Butterflies

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Does Lack of Milkweed Adequately Explain a Decline in Monarch Butterflies?

Every year, monarch butterflies make an amazing journey from Canada and New England all the way down to Mexico. It’s an ecological wonder celebrated by all three countries -- but recently, scientists have noticed a dip in the number of butterflies making the trip. Climate change and severe weather could be threatening the migration -- what’s been seen as the primary driver is a lack of milkweed plants, which are vital food for the insects. Now, a controversial new paper is questioning that theory.
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Law Enforcement

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License Plate Scanners Nab Thousands of Drivers in Connecticut

The number of motorists pulled over by Connecticut State Police through the use of license plate scanners has skyrocketed in the past few years.
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This Wednesday, June 1st,  marks the fifth anniversary of a devastating tornado striking western Massachusetts.

    As he has done in years past, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has called for a city-wide moment of reflection on the tornado anniversary.

" We want to commemorate it, not celebrate it.  I've asked the houses of worship to ring the bells at 4:38 p.m.," said Sarno.

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A group of Muslim men and boys knelt in prayer in the Berlin Mosque as an imam recited from the Qur’an. A few hours earlier, they were downstairs, hosting their first "Youth Hangout" -- an afternoon of Jeopardy for high schoolers of all faiths designed to show solidarity in the face of anti-Muslim hate rhetoric. 

Immigrants fleeing gang violence in Central America are again surging across the U.S.-Mexico border, approaching the numbers that created an immigration crisis in the summer of 2014. While the flow of immigrants slowed for much of last year, nothing the U.S. government does seems to deter the current wave of travelers.

More than 2 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, driven out by the fighting that erupted in their homeland in 2011. But none can claim an odyssey quite like that of Mohammed Faris.

As Syria's first and only cosmonaut, Mohammed Faris rocketed into orbit with two Soviet colleagues in 1987. He conducted experiments and photographed his country from space. By the time he returned to Syria, most everyone in the country knew his name.

Office of Gov. Dannel Malloy

Governor Dannel Malloy signed into a law on Friday what he called "the most comprehensive strategy" in the nation for combating opioid addiction and overdose. 

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Over the last year, the Connecticut Historical Society has been traveling the state asking residents "what was it like growing up in Connecticut?" 

She sails by the memory of the stars.

Her bones are lashed together with 6 miles of rope. Her twin wooden masts are lowered and outstretched only by the power of muscled arms. And once fully extended, the red, V-shaped sails announce who she is.

She is the Hokule'a, Hawaii's famous voyaging canoe, built in the double-hulled style used by Polynesian navigators thousands of years ago to cross the Pacific.

"Seventy-one years ago, on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed," President Obama said Friday, in the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to Hiroshima, Japan.

In 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare on that city, killing an estimated 140,000 people. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later. Within weeks, Japan surrendered, ending the war in the Pacific Theater.

Attention, New Englanders: You may see a seal pup on the beach this weekend, and you may be tempted to take a selfie with it. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking that you please resist that urge.

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Tensions between the city of Hartford and the developer building a new publicly-funded minor league baseball stadium have never been higher. The city said it has lost confidence and is putting the developer's insurer on notice, and the developer says the city shares the blame. 

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More News: Development

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In West Hartford, a Look at the Trials of Transit-Oriented Development

There's a shell of an old Pontiac car dealership at a corner of West Hartford’s industrial district that to the public eye -- and perhaps the public’s ire -- is littered with trash and weeds, with four lanes of fast traffic rushing by.
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WNPR's Coverage of a Drug Crisis

The nation is in the midst of a opioid crisis. Connecticut is, too -- and WNPR is bringing you stories you won't find anywhere else.

More News: Jazz Corridor

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Hartford Pays Homage to Paul Brown, Longtime Pillar of the City’s Jazz Community

If you were selecting a patron saint of jazz for Hartford, a strong contender for canonization would most certainly be Paul Brown, a miracle worker whose countless good works for the music and local jazz musicians over many decades brought great joy, peace and comfort to the capital city.
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The Beaker

Spring Hibernation Is Done

And The Beaker is back for a science-filled summer.

Zoned

"Get Your Old Tolling Infrastructure Here"

Massachusetts is phasing out some old tolling plaza gear, and Maine may buy it.

More News: Congress

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U.S. Senate Passes the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act

A bill that would protect the rights of sexual assault victims has passed the U.S. Senate with unanimous support. The measure, which was co-sponsored by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, focuses primarily on rape kits.
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On Course

A Little Rant on Words

English is an odd bird for sure.

More News: Travel

Record Memorial Day Travel Predicted: Expect Traffic On The Roads

Travel forecasters are predicting busy highwaysthis Memorial Day weekend. AAA expects more than 38 million people to travel over the holiday, the highest volume in a decade.
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After College, Americorps Members Explore a Passion for Public Service in New Haven

It's commencement time at colleges and universities nationwide and many graduates are asking themselves: what’s next?
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