Monthly Archives: November 2011

CT Mirror: Lawmakers To Ask Supreme Court For More Time For Redistricting

State lawmakers are meeting this hour to try and finalize boundaries for state legislative districts and federal congressional elections. But as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, there’s a midnight deadline, and the question of how to draw the lines for the US House of Representatives is still unresolved.

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NHL Hockey In XL Center? Consultant Report Says It’s Unlikely

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Last week, Howard Baldwin made a splash when he proposed putting more than $100 million into the XL Center with the goal of bringing an NHL hockey team back to Hartford.  But as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, a report commissioned by the state in 2006 says that no amount of renovations could retrofit the arena to the standards of the NHL.

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Busway Gets Federal Funding, Construction To Begin In Spring

Federal transportation officials have officially committed $275 million for a busway from New Britain to Hartford.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, state officials say construction will begin this Spring.

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Protest Briefly Closes Interstate On Ramp

More than 100 people chanting and carrying signs marched through downtown Hartford yesterday, calling for jobs, public safety and infrastructure investment, and an end to corporate greed.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, the march was part of a national protest to declare an economic emergency.

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First The Storm, Now The Woodchips

Now that the October storm is gone and power is back, there are still trees down across the state.  And as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, those trees turn into wood chips, and those wood chips need someplace to go.

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Where Was CL&P Chief Jeff Butler?

It’s not a huge deal, but it’s noteworthy that CL&P President and COO Jeff Butler wasn’t at today’s meeting of the governor’s Two Storm Panel.  Butler was the company’s public face after the recent storms.  Other officials from the company were there to answer questions from the panel instead.

Joe McGee, the panel’s co-chair, says it was up to the utilities to choose their representatives. And Mitch Gross, CL&P spokesman, says Butler was in Berlin running the company.  Gross says his associates were more than capable of addressing the panel.

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Two Storm Panel May Rethink How Utilities Pay For Infrastructure Costs

The panel looking into the state’s response to two damaging storms this year heard from electricity providers today/yesterday. As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, the panel want to know what needs to happen to keep the lights on the next time weather strikes.

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