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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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New Haven’s emergency last week surrounding the use of the synthetic cannabinoid K2 was dramatic, but ultimately non-lethal. Although emergency personnel made more than 100 trips to the hospital, in the end no-one died from their exposure to the drug. And that’s raised a question about the terminology we use to describe this crisis. Were these in fact overdoses?

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Several Connecticut outlets joined hundreds of papers around the country in publishing editorials Thursday promoting the freedom of the press - pushing back against President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media. 

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Connecticut is receiving a $10 million grant that will be used to increase access to care for people with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

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Every Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee has joined in making a Freedom of Information Act request for records related to the career of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

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Connecticut’s U.S. senators are co-sponsoring legislation to block the availability of downloadable blueprints for the creation of plastic guns. A temporary injunction is currently preventing access to the blueprints, which a Texas group, Defense Distributed, wants to make available.

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A federal judge has issued an injunction temporarily halting the distribution of blueprints to build plastic guns with 3D printers. The ruling came in a case argued by Connecticut and seven other states. Success in court followed the failure of a bill introduced by Democrats in the U.S. Senate to try to block the release of blueprints that demonstrate how to produce the untraceable weapons. 

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Senator Richard Blumenthal has introduced a resolution in the Senate calling on the government to declassify and release documents related to 9/11. Families of the victims of the massacre believe the documents will show the true extent of the government investigation into the hijackers’ ties to sponsors in Saudi Arabia.

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Connecticut's employment market performed strongly in June, with the state adding a net 6,100 jobs in the month, according to a preliminary survey.

Farnborough International Air Show

Small and midsize Connecticut aerospace companies are once again planning to make their presence felt at Europe’s largest air show this summer. 

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Hartford's Colt Park has received a $750,000 federal grant to undertake extensive renovations. The money will be matched by funds kicked in by the city and the state of Connecticut.

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Public sector unions in Connecticut say they expect to lose between five and ten percent of their membership in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that allows workers to opt out of paying dues. 

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Three members of Connecticut's congressional delegation have been denied access to visit migrant children being cared for in the state on behalf of the federal Department Health and Human Services.

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People in several cities around Connecticut joined a day of action Saturday to protest the federal government’s continued separation of migrant families. 

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Connecticut union organizers say they’ll persevere in the face of a stinging defeat at the Supreme Court.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Both Connecticut’s U.S. senators are urging Democrats to resist the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice until after November’s elections.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, center, with New Mexico Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall.
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Several members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation are calling on the Trump administration to step up efforts to reunite families separated as they crossed the southern U.S. border. 

Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant

Richard Robinson has been sworn in as Connecticut’s next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He is the first African American to hold the post. 

Jesus Garzon / Connecticut Public Radio

New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield are now connected by rail service. The inaugural trains left Friday morning from Springfield and New Haven, meeting in Hartford for a ceremony to mark the opening of the revived line. 

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The rate of suicide in Connecticut has risen more than 19 percent over the last 17 years, but the state still compares well to others - a recent federal study found the national rate of suicide has risen almost 30 percent in the same period. 

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President Donald Trump’s acceptance of business from foreign governments will be be examined in court this week as a lawsuit brought by members of congress, including Senator Richard Blumenthal, gets a hearing 

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It appears Connecticut's proposed third casino in East Windsor may be one step closer. The Department of the Interior says it's about to issue an approval for the amendment of the financial compact that the state has with the Mohegan Tribe.

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Many of Connecticut’s closest trading nations will be affected by new tariffs on steel and aluminum that the Trump administration says will go into effect at midnight tonight. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy has signed legislation that bans bump stocks and other devices that increase the rate of fire of weapons. 

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Connecticut’s record on child poverty has improved in the last year, but the U.S. as a whole is making only slow progress in lifting kids out of poverty. That's according to a new report from Save the Children.

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Connecticut is one of the first states to join a new effort to combat the opioid crisis. MedicineSafe aims to coordinate the efforts of many different agencies in keeping addictive painkillers out of the wrong hands.

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Vice President Mike Pence told graduating cadets at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London that the administration intends to continue to invest in the service. 

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National Guard units were out Friday helping to clear downed trees from roads affected by Tuesday’s storms. Many residents in Western Connecticut are still without power as crews work to restore heavily damaged electric infrastructure. 

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Connecticut’s towns are likely to benefit from an information technology upgrade as a result of $5 million in federal grant money that’s coming to the state to protect the integrity of its elections. 

Hartford police on the scene of a crash involving a man shot by a member of a federal task force.
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The Connecticut State’s Attorney Office is investigating after a Hartford man was shot by a member of a federal task force during an undercover drug bust in the city.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Two people have died and several people have been injured as severe storms battered towns across Connecticut Tuesday. The western edge of the state was particularly hard hit. A man died in Danbury after a tree fell on his truck. 

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