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Elizabeth Warren speaks at a town hall meeting in Holyoke on September 29, 2018.
Frederick J. Gore / The Republican /

Warren's DNA Test Results, And A Look At MGM Springfield's Revenue

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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Marijuana plants.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

2 Mass. Cannabis Labs Approved To Test Marijuana For Sale

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has granted final licenses to a pair of independent testing laboratories.

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Jamal Khashoggi Died In Consulate In Istanbul, Saudi State TV Reports

Updated at 9:15 p.m. ET Saudi Arabian officials confirmed the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who had been missing for 18 days, in a statement issued Saturday morning local time. The statement, translated into English by the Saudi Press Agency, said a preliminary investigation into the events of Oct. 2 revealed that Khashoggi was killed in a fight that broke out while he was visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The meeting "developed in a negative way [that] led to a fight and a...

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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. 

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, right, and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez wait to be introduced prior to a televised debate at the studios of WGBH-TV in Boston on Wednesday.
Meredith Nierman / WGBH-TV via AP, Pool

Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, debated on Wednesday night for the second time — and with less than three weeks to go until election day.

Marcia Morrison, Ms. Senior Massachusetts 2018, spent months preparing for the national Ms. Senior America contest held in Atlantic City on October 18, 2018.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

Just down the boardwalk from last month's Miss America contest, the next Ms. Senior America will be chosen Thursday from among a crowd of women over 60 years old, and some who are well over 60. 

This year, ballot Question 2 asks Massachusetts residents to consider whether or not corporations have the same constitutional rights as people.

It’s been a much-debated topic in and out of courtrooms since as far back as the late 1800s, and more recently, following the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

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A polling place in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on primary election day in March 2016.
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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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Barber of Seville
Liza Voll Photography / Boston Lyric Opera

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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'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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Oliva Llano visits the food pantry.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

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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Kelly Link of Northampton, Massachusetts, is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.
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MacArthur Fellow Kelly Link Pushes Boundaries Of Literary Fiction

Among the 2018 MacArthur Foundation award recipients is Kelly Link, a fiction writer and small publisher from Northampton, Massachusetts.

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