Tom Kuser

Program Director, WSHU Morning Edition host

Tom has been with WSHU since 1987, after spending 15 years at college and commercial radio and television stations. After a short stint as classical music announcer, he was given the task of rebuilding and expanding the news department. Under his direction, the news staff began a tradition of award-winning coverage. Tom has won several Associated Press awards for his own feature reporting, too. He became Program Director in 1999, and has been local host of NPR’s Morning Edition since 2000.

Update: Aug. 7, 3:21 p.m.

The FBI says the two men it suspects robbed the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum of $500 million worth of masterpieces in 1990 are dead.

Peter Kowenhoven, the FBI's assistant special agent in charge in Boston, told The Associated Press the thieves are deceased. Kowenhoven declined to identify the suspects.

Two years ago, investigators announced they knew who stole the 13 works — including paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer, but they refused to elaborate, saying only that the investigation was now focused on recovering the missing artwork.

Update: Aug. 7, 1:40 p.m.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts has released an excerpt of surveillance video from The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from March 17, 1990. Law enforcement officials say the video shows an unauthorized visitor entering the museum the night before the theft. The person is seen entering through the same door the thieves used the following night. Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man seen in the video.

In 1990, two men dressed as police officers walked into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, overwhelmed two security guards, and walked out with 13 valuable pieces of art, including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer.

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The railroad line that runs through Connecticut is 115 miles long, hugging the shoreline from New York to Rhode Island. Trains have traveled this corridor since the 1800's but now climate change could be threatening their future. The coast has been battered by several recent storms, including Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, effecting low lying sections of the rail system. Some say rising sea levels will cause repeated flooding of those and other areas.

Office of the Governor - Kevin P. Coughlin

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order appointing the state's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, as a special prosecutor for one year to investigate cases where unarmed civilians are killed by police officers, or where there is a question as to whether or not the civilian was armed and dangerous.

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The Connecticut legislative session has ended, but the fallout from the last minute budget agreement is just beginning.

Lawmakers passed a two-year, $40 billion state budget. The budget raised a range of taxes by about $2 billion over two years in order to help offset a projected deficit of more than $2 billion over that time.

WSHU's Tom Kuser spoke with AP Capitol Reporter Susan Haigh to help sort through the state budget agreement and other pieces of legislation lawmakers dealt with before the deadline.

Is Steve Katz a Rock Star? That's the question he explores in his news memoir, "Blood, Sweat, and My Rock and Roll Years."

Steve Katz was founding member of The Blues Project in the mid-60's, and, then Blood, Sweat, and Tears, the band famous for fusing Rock, Pop, Blues and later Jazz rhythms into their music. They turned out a string of top-40 hits and sold millions of albums worldwide.

Katz was in the middle of the psychedelic cultural explosion of the 60's and early 70's. His memoir tells of the wild ride he shared with up and coming rock n roll royalty of that day.

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