Monthly Archives: November 2012

Study: Hartford Children Have High Rates Of Obesity

A study of Hartford pre-school students shows that many of the city’s young are obese by the time they are four or five years old.  WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports.

Here’s the story.

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No Progress In Hartford’s Search For Chief Operating Officer

Three months after promising a national search to find a new chief operating officer, the city of Hartford says it hasn’t yet started to look for one.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, this comes on the heels of a search for a police chief that got mixed reviews.

Here’s the story.

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Need For Primary Care Doctors Touches Community Health Centers, Too

With legal and political battles over the Affordable Care Act all but settled, it now appears that the healthcare overhaul law is here to stay.  The goal of the law is to promise insurance coverage for more Americans and, if it works, increase access to care.

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Hartford, Farmington Look To Develop A Piece Of “Gold”

The city of Hartford and the town of Farmington are working together to turn 86 acres of forested land into office space.

Here’s the story.

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JP Morgan Says Computer Issue Resolved

Earlier today, we posted a story about how a computer breakdown was stopping public assistance benefits in ten states across the country.

Now, the contractor, J.P. Morgan, says the problem has been resolved.  Here’s the company’s statement:

All customers can now use their SNAP (food stamps) and other cash benefits cards after we resolved the technical issue that affected EBT card customers in some states this morning. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. This did not affect debit, credit or other cardholders.

 

 

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Computer Breakdown Stops Food Stamp and Cash Benefit Payments In Ten States

The state Department of Social Services says computers at J.P. Morgan Electronic Financial Services have malfunctioned, and that means public assistance recipients can’t use their debit-style cards to access food stamps or cash assistance.

Other states affected include New York, Florida, Indiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.  Also affected are the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A state spokesman says the situation is “fluid.”  Here’s what a spokesman for J.P. Morgan said in a statement:

“We are aware of the technical issue affecting SNAP (Food Stamp) and cash benefit access in some states. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working quickly to resolve it. This does not affect debit, credit or other cardholders.”

The press release is below.

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What’s It Mean If Larson Loses Leadership Role?

As congress readies itself for its next term, Congressman John Larson may be out of a formal leadership position with his party.  WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports that Larson is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives — and it’s a job he has to give up at the end of the year.

Here’s the story.

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