Gubernatorial candidate exits Bloomberg group
6:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Boughton leaves Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton
Credit Craig LeMoult

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has dropped out of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.  Boughton, who is running for governor of Connecticut, made the announcement on his campaign website on Wednesday.  The Republican said he joined the group started by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg because he believes the enforcement of existing gun laws is preferable to creating new gun laws. He says he believes in recent months Bloomberg's mission has changed from law enforcement to simply increasing gun regulations.

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Bill was prompted by lawsuit filed against UConn
4:58 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

A bill that would hold colleges accountable for sexual assaults on campus is passed by Conn. House

Attorney Gloria Allred, second from right, speaks to the media on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 outside of U.S. District Court in Hartford, Conn. Allred filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the four women with her, from left, Kylie Angell, Rosemary Richi, Erica Daniels and Carolyn Luby, who claim the University of Connecticut violated their civil rights in response to sexual assault allegations the women made while students at the school
Credit AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb

A bill that would hold colleges responsible for preventing sexual assaults on campus passed unanimously on Thursday in the Connecticut House of Representatives. The bill was prompted by a federal lawsuit filed by five women against the University of Connecticut.

 

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WSHU Media Sponsorships
2:50 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

International Festival of Arts and Ideas

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

June 14-28, 2014

Festival of  performing arts, lectures, and conversations that celebrates the greatest artists and thinkers from around the world. Each June, the Festival takes over the theaters, open spaces, and courtyards of New Haven, Connecticut.

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Casino expansion in NY
11:28 am
Thu April 10, 2014

NY Gaming Commission hears testimony on problem gambling

File photo- Visitors play the slot machines at the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Jamaica, New York. Resorts World Casino was New York City's first legalized gambling "racino" at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Credit AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek

The New York State Gaming Commission is holding hearings on the issue of gambling addiction. It’s part of a process that will allow the building of up to seven new casino gambling resorts in New York over the next several years.

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Fining workers not just companies
6:17 am
Thu April 10, 2014

NY's top banking regulator tries new tactic

Ben Lawsky, Superintendent of New York's Department of Financial Services, speaking at the Long Island Association
Credit Charles Lane

New York’s top banking regulator says he wants to crackdown on not just companies involved in financial scandals, he wants the punish the workers too. Superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services Ben Lawsky was on Long Island Wednesday talking about this and other regulatory changes on the horizon.  

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Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.

Stamford
1:28 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Mayor David Martin addresses business leaders with State of the City speech

Stamford Mayor David Martin delivering his first State of the City address to more than 200 people at a Chamber of Commerce lunch event Tuesday.
Credit Kaomi Goetz

Stamford Mayor David Martin outlined his agenda to the city’s business leaders Tuesday in his first State of the City address.

Martin addressed more than 200 people at a Stamford Chamber of Commerce lunch event.

The 36-minute speech outlined Martin’s plan to change the way city government works. 

  

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Politics
10:58 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ted Kennedy Jr. announces run for state senate

File photo-Ted Kennedy Jr. speaks during a 2011 rally for then Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who was running for U.S. Senate.
Credit AP Photo/Bob Child

Another Kennedy is trying his hand in politics. Ted Kennedy Jr., the son of the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, announced Monday night he's pursuing a state senate seat in Connecticut.

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Alan Greenblatt has been covering politics and government in Washington and around the country for 20 years. He came to NPR as a digital reporter in 2010, writing about a wide range of topics, including elections, housing economics, natural disasters and same-sex marriage.

He was previously a reporter with Governing, a magazine that covers state and local government issues. Alan wrote about education, budgets, economic development and legislative behavior, among other topics. He is the coauthor, with Kevin Smith, of Governing States and Localities, a college-level textbook that is now in its fourth edition.

UConn women win 9th championship
12:41 am
Wed April 9, 2014

UConn wins championship, again!

Connecticut players leave the bench after the second half of the championship game against Notre Dame in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Connecticut won 79 -58.
Credit AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Tuesday night, just one day after the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team won the NCAA championship, the UConn women repeated the achievement. Both UConn and Notre Dame were undefeated for the season going into the game, but the Huskies stunned the Fighting Irish, winning by more than 20 points.

This marks an unprecedented ninth NCAA division one championship for the UConn women. And it’s only the second time a division one school has had both its men and women’s teams at the top in the same year. The last time that happened was in 2004 – also by UConn.

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