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In Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria, Hartford Educators Say They Need More Help

It’s mid-March and Hartford Public High School teacher Bridget Allison goes over essay-writing tips for her fourth-period class. After a while, she checks in on a group of students who are seated together — a few of the evacuees from Puerto Rico.

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Austin On Edge As Another Explosion Is Reported Late Tuesday

Updated at 11:15 p.m. ET Another explosion in Austin, Texas, injured one person Tuesday night, but police confirmed that the explosion was unrelated to the previous package bombs that have killed two people and injured several others this month. The explosion occurred after a "military-type momento" was dropped off at a Goodwill store on Austin's south side, Assistant Police Chief Ely Reyes said. He further described it as a 40mm artillery simulator. Reyes said the simulator "initiated" at...

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New Britain, Connecticut, Mayor Erin Stewart announced on Facebook on Monday that she will seek the Republican nomination for governor.

A Connecticut lawmaker is once again pushing legislation he says will prevent controversial transfers of state land to municipalities, businesses or individuals.

The scene on Monday, the day after a fatal fire at 49 Belmont Ave. in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Sunday morning's fire on Belmont Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts, killed Aden Abdakadr and his two children, Ahmed Ahmed, who was two, and Fatumo Ahmed, who was one year old.

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Plan To Save Endangered Whales Faces Pushback From Lobster Industry

The endangered North Atlantic right whale population took a big hit last year, with a record number killed by fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes. Now, an ongoing debate over threats posed by Maine's lobster industry is gaining new urgency.

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Jazz Beat

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Jazz Beat 41 - Anat Cohen

This edition of Jazz Beat features an interview that Tom Reney conducted with Anat Cohen in 2008 when she was the Billy Taylor Artist in Residence at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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Classical Music

50 Years After The My Lai Massacre, An Opera Confronts The Past

One of the most horrible events of the Vietnam War took place 50 years ago this week. The story of Hugh Thompson, Jr., the American soldier who tried to stop the My Lai Massacre , has been made into an opera being performed all over the country, most recently at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA — the same location composer Jonathan Berger gathered instrumentalist Van-Anh Vanessa Vo and Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington to discuss the collaboration in the first place. "I was...

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New Hampshire

President Trump Vows To 'Liberate' U.S. From Opioid Crisis

President Trump outlined a wide-ranging plan to combat the opioid epidemic on Monday, including an ad campaign to discourage drug use, expand addiction treatment and pursue a get-tough approach to law enforcement. "Whether you are a dealer or doctor or trafficker or a manufacturer, if you break the law and illegally peddle these deadly poisons, we will find you, we will arrest you, and we will hold you accountable," Trump told an audience in Manchester, N.H. "Failure is not an option," he...

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Kiam Rennix.
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Teen Guitarist From Western Mass. Emulates Blues Heroes, Wins Contests

This is how a guitar prodigy starts out: Kiam Rennix of Springfield, Massachusetts, was seven years old, watching a Saturday children's show on public TV in his grandmother's house. A segment came on showing how to make your own string instrument.

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Boston Approves Tax Break For Amazon's Seaport Plans

Bostons planning and development agency on Thursday night approved a measure giving Amazon a tax break for proposed office space in the Seaport. Amazon is negotiating a lease for forthcoming office space in the massive Seaport Square development. The plan approved by the Boston Development and Planning Agency (BPDA) would give Amazon a $5 million reduction in property taxes in exchange for the company adding 2,000 workers. Amazon would be entitled to a second $5 million tax break if it leased...

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Paul Mealor on Presto!

Morning Classical Music host, John Nowacki, talks with the Welsh composer Paul Mealor.

In Contrast

Ilan Stavans in conversation with William Taubman

On Taubman's latest biography, Gorbachev: His Life and Times.

Jazz à la Mode

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Jackie McLean, A Master and His Legacy

May 16 was Jackie McLean's 86th birthday anniversary. The first time I met the great saxophonist he exclaimed, "I listen!" Then he pulled me in closer and said, "And we contribute." I was aware of pledges from the McLeans by then, but still, what a way to be greeted by the master. Over the years, I saw Jackie several times at venues in Cambridge, New York, the Cape Cod Lounge at UMass, and at the Artists Collective, the community-based cultural arts organization that Jackie, his wife Dolly,...

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Amherst, Mass., Puts Its New England Style Town Meeting Up For A Vote

Residents of Amherst, Massachusetts, will soon vote on whether to put an end to their centuries-old Town Meeting and adopt a new form of government. The debate hasn’t always been friendly in this most liberal of New England towns.

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