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New England Colleges Pursue Out-Of-State Students With Discounts

September 6, 2016

College students are returning to campuses across the country this week. In New England, a demographic shift has some public colleges and universities trying to fill seats by luring students from neighboring states. Visit NEPR for the full story.        

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As Renewables Boom, Sparks Fly Over Natural Gas in Rhode Island

September 1, 2016

  Even with the boom in renewable power, New England still gets about half its energy from natural gas – that‚Äôs a huge jump from 15 percent in 2000. The fracking boom in the U.S. meant a big investment in gas-fired power plants. But many environmentalists are pushing back, worried about spending money on fossil-fuel…

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Yale Graduate Students Seek Right to Bargain Collectively as Teachers, Researchers

September 1, 2016

  Emily Sessions had just started a new semester teaching art to Yale undergraduates, when she was told that her teaching load would be doubled, but her pay would remain the same. “So it really showed me how opaque and often uneven the process for assigning teaching is, and how important it is to have…

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Vermont Pharmacies Can Now Sell Overdose Drug Without Requiring A Prescription

August 26, 2016

A drug that can counteract the effects of an opiate overdose can now be sold by any Vermont pharmacy without a prescription, state health officials announced Thursday.

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‘There Is No Yelp’: Parents Struggle With The Special Ed System

August 25, 2016

A new report accuses a private special education school in Middleborough of neglect and abuse. But the Disability Law Center, which last¬†Monday revealed those¬†findings on¬†the Chamberlain International School, says it‚Äôs worried about oversight of all such schools serving special needs children. “We have a growing concern about students with disabilities across the commonwealth being severely…

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Dartmouth Hazardous Waste Site Contaminates Drinking Water

August 25, 2016

A Dartmouth hazardous waste burial site has contaminated the ground water near a Hanover neighborhood. Those chemicals are now on the move, and at least one family‚Äôs drinking water has been affected. At her home on¬†Rennie Road, whenever Debbie Higgins wants a glass of water, she passes her sink and heads to a cooler of…

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Farming With Drought and Climate Change

August 25, 2016

In the Northeast, according to the USDA, about 175,000 farms produce more than $21-billion a year in food, hay and flowers. But not this year. Many fields are bone dry, with extreme droughtconditions in parts of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire and severe conditions across much of the region. The climate ‚ÄĒ and how it‚Äôs…

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Why Is America’s First Country Music Superstar Buried In Bridgeport?

August 19, 2016

There are questions that might stump even the most dedicated country music fan: Who kickstarted the country music industry in the 1920s, even before big names like Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family? And why is this Texas musician buried in Bridgeport, Connecticut? His name was Vernon Dalhart, and he released some of the best-selling…

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When New Parents Refuse Vitamin K Shots and Their Babies Get Brain Bleeds

August 16, 2016

The baby was born full-term and healthy, but now, just a few weeks later, lay limp and unresponsive, barely breathing. “The baby was diagnosed with bleeding in the brain,” said Dr. Ivana Culic, a neonatologist at Boston Children‚Äôs Hospital and medical director of the special care nursery at Beverly Hospital. “Babies that suffer intracranial bleeding…

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New Hampshire Data Show Racial Disparities Increase at Each Step Of Criminal Justice System

August 12, 2016

New analysis of state and county-wide data shows black and Hispanic people are arrested and incarcerated at higher rates¬†in New Hampshire¬†than whites are, and at more disproportionate rates than blacks and Hispanics nationwide. Blacks and Hispanics make up less than 5 percent of New Hampshire‚Äôs population, but account for 9 percent of the state‚Äôs arrests.…

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