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New London Launches Initiative To Make Sober Houses Safer

Cities across the state have struggled to crack down on mismanaged "sober houses" -- residences where people with addiction can pay to live in a drug and alcohol free environment.

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White House

President Trump Seems Determined To Continue The Permanent Campaign

Americans have complained for years about presidential campaigns that start too early and last too long. Now, they are confronted with one that refuses to end — even after reaching the White House. There may never be a "last word" written or spoken about President Trump's 77-minute barrage in the East Room Thursday, but the first word from many was: "Wow." That was the initial reaction blurted out by Bret Baier at Fox News, as well as by Wolf Blitzer at CNN. For the first time since he took...

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Vermont

Some Immigrants Flee U.S., Knowingly Walking Into Police Arrest In Canada

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reporting surges in illegal crossings in Canada in recent months. Officials say Quebec has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum, with many crossing in remote, snowy areas west of Lake Champlain.

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Finance

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Congressional Republicans Could Take Down Connecticut's "Retirement For All" Plan

Republicans in Congress are mulling an obscure rule change that could threaten Connecticut's newly established, state-sponsored retirement savings plan.

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A Syrian mother and her two girls were flown back to Jordan from John F. Kennedy Airport after President Trump’s travel ban was issued at the end of January. They had waited more than two years for U.S. approval to join their husband and father in Connecticut. This past week, the state’s U.S. senators helped reunite the family.    

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Governor Dannel Malloy announced on Friday his two-year tax and spending plan will include a proposal that would shift some of the burden of teacher's pensions to Connecticut cities and towns.

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Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said state businesses and institutions are being harmed by the Trump administration’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. 

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A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had tough questions Tuesday for both sides arguing over the future of President Trump's executive order barring refugees and citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.

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Twenty-first century technology has made its way onto a 19th-century building in Hamden. WNPR recently visited the headquarters of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, which just installed solar panels on its office.

Today the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Trump's education secretary, 51-50.

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Opponents of a new rail bypass plan for shoreline Connecticut want to see intervention from state lawmakers. Two bills before the General Assembly would mandate that changes to the state’s rail service could only take place after referendums in affected communities.

In late December last year, the Federal Railroad Administration released the latest iteration of its plan to upgrade the Northeast Corridor, including rerouting the line in several places. The aim is to be able to accommodate much higher speed trains.

Everyone expects Congress to change the Affordable Care Act, but no one knows exactly how.

The uncertainty has one group of people, the homeless, especially concerned. Many received health coverage for the first time under Obamacare; now they're worried it will disappear.

Joseph Funn, homeless for almost 20 years, says his body took a beating while he lived on the street.

Now, he sees nurse practitioner Amber Richert fairly regularly at the Health Care for the Homeless clinic in Baltimore.

Senate Democrats held an all-night session Monday night into Tuesday morning in a last-ditch effort to try to stop President Trump's nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, from being confirmed.

Among those who took to the floor was Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who said it was "difficult to imagine a worse choice to head the Department of Education."

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The University of Hartford is investigating an email sent to some campus accounts referencing white supremacy Saturday night, and its president is denouncing the missive. 

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Literature

Looking For Thor's Hammer: Neil Gaiman On 'Norse Mythology'

Neil Gaiman was 6 years old when he first met the Norse god Thor — although he wasn't the red-bearded hammer-slinger of legend. "Marvel. Marvel's Thor came first," he says. "I was reading the reprints of Marvel's Thor in an English comic called Fantastic . ... Dr. Don Blake found this stick in a cave, banged it down and transformed into Thor, and the stick transformed into the hammer." Gaiman says he spent a lot of his first decade looking for likely sticks, "just on the off chance that they...

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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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President Trump's Press Conference, Transcribed And Annotated

President Donald Trump announced his new pick for labor secretary, after his initial choice withdrew from consideration earlier in the week. After his brief announcement, the president took questions for more than an hour from 17 reporters, discussing Russia, the media, immigration, and more.

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Addiction Treatment Should Start During Emergency Visits, According To Yale Study

Yale researchers say treatment for opioid addiction should start in hospital emergency departments. Results from an ongoing study released Monday find positive long-term benefits.

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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.

The Beaker

New Satellite Isn't Just For Pretty Pictures

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

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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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There are many challenges to farming for a living: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored is the cost of health care.

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New Haven Kids And Their Moms Talk About Donald Trump's Immigration Order

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