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The writer Ibram X. Kendi has been reading a lot of books to his five-year-old daughter, Imani. And when he chooses those books, he makes sure they include many kinds of people.

"I'm also really excited now because her favorite color right now is the rainbow," he says. "And so I feel like we're doing something right because I constantly emphasize this sort of human rainbow and appreciating it."

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, the country's state TV reported.

An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that aired on Sunday that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last "for three to four days." Without elaborating, he said that power outages could result.

Updated June 20, 2021 at 8:19 PM ET

Tropical Storm Claudette was downgraded to a tropical depression after battering the Southeast over the weekend. Heavy rains, high winds and flash flooding contributed to the deaths of 13 people in Alabama Saturday, and while the storm has weakened, it is expected to regain strength as it makes its way toward the East Coast.

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People across Vermont celebrated the now-federal holiday Juneteenth on Saturday.

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It's no secret that this past pandemic year, students, teachers and school staff have experienced an extraordinary amount of change: the national reckoning on race, the presidential election, added to the normal challenges of navigating teenage life. And at Winooski Middle High School, some 60 students made a podcast about it.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about Juneteenth, the U.S.-Canada border and more for Friday, June 18.

The United States has a new national holiday to celebrate: Juneteenth, marking the day in 1865 — in the aftermath of the Civil War — when U.S.

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Saturday is Juneteenth. It marks the day in 1865 that enslaved people in Texas received word of their freedom, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The holiday has been a mainstay of the Black community for over a century, but as of Thursday, it is officially a federal holiday. In Vermont, some municipalities are holding their first-ever Juneteenth celebrations.

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Next week, Vermont lawmakers will hold a special veto session in an effort to overturn three of Gov. Phil Scott's vetoes. This hour, we preview the session with a roundtable of reporters, and we answer your questions.

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During the height of the pandemic, hospital emergency departments in Vermont saw an alarming rise in young Vermonters seeking care for suicidal thoughts and self harming behaviors. According to the Department of Health, ED visits among females tripled, while they doubled for males.


Homegoings: A special series from Brave Little State

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Homegoings: DonnCherie On The Art Of Authenticity

A conversation with DonnCherie about compassion, artistic authenticity and taking Blackness back.

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Homegoings: Rivan Calderin On Hip-Hop As His 'Oxygen Mask'

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Homegoings: Senayit Tomlinson On Art As A 'Way Through'

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A special series from Brave Little State. Conversations with Vermont musicians of color — about Black grief, joy and resilience.


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