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More than 300 demonstrators in New Haven, Connecticut, joined protests around the country on Friday over recent police killings of unarmed black men.

They chanted “black lives matter” in front of the New Haven Superior Court.  Prior to that, they formed a four-block-long human chain from Yale Law School to the court house.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency adopted a number of reforms Friday aimed at helping homeowners who say they are being shortchanged by insurance companies.

Homeowners and elected officials have complained that the taxpayer-funded National Flood Insurance Program gives an incentive to private insurance companies to lowball flood claims by penalizing for overpayments, not underpayments.

FEMA has vowed to create a task force to fix this.

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A group of small independent hospitals in Connecticut say the increasing cost of providing health care coupled with lower reimbursement rates from insurance providers and the government is making it harder for them to survive. 

The Value Care Alliance is an association of seven of Connecticut's smaller hospitals.  Members of the alliance say they are finding it hard to compete with the state's two large teaching hospital systems and a for-profit national chain.

Courtesy Yale University

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is urging college administrators around the country to expel students found guilty of committing rape on campus.

The former president made the call in a speech at Yale University in New Haven on Tuesday.

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Thirty-three people have been monitored by the state of Connecticut in the past two months for potential exposure to Ebola after traveling from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.  

Of the nine people quarantined for Ebola people during that time, only two developed an illness. Neither one had Ebola.

State epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Carter is concerned more people under quarantined for Ebola may fall ill as the peak flu season approaches.