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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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Cross-state cooperation on marijuana and on vaping issues headlined the latest meeting between the governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Ned Lamont, Gina Raimondo and Charlie Baker met in Providence Thursday.

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A Hamden police officer who fired shots at an unarmed couple in New Haven in April was arrested Monday and released on bond. 

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The latest class of start-up companies being fostered by Stanley Black & Decker at its Hartford accelerator will show off their innovations Monday, in an event the company calls Demo Day

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Seven people were killed and several others injured after a vintage WWII aircraft crashed at Bradley International Airport Wednesday morning.

Ten of those aboard were passengers who had paid to take a short flight on the B-17, while three were crew. One person on the ground was also injured as the plane came down, as was a firefighter. 

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), a top lieutenant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calls the just-launched impeachment inquiry “decisive action.”

Earlier this month, DeLauro told Connecticut Public Radio's Where We Live that she was against impeachment. Now, she tells the show, the whistleblower complaint over Ukraine has caused her to change changed her position. 

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President Donald Trump Wednesday explicitly called out Sen. Chris Murphy over his recent visit to Ukraine, accusing Murphy of threatening that country’s president. Murphy has responded, accusing Trump of “leveraging away the international credibility of the United States.” 

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The new president of the University of Connecticut says he’ll be unveiling a program next month to help low income students attend UConn for free.

Thomas Katsouleas said, at the same time, to mark his October 4th inauguration, the school will also launch a new campaign to raise scholarship funds to allow other students to offset more of the cost of college. 

Ryan Caron King / WNPR

In the hours before Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement of an impeachment inquiry, both of Connecticut’s U.S. senators were among those calling for the House of Representatives to begin proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy issued a statement Tuesday saying that he was “deeply sorry that our nation must begin this journey toward impeachment.” 

Rep. Rosa DeLauro
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The two most senior members of Connecticut’s House delegation, Rosa DeLauro and John Larson, now say they can foresee supporting impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, in the wake of the scandal over the administration’s contacts with the Ukrainian government.

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Calling it the “most serious moment of the Trump administration to date,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said the president has openly admitted to having asked a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 elections. And while he has stayed silent on the question to date, he said the revelations of the last few days over contacts between the Trump administration at the Ukrainian government may lead him to change his mind on whether House Democrats should begin impeachment hearings. 

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One person has now died in Connecticut of the mosquito-borne illness Eastern equine encephalitis, and another case has been confirmed. Health officials say with EEE ‘likely to persist in the area,' Connecticut residents should focus on prevention.

The virus can cause brain damage in survivors, and there is currently no cure.

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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. 

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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.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

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.” 

Keith Phaneuf / CT Mirror

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. 

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

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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