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Shake-Up At New Haven's Alexion: Growing Pains?

New Haven-based Alexion pharmaceuticals, the company that specializes in the treatment of rare diseases, has been undergoing some turmoil in its executive ranks. That news is raising questions about the drug-maker's stability, and what it could mean for the city.

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Courts

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State Appellate Court Dismisses Appeal Of Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez has lost his latest legal battle, as a state appellate court dismissed an appeal he brought before it, and he's now asking the state Supreme Court to intervene.

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Schools

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Hartford's Capital Prep Bypasses Lottery, Wins Championship, Raises Questions

It was 1st-and-10 from the Capital Prep 39-yard line. There were under four minutes left in the opening quarter of a 2014 Connecticut High School Football championship game. North Branford had the ball, up 7-6.

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Bridgeport

Harvard Library

Bridgeport's Barnum Museum Keeps Showman's Memory Alive

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus gave its final performance on May 21, on Long Island, of the “Greatest Show on Earth.” But the legacy of showman P.T. Barnum endures in Connecticut.

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Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy is calling out Republicans for the secrecy surrounding the crafting of legislation reforming health care. And he condemned the Trump administration for what he said is an effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

Harriet Jones / WNPR

Connecticut lost jobs in April, according to the latest report from the state Department of Labor. And the state’s unemployment rate ticked upward 0.1 percent to 4.9 percent. The state shed 1,500 jobs in the month.

What difference does it make who's president of Iran?

It's fair to ask the question on this weekend of Iran's presidential election. After all, the president's title makes him sound like the top official, but he is not. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, holds far more power.

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

Swedish prosecutors have announced they are dropping the country's rape investigation of Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder, who has long denied the allegation, has been holed up at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012 to avoid Sweden's extradition request.

President Trump will try to leave his troubles behind as he departs on the first foreign trip of his presidency. It's an ambitious itinerary with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican and two meetings with European leaders.

Here are five objectives to watch for as Trump goes overseas.

1. Will the cloud of controversy follow?

There has been one "bad news" headline after another involving the Trump administration breaking every day this week. But if the president is looking for a reprieve, recent history indicates he might be disappointed.

Roanoke College

President Donald Trump said former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman is among the top contenders to lead the FBI after the firing of James Comey last week.

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New Haven is looking for partnerships and outside funding to help improve reading and literacy in the city’s public schools. This follows a new commissioned report, which includes a few costly recommendations.

Updated at 12:45 a.m. ET

At least one person was killed Thursday when a vehicle hit a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square, according to fire officials in New York City. Twenty-two other people were injured in the incident.

Ryan Caron King / WNPR

In New England, all states except for Rhode Island and New Hampshire have bottle bills. Those are recycling programs built around a system of deposits and refunds, aimed at reducing litter and protecting the environment. But when it comes to old aluminum, it’s not just environmentalists who want to see more recycling -- there’s a real business case to be made for it, too.

Ryan Caron King / WNPR

President Donald Trump’s speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday was closely parsed by the world’s media, as the president continues to face scrutiny over a series of White House scandals. 

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Celebrities

He Called Himself 'One Lucky Bastard': Sir Roger Moore Dies At 89

The actor Sir Roger Moore has died at 89 after "a short but brave battle with cancer," according to his family and his agent. Moore played the role of James Bond from 1973 to 1985 and was knighted in his home country of England in 2003. He was the third of six actors who have played James Bond in the official silver screen franchise, beginning with 1973's Live and Let Die . He starred in a total of seven Bond films over 12 years, ending with A View to a Kill in 1985. Moore embraced the Bond...

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New Immigration Crackdowns Creating 'Chilling Effect' On Crime Reporting

Jason Cisneroz, a community service officer in Houston, is troubled. His job in the nation's fourth largest city is to forge good relations between the police and Hispanic immigrants, a population typically wary of blue uniforms. "A couple of days ago there was a witness to a burglary of a motor vehicle," he said. "She saw the suspects run to a certain place and with items they stole from a car, but she was afraid to come to police, she was in fear they would ask for her papers." Police...

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The Beaker

Woodchuck Or Beaver?

How can you tell the difference between two famous New England rodents?

More News: Health

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Community Health Centers Face Uncertain Financial Future

Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHCs) in Connecticut have expanded services, upped their staffing, and renovated their facilities mostly due to increased revenue streams from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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The Second First Season

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'Twin Peaks' Makes A Moody And Eccentric Return To TV

The original Twin Peaks series really was original — one of the most inventive, unprecedented, sometimes thrillingly unique TV series ever presented. David Lynch directed several episodes, including the very best ones: the mood-establishing pilot and the dreamy and nightmarish third episode with the Tibetan rock toss and the dancing, backwards-talking dwarf in the Red Room. In 1990, Lynch and his fellow creator, writer and producer Mark Frost, premiered their show about the death of a small...

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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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Where Are Connecticut's Bears Hanging Out?

Connecticut's Senate recently killed a measure that would have allowed for limited hunting of black bears in the state. Now, newly published research suggests as black bear populations grow, the animals seem to prefer habitats that might put them in more backyards.

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Easiest Nitrogen Fix For Long Island Sound Is Not Necessarily The Fairest

Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont wastewater plants along the Connecticut River are waiting to hear from the Environmental Protection Agency. Even without specifics, managers at the larger plants know they will be required to adjust the amount of nitrogen in their treated wastewater, considerably lowering the levels, potentially at a high cost.

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