Connecticut

Lamont Presents $43 Billion, Two-Year Plan To Legislators

Gov. Ned Lamont proposed a $43 billion, two-year state budget Wednesday that establishes tolls, shifts more pension debt onto future taxpayers, deals another blow to hospitals, but also closes a multi-billion dollar shortfall without raising the income tax.

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Reliance On Gas, Renewables Comes With Risks, Grid Operator Says

The energy grid in New England has a "strong foundation," but its growing reliance on natural gas and renewable sources increases the risk of not being able to meet the region's demands during the winter, according to the organization that operates the system.

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Business

Plotted From A Prison Cot, Wrongly Accused Man Whips Smoothie Dream Into Reality

For 27 years, Mark Schand lay in his prison cot in Massachusetts and plotted out the retail empire he'd been envisioning since well before his arrest. "I would lay in bed, my eyes wide open, looking at the ceiling, just thinking of a color scheme, and picture the uniform," said Schand. Now, five years after a judge vacated his murder conviction, and two years after a hard-fought settlement from the state, Schand can finally call himself a businessman. You can find him behind the counter at...

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Connecticut and 15 other states are suing the Trump administration over the president’s use of a national emergency declaration to fund a border wall.

A group rallies in Northampton, Massachusetts, on February 18, 2019.
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About 150 people showed up in the snow in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Monday to oppose President Trump's emergency declaration.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has confirmed to VPR that he is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Part 1 of a four-part series about affordable housing in Boston

Alex Ponte-Capellan grew up in Lower Roxbury, near Jamaica Plain’s Egleston Square, in the ’90s and early 2000s.

“I would hang out here in the summer times,” he says on a walk toward Washington Street. “Especially as a Latino youth, most of my friends were in JP.”

He’s watching Egleston change, with new construction going up on Washington Street — the main drag of Dominican restaurants, barbershops, auto body shops and beauty salons.

And it’s changing in other ways too.

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Italy

As Pope Holds Sex Abuse Summit, U.S. Catholics Not Hopeful For 'Bold Moves'

Never in the history of the Roman Catholic Church has a pope ordered bishops from around the world to come together and consider how many priests abuse children sexually and how many church officials cover for the abusers. The scandal of clergy sex abuse has deep roots in church history, but church leaders have been notoriously reluctant to acknowledge it and deal with the consequences. Not surprisingly, when Pope Francis summoned more than 100 bishops to a meeting in Rome to address the ...

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Election 2020

'It's Not 2016 Anymore': Bernie Sanders' Path To Victory Looks Different In 2020

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary will be similar to 2016 in at least one regard: Bernie Sanders is running for the nomination. But political observers say the electoral landscape has changed dramatically since Sanders’ last presidential bid, and not necessarily in ways that favor his latest candidacy.

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California

Trump Threatens To Cancel California's $929 Million High-Speed Rail Grant

The Trump administration says it intends to cancel a $929 million federal grant for California's high-speed rail project. The administration also wants to reclaim another $2.5 billion in federal funds already spent by California on the project. The Department of Transportation is accusing California officials of missing several deadlines tied to the $929 million appropriation for the state's high-speed rail line. In a letter from the Federal Railroad Administration to the California High...

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Europe

7 Lawmakers Quit U.K. Labour Party Over Alleged Anti-Semitism And Brexit Approach

Seven members of Britain's Parliament quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday, accusing its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, of letting anti-Semitism flourish and failing to support a plan to hold another referendum on Brexit. "This has been a very difficult, painful but necessary decision," Luciana Berger, one of the seven legislators who have resigned, told reporters at a press conference Monday. "I am sickened that Labour is now perceived by many as a racist, anti-Semitic party," said...

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Tom Johnson owns and runs the Birchwood Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts. He says bookings have decreased due to competition from Airbnb rentals.
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Airbnb Is Tough Competition For Berkshire Inns; New State Law May Have Impact

Residents of the Berkshires have rented out rooms in their homes for decades as a way to make extra income. But some innkeepers now say their room rentals are down because of competition from short-term rentals, like those found on Airbnb.

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