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From War-Torn Syria To Snowy Prep School, Syrian Refugees Seek Education In Vermont

Many small towns in New England are eager to welcome refugees from the war in Syria, but that doesn’t seem likely under President Donald Trump’s shifting immigration policy. St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont has found a way around that -- they’re offering scholarships to refugees already living in the U.S.

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White House

Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Rule On Transgender Students' Bathroom Use

The Trump administration is rescinding guidance issued by its predecessor on the rights of transgender students to use bathrooms based on the gender with which they identify. The move reverses guidance the Obama administration publicized in May 2016, which said a federal law known as Title IX protects that right. The Justice and Education departments said Wednesday the Obama documents do not "contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language...

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Obamacare

What's Next For The Affordable Care Act? Your Questions Answered

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, health care under the Affordable Care Act is going to change in the next few years. The Republican-led Congress has vowed to "repeal and replace" the health law known as Obamacare. That has left many people anxious and confused about what will happen and when. So NPR's Morning Edition asked listeners to post questions on Twitter and Facebook, and we will be answering some of them here and on the radio in the weeks ahead. Many of the...

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State Politics

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Minimum Wage Bills Test New Balance In The Legislature

The fight over raising the minimum wage in Connecticut may be one of the issues that tests the new strength of Republicans in the General Assembly.

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Local law enforcement officers have arrested some people who chose not to evacuate federal land near part of the Dakota Access Pipeline north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Most protesters had left earlier. At dusk, police moved back, and said they would not enter the camp at that time.

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With winter in full force, it's nice to have some outdoor garden activities that result in beautiful flowers. One activity I like is forcing flowering branches of spring blooming trees and shrubs indoors. Not only do you get beautiful color weeks before the natural bloom time, you prune your plants too. 

Town of East Haven

One man is dead and another has been critically injured following a single-engine plane crash near Tweed New Haven airport.

Muslim immigrants have become an increasingly large part of the fabric of New England in recent years.

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More than 400 people attended a town hall in West Hartford on Tuesday with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. Dozens spilled into overflow rooms when the auditorium reached capacity and hundreds of people were shut out when the fire marshal closed the building.

In North Dakota, authorities set Wednesday as the deadline for the dwindling number of protesters against the Dakota Access pipeline to clean up and go home.

At the main protest camp, a massive cleanup effort has been underway. Semi trucks have been hauling debris out of camp and people here are piling garbage into bags.

"It looks like a trash pile. But it's getting picked up and every spot is starting to look better and better as we work together," Dotty Agard of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says as she sorts through abandoned goods.

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Connecticut’s cities and towns are calculating the potential cost of Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget proposal. The governor included major changes in the way the state disburses municipal aid, as well as shifting part of the cost of teachers’ pensions to towns. 

Muslims in America are the subject of heated political debate. But they account for a very small number of elected politicians in New England.

One nonprofit, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is encouraging American-Muslims across the U.S. to run for political office. The group, called Jetpac, will train potential candidates regardless of party affiliation with the goal of increasing civic engagement within Muslim communities.

The cellphone video is vivid. A Border Patrol agent aims his gun at an unarmed 15-year-old some 60 feet away, across the border with Mexico, and shoots him dead.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a case testing whether the family of the dead boy can sue the agent for damages in the U.S.

Between 2005 and 2013, there were 42 such cross-border shootings, a dramatic increase over earlier times.

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The selection of billionaire Betsy DeVos to head the U.S. Department of Education has ignited a debate over her lack of experience, and whether it could be good or bad. 

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Police Use of Force

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Citing Bias, New Report Calls For Better Data On Police Shootings

A report analyzing nearly 1,000 fatal police shootings that happened in 2015 claims evidence of racial bias. Researchers hope the study will strengthen a call for a national database on police use of force.

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Connecticurious

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What Has Sparked Your Curiosity In New Haven?

New Haven is currently home to more than 130,000 people. Initially named Newhaven in 1640, New Haven was Connecticut's co-capital city with Hartford until 1875. The city is the birthplace of former President George W. Bush , the hamburger , and public tree planting .

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Congress

How New England Senators Voted On Trump's Nominees

See the final votes for Trump's Cabinet appointments and other top positions that require Senate confirmation.

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More News: Health Care

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Aetna CEO: Obamacare "In A Death Spiral"

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini continues to make headlines with his frank views. Wednesday, one day after announcing the end of his company's merger plans with Humana, he had some choice words for the Wall Street Journal, when asked about the future of Obamacare.

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More News: Transportation

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Gov. Malloy Backs Enhanced Rail Plan For Western Massachusetts

Proponents of a plan to bring expanded intercity passenger rail service to western Massachusetts are getting support from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

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The Beaker

New Satellite Isn't Just For Pretty Pictures

It's poised to change the way we do weather.

Special Coverage

WNPR's Coverage of a Drug Crisis

The nation is in the midst of a opioid crisis, and so is Connecticut.

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After Much Suspense, A Syrian Family Journeys To Massachusetts

A family of Syrian refugees landed Friday at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire, completing a journey that almost never happened.

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No Plans For Large-Scale Deportation Raids In New England, But Immigrants Still Live In Fear

Reports of large scale, nationwide deportation raids are stoking fear in Massachusetts immigrant communities. Immigrants — both those with legal status and those living here illegally — are questioning exactly who is vulnerable for deportation.

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