High School Graduation

U.S. Department of Education

Connecticut Graduation Rate at All-Time High, But Rate Falls Among Black Students

Connecticut's high school graduation rates reached an all time high last year. But a closer look at the figures reveals the state still has some work to do.
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Baltimore

Baltimore Police Officer Found Not Guilty In Freddie Gray Case

Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero has been found not guilty of all four misdemeanor charges he faced in connection with the arrest of Freddie Gray.Gray died on April 19, 2015, after suffering injuries while in police custody.Following the ruling, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement, "This is our American system of justice and police officers must be afforded the same justice system as every other citizen in the city, state, and country."Outside the courthouse,...
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Yale University has awarded more than 3,600 degrees during ceremonies at its 315th commencement. Later Monday, the school will confer military commissions to its first group of ROTC graduates in more than four decades.

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It's commencement time at colleges and universities nationwide and many graduates are asking themselves: what’s next?

Some may plunge straight into graduate school. Others may move back home with the folks and begin job-hunting. Other grads make a commitment to spend a year or two in public service.

President Obama announced Monday that the U.S. is fully lifting a five-decades-long arms embargo against Vietnam.

The embargo on lethal military equipment had been partially lifted in 2014; now it will be raised fully, the White House says. The president spoke about the decision from Hanoi, during the first day of a weeklong trip to Asia.

Six years of your life. Or 2,190 days. That's about how long the average woman will spend having her periods.

For some women, that's too many days, too many periods.

More women in their 20s and 30s are choosing contraception that may suppress their menstrual cycles, says Dr. Elizabeth Micks, who runs an OB-GYN clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle. "In general, I think views are changing really rapidly," Micks says. "That need to have regular periods is not just in our society anymore."

Since it came onto the scene in 1943, penicillin has made syphilis a thing of the past — almost. Now, the sexually transmitted disease is making a comeback in the U.S. and there's a shortage of the medication used to treat it.

Pfizer, the company that supplies it, says it's experiencing "an unanticipated manufacturing delay," and in a letter to consumers wrote that it would be providing just one-third of the usual monthly demand until July.

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A Connecticut man who said he was sexually abused as a child at a private school in Massachusetts wants to see the statute of limitations on the crime abolished. John Sweeney told his story in detail as he called for a federal investigation of the Fessenden School in West Newton.

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It was an emotional school board meeting for Superintendent Alicia Roy. After hearing Thursday evening that more than two-thirds of the district'’s teachers want her to resign, she became visibly upset, and struggled to respond.

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West Hartford officials are planning to buy a University of Connecticut property instead of allowing a for-profit international school to come to town.

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On Wednesday, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and 26 other Democratic senators sent a letter to President Obama expressing their deep concern about "the slow pace of admissions for Syrian refugees" and encouraged him to step up the process. 

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Thirty additional Connecticut state employees who work in executive branch agencies have received layoff notices since May 3.

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Fentanyl Overdose Deaths in Connecticut Are Surging This Year, State Officials Say

New data show a surge in drug overdose deaths in Connecticut during the first three months of this year involving the opioid fentanyl. The information was released on Friday by the State’'s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill.
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Pratt and Whitney

Revolutionary Jet Engine Takes Connecticut Lap of Honor

Pratt and Whitney showed off its new Geared Turbofan engine "on wing" in Connecticut for the first time since it went into commercial service.
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At Yale Lab, Experimentation and Engineering Intersect With Musical Composition

If you could hop into a time machine and transport yourself forward to a 23rd-century concert hall, what music would you hear -- and what would the instruments look like? From a classroom at Yale University, WNPR explored one possible future musical timeline.
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