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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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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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Connecticut's General Assembly officially wrapped up the legislative session at midnight Wednesday. In this short session, lawmakers passed bills that ban bump stocks, offer relief for homeowners with crumbling foundations, allow qualified undocumented college students access to a form of financial aid, and give a cost of living raise to nonprofit social service workers. 

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Electric Boat says it will expand its waterfront facilities in Groton and increase its workforce by 1,900 jobs, in a partnership with Connecticut that will also see it receive millions of dollar in state aid. 

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The state Department of Correction is about to be directly responsible for providing health care for prison inmates in Connecticut, ending a long-time contract with UConn. 

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Legislative leaders say they may consider a special session to look at potential problems with the state’s tax incentive programs for businesses. An audit of economic development incentives administered by state officials has found inaccuracies in both the level of tax credits and the amount of job creation achieved by the companies that benefited. 

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A landmark Supreme Court case over eminent domain and people’s right to private property is back in the headlines with the new movie “Little Pink House.” It tells the story of the Fort Trumbull neighborhood in New London, which was the scene of an epic struggle between a municipality that wanted to take property for the purpose of economic development, and the homeowners who resisted every step of the way. 

Jennifer Sanchez, an employee at Lifebridge Community Services in Bridgeport, benefits from the EITC
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As tax time comes down to the wire, an advocacy group is trying to raise awareness of one very under-used tax credit. It’s called the Earned Income Tax Credit, and it’s been boosting the income of low-wage workers for more than 40 years. But it’s still such a well-kept secret that it’s estimated as many as one in five people who are eligible never claim it. 

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Last fall, President Donald Trump announced that he wanted the federal government to stop funding the National Endowment for the Arts. Reaction to that proposal was swift and bipartisan -- and in fact, in the budget that passed last month, there’s not a cut, but a tiny increase in arts funding. 

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The full legislature will get an opportunity to vote on two key gun control bills this session. Measures that would ban so-called ghost guns and bump stocks both passed out of the Judiciary Committee Tuesday. 

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Connecticut’s Fifth District representative, Elizabeth Esty has announced she will not stand for re-election in November. The decision follows days of intense pressure on Esty, over her handling of a harassment case in 2016 involving her then-chief of staff. 

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Lawmakers heard arguments Monday against what critics say will be a disastrous new system of fiscal restraint in Connecticut. As the law stands now, bonds issued by the state from the middle of next month will include a guarantee to the bondholder - a so-called bond lock. 

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Connecticut won’t be in the forefront of states attempting to reinstate net neutrality rules -- for the moment at least. A bill that would have required internet service providers to give a level playing field to all internet content died in committee this week. 

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Connecticut lawmakers are under pressure over legalizing the recreational use of marijuana as Massachusetts gets set to sell pot from July of this year. 

Electric Boat

Connecticut’s entire congressional delegation voted for the omnibus spending bill which was signed, rather grudgingly, last week by President Donald Trump. 

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Last night’s snowstorm may not have lived up to the hype, but it has prompted one small but significant change in the way the state handles its emergency management.

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Six months on from Hurricane Maria, Stamford-based nonprofit Americares still has staff in Puerto Rico, helping the island’s health services recover from the storm and provide much-needed care to residents.

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Connecticut’s Fourth District Representative Jim Himes believes Congress has an opportunity this week to afford legal protection for special prosecutor Robert Mueller in the face of increasing attacks against him by President Donald Trump. 

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Wesleyan University is celebrating one of its own this month as it honors former U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur.

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Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is introducing legislation that would allow federal authorities to remove guns from a person who is deemed a threat to themselves or others. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy has backed a call by fellow Democrat and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin to remove the National Rifle Association as a state-recommended firearms training body. 

A behind-the-scenes look at ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter.
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ESPN has a new president. Disney, which owns the Bristol-based sports cable giant, has named James Pitaro to the job. 

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy joined President Donald Trump and a bipartisan group of legislators at the White House Wednesday for an open forum on gun laws.

Kadia Doumbia gives testimony at a public hearing.
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The state legislature is considering a bill that would outlaw female genital mutilation. While federal law already prohibits the practice, Connecticut is one of 24 states where there is no specific state law making FGM a crime, meaning the state itself cannot bring a prosecution. 

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After a hearing that stretched on beyond 12 hours, the legislature's Judiciary Committee split evenly 20-20 over whether to forward the nomination of Andrew McDonald to be chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. As promised, politics was front and center at the contentious confirmation hearing, which comes in an election year.

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A new lobby group is hoping to persuade Connecticut lawmakers to change the way the state votes in presidential elections. The group Making Every Vote Count is hoping to create a system where the winner of the national popular vote always wins the presidency. 

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Two parents who lost children in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School joined survivors of the school massacre in Florida to speak with President Donald Trump Thursday about school shootings. 

Seventeen people were killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.
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The mother of a child who was killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting says the community of Parkland, Florida will need support and resources in the wake of the tragedy there, and she says if people want change in the wake of Parkland, they will have to take action.

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Connecticut's congressional delegation reacted strongly as images of the Parkland school shooting flooded TV screens and social media Wednesday afternoon.

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The legislature's Higher Education Committee heard hours of testimony Tuesday, in support of allowing undocumented students to access financial aid at state colleges. 

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As plans for a casino in East Windsor seem stalled, the state legislature looks to be in for a lengthy debate over the future of gaming once again this session. Lawmakers from Bridgeport and New Haven are once again pushing for an open bidding process for the proposed third casino in the state. 

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