Conn. $55 per person tax rebate
7:27 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Malloy's $55 tax rebate proposal wins key committee approval

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed $55-per-person tax rebate won the approval of a key state legislative committee on Tuesday. Members of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee voted 31 to 19 for the proposal.

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Reformers wait. Longer
4:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The ethics attempts of New York's budget

Andrew Cuomo, seated, hands out baseballs to Senate co-leader Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, from left, Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-Garden City, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, during a news conference and budget bill signing ceremony.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed this years $140 billion budget Tuesday. It includes a property tax rebate for homeowners, increased education aid, pre-k funding, and also some ethics reforms. We've been air stories on the education and tax policies, but to here about ethics reforms WSHU's Charles Lane is here.  

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Stamford Symphony Orchestra
11:52 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Stamford Symphony finds Power in Simplicity

conductor Eckart Preu

On their concerts for April 5th and 6th

  , The Stamford Symphony Orchestra presents three pieces that get their powerful impact from their simplicity: Kodaly's Dances from Galanta, Dvorak's Violin Concerto, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.  Kate Remington talked with music director, Eckart Preu about how he found the surprising similarities in these pieces.  

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Sports
9:51 am
Tue April 1, 2014

A look back at the Black Fives Era of basketball

A placard on display at the New York Historical Society for a game in 1946 between the New York Renaissance and the New Britain Pros. The placard features William "Dolly" King, who starred at Long Island University, before spending several seasons with the Renaissance.
Credit Black Fives Foundation

The Greenwich, Connecticut-based Black Fives Foundation has collected hundreds of artifacts from a period in sports history called the Black Fives Era.  It refers to the first half of the 20th century, in segregated America, where African Americans formed basketball leagues of their own.

WSHU's Tom Kuser speaks with founder Claude Johnson about an exhibit at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan, which features many of those artifacts.

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Budget
9:18 am
Tue April 1, 2014

After marathon voting session, NY lawmakers pass budget

The windows of the Assembly Chamber at the Capitol are illuminated as lawmakers worked into the evening on the state budget on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

State Lawmakers in New York passed a $140 billion budget on Monday night just before a midnight deadline. But it wasn't without controversy.

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Access Health CT seeing biggest day yet
6:28 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Conn. health exchange sees increase in interest as deadline arrives

Monday is the deadline to register for Connecticut’s health care exchange – the state’s insurance program that’s part of the Affordable Care Act. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult spoke with Kevin Counihan, the CEO of the exchange, which is called Access Health Connecticut. Counihan says enrollment has been heavy.

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Javier Martinez remembered by classmates
6:10 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Blumenthal speaks to classmates of New Haven shooting victim

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal at Common Ground High School in New Haven on Monday.
Credit Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut visited a New Haven school on Monday and spoke with classmates of Javier Martinez, who was killed by gunfire in December. The students said they want to do something to prevent more gun violence.

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LI gets near 6% increase in ed funding
5:20 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

State budget "OK" for Long Island schools

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) answers reporter questions following budget session
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Albany lawmakers are voting on a blizzard of budget bills that were hammered out over the weekend. The budget includes money for a property tax rebate for homeowners and a number of education initiatives. While many are satisfied with the education funding some more satisfied than others.

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No baseline without test takers
4:58 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Common Core optouts reach critical number

State Education Commissioner John King, Jr., listens to a speaker during a forum on Common Core learning reforms.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Educators on Long Island say the number of students and parents opting-out of taking standardized state tests this week is growing. The numbers are so high the tests could be deemed invalid.  

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WSHU Media Sponsorships
3:22 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse

Westport Country Playhouse

Westport Country Playhouse aims to enlighten, enrich and engage a diverse community of theater lovers, artists and students by presenting excellent professional theater and offering a welcoming experience.

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