Replica schooner docked in New Haven
6:18 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

175 years after Amistad revolt, non-profit struggles to carry on story

The replica "Freedom Schooner Amistad" in New Haven on Wednesday
Credit Craig LeMoult

A hundred and seventy five years ago Wednesday, 49 African men and four children who had been sold into the slave trade, revolted on board the schooner La Amistad. The ship ultimately made it to Connecticut, where today, a non-profit with a state-funded replica of the ship is struggling to carry on the story.

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Malloy is racking up union support
5:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Conn.'s largest union endorses Democrat Malloy for a second term as governor

Gov. Dannel Malloy, left, sits with Middletown, Conn. delegates Domenique Thornton, center, and Mary Bartolotta, right, after accepting the Democratic nomination for governor at the Connecticut Democratic Convention, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut’s largest union endorsed Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy for a second term on Wednesday. The endorsement comes even though Malloy has had some tough negotiations with state employee unions during his term as governor. 

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Officials worry time is running out
4:29 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Cuomo urged to stop LIRR strike

LIRR trains idle in the yard during the 1994 strike. Officials are worried another strike could leave 300,000 commuters stranded.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

Worried time is running out, several Long Island State Senators are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to intercede in the stalled contract negotiations between the MTA and Long Island Rail Road workers.

Technically there is no deadline. LIRR workers are legally allowed to strike beginning Sunday, July 20th. However, they previously offered to push that date back to the end of summer where a strike would have more impact. There would be fewer people on vacation, college students would be back on the train, and it's the eve of November's gubernatorial election.

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development
6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Bridgewater nixes Stamford, but lawsuits over site continue

Even though the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, has decided to nix a state-backed $115 million deal to relocate to the site of Stamford's former boatyard, environmentalists and others are still concerned over the future of that 14-acre waterfront site. 

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Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

Surplus is less than the $500 projected in January
6:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Conn ends the 2014 fiscal year with $33.2 million budget surplus

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo says Connecticut ended its 2014 fiscal year on Monday with a $33.2 million dollar budget surplus. That’s $10 million dollars less than was projected just a month ago. The surplus is also less than had been projected earlier in the year.

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Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

Funding for rail infrastructure uncertain
6:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Blumenthal to introduce rail safety bill; renews call for infrastructure bank

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal at the Metro-North station in West Haven, Conn. on Tuesday.
Credit Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he's introducing a bill that would increase federal oversight of the U.S. rail system and require railroads to make safety improvements.  It’s not yet clear how some of that would be funded.

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State's oldest housing project to be redeveloped
12:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Norwalk, Bridgeport receiving $40 million in federal grants to become more storm resilient

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Director Harriet Tregoning speaking alongside the state's two U.S. Senators and other local, state, and federal officials.
Credit Tarice L.S. Gray

Federal officials announced on Monday they're giving tens of million of dollars to two cities in Connecticut to make them more storm resilient. Bridgeport is receiving $10 million and Norwalk is getting  $10 million of a $30 million commitment. Norwalk's funding will go toward the redevelopment of the oldest housing project in the state.

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Author Interview
3:31 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Refeathering the Empty Nest: Life After the Children Leave

Greenwich author Wendy Aronsson at WSHU's studios in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Some 25 million American parents are classified as "empty nesters".  They're free from the daily obligations of raising children after those children have left home for the next stage in their lives.

 Wendy Aronsson is a psychotherapist from Greenwich and author of Refeathering the Nest:Life after the Children leave. She says you can not only survive this change but you can thrive, as well.
 

She also likes to avoid the term "empty nest". Fairfield County Public Radio Host Bill Buchner asked her why...

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