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WATCH LIVE: Judiciary Committee Debates Articles Of Impeachment

Updated at 10:27 a.m. ET Democrats are undertaking the next major step toward impeaching President Trump. After hours of consideration on Wednesday night of the two articles of impeachment, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to give its final approval on Thursday. The legislation would then head to a vote of the full House, likely by the end of next week. A vote to impeach would trigger a Senate trial over whether Trump keeps his office, expected in January. Watch the Judiciary...

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'The Warrior And The Bird': Connecticut Town Remains Divided Over Mascot

An effort by Republican board of education members in Killingly, Connecticut to reinstate a high school mascot offensive to Native Americans has stalled.

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Bottle Bills Face Challenges

Mar 14, 2011
Josie Huang

Bottle deposit laws are facing challenges in two Northeast states. These laws require consumers to pay a deposit on a beverage bottle or can. The idea is to motivate people to return their empties, keeping the containers out of landfills and reducing litter.

But members of the beverage industry say the laws are costly, especially for them. And now they're backing efforts to weaken laws that have been in place for decades.  As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations Josie Huang of Maine Public Radio reports.

What UConn Huskies and Crows Have in Common

Mar 14, 2011
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A Yale University ecologist has turned to college basketball to explain patterns of biodiversity. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen takes us down the court.

Ecologist Robert Warren is a post-doc at Yale’s environmental school. He says in any natural system you’ll find “a remarkably consistent” pattern:

"No matter what system you're in... jungle, woodland, you get a few very common species and lots of uncommon. And this is really intriguing for ecologists because there are very few patterns that we see repeatedly that are kind of universal.”

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Illustrator Norman Rockwell was 16 years old when Mark Twain died, and while the two artists never met, they do share some fundamental similarities.  Now, the illustrator and writer will share an exhibit at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford.  American Storytellers: Norman Rockwell and Mark Twain opens today.  We're joined by Mark Twain House Chief Curator, Patti Philippon.

Committee Recommends Esty to Head Environmental Agency

Mar 10, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

Connecticut lawmakers have voted to recommend that Daniel Esty become the new commissioner of the state's environmental agency. WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports.

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Today is Connecticut Association of Boards of Education day at the state Capitol.  Some 200 school board members, students, and teachers will spend the day talking with state lawmakers about their concerns and their legislative agenda.  Joining us is Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel of The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. 

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The Bridgeport Mayor's Election  Advisory Panel released a report today (Thursday) detailing dozens of recommendations to change how Connecticut runs its elections. The proposal is meant to restore trust in the system after Bridgeport's infamous failure to order enough ballots during last November's elections.

One recommendation allows Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to recommend how many ballots a town should order.  And, after review, it could allow her to force the town to order enough ballots for all of the town's registered voters.  

Incubator Assists Small Businesses in New Haven

Mar 7, 2011
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Connecticut doesn’t yet have a reputation as a breeding ground for new high-tech companies, but there are efforts underway to change that image.  In 2008, Connecticut Innovations introduced the CTech Incubator Program. WNPR’s Andrew Huston reports on some of the companies growing there.

A Look At Microfinance

Mar 7, 2011

Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work pioneering the concept of “micro credit,” providing small loans to village entrepreneurs as a way to fight poverty. 

Michelle Lee

While the quaint, nearly empty road of Main Street stood quietly on a cold, snowy Saturday evening, one spot was waiting to be packed with energy. At Vinnie’s Jump and Jive Community Dance Hall, a classic urban event was about to take place: Battle Royale 2011 Winter Edition, a break-dance tournament.

When Cash Register Receipts Cost Too Much

Mar 4, 2011
Chion Wolf

The Environment Committee is considering legislation that would ban the use of cash register receipts that contain the chemical, BPA. The bill would also require a research institute at UConn to develop a list of toxic chemicals. 

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PFAS And The Ethics Of Chemical Contamination

After a B-17 plane crashed at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, some of the PFAS in the firefighting foam washed out of the airport and into nearby communities . A few days after the crash, Paddy Abramowicz, who lives a 5-minute drive from the airport, says she was walking by the brook in her backyard when she saw piles of firefighting foam more than 10 feet high. "It looked like a washing machine had exploded,” says Abramowicz, “and it was coming over both banks of the brook.”

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EMS Crews Brought Patients To The Hospital With Misplaced Breathing Tubes. None Of Them Survived

In the world of emergency medicine, an unrecognized esophageal intubation is a “never event,” meaning that it shouldn't happen under any circumstances. In Rhode Island, it's occurred 12 times in the last three years. In each case, the patient died.

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A 'Strange' New England Coral May Hold Secrets To Combating Climate Change

When we think about animals that inhabit the cold New England ocean, sharks, seals, or lobsters may spring to mind. But there’s another critter lurking in the deep off our coast, and it’s one that may hold valuable secrets that could help its tropical cousins. And you may not have even known that it’s actually an animal: coral.

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Federal Court Ruling Stirs Up Trucks-Only Tolls Debate In Connecticut

A lawsuit over trucks-only tolls in Rhode Island will continue after a federal court reversed a lower court decision to dismiss the case.

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