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Harriet Jones

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Harriet Jones is Managing Editor for Connecticut Public Radio, overseeing the coverage of daily stories from our busy newsroom.

As a reporter she's covered such diverse issues as the opioid crisis, immigration policy, homelessness, workforce development and income inequality.

In 2011, she created the station's Small Business Project as a way to tell stories about the companies that make up 90 percent of our economy, but often get overlooked in the media.

She is the winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting on Connecticut's 2010 floods.

Harriet joined WNPR in October 2000 as Morning Edition producer and reporter. Born in Scotland, she worked for the BBC for much of her early career.

She has also taught broadcasting for the BBC at some of their international schools in Eastern Europe, delivering courses to journalists in Romania, Albania and Bosnia.

She was news director at Scotland's largest commercial radio station, ScotFM, and was lucky enough to cover that country's two biggest political events in 300 years - the referendum which delivered a new parliament, and the subsequent elections.

 

Harriet lives in Stonington with her husband, Bob Statchen, and their three children.

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Cocktail hour at Downton Abbey is always high drama for the fictional inhabitants of the stately home, and every revelation around the dinner table is usually accompanied by at least a few glasses of alcohol. But for one Connecticut entrepreneur, it wasn't the staged high life that inspired a spirited idea -- it was a peek inside the real-life castle where the series is filmed.

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Connecticut must now take its chances in bankruptcy court as it continues to pursue its lawsuit against drug maker Purdue Pharma. The Stamford-based maker of Oxycontin officially announced its long-rumored bankruptcy filing Sunday night, confirming a settlement deal with about half of the states that had taken legal action over the effects of the opioid overdose epidemic.  Connecticut was not among the states participating in that settlement.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro
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Connecticut’s 3rd District Representative Rosa DeLauro is calling for all e-cigarettes and vaping products to be taken off the market as concern grows about a mystery respiratory illness linked to their use. 

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Connecticut’s commissioner of public health is now urging consumers not to use any e-cigarette or vaping products, as a mystery illness linked to vaping continues to spread.

Renée Coleman-Mitchell said her department has learned of six more patients hospitalized for severe lung disease, bringing the total number of potentially vaping-related cases in the state to 11. 

Justin Elicker may have provided the upset in New Haven, but Bridgeport’s Democratic challenger Marilyn Moore left the biggest questions on Connecticut’s primary night.

Moore, a state senator, came closer to incumbent mayor Joe Ganim than almost anyone had predicted, finishing with an unofficial tally of 5,021 to Ganim’s 5,269. 

Courtesy: Purdue Pharma

Connecticut’s attorney general says the state has not agreed to any settlement with Stamford-based drug maker Purdue Pharma. The Associated Press is reporting Wednesday that Purdue, the maker of controversial painkiller Oxycontin, has settled with about half of the states that are currently suing it over its role in the opioid overdose crisis. 

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Former New Haven alder Justin Elicker pulled off a huge upset in that city's Democratic mayoral primary, ousting incumbent Mayor Toni Harp. It was a rematch for the two. Six years ago it was Harp who bested Elicker to lead the city. This time, the challenger won a comfortable victory, with an unofficial total of 6,825 machine votes to 4,841.

The news that President Donald Trump had again shaken up his cabinet via social media Tuesday caused consternation for members of Connecticut's delegation. This time it was national security adviser John Bolton whose future hung on the president's Twitter feed.

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Voters in two dozen Connecticut communities are at the polls today to choose candidates to run for mayor and other top municipal posts. Polling places are open until 8:00pm this evening.

Staff at Americares, a Stamford, Connecticut-based nonprofit, move supplies as they prepare to deploy a team to the Bahamas to provide medical relief after Hurricane Dorian.
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A Connecticut nonprofit has deployed help to those impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

Stamford-based Americares now has a team on the ground in the Bahamas just after the Category 5 hurricane leveled the two northernmost Bahamian islands.

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Connecticut’s Attorney General said Wednesday he’s joining New York and Vermont in bringing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over immigrants’ access to public benefits because the government’s actions are damaging to this state’s economy and communities. 

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The ACLU of Connecticut is bringing a case against the city of Stamford that it hopes will test bail practices around the state. 

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A potential new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease -- partly based on technology developed in Connecticut -- has proven in an early clinical trial to reverse some of the cognitive decline which is a hallmark of the disease. 

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The state’s two federally recognized tribes, along with several state lawmakers, have put forward a new proposal to expand gaming in the state.

A proposed bill would authorize the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots to build a resort casino in Bridgeport, and potentially build out three more casinos or entertainment zones in Hartford and other towns around the state. 

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Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is calling on the federal government to issue a standard for certain chemicals in bottled water in the wake of contamination concerns. 

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Senator Richard Blumenthal said Monday President Donald Trump’s ongoing Twitter assault on Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city he represents, Baltimore, are “despicable,” and “a profound disservice to our nation.” 

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The governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts say they’re looking forward to closer cooperation on transportation, renewable energy initiatives and perhaps on purchasing services like IT and healthcare.

Ned Lamont invited his fellow governors Gina Raimondo and Charlie Baker for an informal conference at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic Tuesday. 

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Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro says the federal government must do more to move migrant children out of crowded detention centers. DeLauro spoke after touring the Homestead Temporary Influx Facility in Florida Monday, with several of her Democratic colleagues from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services and Education. 

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A state jury has ruled in favor of the city of Hartford and against a developer in the controversial case of the bungled construction of the city's recently-built minor league baseball park. 

In a decision announced Tuesday, the jury found against developer Centerplan in a suit brought after the city fired the developer from the job.

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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. 

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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. 

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There’s increasing concern over a chemical spill into the Farmington River that happened earlier this month. An accident June 9 at Bradley Airport released 50,000 gallons of firefighting foam containing chemicals known as PFAS -- and a substantial amount of it made its way from the sewer system into the waterway. In the days since, it’s become evident that it’s going to be very hard to contain and remove the chemicals from the spill. 

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Connecticut officials this week marked the one year anniversary of the Hartford Line commuter rail service which stretches from New Haven to Springfield. And the Department of Transportation is touting the first year as a success -- despite teething problems -- saying ridership for the year exceeded 634,000 passengers, about 50,000 more than projected. 

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Some workers at Pratt & Whitney say they're unconcerned over the merger of Pratt's parent, United Technologies, with Massachusetts-based Raytheon. UTC has said it will move its headquarters out of Connecticut for the first time in its history, if the merger closes as expected next year. 

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In a surprise announcement, Farmington-based United Technologies said Sunday evening it’s merging with another aerospace giant, Raytheon. The combined company's headquarters will be in Raytheon's home state of Massachusetts, marking the seismic loss of a homegrown giant for Connecticut.

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Two recent police shootings in Connecticut have brought issue of tensions between police and the public -- particularly communities of color -- front and center. Connecticut Public Radio's Where We Live team hosted a community conversation in Hartford recently, aimed at airing some of those issues.

A poster offering a $2,500 reward for information about the burning of a New Haven mosque lay in the mosque's parking lot on May 14, 2019.
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New Haven fire and police officials say a two-alarm fire at the Diyanet Mosque on Middletown Avenue on Sunday was intentionally set. 

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The state Department of Public Health has made public the number of unvaccinated children attending every school in the state. But some of the numbers have already been disputed as inaccurate. 

Ryan Caron King / WNPR

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal told Attorney General William Barr that history will judge him harshly for his role in the handling of the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. That was just the beginning of a testy exchange between the two as Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

Some Connecticut legislators say the two high-profile police shootings in the state in recent weeks make it more likely that they’ll push for better police accountability measures. 

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