bar the state from asking about criminal backgrounds of potential employees until just before hiring.

An earlier bill faced opposition in the legislature.  That bill would have applied similar rules to businesses that contract with the state, and it angered some business advocates.  But this bill applies only to state hiring, and it passed the house with a unanimous vote.

Listen to our story online. Here are takes from the CT Mirror and CT Newsjunkie.

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