MEDICINE

A new opioid tracking program reports an average of 42 overdoses a month in a section of Hartford.

The conflicting red, white and blue signs that claim to speak for Massachusetts nurses are everywhere: “Nurses say NO on 1” and “Nurses say YES on 1.”

So which is right? Well, it turns out they both are.

A WBUR poll of 500 registered nurses shows 48 percent plan to vote for the ballot question that would establish nurse-to-patient ratios in state law, and 45 percent say they’ll vote against the measure. Seven percent are undecided.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks from the stage during her open house at Springfield Technical Community College on March 9, 2018.
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At a town hall in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Senator Elizabeth Warren said she would be taking a "hard look" at running for president in 2020.

Massachusetts Nurses Association president Donna Kelly-Williams speaks in favor of the statewide ballot question.
Chris Triunfo / State House News Service

A Massachusetts ballot initiative on nurse staffing ratios would cost hundreds of millions of dollars a year, according to an estimate issued Wednesday by a state panel.

The Hartford Women's Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
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New rules go into effect on October 1 on crisis pregnancy centers in Hartford, Connecticut.

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