The interior of New England Treatment Access, in Northampton, Massachusetts, looking towards the medical marijuana counters.
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Inside What Could Be The First Retail Marijuana Shop On The East Coast

The first retail marijuana store east of the Mississippi could open soon in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Forget Oakland Or Hoboken. Worcester, Mass., Is The New 'It' Town

Over the past couple of decades, booming cities have forced people to move to smaller cities nearby. Think San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., or New York and Hoboken, N.J. That kind of boom is happening now in Boston. An hour away, New England's second-largest city, Worcester, is booming. "Properties are hot commercially, properties are hot residentially ... everyone just wants a piece of Worcester right now. It's crazy," said Kate McEvoy, a vice president for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and...

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Massachusetts Politicians Look For The Millennial Vote As Election Day Nears

Voters in Massachusetts can start casting their ballots on Monday. But is everybody ready?

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Brenda Pignone, a staff nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, arrives before 7 a.m. on a typical day. For 26 years, she’s taken the elevator to a floor known as White 7, where most of her patients are healing after abdominal surgery.

A board set up to combat racial profiling by police has released a follow-up to last year's report on traffic stops and racial profiling across the state. The follow-up focused on eight towns that had unusually high number of minority traffic stops in the initial report.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren state Rep. Geoff Diehl debate in Springfield.
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In the second of three scheduled debates, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren faced off Sunday night against her Republican challenger, state Rep. Geoff Diehl.

Elizabeth Warren speaks at a town hall meeting in Holyoke on September 29, 2018.
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In an effort to prove her Native American heritage, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren this week released results of a DNA test. 

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Massachusetts General Election Voter Guide 2018

There are important contested races in western Massachusetts. Here’s what you need to know as we head toward the general election on November 6.

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A Visit to a Barber of Quality

In the more than 200 years since its second performance, Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia ( The Barber of Seville ) has been one of the most popular of all operas. The first performance was a fiasco, which we'll get to later.

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On College Campuses, Making Overdose Medication Readily Available

As the opioid epidemic has escalated around the nation, colleges and universities have been spared the brunt of it. Opioid addiction and overdoses are more rare on campuses than among young adults in the general population. But schools are not immune to the problem, and they're growing increasingly concerned about how to keep students safe. One of the first things colleges have started to do is to beef up awareness and prevention programs. As part of freshman orientation, students routinely...

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'They've Destroyed My Family' The Story Of A Mother's Last-Minute Deportation

Miguel Torres said his wife’s deportation didn’t come as a complete surprise. Glenda Cardenas Caballero was undocumented and had a order of deportation from 2005. He said the family had tried for years to find a way for her to stay.

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Election 2018

Voter Turnout Could Hit 50-Year Record For Midterm Elections

The 2018 elections could see the highest turnout for a midterm since the mid-1960s, another time of cultural and social upheaval. "It's probably going to be a turnout rate that most people have never experienced in their lives for a midterm election," Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who studies turnout and maintains a turnout database , told NPR. McDonald is predicting that 45 to 50 percent of eligible voters will cast a ballot. That would be a level not seen since...

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It's Legal. In Canada, Recreational Marijuana Gets Green Light

Starting Wednesday, the sale of recreational marijuana begins in Canada following a law passed over the summer. The law says anyone in Canada over the age of 18 is allowed to possess marijuana, provided it's less than 30 grams — just over an ounce. Canadians can also grow up to four marijuana plants in their home and buy from a provincially regulated retailer. The country had months to prepare for the law's launch. The House of Commons and the Senate approved legalization in June , and later...

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Food Pantry In Pittsfield, Mass., Tries To Ease Stigma Of Getting Help

Early on a Wednesday morning in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a line of people perused boxes of fresh apples and green beans, frozen meat, and bags of bagels and biscuits at the South Congregational Church Community Food Pantry.

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