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...
Read More

Newtown

Patrick Skahill / WNPR

Newtown Opens Up New Sandy Hook School To Media

Elementary school students in Newtown will return to a new building next month, and on Friday, media were allowed to tour the facility.
Read More

The NBA will be relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of HB2, North Carolina's controversial state law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people.

The league says that the Charlotte Hornets and the city of Charlotte "have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change."

But the local support for LGBT rights couldn't overcome "the climate created by HB2" in North Carolina, the NBA said in a statement.

The league says the city might host an All-Star Game in 2019, if the situation changes.

Sage Ross / Creative Commons

The U.S. Department of Justice filed two anti-trust lawsuits on Thursday to block the mergers of four of the nation’s five largest health insurance companies.

Justin O' Brien

"Black Boy Jungle" is a performance piece that incorporates multiple styles of dance, including modern, ballet and break dancing, along with narration and live music. It's a high-energy, interactive work with twists and surprises. 

Keith Ewing / Creative Commons

Summer often means inconsistent weather. Hot, sunny days are followed by high humidity (or mugginess, as my mother likes to call it) and sometimes severe thunderstorms.

Office of Gov. Dannel Malloy

Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade contended she has no conflict of interest that would prevent her from overseeing a proposed merger between Anthem and Bloomfield-based Cigna.

ABC Television / Creative Commons

The 2016 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song will go to William “Smokey” Robinson.

About time.

WNPR/David DesRoches

After years of being in limbo, a high school in North Hartford is finally on its way to getting a $100 million makeover. Three separate schools will be housed there, part of the city's efforts to deal with declining enrollment.

Ida Mae Astute/ABC / Creative Commons

Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie put Hillary Clinton on trial, and the delegates heard from some of Donald Trump's children, as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Sage Ross / Creative Commons

The Department of Justice is reportedly preparing to block two large insurance industry mergers that involve Connecticut-based companies Aetna and Cigna.

Jan Mullen

Living for decades in the shadow of his famous, beloved big brother, Nat “King” Cole, Freddy Cole didn’t begin to emerge as a fine singer and pianist in his own right until the 1990s, when he was already in his 60s.

Pages

More News: Business

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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...
Read More

More News: Democratic Convention

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.
Read More

More News: Health

Chion Wolf / WNPR

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.
Read More

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.

The Beaker

EPIC View of Moon Transiting the Earth

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

Zoned

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.

More News: Education

David DesRoches / WNPR

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.
Read More

On Course

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?

More from WNPR

Ryan Caron King

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.
Read More