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Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Restrictions In Texas

The Supreme Court has overturned a Texas law requiring clinics that provide abortions to have surgical facilities and doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The law was predicted to close many clinics and further reduce availability of abortion in Texas; the court has ruled the law violated the Constitution.With a 5-3 decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the court reversed a decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had upheld the law. Justices...
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Legislators Criticize UConn for Proposed Raises During Budget Crises

Legislative leaders are criticizing the University of Connecticut for moving forward with raises for its senior staff despite the state's budget problems. The pay increases come at a time when UConn students will see a 31 percent tuition hike over the next 4 years.
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Europe is Connecticut’s number one trading partner, so the seismic events of last week, as the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, are reverberating here as well. 

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After a quiet winter and drier than normal spring, parts of western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut are in a moderate drought.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in a 6-2 vote that domestic abusers convicted of misdemeanors can be barred from owning weapons.

The majority opinion, written by Justice Elena Kagan, concludes that misdemeanor assault convictions for domestic violence are sufficient to invoke a federal ban on firearms possession.

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A sailor from New England who was killed during the attacks on Pearl Harbor will finally get a proper burial.

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Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge responded to the mass shooting at a Florida nightclub by doing one thing she felt she could do, which was write a song. Her debut performance of it in Torrington went viral on Facebook and was shared over 25,000 times. 

Vermont’s so-called GMO Labeling Law will go into effect July 1. It requires manufacturers to label foods made with genetic engineering. It’s the first law of its kind in the nation, and it has started a trend.

Maine and Connecticut have passed similar laws, but only require labels if nearby states join the labeling bandwagon. New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are also considering labeling legislation.

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About half of all teenagers in foster care never graduate from high school. The state created an online learning program for these students to help fix the problem.

Aboard a flight home from Armenia, Pope Francis fielded a pointed question from reporters: Did he agree with German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, said gays deserve an apology from the Church?

His answer was frank.

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New Haven officials are declaring a public health emergency after nearly 20 people overdosed on tainted heroin or cocaine and at least three died in the city and surrounding towns.

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With struggling fisheries in Connecticut facing warmer waters and competition with other states, across the pond a potential U.S. lobster ban could add additional complications for New England.

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Connecticut Prisoners to Have Access to Federal Grant Money for College

Hundreds of prison inmates across Connecticut will now have access to federal grant money to help pay for college.
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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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Connecticut Is Rethinking Its Policies Toward Jobs and Housing for Sex Offenders

Before she started work at New Haven’s Columbus House as senior manager of housing services, Cathleen Meaden’s job was housing people whose crimes were seemingly unforgivable.
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Meet the Arctic Fox

A cold-adapted charismatic denizen of the North.

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The Opening of the World’s Longest Rail Tunnel Involved Goat Costumes

A massive rail tunnel opened in Switzerland. What better way to mark the occasion?

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Connecticut Law Aims to Decrease Stigma of Addiction, Expand Access to Treatment

For lawmakers looking to address the crisis of drug addiction and overdose, limiting access to prescription painkillers and increasing availability of opioid-reversal drugs like naloxone have been two major policy points. A legislative push in Connecticut now aims to expand access to treatments as well.
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College Scholarships: Abound and Unclaimed

Did you know you could get a scholarship for being tall? Or if you can make a great peanut butter sandwich?

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"The Money" Makes American Premiere at Arts and Ideas Festival

It's 5:00 pm. You're at the Quinnipiack Club in New Haven, where you've been shut up in the library. A big, red, digital clock sits in the corner, counting down from 90 minutes. You and 14 other people sit around a table. In the middle of the table sits $300. An audience looks on as you and the others try to figure out what to do with this stack of cash before the time runs out.
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