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In Bridgeport, From Blighted Property To Community Hub

Jun 5, 2019
Steven Valenti / Republican-American

Gary Flocco, managing partner of Corvus Capital Partners, excitedly spoke over the sound of power tools and the shouts of hard-hat clad builders working in the concrete hallways of the former Graphophone Co. “We see ourselves as catalyst developers,” said Flocco, speaking under caged light bulbs strung above piles of pipes. “We'll come to an area that needs a big lift, we couldn't come here and build 25 units. That will never happen.” 

Building Better Cities

Jun 4, 2019
Steven Valenti / Republican-American

The irony carries great economic consequence: Once engines of Connecticut's prosperity, the state's former factories have long been massive liabilities for struggling cities. Connecticut has found a path to get these sites back into use, and it's fueled with taxpayer money. 

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

Bridgeport’s mayor has acknowledged that his city is having what he called  “strong conversations” with the state’s two tribal nations to develop a gaming facility in Connecticut’s largest city.

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This hour, we learn about efforts to construct a new casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut. We talk to Hearst Connecticut Media reporter Emilie Munson about a possible deal between the city and the state’s tribes, and consider the implications for MGM, which also has its sights on the Southwest region. 

Plus, the Trump administration has threatened to impose new tariffs on Mexico, raising questions for manufacturers, many of which have already felt the impact of the U.S.’ ongoing trade war with China. We take an in-depth look at this story with The New York Times’ Ben Casselman and a Connecticut-based economist.

Crumbling Buildings Are Left Uncounted

Jun 4, 2019
Members of the University of Connecticut's Brownfield's Institute visited the Smurfit-Stone Container factory site on Summer Street in Torrington in March 2019.
Jim Shannon / Republican-American

There's no telling how many empty industrial buildings are rotting away on polluted properties in Connecticut. The brownfield inventory maintained by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection lists 516 sites. But state officials admit that's not comprehensive. Sites only land on the list after state involvement in cleanup efforts. Given the state's long industrial history, DEEP estimates there are “probably tens of thousands” of polluted sites.

MGM Resorts International

The city of Bridgeport may finally host a casino. But a new plan to bring a casino to Fairfield County might include the two tribal nations that currently operate gaming facilities in Connecticut, and not Las Vegas gaming giant MGM Resorts International.

Connecticut Cities Left To Deal With The Shells Of Industry

Jun 3, 2019
The former Anamet factory complex has sat unused and deteriorating for nearly 20 years.
Bill Shettle / Republican-American

One key to a better future for Connecticut's cities could lie beneath the ugly scars from its industrial past, blighted and often toxic pockets that mar city landscapes statewide. 

Kittrell Lauray, 18, center, a family friend, holds up a "Justice for Chulo" banner during Thursday's march down Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield. Police blocked off the road for about two hours.
Vanessa de la Torre / Connecticut Public Radio

The shooting death of 18-year-old Anthony Jose "Chulo" Vega Cruz by a Wethersfield police officer prompted protesters to take to the streets of Hartford and Wethersfield Thursday night.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Election Day 2019 will feature mayoral races in Connecticut’s biggest cities. Candidates challenging established incumbents are beginning to emerge.

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P.T. Barnum is one of Connecticut’s most influential residents. As the “Greatest Showman,” he dramatically expanded the size and scale of the circus, through brilliant performance, innovations, and marketing. 

A New Home For Red Pandas At Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Dec 28, 2018
Red panda at the Beardsley Zoo.
Zairys Maysonet / Connecticut Public Radio

The Beardsley Zoo recently opened a new habitat for two red pandas, an endangered species.

Lori Mack / CT Public Radio

Police said a 12-year-old boy shot and killed in Bridgeport Tuesday night was an innocent bystander.

Lori Mack / CT Public Radio

ShotSpotter is a gunshot detection system, which uses a combination of sensors to determine the location of gunfire. Bridgeport has become the latest Connecticut city to roll out the technology. 

Adam Rosen / Congregation B'Nai Israel

The crowd of more than 750 people that gathered at Congregation B'Nai in Bridgeport for CONECT's Candidate Assembly on Monday was not expecting Shawn Wooden's vulnerabilty. They'd come to hear how five candidates running for statewide offices would respond to questions on four issues—gun violence, immigration, health care, and criminal justice reform—but it was the Democratic candidate for treasurer's story about gun violence, along with mothers Kristin Song's and Mory Hernandez's stories, that stood out.

Governor Dannel Malloy

A music teacher at Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport has been named the Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

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“Uprooting this culture of death.” That is how Pope Francis described the challenge in front of the Roman Catholic Church,  in a letter responding to the findings of  Pennsylvania grand jury investigation into widespread sexual abuse of children at the hands of priests.

Chion Wolf / WNPR

It's Primary Day in Connecticut! We know a lot of people can't vote in today's primaries because they're either not registered with one of our two major political parties, they're one of the millions of Americans on vacation during one of our final weeks of summer, or they just don't know about it. Maybe, it's all of the above.

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An 18-year-old died when the stolen vehicle he was riding in crashed during a police chase Thursday in Bridgeport. The city’s police department said the car was being driven by a 15-year-old. 

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A Nigerian musician, who regularly performs for young prison inmates in his native country, will make his American debut early next month in Connecticut.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

A letter signed by Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, and six other mayors from Connecticut’s larger cities was sent to Governor Dannel Malloy Monday asking for assistance with evacuee families in three areas.

MMCT Venture said Monday that the casino in East Windsor could be built within two years. But the project faces several obstacles.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The partnership between the state’s two federally recognized tribes began demolition on Monday of the old Showcase Cinemas building on Route 5 in East Windsor. That’s the site of the state’s proposed third casino.

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Two new developments may slow down or ultimately halt efforts to construct the proposed third Connecticut casino in East Windsor.

Vanessa de la Torre / WNPR

The State’s Attorney in Waterbury has cleared a Bridgeport police officer in the fatal shooting last year of a 15-year-old boy.

Frankie Graziano / WNPR

Pedro Juan Garcia Figueroa came up to Bridgeport from Puerto Rico on November 17. He wanted to thank the city for the nearly 200,000 pounds worth of supplies it collected during an event on October 1 -- a telethon organized by CTBPT United for PR.

Frankie Graziano / WNPR

Jayson Negron was killed by a police officer in Bridgeport last May. A protest was held in Hartford Monday highlighting his death.

Frankie Graziano / WNPR

Nelson Robles, 56, is the maintenance man at Primera Iglesia Bautista Emanuel church in downtown Bridgeport. He’s also a percussionist during mass. Every morning, he walks to the corner of his church – just off the altar to the right – and prays. He said that while he’s down on his knees looking for guidance, he feels God.

The city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is getting ready for an influx of Puerto Ricans fleeing the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.  

Scott Wilderman, the CEO of Career Resources, which operates the American Jobs Center for the city, met with other city officials and community leaders on Friday to develop a transition center, where incoming families can get services. 

Maisa Tisdale

Within the shadow of P.T. Barnum lies a much quieter tale of Bridgeport prosperity -- a tale involving two nineteenth-century sisters, Mary and Eliza Freeman.

While neither achieved the same level of recognition as Barnum, both established a significant place within the history of Connecticut’s Park City. 

MGM

MGM International has announced its intention to build a resort casino in Bridgeport. The gaming giant Monday held a ground-breaking ceremony for the project at Steelepoint Harbor on the city’s waterfront. 

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