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Connecticut submits its third bid for Race to the Top federal education grants on Wednesday.  The focus this time around is early learning. 

Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grants are targeted to states that want to better coordinate their early care and education systems. Right now, Connecticut has a patchwork of programs for young children overseen by five different state agencies.

Even in these uncertain times, the federal government has a lot of tax dollars to spend. But if you run a small business, taking advantage of that opportunity can seem pretty daunting. A recent conference in southeastern Connecticut aimed to demystify the process of doing business with the feds.

WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

Three Rivers Community College in Norwich hosted this day-long seminar, organized by the office of second district congressman Joe Courtney.

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Swiss bank UBS will retain a significant presence in Stamford after the state of Connecticut extended the company a $20 million loan. But, as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports job cuts seem likely at the bank’s Connecticut operations.

Two Different Democrats

Aug 24, 2011
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They’re both Democrats, but Jonathan Pelto and Patrick Scully don’t exactly see eye-to-eye.

Their differences largely stem from the recently ratified labor concessions deal.

Pelto - a progressive former state lawmaker - was disappointed in Governor Malloy’s handling of the deal and said he wanted his 2010 vote back.

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Wednesday was the deadline for Hartford Democrats to challenge their party's endorsed candidates for mayor, city council, and other offices.  It went down to the wire, and that's because the city's Democrats have a party in flux.

Republicans, Democrats Agree Changes In Debt Policies Needed

Jul 29, 2011

There’s not much that Republicans and Democrats agree on in the current debt-ceiling standoff. But one thing that all sides accept is that the nation's legal borrowing cap has failed in its primary goal: limiting the nation's red ink. From Washington Deirdre Shesgreen of the Connecticut Mirror reports.

No one can anyone argue that the debt ceiling has served to rein in federal borrowing. The cap has been lifted at least 80 times and the U.S. government’s total debt stands at about $14.3 trillion.

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Journalist and New Haven native Clare Gillis testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday on a measure that would ensure that the U.S. lives up to its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular relations. Earlier this year Gillis was captured and detained in Libya by pro-Qaddafi forces.

She joins us by phone to discuss her situation and what can be done in the future.

The National School Boards Association represents state boards of education across the country, and their 90 thousand members.  The Association’s new president is a school board member from Connecticut.

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The city of Dallas has been testing these changes and Jeff Cohen from member station WNPR has this report.

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In business, time is money, and time was at a premium yesterday at a special event in West Hartford. Small businesses from around Connecticut gathered to meet with government agencies and big government contractors for a chance to win new work. But as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, they had to be quick.

Hone your elevator pitch and get ready to make a great first impression, because you only have minutes face-to-face with the government contractor of your dreams.

The man who once worked in Hartford schools construction and now works as an undercover operative for the FBI took the stand in a Louisiana public corruption probe yesterday. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports from New Orleans, the news that the man was working for the government has taken some Hartford people by surprise.

 

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A man who once worked for the company that oversaw Hartford's multi-million dollar schools construction project says that former Mayor Eddie Perez and others tried to hit him up for jobs and no-bid contracts.

That man, William Myles, worked for Diggs Construction. But since 2005, he's had another job – as an undercover operative for the FBI.

As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Myles is now at the center of an FBI sting of several public officials in southwestern Louisiana.

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Two types of small businesses in Connecticut have been pitted against one another in recent months by a controversial piece of legislation. The measure, which goes into effect July 1st, attempts to force Internet retailers to levy sales tax in the state for the first time.

As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, some are calling it the “Amazon tax.”

This is North Cove Outfitters in Old Saybrook, where Iain McGowan is helping a customer.

Malloy Is Hurtling Through Time and Space

May 31, 2011
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The question asked by an exasperated state legislator at an informational hearing last week was the one posed frequently, if not publicly, at the state Capitol about Connecticut's always-in-a-hurry governor: "Why can't this wait?" The query, by Rep. Roberta Willis, D-Salisbury, concerned Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's fast-track plan to remake the UConn Health Center, but it could have applied to any major initiative, beginning with the budget.

Paid Sick Days Make Their Way Toward Law

May 26, 2011
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With strong support from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the Senate voted 18 to 17 Wednesday to pass the nation's first state mandate on private employers to offer paid sick days. It now goes to the House, where passage is expected. The bill, which passed with only one Republican vote, has a limited reach, applying to dozens of specific types of service workers at companies with more than 50 employees. Sponsors say it will affect 300,000 workers.

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Governor Malloy has declared the state of Connecticut open for business. But many small businesses find when they come in contact with state government, their first experience is frustration. WNPR’s Harriet Jones looks at just how well the state is doing in streamlining its approach to business.

This is Larry’s Auto Power in Groton, and that’s a race car engine on the test block.

“We do street performance engine rebuilding, racecar engine building.”

D.E.P. Commissioner Goes D.E.E.P.

Apr 21, 2011
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Somers Greenhouse Powers Up With Wood

Apr 21, 2011
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Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture gathered at a wholesale greenhouse in Connecticut, today to celebrate a federal program that funds  energy projects.  WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

On Monday details of the budget deal that avoided a government shutdown Friday night were released.  Did it hurt or help Connecticut?

And Connecticut Congressman, John Larson, has teamed up with the oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens to introduce legislation this week that will push natural gas as a way of easing US dependence on oil.

The Government Shutdown

Apr 8, 2011

There’s a midnight deadline.  If a deal between lawmakers and the White House can’t be struck, the federal government shuts down.

And the next question is…does it matter?  We’re being assured that even in shut-down mode, our mail still gets delivered, entitlement benefits will still be paid, the military will keep fighting on three fronts. 

But other services you count on from the government are still kind of up in the air.  That expedited passport for the surprise Caribbean cruise?  The big tax refund you were planning on to pay for said cruise?

So, What Makes A Town "Rural?"

Mar 24, 2011
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WASHINGTON--In 2009, Bolton and Vernon were moving full speed ahead on a vital $25 million sewer project to replace inadequate septic systems serving the area's residents. But as construction was about to start, local officials got bad news from Washington: $2 million in federal aid was suddenly being yanked.

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