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Mass. Schools Educating Puerto Rico Evacuees Await Details On $15 Million In School Aid

Schools districts in Massachusetts that have been educating students recently arrived from Puerto Rico will soon be getting a portion of $15 million in state funding.

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Russia Investigation

What Could Be Coming Next In Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation

Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller seldom leaves any doubt about where he's been — as with the detailed investigative tale he told on Friday in the latest indictments brought by his office . Each new move, however, always raises questions about where he might be headed next. NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson sat down with the host of NPR's Embedded podcast, Kelly McEvers, to look at what Mueller's track record could reveal about the possible outcomes of the investigation...

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Vermont Communities Brace For Flooding As Record Warmth Forecast

Officials in two Vermont towns hit by ice-jam flooding last month are preparing for another round of rising water levels over the next few days.

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Solomon Goldstein-Rose celebrates with supporters after his win in the Democratic primary in September 2016.
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Amherst, Massachusetts, state Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose made headlines in 2016 when he was elected at the age of 22. Now, he’s making news again, for dropping his Democratic Party affiliation.

The move caught many of his constituents and Democratic officials off-guard, and left them to wonder why he would separate himself from the party’s powerful majority on Beacon Hill.

Goldstein-Rose said becoming an independent -- or, as it's known in Massachusetts, unenrolled -- is something that's always been in the back of his mind.

Buyouts and cost-cutting in recent months at Keene State College have put the school on track to balance its budget for the coming fiscal year, according to Interim President Melinda Treadwell.

On Friday, the State Bonding Commission approved $10 million in funding to redevelop Dillon Stadium -- an 80-year-old facility located in Hartford’s Colt Park.

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Facebook Is Counting On Postcards To Prevent Future Election Interference

For a company that's all about the future of communication, Facebook is looking to the past to solve at least some of its problems. After months of intense scrutiny over the role the company played in the 2016 presidential election, the social network giant announced it wants to use postcards to verify the identity of advertising buyers to prevent future foreign meddling. In advance of November's midterm elections, anyone interested in buying political ads for a specific candidate will...

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London's Contemporary Jazz Scene Shines On 'We Out Here'

The U.K.'s jazz scene is flourishing these days thanks, in part, to the young artists pumping it with new life. We Out Here, the latest compilation project from DJ and producer Gilles Peterson 's indie label Brownswood Recordings , is a fitting proclamation of ownership from the contemporaries who are adding color to the landscape. The project's nine tracks were recorded in August 2017 over a three day period. Smooth and concise, this compilation is spearheaded by saxophonist Shabaka...

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Classical Music

Songs We Love: Florence Price, 'Violin Concerto No. 2'

By her own admission, composer Florence Price had two strikes against her. "To begin with I have two handicaps – those of sex and race. I am a woman; and I have some Negro blood in my veins," is how she began a 1943 letter to Serge Koussevitzky, the revered conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She added later, "I would like to be judged on merit alone." Koussevitzky never gave her music a chance, but along the way a few others did. Even so, her music is little known – and some of it...

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Seismic Surveys Planned Off U.S. Coast Pose Risk To Marine Life

Animals that live in the ocean communicate with sound — humpback whales, for example. But these voices could soon be drowned out by powerful sonic booms from vessels searching for oil and gas. President Trump is opening up the Atlantic Coast to companies to explore for fresh reserves. And to explore, they will be making some of the loudest sounds ever heard in the ocean — sounds that, according to recent research, could harm marine animals from whales to plankton. Five companies are currently...

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Washington, D.C.

Teens 'Lie In' At White House To Push For Stronger Gun Control

A group of teenagers who say they are desperate for some action on gun control staged a silent "lie-in" outside the White House Monday, in the wake of the deadly Florida school shooting last week. The event was organized over Facebook by a group called Teens for Gun Reform , which listed their intentions in a post: "By doing this, we will make a statement on the atrocities which have been committed due to the lack of gun control, and send a powerful message to our government that they must...

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