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VPR Morning Newscast for Thursday, June 17

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VPR Morning Newscast for Thursday, June 17.

The U.S. House on Thursday will move to repeal a nearly two-decade-old war powers measure, marking what many lawmakers hope will be the beginning of the end of wide-ranging authorities given to the president after the 9/11 terror attacks.

California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee — who in 2001 and 2002 voted against two war power measures passed in the wake of 9/11 — will see one of her repeal bills take center stage. The plan would end the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, that greenlighted then-President George W. Bush's plans to invade Iraq.

When Aaron Hinton walked through the housing project in Brownsville on a recent summer afternoon, he voiced love and pride for this tightknit, but troubled working-class neighborhood in New York City where he grew up.

He pointed to a community garden, the lush plots of vegetables and flowers tended by volunteers, and to the library where he has led after-school programs for kids.

But he also expressed deep rage and sorrow over the scars left by the nation's 50-year-long War on Drugs. "What good is it doing for us?" Hinton asked.

Several major companies, financial institutions and airlines from the U.S. to Australia and Hong Kong suffered brief online outages Thursday due to a third-party IT provider.

The outage appeared to affect each company's website and mobile applications. Internet monitoring websites including ThousandEyes and Downdetector.com showed disruptions across the world.

In Australia, major banks and airlines were hit by the outage, affecting business in the middle of the day.

It goes by many names. Whether you call it Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or the country's second Independence Day, Juneteenth is one of the most important anniversaries in our nation's history.

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Abagael Giles / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Wednesday, June 16.

VPR Evening Newscast for Wednesday, June 16

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VPR Evening Newscast for Wednesday, June 16

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PHOTO: Shanta Lee Gander, Courtesy / GRAPHIC: Elodie Reed, VPR

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

VPR Midday Newscast for Wednesday, June 16

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VPR Midday Newscast for Wednesday, June 16.

VPR Morning Newscast for Wednesday, June 16

Jun 16, 2021

VPR Morning Newscast for Wednesday, June 16.

A small new study offers a glimmer of hope that giving organ transplant recipients a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine could boost their protection against the coronavirus.

That's important because prior research has shown that nearly half of organ transplant recipients failed to show any antibody response even after two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Updated June 16, 2021 at 3:46 PM ET

President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Geneva Wednesday. Here's what you need to know:

  • The closed-door meeting, which began at about 7:45 a.m. ET, lasted 3 hours, 21 minutes, shorter than the White House had projected.
  • They held separate news conferences with Putin going first.
  • Putin described the meeting as "constructive."
  • Biden said he did what he came to do.

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Colette Baptiste-Mombo, a television engineer and community organizer, was born in 1958, at the height of the civil rights movement.

Matt Lammers was completely alone the first time we met.

The cigarette butts and old ammunition cans clearly marked his apartment door. Camouflage netting blocked the Arizona sun, but it also sent a message: this guy was still in Iraq. I knocked on the door at 9 a.m. and woke him from the only hour of sleep he'd had all night.

He apologized. I apologized. And after a couple hours killing time around Tucson, I came back. Lammers rolled out his door for a smoke in a manual wheelchair, shirtless. Which saved questions –- scars and ink tell his story.

a child in a helmet on a small sled
Kim Lux

Hurtling down a track made of ice at 65 miles an hour may sound appealing to some young athletes, but only a select few can handle the speed and pressure of the fastest sport on ice. And 14-year-old Wolfgang Lux, from Swanton, is one of them.

VPR Evening Newscast for Tuesday, June 15

Jun 15, 2021

VPR Evening Newscast for Tuesday, June 15.

A little free pantry, perched on a stand, made of wood painted white, with a gray roof and glass door, sits against a backdrop of green lawn, trees and a blue sky.
Abagael Giles / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Tuesday, June 15.

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Reed Nye / VPR

A new series of art installations hosted by The Nature Conservancy aims to connect hikers to the land through the art.

VPR Midday Newscast for Tuesday, June 15

Jun 15, 2021

VPR Midday Newscast for Tuesday, June 15.

VPR Morning Newscast for Tuesday, June 15

Jun 15, 2021

VPR Morning Newscast for Tuesday, June 15.

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