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Updated May 5, 2021 at 10:25 AM ET

The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations is slowing down — not because of any vaccine shortage, but because some Americans don't want to get vaccinated.

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Facebook does not have to let former President Donald Trump back on its social network. The company's Oversight Board has upheld its ban of Mr. Trump, which was put in place after a mob of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6. NPR tech correspondent Shannon Bond has been following the story. She's with us now. And before we begin, just to note that Facebook is among NPR's financial supporters. Shannon, tell us more about this decision from the Oversight Board. What'd they say?

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Rhode Island is one of at least 17 states that offer free community college. High school graduates can pursue a two-year degree at the Community College of Rhode Island tuition free. And that is why Talia Thibodeau enrolled.

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And back with us now is Dr. Ali Khan, who we've talked to throughout the pandemic. He's the dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska's Medical Center. Good morning, Dr. Khan.

ALI KHAN: Good morning, Noel.

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The Biden White House is vowing to reverse the deep cuts the Trump administration made in the number of refugees resettled here, and it says there will be more ways the public can help. NPR's Deborah Amos reports.

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We're going to bring in another voice now, Dr. Margaret Harris of the World Health Organization. Thank you so much for being here.

MARGARET HARRIS: Good morning, Rachel.

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Two factors have led to protests in Colombia. The U.S. ally at the top of South America faces spiking COVID deaths amid very little vaccine. And the government is planning to raise taxes. John Otis reports on the public response.

When Rich Jean wanted to help his daughter, Abigail, learn to read, he took her to the library near their home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

That's where they met Hasina Islam, who Jean says fostered a love of reading and the library in his daughter.

"You see what you started? You see that spark that you put in this child?" Jean told Islam at StoryCorps in 2016. At the time, Abigail was 7 and Islam was 27. Their friendship had begun four years prior, when Abigail was 3 and Islam was an intern at the library.

Updated April 29, 2021 at 8:43 AM ET

The U.S. economy expanded at a rapid pace in the first three months of the year, setting the stage for what's expected to be the strongest annual growth in nearly four decades.

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