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Holyoke Public Schools

With Lawsuit And Legislation, Massachusetts Grapples With Public Schools Equity

In our look back at news of the week, there was a lot of talk about how schools are funded in Massachusetts.

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Spring Music Series

Felipe Salles.
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Showing The World's Similarities: A Musical Interpretation Of Immigrant Stories

“The New Immigrant Experience” is the latest work by saxophonist Felipe Salles. It’s a multimedia project on a subject very much in the news.

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Regional News

Liz O'Gilvie, at left, is chair of the Springfield Food Policy Council. Zenaida Figueroa, at right, has cooked for the schools in Springfield, Massachusetts, for 17 years.
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Healthy School Meals That Are Also Tasty? Springfield, Mass., Gives It A Try

The first thing second graders saw this spring when they walked through the classroom door at Boland Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts, was a table loaded with juice and milk cartons.

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People listen to a speaker while holding signs during a rally against abortion bans Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Pulaski Park in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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As some states moved to tighten abortion laws or try to ban the procedure outright, there is a push in Massachusetts to remove some restrictions.

What We Know About The David Ortiz Shooting

Jun 13, 2019

The investigation into the shooting of Red Sox legend David Ortiz took a dramatic turn Wednesday, as authorities in the Dominican Republic outlined a coordinated scheme to kill the country’s beloved native.

Here’s a recap of what we know:

Lawsuit Alleges Massachusetts Public Education System Violates Civil Rights

Jun 13, 2019
School buses lined up.
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Parents and students from seven Massachusetts communities are joining advocacy groups to sue the state over disparities in public education, alleging that chronic underfunding provided to their districts unfairly leaves wide swaths of students behind compared to their peers.

A bottle of oxycodone painkillers.
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A man from South Deerfield, Massachusetts, has been indicted for selling potentially deadly, counterfeit painkillers in Kansas.

Diana Mamouni is a nurse, but she says she couldn’t get her mother’s caregivers to provide important basic care. She attributes her mother’s decline and death to a series of crucial lapses in care over a six-month period.

“When people think ‘medical error’ they’re like, ‘Oh, they were supposed to get this drug, and they got this instead.’ Or they think of a one-time thing,” Mamouni says. But she says her mother’s case was “a whole systemic ‘Eh… I don’t care.’ It’s like she was ‘meh’d’ to death, you know?”

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Pickled herring, among other food.
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Bringing A Father Long Gone Back To Mind

Improbably, one of the triggers that brings my father to mind is herring.

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2020 Census

As Legal Battle Persists, Census Citizenship Question Is Put To The Test

The courts have yet to issue their final word on whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. But starting Thursday, the Census Bureau is asking about a quarter-million households in the U.S. to fill out questionnaires that include the question, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" The forms are part of a last-minute, nine-week experiment the federal government is using to gauge how the public could react next year to census forms with the...

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Spring Music Series

Election 2020

Democratic Debate Lineup: Sanders And Biden To Face Off

The lineups are set for the first Democratic presidential primary debates. Among the debate matchups: Former Vice President Joe Biden, currently leading in primary polls nationally, will face off against Vermont senator and 2016 candidate Bernie Sanders, as well as California Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Meanwhile, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will face New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Owing to the massive field of...

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Gun Control

Democrats Introduce Bill Allowing Shooting Victims To Sue Gun Industry

House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday they say will allow victims of gun violence to have their day in court. The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act aims to repeal federal protections blocking firearm and ammunition manufacturers, dealers and trade groups from most civil lawsuits when a firearm is used unlawfully or in a crime. Those protections date to 2005, with the passage of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.,...

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In Contrast

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Writer Barry Lopez In Conversation With Ilan Stavans


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Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez, President of Greenfield Community College on Tertulia

Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez, President of Greenfield Community College , joined Raquel Obregon on Tertulia. She spoke about the different programs the college has to offer, in particular the Study Abroad program. She also shared her vision for the school in the years to come.

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New England Public Media will enhance services, strengthen local journalism for audiences across western New England.

John Dankosky Hosts NEXT

NEXT is a weekly show exploring the rapid changes in New England, one of the oldest parts of the nation.


Ronn McFarlane on Presto!

Morning Classical Music host, John Nowacki, talks with Ronn McFarlane, American lutenist, composer and teacher

Valley Voices Podcast

In the Mood

The winners of Valley Voices share their "In the Mood" stories on the latest podcast.

From legislation to legalization follow the local impacts of the cannabis industry.

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Why Did The Recreational Marijuana Effort Fail In The Conn. General Assembly?

Among the big-ticket items that did not pass in Connecticut's 2019 legislative session were tolls and legal cannabis. While tolls will likely be debated in a special session this summer, proponents of recreational marijuana will have to regroup and wait until next year.

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