Lawmakers are nearing the midpoint of the state’s legislative session. So far, a discussion on gun violence has dominated much of the debate under the gold dome. As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland has this look at other big issues facing lawmakers.

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March 28, 2017 | NPR · Results from the U.S. Census in 2020 could remake the political map. Some census experts say the stakes for the upcoming national headcount are higher than normal.
 

March 28, 2017 | NPR · An American, Michael Sharp, and a Swede, Zaida Catalan, went missing while traveling in the country. Authorities confirmed Tuesday their remains, and those of their interpreter, were found.
 

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March 28, 2017 | NPR · Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, says Donald Trump engaged in “disgusting touching.” Trump’s legal team wants the case dismissed, at least until after the president leaves office.
 

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March 28, 2017 | FA · Journalist Sharon Weinberger discusses the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, which develops innovative scientific technologies for the military. Her new book is The Imagineers of War.
 

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March 28, 2017 | NPR · Most of the world’s tea comes from China, India and Sri Lanka. But since 2000, dozens of farms have sprouted across the U.S. producing small-batch, artisanal tea sold at a premium.
 

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March 28, 2017 | NPR · David Bellos’ new book is a comprehensive guide to Les Misérables, and a compelling story in its own right, packed with detail about the creation and publication of Victor Hugo’s massive masterpiece.
 

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March 28, 2017 | WXPN · Frontman Wayne Coyne says he thrives in environments that combine art and chaos. Hear that conversation, plus live performances of songs from Oczy Mlody.
 

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March 28, 2017 | NPR · “Connection Lost: The Tinder Opera” is an 11-minute video dramatizing a young man’s quest for love via the popular dating app. It marks an effort to adapt a 400-year-old art form to modern media.
 

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March 28, 2017 | NPR · Thomas turns the Van Morrison classic into pure NOLA R&B, emphasizing the wonderful impracticality of unconditional love.
 

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