HIGHER EDUCATION

ICE Agrees To Rescind Policy Barring Foreign Students From Online Study In The U.S.

Updated at 6:34 p.m. ET In a swift reversal, the Trump administration has agreed to rescind a directive that would have barred international college students from the U.S. if their colleges offered classes entirely online in the fall semester. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rule change , released last week, would have prohibited foreign students from entering or remaining in the country to take fully online course loads. A number of colleges and universities had already...

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Regional News

The UMass Amherst campus.
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Amherst Town Manager: UMass Students Could Spread COVID-19 Without Off-Campus Rules

The town manager for Amherst warns that the influx of UMass students in the fall could spread COVID-19 in a town that, up until now, has had relatively few cases. He's asking the university to change its reopening plan to avoid making things worse.

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Connecting Point

Art Works Westfield’s “Heroes are Everywhere” Mural

Use of Force

The Self-Defense Brigade Anti-Oppression Rally for George Floyd, at the Keney Park Woodland entrance in Hartford, Connecticut, on June 1, 2020.
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How Cities' Use-Of-Force Policies Vary, And A Police Culture Persists

After more than a month of protests against racial injustice by police and the killing of George Floyd, some police departments are considering revising their policies on use of force.

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Thirty-two residential schools that serve students with the most severe disabilities will receive much-needed aid from the state.

This spring, as other schools in Massachusetts closed their doors and moved instruction online, those schools stayed open — exposing students and staff to the virus and incurring millions in unmet costs. And even with this support, the risk isn’t over.

18 Attorneys General File Suit Over ICE Rule

Jul 13, 2020
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
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A coalition of 18 attorneys general — including those representing Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island — is suing the Trump administration to block a new federal rule that bars international higher education students from studying in the United States if they are taking online-only courses this fall. 

Clauses in police union contracts often protect officers from the consequences of their misconduct. That’s according to a new analysis from the ACLU of Connecticut.

A fish advisory next to a path to a fishing spot on the Housatonic River, in a file photo.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The EPA is proposing changes to its toxic waste cleanup plan for the Housatonic River, and is asking the public to submit comments starting Tuesday. The public comment period ends August 28.

Connecticut’s Department of Education says that state COVID-19 data will guide the decision-making process regarding how K-12 students should learn in the fall, but Thursday's numbers inched in the wrong direction:  The state reported 101 new positive COVID-19 test results and an uptick in the number of hospitalizations by two.

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OKLAHOMA

Excavation Begins For Possible Mass Grave From 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Nearly a century ago, Tulsa, Okla., was the site of one of the most brutal race massacres in U.S. history. As many as 300 African American residents were slaughtered by white mobs, and a section of the city known as Black Wall Street was reduced to ash. For decades, historians have been trying to determine where most of the victims were buried. This week, officials began a test excavation to determine if a plot of land on city-owned property is the site of a mass grave. Scientists said last...

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Racism

CDC Employees Call Out Agency's 'Toxic Culture Of Racial Aggressions'

Updated 6:15 p.m. ET More than 1,200 current employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed a letter calling for the federal agency to address "ongoing and recurring acts of racism and discrimination" against Black employees, NPR has learned. In the letter, addressed to CDC Director Robert Redfield and dated June 30, the authors put their call for change in the context of the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black people and the killings of George...

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We are deeply saddened by the tragic events of the last several weeks which have shaken the Black community. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black Americans have triggered national and international outrage and calls for systemic change. We once again see the bitter truths about racism, inequality, and injustice. This is a difficult time in our Nation’s history. Unlike many countries around the world which have experienced similar horrific...

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Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
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Springfield Officials React To Scathing Report On Excessive Force

Springfield, Massachusetts, city and police officials have responded to a scathing government report that charges the narcotics bureau with a pattern of excessive force with no accountability.

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