North Carolina

U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina's Voter ID Law

A federal appeals court has overturned North Carolina's sweeping voter ID law, ruling that the law was passed with "discriminatory intent" and was designed to impose barriers to block African-Americans from voting.The ruling came from a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The state is "almost certain" to appeal to the full court or to the U.S. Supreme Court, NPR's Pam Fessler reports.The law has been controversial ever since it was enacted in 2013 — "right after the...
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Hartford Group Aims to Increase Mental Health Awareness for Communities Facing Violence

Activists and mental health experts gathered in Hartford this week to talk about the need for more equitable access to health care services. But sometimes, health care isn't on the top of people's minds.
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Elementary school students in Newtown will return to a new building next month, and on Friday, media were allowed to tour the facility.

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The state will no longer be providing sign language interpreters. State officials have laid off more than two dozen interpreters in an effort to close the budget deficit.

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Summertime means more driving for a lot of people, and if you’re out on Connecticut’s highways you might be noticing silver SUV’s with red and blue flashers on, and a truck pulled over. And it might not be what you think.

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With the 2016 home season lost and Hartford’s Dunkin’ Donuts Park unfinished and shuttered, the minor league Yard Goats have told the city that they need to know what will happen in 2017 -- or they could leave the home that Hartford built.

 

On Thursday, they got an indication from the city that construction might soon begin again.

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The President of the New Haven Police Union said that news that the city’s police chief, Dean Esserman, has been put on paid leave after another outburst is disheartening. This follows reports he allegedly berated a waitress at a local restaurant.

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Single-family home sales in Connecticut rose a bit over four percent in June, according to the latest report from The Warren Group, a banking and real estate trade publisher.

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When I was a kid, I would repeat this rhyme just for fun: “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” Little did I know I'd be cursing this rodent later on in life.

A day after shocking the political and foreign policy establishments on both sides of the aisle with a call for Russia to hack into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's email, Republican nominee Donald Trump now says he was being "sarcastic."

Less than 24 hours earlier, Trump said he would welcome Russian hackers releasing any emails they could "find" from the private email server Clinton used while serving as secretary of state.

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Connecticut had the highest total number of foodborne illness outbreaks in New England from 2005 to 2014, according to federal data -- a distinction that experts say is fueled by better reporting, while higher rates of certain pathogens also may contribute.

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A Connecticut judge heard arguments in Bridgeport on Thursday on whether company documents of gun maker Remington Arms should be sealed from public view as it fights a lawsuit filed by families of some of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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Connecticut GDP Growth Lags Behind National and New England Rates

Connecticut's gross domestic product grew by 0.9 percent in the first quarter of 2016, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That lagged behind both national GDP growth of 1.2 percent and New England's 1.5 percent for the quarter. Connecticut’s GDP growth was the lowest in New England. BEA said Connecticut's overall GDP for the first quarter was over $262 billion, second only in New England to Massachusetts, which has a GDP of more than $485 billion. The two states accounted for 77...
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Vermonters At DNC React With Pride And Protest To The End Of Sanders' Bid

On Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Sen. Bernie Sanders put an official end to his presidential candidacy by formally moving to nominate Hillary Clinton as the nominee.
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As Dating Culture Changes, So Does HIV Outreach

Self-identified gay men in Connecticut make up a growing percentage of new HIV infection cases, an alarming trend over the last decade that's forcing AIDS activists to get creative.
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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.

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EPIC View of Moon Transiting the Earth

It’s almost hard to believe this shot is real.

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In Hartford, Look for a Depressed Highway

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has determined that Hartford’s I-84 elevated highway replacement will not be a tunnel, and it also will not be a new elevated viaduct.

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UConn Recruits Teens to Spark Interest in Conservation

It was a muggy and overcast Thursday morning as John Volin led me through patches of tall milkweed and wild raspberries.
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Report Says Half of Syria’s Refugee Children in Lebanon Are Not in School

Millions of Syrians have been displaced during that country’s civil war, but what’s happening to the children?

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Connecticut Rail and Bus Commuters Facing Fare Hikes

Rail and bus commuters in Connecticut could see a fare hike before the end of the year. The proposed hike is the result of a $37 million cut to the state Department of Transportation’s budget.
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