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Hartford's Exorbitant Commercial Property Tax Curbs Economic Growth

Jun 30, 2019
Greg Bordonaro / Hartford Business Journal

When D&D Market closed its Franklin Avenue storefront in Sept. 2016, Hartford lost more than a landmark small business.

The third-generation family grocer, caterer and purveyor of fresh foods traces its Capital City roots back to 1932, when present-day owner Daniel D’Aprile’s grandfather opened a bustling market that became a mainstay on one of Hartford’s most vibrant small-business corridors.

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

Police are investigating two Friday night shootings — one in Hamden and one in New Haven — and investigators believe the incidents are connected. 

Nicole Leonard / Connecticut Public Radio

Fifty years ago in the summer of 1969, during an era of extreme homophobia, police in New York City carried out a violent raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar. In the immediate days after, members of the gay community held protests and demonstrations in the city.

The riots gained momentum and eventually led to the modern day LGBTQ civil rights movement.

Jade Allen / Connecticut Public Radio

Governor Ned Lamont announced Friday that all seven of the state-operated highway rest stops will be open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning Monday.


New Haven officials say they’re cooperating fully and working to compile documents requested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

The operator of Bradley International Airport said it is stepping up pollution control measures following a recent accident that released PFAS – a family of chemicals linked to a variety of negative health effects. 

Chickweed is one of the annual weeds that you can prevent.
Paige Filler (Flickr) / Creative Commons

Ben Franklin once said, “A man of words and not of deeds, is like a garden full of weeds.” Yes, with all the rain, annual weeds are having a hay day!

Outgoing UConn President Susan Herbst, alongside Board of Trustees chairman Tom Ritter, signs the university's new contract agreement with the Big East on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
Nicole Leonard / Connecticut Public Radio

The University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees unanimously voted Wednesday to bring its non-football sports programs back into the Big East Conference and leave the American Athletic Conference. The vote was one of the final steps in making the move official. A formal announcement will be made by conference officials Thursday in New York City. 

The Van Vs. An Opioid Addiction: Taking Treatment To The Streets

Jun 26, 2019
Jesse Costa / WBUR

On the streets of Boston, the potholed path to treatment often starts with a sandwich. Egg salad is the favorite. Today it's ham. Phil Ribeiro tucks one into the bag of a man who is breathing, but either so sedated or deeply asleep that he's difficult to rouse. 

Don Treeger / The Republican via AP, Pool

The man who’s accused of killing seven motorcyclists in an horrific crash in New Hampshire last week had been previously arrested in Connecticut, after refusing a sobriety test -- a revelation that has led to finger pointing between the licensing agencies of two states. 


Newly released emails and documents from an unsealed multi-state lawsuit against major generic drug manufacturers show correspondence between company leaders on drug price increases, Congressional investigations and more.

GOP Keeps J.R. Romano As Its State Chairman

Jun 25, 2019
State GOP Chairman J.R. Romano speaking to GOP party members ahead of the 2018 midterms. Romano won re-election as chairman on Tuesday.
Amar Batra / Connecticut Public Radio

J.R. Romano was elected Tuesday to a third two-year term as state chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party, surviving a challenge over the degree to which he bears responsibility for a disastrous 2018 election cycle.

Lamont: Conn Will Get Extra Income Tax Receipts Built Into New Budget

Jun 25, 2019
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont and his budget director defended their decision Tuesday to build $180 million in extra income tax receipts into the new state budget, with Lamont offering assurances the money will flow as planned into the state’s coffers. 

Jade Allen / Connecticut Public Radio

Governor Ned Lamont has signed into law a bill that will provide paid family and medical leave for up to 12 weeks for all Connecticut employees. The program will be funded through a payroll tax on workers.

Lauren Smith / Connecticut Public Radio

Despite President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he would delay large-scale raids nationwide, immigration advocates say that in Connecticut, detentions of undocumented residents by Immigration and Customs Enforcement are still happening.

Nicole Leonard / Connecticut Public Radio

The United States Court House building in Hartford is home to an office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE, which has recently been directed by President Donald Trump and his administration to carry out mass raids and deportations in major cities of undocumented immigrants.

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

The finding comes more than two weeks after an accident at a private aircraft hangar sent thousands of gallons of contaminated water into the river.

Rep. Jim Himes
Chion Wolf / WNPR

Rep. Jim Himes, has become the first member of the state's congressional delegation to call unequivocally for impeachment hearings into the conduct of President Donald Trump. 

Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

By the middle of the last century, U.S. cities were showing their age. They had endured the Great Depression and World War II, two decades of deferred maintenance. They were losing residents and businesses to the suburbs. But a confident America, that had just turned German and Japanese cities to rubble, stepped up. 

In Hartford, Nancy Pelosi Promises To Fight, Not Impeach, Trump

Jun 22, 2019
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday promised an audience of 1,000 Connecticut Democrats an unwavering pursuit of what she called President Donald J. Trump’s wrongdoing as a candidate and president — but one geared to his defeat at the polls in 2020, not his impeachment in 2019. 

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Lawmakers and environmental advocates gathered on the banks of the Farmington River Friday, calling for state and federal action following a chemical spill at a private aircraft hangar, which contaminated the river.


Democratic lawmakers are getting ready to take on child vaccination legislation in the next session, which won’t start until January or February.

Gunshots And Lockdowns: When Nearby Gun Violence Interrupts The School Day

Jun 21, 2019
A sign is posted outside of Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., requesting information regarding the shooting death of 15-year-old Maurice Scott, who was killed near the school over Memorial Day weekend.
Tyrone Turner / WAMU

In the daylight hours of a recent Wednesday afternoon, a 33-year-old man was shot and killed in Southeast Washington, D.C., just a short walk from where children at Savoy Elementary School were in their afternoon classes. Hendley Elementary School, roughly a mile away, was recently hit by bullets, reportedly for the second time in a month.

Frank Franklin / Associated Press

The descendants of slaves and the descendants of a man who tried to academically justify slavery are joining forces.

In the 19th century, Harvard University professor Louis Agassiz commissioned photos of a slave named Renty and his daughter in an effort to illustrate the inferiority of blacks. Harvard still has those images. The descendants of Renty want them back. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Two Central Connecticut State University theater professors investigated on suspicions of engaging in sexual misconduct with their students have left the university.

Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

While TheaterWorks’ Hartford home is under construction, its summer plays are taking the stage at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Actually tells the story of two college students grappling with a haunting question—what happened that night after the party? It’s a question that’s resonating with fresh intensity in the #MeToo era.

Cucumber beetle
Katja Schulz (Flickr) / Creative Commons

Happy Summer Solstice. Although gardens are slow to grow this year, the insects know what time of year it is and they're out in force. Particularly, the beetles.

An Unenthusiastic Response To Lamont's Tolls Reboot

Jun 19, 2019
Washington State Dept. of Transportation/flickr creative commons

The administration of Gov. Ned Lamont re-launched its campaign for highway tolls in a private two-pronged pitch to wary legislative leaders Wednesday, setting Connecticut’s growing transportation infrastructure needs against a special transportation fund on the verge of insolvency. 

Jade Allen / Connecticut Public Radio

Amid growing tensions in the Middle East, Connecticut’s Air National Guard troops are heading overseas.

On June 18, a ceremony to commemorate the deployment of nearly 150 members of the 103rd Airlift Wing was held at the Bradley Air National Guard Base hangar.

Keith Allison / Creative Commons

In a tweet earlier this week, President Trump wrote that Immigration and Customs Enforcement will soon begin deporting millions of undocumented citizens.