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Harriet Jones

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

She also reports on all aspects of the business world for WNPR. She's covered such diverse issues as the threat to close Connecticut's submarine base, the sub prime mortgage crisis and the impact of casinos on the state.

In 2011, she created WNPR'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 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.

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.

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

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Senator Richard Blumenthal says that he will oppose the confirmation of William Barr to be the next attorney general. Blumenthal, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, met with Barr Monday before announcing his decision. 

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

The state’s new chief justice, Richard Robinson, says he’d like to improve the image of the state Supreme Court -- but at the same time he’s concerned about the effects of deep budget cuts on the whole judicial branch. 

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has laid to rest a long controversy over land in the eastern half of Connecticut. He declared that he’s scrapping plans to build a new state police firearms training facility in the town of Griswold.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair speaks during his Mass of Installation at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Conn., on Monday, Dec. 16. 2013.
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The Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford has released the names of 48 priests it says have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. It is also appointing a retired state judge to review all of its personnel files back to the 1950s.

Chion Wolf / WNPR

Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly look like they’ll make early voting a signature issue this session. They’re introducing legislation seeking a referendum on an amendment to the state’s constitution. 

Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

Governor Ned Lamont has announced a partnership with local banks that will see federal workers in Connecticut offered interest-free loans to help them during the government shutdown. 

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The partial government shutdown is taking its toll on furloughed employees and those who are forced to work without pay at Bradley International Airport. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Coast Guard families are enduring hardships as active duty personnel and civilian employees live without pay during the government shutdown.

Harriet Jones / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut’s insurance industry has been taking stock of its year, and a new report says the state should still pride itself on being the insurance capital of the world.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut will have a new governor Wednesday. Ned Lamont takes over from his fellow Democrat Dannel Malloy as he takes the oath of office in a ceremony at the State Armory. 

Neena Satija

Senator Richard Blumenthal has condemned Metro-North and many other railroads for failing to implement Positive Train Control safety technology. Only four of more than 40 railroads have installed the technology which can control train speeds and prevent collisions and derailments in the event of human error. 

Harriet Jones / Connecticut Public Radio

Governor Dannel Malloy faced many challenges in his eight year tenure. While the state budget crisis may have grabbed the headlines, other structural issues with Connecticut’s economy also consumed his attention. One of the biggest of these - the skills gap. 

Artist Bri Dill from South Windsor creates a painting at the grand opening of Infosys' Hartford innovation hub.
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Technology consulting company Infosys has formally cut the ribbon on its new innovation hub in Hartford. The center, housed in Hartford’s Goodwin Square building, will be one of four that the Indian company is creating around the U.S. 

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Utility regulators in Connecticut have issued a draft decision that might block a major water company takeover. The deal would see Connecticut Water Service bought out by a California company.

Amar Batra / Connecticut Public Radio

The chief counsel to the state Senate Republicans has been fired after admitting misappropriating tens of thousands of dollars from an election expenses account. Michael Cronin was confronted Monday by the caucus leader, state Senator Len Fasano, after vendors complained of unpaid bills, and a check was bounced.

Harriet Jones / WNPR

Farmington-based conglomerate United Technologies has announced it will break itself up into three separate companies. The breakup, which had been signaled for months, follows the closing of a massive deal to buy aerospace systems maker Rockwell Collins.

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Open enrollment season is well underway, and Connecticut’s insurance commissioner is warning consumers against junk health plans - after herself being targeted for a scam. 

Courtesy Amy Blumenreder

Much of Connecticut ground to a halt Thursday evening, as drivers and state crews seemed caught unaware by the first snow of the winter.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal has stepped into the controversy over inadequate train service on the Hartford line. He’s demanding answers from Amtrak over capacity issues on the new commuter line.

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

Governor-elect Ned Lamont announced his transition plans Thursday on the steps of the state capitol. Lamont says that he'll have two transition groups -- one focused on the budget, and the other on economic development. 

Armando Herreria

In theory, anyone who’s eligible but not registered in the state of Connecticut can register to vote the day of an election and cast a provisional ballot. But it’s a three-step process which takes some time, and that was the stumbling block for New Haven during Tuesday's election.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut’s next governor will be Democrat Ned Lamont. Republican Bob Stefanowski conceded the race to his opponent just before 9:00 a.m.

Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss spoke at The Bushnell theater in Hartford Monday, just days after the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. Schloss is the step-sister of Anne Frank.
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Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss spoke at The Bushnell theater in Hartford, Conn. Monday, just days after the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. Schloss is the step-sister of Anne Frank, the young girl who wrote a diary about hiding from the Nazis in an attic in Amsterdam during World War II. 

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A federal judge is expected to rule soon on whether a case against Hartford’s magnet school system can proceed to trial. A group of parents and activists are challenging the school system’s insistence that it maintain racial diversity - even if that means leaving seats empty. 

Jim Wadleigh, former CEO of Access Health CT.
Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

The former CEO of the state’s health care exchange has resigned from his new private sector job, just weeks after taking it. Jim Wadleigh now says his move may have contravened state ethics laws.

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The use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, has doubled among Connecticut high schoolers in recent years. Between 2015 and 2017, vaping went from seven percent of the high school population, to almost 15 percent. 

Chion Wolf / WNPR

Some more good news for Connecticut homeowners who are struggling with crumbling foundations -- many will now be able to deduct the cost of repairs from their federal taxes over the next two decades. 

Mary Anne Williams

Connecticut homeowners who have crumbling foundations will soon be able to apply for reimbursement through a new state-sponsored fund. The specialty insurance company set up to process claims launched a website Monday that gives guidelines on who will be eligible, what documentation they will need, and what will be covered. 

Ryan Caron King / WNPR

CVS has cleared the biggest hurdle in its plan to acquire Hartford-based health insurer Aetna. The deal was given the green light Wednesday by federal anti-trust regulators.

Ralph Alswang / Center for American Progress Action Fund

Former Secretary of State John Kerry said what he calls “tribalism” in government is threatening our democracy. He told an audience at Yale University Monday that he believes the destruction of the traditions of the Senate has put compromise out of reach in current politics. 

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