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The story of Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student murdered in an act of hate in 1998, has become a rallying cry for advocates internationally against anti-LBGT violence.

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Connecticut officials say the state's health insurance marketplace next year will become the first in the nation that's financially self-sustaining, relying on revenue generated by the organization. Access Health CT was launched 19 months ago, offering health insurance plans to individuals and small businesses.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency officials say they are reviewing flood insurance claims of Superstorm Sandy victims.

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is one of a few candidates customizing error pages on their campaign websites.

(Airs 5/29) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: We’ll take a look at what issues remain the final weeks of the legislative session, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on government transparency, and Senator Schumer wants to curb child identity theft.

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Following weeks of intense debate, Vermont’s governor has signed controversial legislation that will prevent parents from opting their children out of vaccinations philosophical reasons.

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Two well known educational attractions in the Berkshires are looking to work together to share audiences, spaces and themes.

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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren visited a mentoring program for at risk young men in Springfield today.  She urged local social service providers to be politically active.

Warren visited Suit Up Springfield, a recently launched non-profit that provides professional attire – suits, dress shirts, ties, and accessories – along with guidance and advice to young men who’ve had run-ins with the law but want to turn their lives around.

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The first Catholic high school named for the current pope will be built in western Massachusetts.

   The Springfield Diocese Friday said a new regional school will be named Pope Francis High School. 

   The new school is the result of a merger of Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School.  The union was a product of a study to determine if Cathedral High should be rebuilt after it was severely damaged by a tornado four years ago this Monday. 

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Connecticut high school juniors may no longer have to take a controversial standardized test. Earlier this week the Senate voted 33-3 to relieve 11th-graders from having to take Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test. Instead, they'd take a nationally recognized college readiness exam, such as the SAT.

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